Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area - Regional Geochemical Data Repository Project (NTS 82L, 82M, 92I, 92J, 92N, 92O, 92P, 93A, 93B, 93C, 93D, 93E, 93F, 93G, 93H, 93J, 93L, 93M, 93N)
- Wayne Jackaman, Independent Consultant

Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation AreaOver the last 25 years several federal and provincial geoscience programs have been undertaken in the areas of BC now experiencing the mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation. Results of this previous work have produced a large collection of publicly available multi-media regional geochemical information. Previous surveys include regional scale stream sediment and water surveys, lake sediment and water surveys, till programs, biogeochemistry studies plus numerous associated research activities. To date, over 12,000 regional sites have been sampled within the 150,000 square kilometre MPB infestation area. Survey results include in excess of 600,000 analytical determinations for a wide range of metals and pathfinder elements.

The MPB Infestation Area Regional Geochemical Data Repository Project will produce a GIS ready database of existing regional geochemical data and associated geospatial information. The resulting digital framework will improve access to the information, assist in the planning of detailed surveys and targeted studies, identify geochemical data gaps that can be profiled for future attention, and provide long-term data management advantages.

To demonstrate the utility of the collection, a number of geochemical atlas style thematic maps will be produced. The initial series of maps plus the first version of raw geochemical data, statistical summaries and associated geospatial data coverages will be presented on a CD and distributed at Mineral Exploration Roundup in 2007.

Posters and Presentations
2007: Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area Regional Geochemical Data Repository Project
- Mineral Exploration Roundup Poster (pdf, 7.08MB)

Technical Articles
2007: "Mountain Pine Beetle infestation area (parts of NTS 082, 092, 093), central British Columbia: regional geochemical data repository project"
- Geological Fieldwork 2006, Report 2007-1 p.307-310 (pdf, 1.37MB)

Final Deliverables
Geoscience BC Report 2007-9
Geoscience BC Mountain Pine Beetle Data Repository Version 1.0


September 4, 2007 - Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of Geoscience BC Report 2007-9 "Geoscience BC Mountain Pine Beetle Data Repository Version 1.0" by Wayne Jackaman, which compiles publicly available multimedia regional geochemical information for the core of the Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area of British Columbia.

Public geoscience initiatives have produced a large collection of geochemical data in the Mountain Pine Beetle infested area. Geoscience BC Report 2007-9 consolidates this diverse data landscape into a functional data repository, which includes a digital database of this geochemical information and associated geospatial base maps, and can be easily accessed and incorporated into a wide range of exploration and research activities. The repository provides immediate benefits of data access, delivery and functionality, and will assist in planning detailed surveys and targeted studies, identifying gaps in geochemical data that can profiled for future attention, and providing long-term data management advantages. The database contains over 30,000 samples, covering over 250,000 square kilometers in BC's interior, and includes the new South Nechako Basin & Cariboo Basin geochemical data released in Geoscience BC Report 2007-6. A preliminary version of the Mountain Pine Beetle Data Repository was released on CD at Roundup in January 2007.

 


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