Vancouver Island Data Reanalysis Project (NTS 92B, 92C, 92E, 92F, 92G, 93K, 92L, 102I)
- Wayne Jackaman, Noble Exploration Services Ltd.
The primary objective of the Vancouver Island Geochemical Data Reanalysis Project is to stimulate mineral exploration interest in the region by providing the mining and exploration community with new, high-quality analytical information. The data will be generated by the reanalysis of up to 3138 archived moss-mat sediment pulps from previous regional geochemical surveys completed in the region almost 20 years ago. Analyzing these samples by 53 element ICP-MS provides a significant upgrade from the original AAS method particularly for base metal determinations. In addition the determination of platinum and palladium will support a growing interest in PGE targets.
The work will also complement on-going efforts by the BCGS and GSC to develop a comprehensive collection of geochemical information for the province. Currently the provincial geochemical database includes analytical information for approximately 65,000 sample sites and covers over 70% of BC. Similar initiatives aimed at enhancing the information found in the collection include the sample reanalysis by INAA conducted in the 1990s, the reanalysis of archived sample pulps in the McLeod Lake mapsheet (NTS 93J) in 1995 and more recently the Geoscience BC QUEST projects that have provided reanalysis data for over 25,000 samples.
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