Enhancing exploration effectiveness for polymetallic mineralization in southeastern British Columbia: a combined petrological and tectonic approach
(NTS 082F)
- David Pattison and Ewan Webster, University of Calgary

Exploration effectiveness derives from an understanding of the fundamental geological processes that give rise to anomalous concentrations of metals in Earth's Crust (e.g., intrusion-related hydrothermal veins, seafloor exhalative processes, polymetallic skarns). This understanding reduces exploration risk by contributing to smarter, conceptually-based targeting. This project has three interrelated goals: (1) to better define the magmatic-metamorphic-deformational-geochronological evolution of a geologically complex region between Nelson, Salmo and Creston in southeastern British Columbia, in order to establish a sound geological framework in which to place the region's abundant and diverse mineral deposits; (2) to define the relationships between Pb-Zn mineralization, Mo-W mineralization, intrusion, contact metamorphism and skarn development in the Salmo camp and its possible eastward extension; and (3) to develop the use of metamorphic mineral assemblages as vectors to hydrothermal mineralization in this poly-metamorphosed region, with application to other metamorphosed terrains. The project will provide outstanding training and education of one graduate student and three undergraduate students in field-based geoscience relevant to the minerals industry.

Posters and Presentations
2013: Tectonic setting of mineralization in the southern Kootenay Arc and Purcell Anticlinorium, southeastern British Columbia
- Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference Poster (pdf, 5 MB)
Technical Articles
2013: "Metamorphism and structure of the southern Kootenay Arc and Purcell Anticlinorium, southeastern British Columbia"
- Summary of Activities 2012, Report 2013-1 p. 103-118 (pdf, 8.0 MB)

2014: "U-Pb dates for the Nelson and Bayonne magmatic suites in the Salmo-Creston area, southeastern British Columbia: tectonic implications for the southern Kootenay Arc"
- Summary of Activities 2013, Report 2014-1 p. 99-114 (pdf, 9.6 MB)

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