August 17, 2017
New minerals information for Central BC: Latest TREK maps and interactive workshop

  Vancouver, BC - August 17, 2017 - New maps from Geoscience BC's Targeting Resources for Exploration and Knowledge (TREK) projects have been released, providing the latest geological and geophysical information for decision-makers involved with resource development in Central British Columbia. A day-long technical workshop, also available online, will explore the new products at UBC Robson Square on October 17.

Click here for details of technical workshop October 17, 2017


TREK is a four-year series of projects covering BC's Central Interior Plateau -- an area of 24,000 square kilometers from Anahim Lake north and east towards Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Williams Lake. The projects includes aerial magnetic surveys, and stream, lake, tree and till sampling and geochemical analysis and geological mapping, to build an up-to-date picture of the area's geology and potential mineral deposits.

The Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central British Columbia map shows the latest understanding of geology in the TREK project area. The map is significantly more comprehensive than earlier geological mapping in the area thanks to new techniques and technologies.

The Aeromagnetic Correlation with Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central British Columbia map shows the latest geological interpretation of 2013 aerial magnetic survey data, and identifies different rock types in the area.

"Both maps show new interpretations that are vital for anyone involved in planning future activity for this part of BC," said Geoscience BC Vice President of Minerals and Mining Bruce Madu. "The Central Interior Plateau is believed to have high mineral potential, but past understanding of geology has been limited. This information is available to everyone for free, so that government, the resource sector, communities and First Nations can make balanced decisions based on the same high quality, independent information."

The field work was completed by researchers and students at the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Mineral Research Deposit Unit (MDRU) during 2014 and 2015. MDRU Director Craig Hart said: "Seeing the mineral potential in this area is difficult because the interesting rocks are buried under young volcanic flows and glacial sediments. These maps integrate several layers of advanced technical data, providing a window to the geology below."

Geoscience BC and MDRU have also announced details of a technical workshop to present detailed results for the TREK project alongside sector highlights. The day-long TREKing through BC's central interior: Technical workshop highlighting Geoscience BC's series of Targeting Resources for Exploration and Knowledge (TREK) projects will include technical presentations, conversation, and posters about TREK projects and exploration successes in the region.

The workshop will take place on October 17 at UBC's Robson Square and will also be available online. It will be the first time many of the experts active in the TREK region have been brought together to present and discuss the results, with registration opening on September 5. For more information or to register for updates, visit our TREK workshop updates form.

Accessing Information

Final reports are now available on the Geoscience BC website www.geosciencebc.com, which includes the free Earth Science Viewer web mapping application.

Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central British Columbia
Aeromagnetic Correlation with Bedrock Geology, TREK Project Area, Northern Interior Plateau, Central British Columbia

View TREK project page View TREK geology in Earth Science Viewer

About Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an independent, non-profit organization that generates earth science information in collaboration with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector. Our independent earth science enables informed resource management decisions. Geoscience BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Truman
Geoscience BC
604-662-4147



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