QUEST: Quesnellia Exploration Strategy


Geoscience BC's QUEST Project, initiated in 2007, is a program of regional geochemical and geophysical surveys designed to attract the mineral exploration industry to an under-explored region of British Columbia between Williams Lake and Mackenize. The QUEST Project is focused on the Quesnel Terrane, which has good potential for copper and gold porphyry deposits, but in this region is covered by a thick layer of sand and gravel left behind by glaciers.

QUEST Project Area


The project area covers part of British Columbia heavily affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) infestation, which has created an enormous economic challenge for BC and its affected communities. Geoscience BC hopes that the results of this project will help stimulate exploration activity which in turn will lead to diversification opportunities for the communities in the MPB area. This $5 Million project is funded by Geoscience BC with supporting funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Geoscience BC's QUEST Project included two airborne geophysical surveys: an airborne electromagnetic (EM) survey and an airborne gravity survey, which give insight into the conductivity and density of the rocks. The results of the two airborne surveys are an important tool for industry looking to understand the geology in the QUEST Project area. The QUEST Project also included the reanalysis of almost 5000 archived regional geochemical samples from parts of NTS sheets 93A, B, G, H, K and N, and the collecion of 2200 new geochemical samples north and west of Prince George. This new geochemical data is helping industry to identify new exploration targets.

Click here for a pdf file showing the location and the UTM coordinates of the QUEST geophysical surveys. For a shapefile of the QUEST geophysical survey outline, click here.

Posters and Presentations
2009 : BCGeoMap QUEST Area Update: Joint Technical Poster Presented at KEG
- KEG Poster (pdf, 22.3MB)

2007 : Geoscience BC Announces QUEST: New Regional Geoscience Surveys in Central BC this Summer and Fall
- Geoscience BC QUEST Flyer (pdf, 1.49MB)

2007 : Geoscience BC Announces QUEST: New Regional Geoscience Surveys in Central BC this Summer and Fall
- Geoscience BC QUEST Poster (pdf, 1.29MB)

2007 : QUEST Road Map & QUEST Geology Map
- NDIT Funding Addition Posters (pdf, 1.69MB)

2007 : QUEST - Quesnellia Exploration Strategy
- QUEST Project Summary Presentation, June 2007 (pdf, 6.53MB)

Technical Articles
2007 : "Airborne electromagnetics and airborne gravity in the QUEST Project area, Williams Lake to Mackenzie, British Columbia (parts of NTS 093A, B, G, H, J, K, N, O; 094C, D)"
- Summary of Activities 2007, Report 2008-1 p.1-6 (pdf, 6.81MB)

2007 : "QUEST Project Geochemistry Field Surveys and Data Reanalysis, Central British Columbia (parts of NTS 093A, B, G, H, J, K, N, O)"
- Summary of Activities 2007, Report 2008-1 p.7-10 (pdf, 3.22MB)

General Maps of Interest
QUEST Project Lake and Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Copper (ICPMS) (pdf, 4.8MB)
QUEST Project Lake and Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Molybdenum (ICPMS) (pdf, 4.8MB)

Final Deliverables
Geochemical Surveys
Geophysical Surveys
Geoscience BC Maps


Geoscience BC QUEST Follow-up Projects
2007-026: Glacial Geologic Framework and Drift Prospecting for a Portion of the QUEST Project Area - Brent Ward, Simon Fraser University
2008-003: QUEST Project: Geoscience BC Analysis of Geochemical Data - Colin Barnett, BW Mining
2008-004: Google Earth Data Explorer - Will Cadell, Timberline Natural Resource Group and Geoff Mulligan, Golder Associates
2008-005: An Investigation Using SiroSOM for the Analysis of QUEST Stream-Sediment, Lake-Sediment and Water Data - Stephen Fraser, CSIRO Exploration and Mining
2008-007: QUEST Project Property File Update - Nicole Barlow, Purple Rock Editing
2008-008: MINFILE Update in the QUEST Project Area - George Owsiacki, Total Earth Science Services
2008-009: QUEST Project: 3D Inversion Modelling, Integration, and Visualization of Airborne Gravity, Magnetic, and Electromagnetic Data - Nigel Phillips, Mira Geoscience Ltd.
2008-032: Helicopter-borne Z-Axis Tipper Electromagnetic (ZTEM) and Aeromagnetic Survey, Mt. Milligan Test Block - Geotech Limited
News Releases
August 27, 2009: Upcoming Geoscience BC Events - Data Release and GBC Research Review Day

July 30, 2009: Explore QUEST Project Geochemistry in Google Earth!

April 7, 2009: BCGeoMap QUEST Area Update: Joint Technical Poster Presented at KEG

January 26, 2009: Geoscience BC Releases new Analysis of the QUEST Geochemical Dataset, Z-TEM Data from Mt. Milligan and Preliminary QUEST Project Area Till Geochemistry

June 12, 2008: Geoscience BC Releases QUEST Project Airborne Gravity Dataset

April 1, 2008: New QUEST Lake Sediment Geochemistry and Preliminary Airborne Gravity Images Released

January 28, 2008: Geoscience BC Releases Initial Results From $5 Million Exploration Project in Central B.C.'s Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Area

December 20, 2007: Geoscience BC QUEST Project Update

August 10, 2007: Geoscience BC QUEST Project Update

July 10, 2007: Northern Trust Announces $750,000 Funding for Geoscience Surveys to Diversify the Mackenzie Region's Economy

June 12, 2007: Geoscience BC and BC MEMPR Joint Release: Province Backs Quest to Unlock Mineral Potential

May 14, 2007: Geoscience BC Planning for New Regional Surveys in Central BC
TV Clips
August 3, 2007 : QUEST TV clip
- courtesy of PGTV
June 12, 2007 : QUEST TV clip
- courtesy of PGTV

 



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