This project was a proof of concept study designed to test the viability of in-field water analysis, for use in mineral exploration. Hydrogeochemistry is widely used in exploration for geothermal resources. While the authors report that some studies have shown the method can identify commodity and pathfinder element patterns related to outcropping and unexposed mineralized rock, the technique has not been widely used in mineral exploration.
The objective of this project was to assess the effectiveness of hydrogeochemistry as an exploration technique, using one of the commercially available analytical instruments. Water from select sites within drainages surrounding the Poison Mountain copper-gold porphyry prospect was analyzed to assess element distribution patterns. The results of in-field real time water analysis using a Palintest Photometer 8000 were compared with laboratory water and stream sediment analytical results from each site. Sampling was also conducted during the summer and fall.
The results of this project are presented as a comprehensive report, together with digital files for both in-field and laboratory analytical results. They can be used to help explorers consider the method as a tool in their hunt for mineral deposits in British Columbia