Geoscience BC Announces Release of Report 2009-19 and highlights GeoGRAFX Short Course featuring QUEST-West Datasets

November 30, 2009- Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of Report 2009-19 "Apatite Fission Track Data for Seventeen Rock Samples from the Bowser and Sustut Basins, British Columbia." This report has also been released as GSC Open File 6325 / BC MEMPR Petroleum Geology Open File 2009-05.

This report is a final product of a broad 4 year collaborative project between the Geological Survey of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources initiated in 2003, and a collaborative project between Geoscience BC and the Geological Survey of Canada started in 2005. The broader project, called "Integrated Petroleum Resource Potential and Geoscience Studies of the Bowser and Sustut Basins", was multidisciplinary in scope and broad in geographic coverage, including the length and breadth of the Bowser and Sustut basins (Evenchick et al., 2003; Evenchick and Ferri, 2007). Primary activities included geological framework studies, energy resource studies, thermal history, thermal state, and petroleum resource assessment. The Geoscience BC project, called "Targeted Energy Resource Studies in the Bowser and Sustut Interior Basins of British Columbia", focused on: thermochronology of the southern Bowser Basin through apatite fission-track chronology (AFT); stratigraphic studies of the early Bowser Basin history; and digital compilation and publication of field data (Evenchick et al., 2006).

This report presents an explanation of the geological context, purpose, and sampling strategy of the AFT study followed by a report of data for 17 samples analyzed by Apatite to Zircon Inc. of Viola, Idaho, USA. The latter is reproduced from Apatite to Zircon Inc. Reports 682 and 781, and comprises a summary of the data, an explanation of laboratory and modeling procedures, and the results of modeling. Report 682 is for 14 samples from the northern basin collected in 2002 as part of the broader Bowser Basin study, and report 781 is for 3 samples collected from the southern basin in 2006 as part of the Geoscience BC project.

Click here for more information on Geoscience BC Report 2009-19 / GSC Open File 6325 / BC MEMPR Petroleum Geology Open File 2009-05.

Geoscience BC QUEST-West Data - Using MapInfo/Discover to Select Exploration Targets

GeoGRAFX is holding a short course in Vancouver January 11-13 titled "Geoscience BC QUEST-West Data - Using MapInfo/Discover to Select Exploration Targets." This three-day MapInfo Professional / Discover course will familiarize geologists with the tools available to analyze geochemical and geophysical data sets, as well as create geologic maps and print layout. The course consists of a series of lectures and hands-on exercises using the recently released Geoscience BC data in the QUEST-West area to build maps and visualize data.

For more details on course content or to register online, visit or contact GeoGRAFX directly at 520.744.4457 or

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Geoscience BC is an industry-led, industry-focused not-for-profit society. Its mandate includes the collection, interpretation and marketing of geoscience data and expertise to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia. Geoscience BC is funded through grants from the Provincial Government and works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations and communities to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to BC.