Kyle Powers, M.Sc. Student, University of British Columbia


Kyle completed his B.Sc. in geology from the University of Calgary in 2017 and has worked in the mineral exploration industry in BC for six years. This work included lab-based petrography, geological mapping, and drill core logging. Working as an exploration geologist in the rugged Golden Triangle in BC’s Northwest Region inspired Kyle to pursue an M.Sc. in geology with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. Kyle works under the supervision of Dr. Shaun Barker within the Golden Triangle Stratigraphy Project, which includes three other M.Sc. students. His research focuses on the Hazelton Group stratigraphy and the zinc-lead mineralization hosted within it, with the hopes of adding to the knowledge of this economically important package of rocks.

Project: Stratigraphy and Mineralization at BA in the Golden Triangle, NW BC

The Hazelton Group stratigraphy is a package of volcanic, volcanoclastic, and clastic sedimentary rocks that hosts several volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) systems including the silver-rich Dolly Varden deposit at its base and the gold-rich Eskay Creek deposit at its top. The zinc-lead BA deposit is situated geographically between these two significant mineral deposits that lie 130 km apart in BC’s Golden Triangle. However, the age and lithological provenance of the host stratigraphy remains ambiguous. In this study, detailed field relationships and drill core logging are being combined with new whole rock major and trace element lithogeochemistry, short wave infrared spectroscopy, and zircon U-Pb dates from key stratigraphic positions such as unconformities, mineralized horizons, and intrusive units. The results will establish the geological framework of the BA mineralizing system in both temporal and regional stratigraphic contexts in relation to the underlying Dolly Varden and overlying Eskay Creek VMS deposits.