Mineral Exploration for Central Interior Copper-Gold Deposits Boosted with New Maps

Vancouver, BC – April 11, 2022 – Three sets of six maps from Geoscience BC can be used by industry, governments, communities and Indigenous groups to ‘see through’ glacial sediments and better understand mineral exploration potential between Prince George and Quesnel, British Columbia. They cover the map sheets 093A/13; and 093G/01, 07, 09, 10, 16.

The surficial geology, drift thickness and till sampling suitability maps for six new areas, are part of the Central Interior Copper-Gold Research (CICGR) series’ Surficial Exploration Project. The Surficial Exploration Project is generating new maps, reports and data to help trace geochemical anomalies back to their bedrock source between Quesnel and Mackenzie.

The new maps are an essential part of the Surficial Exploration Project. They inform the collection and interpretation of new geochemical and mineralogical data from glacial deposits to improve understanding of the rocks below. Initial reanalysis results and map sheets for the northern part of the project were published in 2021, and final research results and reports are expected to be available later in 2022.

Geoscience BC Vice President, Minerals, Christa Pellett said: "The Central Interior Copper-Gold Research projects play a vital role focusing mineral exploration in BC. The new maps are central to this research and will support the CICGR goal to improve understanding of surficial geology of central British Columbia."

CICGR is a major multi-year Geoscience BC series of collaborative minerals earth science projects between Quesnel and Mackenzie. It is designed to highlight potential mineral deposits buried under glacial deposits in order to focus mineral exploration, attract investment and assist more informed natural resource decisions.

The CICGR program also includes the Identification of New Porphyry Potential Under Cover in Central British Columbia project. Results from that project were published in January 2022.

Upcoming Events: Kamloops Exploration Group and online community open house

There will be a technical talk on the research from project researcher Dave Sacco of Palmer at the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) conference on April 13, 2022. A PDF of the presentation from the in-person conference will then be available on the Geoscience BC website. The conference will also feature an update on other Geoscience BC minerals research from Vice President, Minerals Christa Pellett. Details on how to register for the conference can be found here

Geoscience BC will also host a non-technical community open house webinar on April 21 at 12:00 PM Pacific to provide an update on the CICGR series. Register for the webinar: here

Accessing Data

To view the reports and maps, visit the project pages or view the information on the Earth Science viewer online mapping application.

View project page          View project in Earth Science Viewer

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Geoscience BC members can help guide future CICGR and other critical metals research projects. To find out more about Geoscience BC membership opportunities designed to help industry, academia, communities, Indigenous groups and governments achieve shared goals and increase the impact of Geoscience BC research, visit our website.

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