New Minerals Research Improves East Kootenay Mineral Exploration Efficiency

Vancouver, BC – March 12, 2020 – Geoscience BC minerals research has delivered a new earth science model to boost understanding of the rocks and minerals that host several world-class mineral deposits in BC’s Southeast Region.

The study examined the contact between two important tectonic domains, the Purcell Anticlinorium and the Kootenay Arc. Using mineral dating and field studies, the researchers reconstructed part of the complex geological evolution of the mineral-rich East Kootenays.

“This valuable new interpretation will aid mineral explorers looking for new natural resource opportunities in this part of the province,” said Geoscience BC Vice President, Minerals Christa Pellett, commenting on the new research.

Researchers at University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba analyzed biotite and muscovite minerals from rocks in both the Purcell Anticlinorium and the Kootenay Arc to assign ages to the rock units. Combined with structural measurements and field observations, the researchers have generated a valuable new dataset that will further our understanding of the geological history of BC’s Southeast Region.

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