New Research Ages Rocks; Updates Maps to Guide Exploration for Critical Minerals and Metals

Vancouver, BC – November 1, 2022 – Geoscience BC has published new public geoscience for an area between Greenwood and Trail in the Kootenay Boundary Regional District that can be used to guide mineral exploration – including potential new critical minerals and metals opportunities.

The new research includes six revised geological maps and a report for the eastern half of the Penticton Map Sheet (NTS 082E) in BC’s South Central Region, which is home to historical mines producing critical metals such as molybdenum and zinc, as well as gold, lead and silver. Demand for critical minerals and metals is forecast to grow significantly in coming years because they are needed for electrification and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Project lead researcher Trygve Höy updated six 1:50,000 geological maps in the eastern half of the Penticton Map Sheet. In addition, work to clarify the age of geology and mineralization throughout the area was completed.

The revised maps and dates will help geologists focus on intrusions of interest within the surrounding batholiths within the Penticton Map Sheet, aiding in the search for new critical mineral and metal deposits. The public data can also be used by others to inform development decisions in the area.

Geoscience BC Vice President, Minerals Christa Pellett said: "This project builds on existing knowledge of a region that is known to host mineral deposits. It can help pave the way for new, targeted exploration of metals on Canada’s critical minerals and metals list.”

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