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Trace Element Analysis of the Clay-Sized Fraction of Archived Till Samples, Babine, British Columbia 

Lead Researcher(s):  T. Ferbey

Project ID:  2007-027

Key Research Organization(s):  British Columbia Geological Survey

Project Location:  Bulkley Nechako

Strategic Focus Area:  Minerals


Nechako Babine Till Sample Reanalysis Project

The Babine porphyry copper district has hosted two producing porphyry copper mines (Bell and Granisle) and, as suggested by numerous showings and prospects, has high potential to host other porphyry copper deposits. Despite this, the district, relative to districts to the east and northwest, remains under-explored.

The clay-sized fraction of 533 archived basal till samples collected within the Babine porphyry copper belt was analyzed for 37 elements by aqua regia digestion followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The spatial distribution of samples elevated in Ag, As, Cu, Hg, Mo, Pb, and Zn are the focus of this study. Data presented here confirm and further constrain previously identified till geochemical exploration targets within the Babine porphyry copper belt. These data also outline two new multi-element, multi-site till geochemical exploration targets.