Geoscience BC releases mineral data

Results released after summer series of aerial magnetic surveys.

Following last summer’s series of aerial magnetic surveys, Geoscience BC has released its results.

The survey was conducted as part of the Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project, funded by Geoscience BC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust, to provide an overview of mining potential on the North Island.

“Our goal is to increase mineral exploration and attract investment to northern Vancouver Island and I applaud Geoscience BC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust for producing data to show the North Island’s economic potential,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour.

The project was developed to provide more data in an area described by Geoscience BC as having a strong history of mineral exploration and mining but which is today under-explored.

“The results released today are the product of an airborne magnetic survey, which was flown in August and September of 2012 by Geo Data Solutions GDS. Inc.,” said ‘Lyn Anglin, President and CEO of Geoscience BC. “This survey, which maps variations in the Earth’s magnetic field strength, helps geologists interpret the geology and structure of an area, and target their exploration activities.”

Port Hardy Bev Parnham described the results as “very promising” and explained that the next step involves taking core samples for geochemical analysis in order to provide a clearer picture of the region’s mineral distribution.

“We’re hoping that more geological work will come to the North Island,” she said, adding that the potential to create new jobs and bring more people to the area was something she was excited about.

The geochemical analysis is currently being performed by Noble Exploration Services Ltd. and is nearing completion, with results expected to be announced in the near future.

“Porphyry copper and related deposit types of three distinct and separate ages containing copper, iron, molybdenum, gold, silver and/or rhenium have been identified on Northern Vancouver Island,” said Jacques Houle, President of the Vancouver Island Exploration Group. “The Geoscience BC geochemical and geophysical data releases for Northern Vancouver Island will help generate future mineral discoveries in this under-explored but highly prospective area. “

For more information on the project visit Geoscience BC’s website at www.geosciencebc.com.

 

Just Posted

Port McNeill council wants to see a plan on how to protect and invest tax dollars

“if we can make $40,000 or $50,000 in interest, why not, as it could reduce taxes”

Gate House Theatre presents: A Suessified Christmas Carol

The play was an entertaining, amusing and engaging blend of the rhyme based story telling.

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: San Josef Bay

“I have always had an overwhelming desire to get to the sea stacks as soon as possible”

Port Hardy Rotary Club donates $8,077 to the Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund

The hamper fund raises food and donations for many communities in the North Island.

Oscar Hickes: The longest running hockey tournament on Vancouver Island has been cancelled

Patrick Murray, one of the organizers for the tournament, broke the sad news on social media.

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Most Read