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May 2002

2002-2003 Field Program
An exclusive!
Pierre Verpaelst and Robert Marquis
Géologie Québec

Year after year, in order to open new territories to mineral exploration, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, through Géologie Québec, continues to acquire geoscience data in areas with promising mineral potential.

Next November, during the Geological Research Information Seminar, the results of surveys conducted during the summer by the Department and its partners involved in exploration will be unveiled.

Here is an exclusive look at the projects that will be carried out over the course of the 2002 field season.

Far North

In 1998, Géologie Québec launched a five-year project to complete the mapping coverage of the Nord-du-Québec region at 1:250,000 scale. This year, Géologie Québec heads into the fifth field campaign of this project. Given its magnitude and complexity, this campaign calls on an important proportion of the human and financial resources of our geological services. This year, three teams will be at work north of the 55th parallel.

A metallogenic study of the principal metalliferous showings, and an age dating program will be undertaken. In partnership with the Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University, Simon Fraser University and the Geological Survey of Canada, thematic studies will complement Géologie Québec's involvement in the Far North. Recently, a collaborative effort between the Geological Survey of Canada and Géologie Québec led to the discovery of kimberlite indicator minerals in the Lac Bienville area. To conclude this program, a geological overview of Québec's Far North will be produced.

Baie James

Projects underway in the Baie James region essentially relate to a global geological and metallogenic overview of work performed since 1995 along the rivière La Grande.

A recent compilation of geological data for map sheet will allow us to release very soon a new collection of colour-coded maps at 1:50,000 scale for the entire 33G map sheet.


Projects in the Abitibi are conducted under the three-year action plan for 2001-2003 established by the Ministère in conjunction with mining industry members. Géologie Québec is currently continuing its inventory survey in the Urban-Barry belt, east of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, as well as a metallogenic study of the Doyon-Bousquet-LaRonde mining camp undertaken in 2000. This year, a 3D-modelling component will be added to the latter study. The 3D-modelling, at the scale of the mining camp, will be conducted in partnership with the URSTM (Unité de recherché en sciences et en technologie minérale) of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamigue. The other partners involved in the Doyon-Bousquet-LaRonde project with the Department are: mining companies Barrick Gold Corporation, Cambior Inc., Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd and Yorbeau Resources Inc., as well as the Geological Survey of Canada.

During the summer 2002, the Department will also launch a new mapping project in the Lac Olga sector, located between Matagami and Chibougamau. A metallogenic study north of Rouyn-Noranda, along the Destor-Porcupine fault, is also on the agenda. This study includes a 3D-modelling component as well.

Furthermore, our compilation efforts at all map scales will continue. This measure will allow us to produce a new collection of colour-coded maps for the entire 32E map sheet.

This year also, a global map at 1:500,000 scale of the entire Abitibi greenstone belt incorporating the latest geological and geochronological data will be released in digital format.

Finally, three new mineral potential maps for the volcanogenic massive sulphide model will be produced.


Géologie Québec continues to extend its geological mapping coverage at 1:50,000 scale of the Grenville Province, as well as its regional overviews. One of these deals with map sheet 22E north of the Saguenay region, an area with particularly promising Ni-Cu and PGE potential. Another mapping project covers map sheet 31O/06, north of Mont-Laurier; it will allow us to complete an overview of the north part of the Central Metasedimentary Belt. This area is particularly interesting for its ore deposit settings in a metasedimentary environment.


Over the past year, after consulting with exploration companies and research agencies involved in this area, Géologie Québec has prepared a three-year plan for its activities in the Appalachians. This year, phase I of the plan will be launched with a project to compile, update the geology and study the metallogenic setting of the southern Gaspésie region and the Bas-Saint-Laurent. These studies are more specifically focused on base and precious metal deposits hosted in "red bed" and Carlin-type settings. This project also includes a re-analysis of stream sediments for base metals.

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