Assessment of Abitibi's massive sulphide potential:
enthusiastically welcomed by the industry!
Direction de Géologie Québec
Publication of the study dealing with the Abitibi
volcanogenic massive sulphide potential (EP 2005-01) was eagerly
awaited. Results of the study were disclosed on March 7, 2005, during
the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention
in Toronto. Most visitors were impressed by the extensive and consistent
coverage of the work.
Geoscience data from Abitibi greenstone belts was
reprocessed using an innovative approach, the steps of which are
explained in detail in report EP
2005-01. Results are presented in a user-friendly manner and
the document contains an impressive number of intermediate vector
and raster files (more than 24 GB).
The general map, at a scale of 1:500,000, and 120
base metal potential assessment maps, at a scale of 1:50,000, are
available on CD in PDF format. Easily accessible using an index
map, they show:
- variations in potential resulting from the combination of 26
parameters used in the study;
- highly favourable zones for massive sulphides;
- the position of the unclaimed portions of the zones (at the
time the study was carried out).
The unclaimed portions represent 155 targets, hyperlinked to a
One month after publication of the results, 31
of the proposed targets had been claimed and are now covered by
a total of 412 mineral titles. Furthermore, each company with mineral
titles touching a highly favourable (or promising) zone received
a letter mentioning the existence of the zone on its property.
Chances are that publication of the English version
of the study in May 2005 will result in additional claims being
filed on remaining available targets (EP