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2006-2007 annual programming
Mapping huge territories

Robert Marquis, director
Bureau de l'exploration géologique du Québec
Géologie Québec directorate

The 2006-2007 programming of the Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec is based on a renewed partnership with the community and on networking human and financial resources at all levels of government concerned about reasoned development of the mineral resource as a tool for sustainable economic development.

In 2006-2007, as part of the initial annual programming of the Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec, the focus will be on mapping huge areas in the Baie-James territory and on the Côte-Nord. Several thematic studies will also be carried out in partnership with the Geological Survey of Canada, the Ontario Geological Survey and our industrial and academic partners.

In the Baie-James territory, a new three-year mapping program will concentrate on an east-west corridor, north of the Rivière Eastmain. This area has not been revisited since the late 1970s and several recent discoveries call for new work to be carried out to identify the regional geological setting. Mapping of the Olga Lake area, initiated in 2002, will also be completed this year to link up the geology of the Matagami and Chibougamau areas.

On the Côte-Nord, an extensive mapping program will begin in summer 2006 in the Baie-Comeau area. The new program will be carried out in conjunction with the startup of an ambitious regional synthesis of the Grenville Province, which will extend over a five-year period.

In the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, fieldwork will be carried out in specific sectors selected with industry input. The areas were picked because they were highly prospective for base metals, especially copper. This strategic approach is based on an unprecedented cooperative effort. It will allow better integration of geological knowledge about the Blake River Group and make it possible to quickly find new exploration targets in the Rouyn-Noranda area.

Summer 2006 fieldwork in Chibougamau, which has been planned to take into consideration the results of a new airborne geophysical MEGATEM survey recently carried out by the Geological Survey of Canada as part of the IGC/TGI 3 Targeted Geoscience Initiative, will make it possible to update several geological maps in this area, which is highly prospective for copper mineralization. The compilation of overburden data in the area north of Lake Mistassini initiated in 2005-2006 will also continue, in cooperation with the Table jamésienne de concertation minière (Baie-James mining issue-table).

Another important aspect of the 2006-2007 programming will be the startup of an ambitious multiyear project to systematically drill Quaternary deposits in the Lebel-sur-Quévillon-Normétal corridor. Jointly funded by both levels of government and carried out in cooperation with academic partners, this project will make it possible to considerably improve our understanding of an area whose potential for base metals remains largely untapped to this day. Establishing new exploration targets in this highly prospective area is one of the cornerstones of the 2006-2007 annual programming.