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2007-2008 geoscience program
Continuing and expanding activities

Sylvain Lacroix, director
Bureau de l'exploration géologique du Québec
Direction générale de Géologie Québec

The Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec is presenting the geoscience projects it intends to carry out in 2007-2008 (PDF Format, 2,5 Mo). There are 11 projects currently included in the new program.

The program was established after consultation of regional and industry stakeholders. The work planned for this year is mostly a continuation of projects begun last year and reflects the priorities already identified by the Copper Plan in northwestern Québec and the triennial plans in the various geological regions of Québec.

The results of all these new geoscience projects will be revealed next November, during the Québec Exploration 2007 event.

Copper Plan

For the second year in a row, northwestern Québec will be the scene of an extensive geoscience program to promote the exploration and discovery of new deposits that could supply copper concentrate for the Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda. Carried out in partnership with the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS), the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and other industrial, academic and regional stakeholders, this geoscience work is also intended to network all available human resources.

The Rouyn-Noranda sector is highly prospective for the discovery of copper deposits and will be the target of several multidisciplinary projects, including new inventories in the western part of the Blake River Group. The work will be carried out on either side of the Québec-Ontario border by MRNF and OGS geologists. Metallogenic studies will also be conducted along the Cadillac Fault and in the Malartic Group, to test the possible extension into Québec of the units hosting the giant Kidd-Creek deposit, near Timmins in Ontario. 3D modeling along the Cadillac Fault and in the Blake River Group, to identify mineral potential at depth, as well as several other thematic studies (geochronology, structural geology, ore deposit study, etc.), will support the other work.

In Chibougamau, fieldwork will continue in summer 2007, to update several geological maps in this area highly prospective for copper, which was the subject of a recent airborne geophysical MEGATEM survey by the Geological Survey of Canada, as part of the IGC/TGI 3 Targeted Geoscience Initiative. The work will be complemented by 3D modeling of the south limb of the lac Doré Complex.

In the Baie-James territory, the major geological mapping project carried out last year in the area of the Éléonore discovery, north of the rivière Eastmain, will continue for a second consecutive year, moving toward areas situated further west.

A new mapping project in the Far North

Geological mapping at a scale of 1:250,000 will be carried out on the rivière Sérigny (23N) map sheet. In addition, the survey will cover the western third of the lac Cambrien (24C) map sheet, immediately to the north. This survey will complete the mapping already carried out during the Far North program.

Other projects in the Grenville Province, the Appalachians and unconsolidated deposits

Several projects will be carried out in the Grenville Province, on the north bank of the fleuve Saint-Laurent, in 2008. In the Côte-Nord Region, mapping of the sector west of Baie-Comeau will continue in summer 2007. A pilot project to evaluate the potential for all mineral resources (metals, stone, aggregate, peat, etc.) will also be conducted in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region.

The potential for dimension stone in the Grenville Province and the Appalachians will be evaluated in various regions (Portneuf, Charlevoix, Bas-Saint-Laurent). A compilation of unconsolidated deposits and erosion marks will also cover large areas of the Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Québec regions.

Since its creation in March 2006, the Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec (BEGQ) has been responsible for acquiring new geological knowledge throughout Québec. Its work focuses on developing Québec's mineral potential in order to encourage mineral exploration and the renewal and diversification of its mineral resources. To fulfill its provincial mandate, the BEGQ has roughly forty employees, including about twenty geologists, in four offices in the following municipalities: Montréal, Québec, Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or.

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