February 2009    Print this article

Exclusive MEGATEM II surveys for Abitibi unveiled!

Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Canada, is set to publish a number of MEGATEM II surveys in order to spur mineral exploration in the Abitibi subprovince. The MEGATEM II surveys will be released on Friday, February 27, at 1 p.m., just before the PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) convention gets underway.

In all, 16 MEGATEM II surveys of the Abitibi region’s volcanic-sedimentary belts have been or will be made public—that’s 85,255 km of flight lines and over 30,000 geophysical anomalies. The batch to be unveiled in late February totals 33 NTS sheets, in whole or in part, of the eastern and southern Abitibi regions. A first batch of eight NTS sheets covering the northwestern part of the Abitibi region was released at the 2008 Québec Exploration Convention. The surveys, which are courtesy of Xstrata and Virginia Mines, have an estimated combined value of $8.9 million.

Digital data and interpretation cards for the MEGATEM II surveys will be simultaneously made available via Système d’information géominière du Québec, public records (DP 2008-03 to DP 2008-38 for the cards, and DP 2008-40 and DP 2008-41 for the digital data), and Natural Resources Canada’s Geoscientific Data Repository.

 

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