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2009-2010 Geoscientific Programming

Sylvain Lacroix, Jean-Yves Labbé and Charles Maurice
Bureau de l'exploration géologique du Québec (BEGQ), Géologie Québec

Bureau de l'exploration géologique du Québec has developed new geoscientific programming initiatives, designed to increase awareness of the province’s geology and thereby help promote and develop Québec’s mineral potential (PDF Format, 5,7 Mb). Fifteen geoscientific knowledge acquisition projects have been or will be completed in 2009–2010. They fall into three categories: Far North projects, the Copper Plan, and Quaternary Period projects.

Of the six Far North projects (numbers 1 to 6), four are geological inventories (two surveys in the Superior Province, and one each in the Churchill and Grenville Provinces. The Schefferville East Project (number 1) is a multidisciplinary collaboration involving the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador governments. The area mapped in summer 2009 was previously the subject of an aerial magnetic survey by the Geological Survey of Canada, while geological and geochemical surveys were carried out southeast of Schefferville in summer 2009 by the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Far North projects also include a magnetic and spectrometric survey carried out aerially in the James Bay area, as well as geochemical surveys of lake sediments from eastern Grenville Province .

The Copper Plan includes four geoscientific projects (numbers 7 to 10). Three are geological surveys—in the Chapais, Matagami, and northwest Val-d’Or areas respectively—designed to gain insight into the geology of large cupro-zinciferous mining camps or geological regions with significant mining potential. An aerial magnetic survey of a wide swath east of Val-d’Or and Senneterre will help us determine more precisely how far east the Abitibi Belt extends and how far into the Grenville Province.

The Quaternary Period projects include five new initiatives (numbers 11 to 15). Two are inventories involving aggregates in the Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue areas, which will facilitate planning for highways and other infrastructure for which these materials are used. The other three projects will map superficial deposits in sectors targeted by the Québec groundwater knowledge acquisition plan. They are the direct result of the summer 2009 signing of an agreement with Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs—one of the objectives of the Québec government mineral strategy.

A "sneak preview" of preliminary results of the geological knowledge acquisition projects will be presented at Québec Exploration 2009.

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