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Québec is looking forward to seeing you at the PDAC Convention

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles (MRN) is looking forward to seeing you at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2013 Convention, which will be held from March 3 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The MRN mines sector and its partners will be at Québec’s booth to welcome you.

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The following MRN partners will also be present to promote Québec: Investissement QuébecRessources Québec – Soquem, the Cree Mineral Exploration Board, the Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund, the Corporation de promotion du développement minéral de la Côte-Nord, DIVEX, and CONSOREM.


The MRN is taking advantage of this international showcase to release results of a study of the mineral potential of Québec’s Far North (Ungava Orogen) that highlights highly prospective areas for orogenic gold.

In addition, the MRN will announce the results of two new magnetic and gamma-ray spectrometry surveys in the southeastern portion of the Churchill Province. One survey covers the central part of the Labrador Trough, northwest of Schefferville, while the other covers the northwestern portion of the Core Zone, southeast of Kuujjuaq. These airborne surveys cover 45 NTS sheets at a scale of 1:50,000, for a total area of 35,744 km2. Two reports (DP 2013-02 and DP 2013-03) presenting all the technical aspects of the surveys, geophysical maps at a scale of 1:50,000, and associated digital data will also be published on the MRN’s website, through "E-Sigeom (Examine)". An interpretation of gamma-ray spectrometry data from these two surveys has identified a few possible uranium exploration targets, as well as regional anomalies. This work will be published in a promotional document (PRO 2013-01)

The results of a major regional geochemical survey (1 sample per 13 km2) of lake sediments will also be presented at the Convention. In fall 2012, more than 6,100 samples were taken in the southwestern portion of the Grenville Province, north of urban areas along the rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River) and the fleuve St-Laurent (St. Lawrence River). No lake sediment samples had been collected in the past and only stream sediment samples were available in this region. The Kipawa area, known for its potential for rare earth mineralization, was surveyed with a higher sample density (1 sample per 4 km2) to detect geochemical signatures typical of this region. Such signatures can then be sought in areas of the Grenville Province with lower data density to identify new exploration targets for rare earth mineralization.

A new map of overburden thickness in the Abitibi Subprovince will also be presented. The map, which covers an area of 23,000 km2 and includes more than 400,000 control points, will be very useful for exploration models of this region.


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