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Review of the 2013 field season: a productive exercise for our mapping teams

Patrice Roy
Ministère des Ressources naturelles

bilan1During the summer of 2013, the Bureau de l’exploration géologique du Québec has kept on working to acquire geoscience knowledge across the province. A total of 12 millions dollars will be invested in geoscience projects until March 31, 2014. In fact, the rhythm of data acquisition was maintained in spite of slower activities in the mineral exploration industry thanks to the Fonds des ressources naturelles.

bilan2This summer, 21 regional surveys were completed (figure 1), including 8 geological mapping projects, 7 Quaternary surveys, 4 geophysical projects and 2 lake sediment sampling surveys. In order to carry out these projects, several contractors and 51 seasonal employees joined our team of 22 geologists. Among the seasonal employees, 35 were trainees, most of them from universities and cégeps of the province. An additional cohort of six foreign trainees, who took part in our Field School program, joined our mapping surveys and had the opportunity to receive training from our competent professionals who were willing to transmit their knowledge.

Figure 1

bilan3In addition to the regional surveys, about twenty university projects will be undertaken this year (figure 2). Four of these will help defining more precisely the geological age of rocks, Quaternary deposits and geological events on Québec’s territory. We will also attempt to get a better understanding of glacial dynamics as well as the tectonic context in the lesser known geological provinces, and better delineate some units with a known mineral potential. In Abitibi, two projects will help understand Achaean volcanism linked to the emplacement of massive sulphides in volcanic rocks and seven projects will help us get a better knowledge of gold deposits. Finally, one project will be carried out to update the Appalachian geological map.

Figure 2

Preliminary results of all these projects will be unveiled in conferences or geoscience posters during Québec Mines 2013 that will take place from November 11 to 14 at the Québec City Convention Centre.

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