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Training session on the geology of the Abitibi sub-province

Jean Goutier
Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

Every year, Géologie Québec offers one-day training sessions on the geology of specific regions of Québec for Québec Mines participants.

In 2012, the session was entitled Geology and Mineral Deposits in Northern Québec, and was led by Thomas Clark, Jean Goutier and Martin Simard from the Ministère de l’Énergie et de Ressources naturelles (MERN). Attended by nearly 80 people, it focused on the geology of the Labrador Trough, James Bay and the north-eastern sector of Superior.

In 2013, the session was entitled “Exploring the Grenville Province: An ABC of its Geology, Deposits and Mineral Potential”. Led by  Abdelali Moukhsil and Fabien Solgadi from the MERN, Aphrodite Indarès from Memorial University and Louise Corriveau from the Geological Survey of Canada, it was attended by roughly 50 people, clearly confirming the need for this type of training.

This year, the subject of the session is “The Geology of the Abitibi Sub-Province: Recent Maps and Future Prospects”. It will present the MERN’s recent geological mapping and regional summary work in the Malartic–Val-d'Or, Rouyn-Noranda, Lac au Goéland and Chapais-Chibougamau regions, and will cover the following topics:

  • stratigraphic reviews using geochronological and geochemical data;
  • structural interpretation using field and aeromagnetic data; and
  • the potential for volcanogenic massive sulfides (VMS), copper-gold veins and orogenic gold.

Samples and maps will also be presented.

The session will be led by Pierre Pilote, who has supervised detailed mapping in the Malartic and Val-d’Or regions since 2006; by Jean Goutier, who has carried out mapping in the Rouyn-Noranda and Lac au Goéland regions; and by François Leclerc, who has studied and mapped the Chapais and Chibougamau regions since 2004. There will also be an opportunity for discussions with the session leaders. 

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