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Exploration targets now in SIGEOM

Caroline Thorn
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

The Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles captures new data every year and announces new exploration targets that are revealed by means of a promotional Examine document (QERPRO).

The data are available in geomatic format and can be used in mapping applications viewable or extractable via the interactive map, the Web Mapping Service (WMS) or SIGÉOM à la carte.

In SIGÉOM, mineral exploration targets are classified under seven headings: mapping, spatial analysis potential assessment, geochemistry, geophysics, 3D modelling, quaternary and satellite.

Interactive map
The interactive map offers free consultation of data on exploration targets. The seven types of targets are shown on different layers of the map. Each geometric element can be searched and summary information about the target is displayed.

To consult the interactive map:

Web Mapping Service (WMS)
The Web Mapping Service allows data to be incorporated into a geographic information system (GIS). An article published in June 2013 on the subject of displaying and using SIGÉOM’s Web Mapping Service data gives further details of the procedure.

Exploration target data can also be found in the SIGÉOM Web Mapping Service (WMS) at the following address:

SIGÉOM à la carte
In the SigÉom à la carte environment, the entire database can be searched. The information provided is more detailed than that contained in the interactive map and Web Mapping Service, and consultation is free of charge. A Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file containing the search results can also be downloaded free of charge.

Users who require more detailed information may also purchase data in the form of shapefiles and geodatabase files. Both formats are provided upon purchase, and may be downloaded. Exploration targets appear under the heading “Mineral Potential” on the following page:

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