Mineral Exploration

Winter 2019

Mineral Exploration is the official publication of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

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W inte r 20 1 9 51 including MINFILE, COALFILE, Property File and the Assessment Reports Indexing System (ARIS). MINFILE documents more than 14,900 metallic mineral, industrial mineral and coal occurrences. COALFILE includes a collection of 1,020 coal assessment reports. Property File has more than 82,000 reports and maps documenting exploration activity in British Columbia since the late 1800s. ARIS has more than 37,400 mineral exploration assessment reports, representing about $2.8 billion of exploration expenditures. Traditionally, data in assessment reports have been embedded in non-digital electronic files (e.g. .PDF) making them difficult to extract and use. The BCGS has embarked on a program to encourage digital submission of ARIS data using digital data files such as spreadsheets, databases, maps and grids. Explorationists will benefit because digital data can be easily retrieved, integrated, and recast for specific needs. Digital submission will also enable the Survey to better maintain province-wide databases and create derivative products that use past results to guide future exploration. The BCGS continues to maintain geochemical databases with multi-element analyses from rock, till, stream- and lake- sediment, water and coal ash samples. The databases include more than five million determinations from about 86,000 samples. A compilation of more than 150,000 ice-flow indicators digitally captured from published and unpublished surficial geology, terrain, glacial features and bedrock geology maps is available. In addition, the BCGS is developing a new geochronological database and updating the lithogeochemical and RGS databases. The BCGS offers province-wide integrated digital coverage of bedrock geology, including all details from compilation of field mapping at scales from 1:50,000 to 1:250,000. The B.C. bedrock geology regularly integrates new mapping from field geologists. Along with the BCGS and the GSC, Geoscience BC, a not-for-profit, non- government geoscience organization funded by provincial government grants, also distributes geoscience data in British Columbia. Geoscience BC is industry-led, and supports mineral and oil and gas investment to British Columbia through the funding and delivery of geoscience data produced by third parties. Geoscience BC awards contracts for large geophysical and geochemical programs and provides grants to universities and consultants for targeted geoscience projects typically generated through requests for proposals. Geoscience BC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and receives technical direction from volunteer technical advisory committees (mineral exploration, oil and gas, and geothermal) whose membership is largely drawn from the exploration industry. PUBLIC GEOSCIENCE 2018-2019 Canmine Contracting.indd 1 2016-11-03 8:48 AM

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