Mineral Exploration

Winter 2016

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

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Winter 20 1 6 63 PHOTO GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA emphasizing indicator minerals from till. Each November, the BCGS presents results at an open house in Victoria. Continuously updated, the BCGS databases – including MINFILE, COALFILE, Property File, the Assessment Reports Indexing System (ARIS) and the province- wide bedrock compilation map (BC Digital Geology) – are made available through MapPlace. MINFILE documents more than 14,600 metallic mineral, industrial mineral and coal occurrences. ARIS has over 36,000 mineral exploration reports, 450 of which have data in digital format. Property File now has over 60,000 unique reports and maps, documenting exploration activity in British Columbia from the late 1800s. The BCGS has updated the Regional Geochemical Survey database and the provincial lithogeochemical database, and has initiated work to update and deliver a B.C. till geochemical database. Geoscience BC, a not-for-profit, non- government geoscience organization funded by provincial government grants, also provides geoscience data in British Columbia. Geoscience BC is industry- led, attracting mineral and oil-and-gas investment to the province by publicly distributing geoscience data. 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 whose membership is largely drawn from the exploration industry. Mineralized quartz-magnetite breccia from Northisle Copper and Gold Inc.'s drill program at Red Dog.

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