Linking Porphyry Deposit Geology to Geophysics via Physical Properties: Adding Value to Geoscience BC Geophysical Data
by Dianne Mitchinson, MDRU; R.J. Enkin, GSC; and C.J.R. Hart, MDRU.
Regional geophysical surveys were flown in 2007 and 2008 as part of the QUEST and QUEST-West projects to improve geological understanding in Quaternary sediment-covered areas and thereby encourage mineral exploration. As part of the ongoing process of adding value to Geoscience BC datasets, Project 2009-001, “Integrated Geological & Geophysical Porphyry Models: Adding Value to Geoscience BC Geophysical Data (NTS 93E, 93K, 93L, 93M, 93N)” was undertaken to define relationships between geophysical datasets collected as part of these QUEST surveys and porphyry deposit geology at six known porphyry deposits. The deposits chosen for investigation include: Mount Milligan, Endako, Huckleberry, Bell, Granisle and Morrison.
Geoscience BC Report 2013-14 presents physical rock property data from the six above-listed BC porphyry deposits, and discusses observed trends within the detailed QUEST and QUEST-West geophysical datasets and mapped geology. The resulting physical rock property data compilation has implications for improving interpretations of geophysical data from porphyry deposits. A synopsis of physical property criteria defining hydrothermally altered or mineralized rocks in BC porphyry settings is provided, which can ultimately be used for ranking similar mineral exploration targets throughout BC, thereby minimizing exploration risk.
Porphyry deposits surveyed during the QUEST and QUEST-West projects include Mount Milligan, Endako, Huckleberry, Bell, Granisle, and Morrison. Airborne magnetic and electromagnetic surveys (VTEM or AeroTEM) were conducted over each of these deposits. Additionally, a ZTEM (Z-axis tipper electromagnetic) survey was completed over the Mount Milligan deposit as a joint initiative between Geoscience BC and Terrane Metals Corp.
2009 : AeroTem Survey Results from the Equity Silver Mine
– Mineral Exploration Roundup Poster (pdf, 3.96MB)
Technical Article: 2009: “QUEST-West Geophysics in Central British Columbia (NTS 093E, F, G, K, L, M, N, 103I): New Regional Gravity and Helicopter-Borne Time-Domain Electromagnetic Data”
– Summary of Activities 2008, Report 2009-1 p.1-6 (pdf, 4.64MB)
- Geoscience BC Report 2008-4: Airborne Electromagnetic (VTEM) Dataset
- Geoscience BC Report 2008-8: Airborne Gravity Survey Dataset
Technical Article: 2007 : “Airborne electromagnetics and airborne gravity in the QUEST Project area, Williams Lake to Mackenzie, British Columbia (parts of NTS 093A, B, G, H, J, K, N, O; 094C, D)”
– Summary of Activities 2007, Report 2008-1 p.1-6 (pdf, 6.81MB)
Suggested Reference: Mitchinson, D.E., Enkin, R.J., and Hart, C.J.R. (2013): Linking Porphyry Deposit Geology to Geophysics via Physical Properties: Adding Value to Geoscience BC Geophysical Data; Geoscience BC, Report 2013-14, 116 p.
- Report (pdf) and Appendices (xls) (zip, 12.4 MB)or
- Report (pdf)
- Appendices (3): Physical Properties, XRD & Whole Rock Geochemistry (xls) (zip, 157 KB)