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Hudson Bay Lowland

 

Till sampling and stratigraphy of the Kaskattama highland region

Project Information

Principal investigators:
Tyler Hodder, Michelle Gauthier

Partnered with:
University of Waterloo (Post-Doctoral Fellow Sam Kelley)
GEM-2 (Hudson-Ungava Project)

Location (Manitoba component only):
Parts of 54B, 54O

 

Project Description

Main objectives:

The overall objective of this project is to visit key sites in the largely unexplored Kaskattama highland region of northeastern Manitoba. This project will provide a regional till compositional dataset to assess the economic potential and contribute to our understanding of the Quaternary history of this remote region.

Methodology:

  • Helicopter-supported fieldwork to visit key sites from 2016 and 2017 field seasons.
  • Sampling of till for characterization.
  • Describing of the Quaternary stratigraphy.
  • Conducting clast fabric measurements to determine ice-flow history.

 

Benefits:

A strong public geoscience knowledge base is recognized internationally as a key competitive advantage in profiling a jurisdiction’s geological potential and attracting investment in mineral exploration and development. The products of this project will provide a direct influence on exploration in this remote region of northeast Manitoba.

 

Plans for fiscal year 2018-2019:

  • Release of 2017 kimberlite-indicator-mineral results.
  • Complete clast lithology counts.
  • Synthesis of results and writing of publications.

 

Completed outputs:

2017-2018

Hodder, T.J. 2017: Quaternary stratigraphy and till sampling in the Kaskattama highland region, northeastern Manitoba (parts of NTS 53N, O, 54B, C): year two; in Report of Activities 2017, Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 205–214.

Hodder, T.J. and Kelley, S.E. 2017: Kimberlite-indicator-mineral results derived from glacial sediments (till) in the Kaskattama highland area of northeast Manitoba (parts of NTS 53N, O, 54B, C); Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, Open File OF2017-1, 6 p.

Hodder, T.J., Kelley, S.E. and Gauthier, M.S. 2017: Till composition of the Kaskattama highland region of northeast Manitoba; Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 15–16, 2017, oral presentation.

Hodder, T.J., Kelley, S.E., Trommelen, M.S., Ross, M. and Rinne, M.L. 2017: The Kaskattama highland: till composition and indications of a new Precambrian inlier in the Hudson Bay Lowland?; Geological Association of Canada–Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Kingston, Ontario, May 14–17, 2017, Program with Abstracts, v. 40, p. 160.

Hodder, T.J., Kelley, S.E., Trommelen, M.S., Ross, M. and Rinne, M.L. 2017: The Kaskattama highland: till composition and indications of a new Precambrian inlier in the Hudson Bay Lowland?; Geological Association of Canada–Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting, Kingston, Ontario, May 14–17, 2017, poster presentation.

2016-2017

Hodder, T.J. and Kelley, S.E. 2016: Quaternary stratigraphy and till sampling in the Kaskattama highland region, northeastern Manitoba (parts of NTS 53N, O, 54B, C); in Report of Activities 2016, Manitoba Growth Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 187–195.

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