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Southwest Manitoba

 

Geology of the eastern sub-Phanerozoic Flin Flon belt

 

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Principal investigator:
Kyle Reid

Partnered with:
HudBay Minerals Inc., Royal Nickel Corp., Rockcliff Metals Corp.

Location:
Parts of NTS 63J3, 63J4, 63J5, 63J6, 63J7, 63J10, 63J11, 63J12, 63K1, 63K8

 

Project Description

Main objectives:

To understand the stratigraphy, tectonic evolution and mineral potential of the eastern Flin Flon belt beneath Phanerozoic cover rocks.

Methodology:

The project involves re-evaluation of drillcore from select drillholes from the region. Compilation of whole-rock geochemical data collected by the MGS and industry will be used to investigate rock type, alteration and tectonic setting. Isotopic analyses (U-Pb and Sm-Nd) of select samples will assist in the correlation of volcanic strata.

 

Benefits:

The southern extension of the Flin Flon belt under Phanerozoic cover is the 'next frontier' for VMS exploration in the region. Proper identification of these rocks and the tectonic settings in which they formed provides critical information about their mineral potential. This information can inform exploration strategies, ultimately de-risking projects in this challenging but underexplored area.

 

Plans for fiscal year 2017-2018:

Three weeks of drillcore examination and sampling at drillcore facilities in Flin Flon, The Pas and Snow Lake

 

Completed outputs:

2017-2018

Reid, K.D. 2017: Sub-Phanerozoic basement geology south of Wekusko Lake, eastern Flin Flon belt, north-central Manitoba (parts of NTS 63J5, 12, 63K8, 9): insights from drillcore observations and whole-rock geochemistry of mafic rocks; in Report of Activities 2017, Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 65–77.

2016-2017

Reid, K.D. and Gagne, S. 2016: Examination of exploration drillcore from the south Wekusko Lake area, eastern Flin Flon belt, north-central Manitoba (parts of NTS 63J5, 12, 63K8, 9); in Report of Activities 2016, Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 74–86.

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