Preliminary Exploration Database for Platinum Group Elements (PGE) in Manitoba

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  • This report could not have been completed in such a short time frame without the tremendous effort made by Doug Berk, Don Snuggs, Gerry Benger, Vio Vargas and Rick Unruh in sorting through some 30 years of archived samples and preparing some 400 samples for analysis.
  • Many current or former geological staff of the Manitoba Geological Survey wittingly or unwittingly contributed to this report, but formal acknowledgment is owing to Ric Syme, Al Bailes, Herman Zwanzig, Jon Scoates, Josef Macek, Tim Corkery, Jim Bamburak, Ruth Bezys and Paul Gilbert.
  • Paul Lenton is thanked for creating the hyperlinked database and Figure 1.
  • Carrie Prefontaine provided expert guidance on the development of the original database.
  • We thank Jim Chornoby and Mark Francis of Exploratus Limited (Mayville intrusion) and Emile Chaboyer (Cuthbert Lake dyke) for giving us formal permission to release previously unpublished, proprietary geochemical data for their properties.
  • Final revisions to the text were completed by Kelly Proutt.
  • We recognize the support provided by the mining and exploration industry to Manitoba Geological Survey staff during previous investigations of mafic and ultramafic intrusions in the Province.

Notably, we acknowledge the logistic and technical support provided by:

  • Gossan Resources Ltd. and Cross Lake Minerals Ltd. (Pipestone Lake anorthosite complex);
  • Canmine Resources Corporation, Gossan Resources Ltd. and Exploratus Limited (Bird River Belt); Emile Chaboyer and John Pearson (Wintering Lake - Cuthbert Lake areas);
  • Falconbridge Limited (Fox River Belt); and Inco Limited, Falconbridge Limited, HBED and Cominco Ltd. (Thompson Nickel Belt and adjoining parts of the Superior Boundary Zone).
  • Jeff Young and Lorne Ayers provided samples for selected intrusions in the Flin Flon Belt.
  • Norman Halden and Patti Tirschmann provided samples for the Falcon Lake intrusive complex.
  • John Lee provided detailed geological and geophysical data for the Moose Lake trend.
  • We thank Christine Kaszycki, Ric Syme and Al Bailes for their strong support of this project.

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