Geological Survey Activity Tracker

Southwest Manitoba


Surficial geology mapping of the Arden area

Project Status: Completed (2020)

Project Information

Principal investigators:
Tyler Hodder, Michelle Gauthier

Partnered with:
De Beers Group of Companies

Arden, NTS 62J6


Project Description

Main objectives:

To provide a new, detailed surficial geology map, to complement future infrastructure, groundwater, agricultural and mineral exploration needs.


  • Conduct surficial mapping.
  • Till sampling for pebble lithology, kimberlite indicator minerals and geochemistry.
  • Determination of dispersal and transport distances in till.



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 from this project will provide direct input to mineral exploration initiatives in southwest Manitoba.


Completed outputs:


Hodder, T.J. and Gauthier, M.S. 2019: Till composition of the Arden area, southwest Manitoba (NTS 62J6); Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, Open File OF2019-1, 26 p.

Hodder, T.J. and Gauthier, M.S. 2020: Surficial geology of the Arden area, Manitoba (NTS 62J6); Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development, Manitoba Geological Survey, Geoscientific Map MAP2020-1, scale 1:50 000.


Hodder, T.J. and Trommelen, M.S. 2015: Quaternary geology of the Arden NTS area (62J6), southwestern Manitoba; in Report of Activities 2015, Manitoba Mineral Resources, Manitoba Geological Survey, p. 115–123.

Hodder, T.J. and Gauthier M.S. 2016: Kimberlite-indicator mineral results from the Arden NTS area (62J6), southwestern Manitoba; Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba Geological Survey, Data Repository Item DRI2016003, Microsoft® Excel® file.

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