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

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Report Release Information

This database is being released both on CD-ROM and on the Manitoba mineral resources website.

The complete report contains the following files and can be downloaded

ReadMe: provided in 3 file types:
(The ReadMe file is basically reproduced as this website)

(To view the .pdf files contained in this report, use (provided) Adobe® Acrobat Reader)

The ReadMe file contains:

  1. an introduction to the report, including the title and authorship,
  2. an explanation of the contents and data sources,
  3. a description of the black shale samples listed in Table 4,
  4. and a list of acknowledgments and references.


The main body of the OF2000-5.pdf (7428 KB)
For sample location maps see PGE Index Maps.

First Map:

Figure 1a (first page of the of2000-5.pdf file), a geological index map, given as a .pdf (Adobe® Illustrator® format) file. The index map shows the locations and reference identification number of all the occurrences contained in the main report database. The reference identification number (two or three-digit number given for each location) is a unique value for each occurrence that is also given in the upper right-hand corner on the first page of each occurrence description (Ref ID.) in the text portion of the database. Use the occurrence hyperlinks that are set-up on the index map to move between this map and the main report database. The map is modified from the Bedrock Geology of Manitoba file contained in Viljoen et al. (1999).

Second Map:

Figure 1b, (second page of the file) a topographic map shows the showing place names and occurrence dots. names of lakes, towns & cities, railways and roads. (1992KB - as a single file and the main database is 7,428 KB)

  1. Table 1: A text file (.csv) containing 1,484 Au, Pt and Pd, S and base-metal analyses of samples obtained from selected mafic and ultramafic intrusions in Manitoba. All of the tables included in the report are provided in .csv format and can be opened in most spreadsheet, database or word-processor programs.
  2. Table 2: A text file (.csv) containing 854 major- and trace-element analyses of samples obtained from selected mafic and ultramafic intrusions in Manitoba.
  3. Table 3: A text file containing total PGE analyses (Os, Ir, Ru, Rh, Pt, Pd and Au) of samples obtained from selected mafic and ultramafic intrusions in Manitoba.
  4. Table 4: A text file (.csv) containing Au, Pt and Pd, base-metal and additional major- and trace-element data for samples obtained from selected black shale units in Manitoba.

Figure 2:

A .pdf (Adobe® Illustrator® format) file showing the relative stratigraphic position of black-shale samples listed in Table 4.

Geochemical Data Included in the Report

The report contains a compilation of both existing published and unpublished data as well as newly acquired whole-rock geochemical data for selected mafic and ultramafic intrusions and black-shale locations in Manitoba. The data are contained in the four tables that are included in the report. Although every effort was made to ensure that data contained in the report are both precise and accurate, by using appropriate certified reference materials and internal standards, it was not always possible to effectively monitor these parameters.

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