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SPE 096

Sphalerite and kimberlite indicator minerals in till from the Zama Lake region, northwest Alberta (NTS 84L and 84M)

Abstract: This report presents the results and interpretations of the heavy mineral assemblages and pebble lithologies of 19 bulk till samples obtained in northwest Alberta, from the region of a sphalerite dispersal train. Indurated pebbles recovered from the 4 to 8 mm size fraction of bulk samples dominantly consist of distally derived lithologies: Canadian Shield rocks, Paleozoic carbonates and quartzite from the Athabasca Basin and the Cordillera. Three till samples contained mineralized clasts with visible pyrite and marcasite. Kimberlite indicator minerals (KIMs) including Cr-pyrope, Cr-diopside and chromite are present in trace amounts (1 to 2 grains in nine samples). Although the KIM counts are low, the samples containing KIMs do cluster in the Zama Lake - Zama City area. The source, near or far, is unknown and remains to be identified. Seven till samples contain sand-sized sphalerite grains with the largest anomaly consisting of 989 sphalerite grains recovered from a 34 kg till sample. The sphalerite is dominantly in the 0.25 to 0.5 mm size fraction (900 grains) with smaller amounts (89 grains) in the 0.5 to 1.0 mm size range. With the new data, the sphalerite dispersal train could cover an area of over 4000 km2. The source of the sphalerite remains to be discovered. Place Keywords 84l 84m alberta canada hay lake rainbow lake zama city zama lake Theme Keywords drift prospecting geology heavy minerals kimberlite indicator minerals sphalerite till

Plouffe, A.  Paulen, R.C.  Smith, R.  Kjarsgaard, I.M.  2008-01-08

SPE 087

Chemistry of Kimberlite Indicator Minerals and Sphalerite Derived from Glacial Sediments of Northwest Alberta

Chemistry of Kimberlite Indicator Minerals and Sphalerite Derived from Glacial Sediments of Northwest Alberta Previous AGS and GSC work have reported the presence of kimberlite indicator minerals (KIMs), sphalerite and galena in glacial sediments ... Show Abstract

Plouffe, A.  Paulen, R.C.  Smith, I.R.  Kjarsgaard, I.M.  2007-04-01

SPE 077

Geochemistry and heavy mineral content of glacial sediments from northwest Alberta (NTS 84L, M): new opportunities for mineral exploration

Geochemistry and heavy mineral content of glacial sediments from northwest Alberta (NTS 84L, M): new opportunities for mineral exploration Place Keywords 84l 84m alberta cameron hills chateh fort nelson lowland high level rainbow lake zama city ... Show Abstract

Plouffe, A.  Paulen, R.C.  Smith, I.R.  2006-02-01

INF 130

Shallow Gas in Drift: Northwestern Alberta

Shallow Gas in Drift: Northwestern Alberta Shallow gas in drift has recently been exploited from the Rainbow and Sousa Fields of northwestern Alberta. In response to numerous requests from industry for information about the Quaternary geology ... Show Abstract

Pawlowicz, J.G.  Hickin, A.S.  Nicoll, T.J.  Fenton, M.M.  Paulen, R.C.  Plouffe, A.  Smith, I.R.  2004-11-01

MAP 395

Surficial geology, Thinahtea Creek, Alberta (NTS 84M/NW)

Surficial geology, Thinahtea Creek, Alberta (NTS 84M/NW) Place Keywords 84m alberta bistcho lake thinahtea creek Theme Keywords glacial history quaternary geology surficial geology surficial mapping Place Keywords 84m alberta bistcho lake ... Show Abstract

Plouffe, A.  Paulen, R.C.  Smith, I.R.  2012-12-20

MAP 415

Surficial Geology, Caribou Creek, Alberta (NTS 84K/SW)

Surficial Geology, Caribou Creek, Alberta (NTS 84K/SW) Surficial map of the Mount Watt area (NTS 84K/SW). Place Keywords 84k alberta bede creek boyer river canada caribou creek chain ponds metis peace river Theme Keywords geology gis glacial ... Show Abstract

Plouffe, A.  Paulen, R.C.  2013-01-02

MAP 414

Surficial Geology, Meander River, Alberta (NTS 84K/NW)

Surficial Geology, Meander River, Alberta (NTS 84K/NW) Surficial map of the Mount Watt area (NTS 84K/NW). Place Keywords 84k alberta canada footner lake hay river high level hutch lake meander river watt mountain Theme Keywords drift prospecting ... Show Abstract

Plouffe, A.  Kowalchuk, C.J.  Paulen, R.C.  2013-01-02

DIG 2009-0007

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW)(GIS data, point features)

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW)(GIS data, point features) The data are created in geodatabase format and output for public distribution in shapefile format. Place Keywords 84n alberta cameron hills canada hay river ... Show Abstract

Geological Survey of CanadaPaulen, R.C.  Plouffe, A.  2009-03-05

DIG 2009-0008

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW) (GIS data, line features)

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW) (GIS data, line features) The data are created in geodatabase format and output for public distribution in shapefile format. Place Keywords 84n alberta cameron hills canada hay river ... Show Abstract

Geological Survey of CanadaPaulen, R.C.  Plouffe, A.  2009-03-05

DIG 2009-0006

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW) (GIS data, polygon features)

Surficial Geology of the Cameron Hills Area (NTS 84N/NW) (GIS data, polygon features) The data are created in geodatabase format and output for public distribution in shapefile format. Place Keywords 84n alberta cameron hills canada hay river ... Show Abstract

Geological Survey of CanadaPaulen, R.C.  Plouffe, A.  2009-03-05