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OFR 2011-01

Review of Metallic Mineralization in Alberta with Emphasis on Gold Potential

Abstract: This report summarizes the history of metallic mineral exploration and the inventory of gold occurrences in Alberta, based on the publicly available data. It also examines the origin and future potential of several distinct types of gold-bearing mineralization in terms of their origin and future exploration potential, and compares these occurrences in Alberta with similar deposits elsewhere.Alberta's complex bedrock geology favours several distinct types of metallic mineralization with trace to significant amounts of gold. The documented precious- and base-metal mineral occurrences and geochemical anomalies indicate significant metallogenic potential for 1) the Precambrian shield and Athabasca Basin in the northeast and 2) several metallogenic intervals related to syndepositional rifting, orogenies and recurrent magmatism and hydrothermal activity during Western Canada Sedimentary Basin deposition in the rest of the province. Place Keywords 72e 72l 72m 73d 73e 73l 73m 74d 74e 74l 74m 82g 82h 82i 82j 82n 82o 82p 83a 83b 83c 83d 83e 83f 83g 83h 83i 83j 83k 83l 83m 83n 83o 83p 84a 84b 84c 84d 84e 84f 84g 84h 84i 84j 84k 84l 84m 84n 84o 84p alberta canada Theme Keywords alberta foothills alberta plains alberta rocky mountains base metals bedrock canadian shield colorado group geochemical gold magmatism metallic minerals mineral occurrences mining placer gold precious metals

Rukhlov, A.S.  2011-01-31