Project Metadata

Coker, W.B.; DiLabio, R.N.W.


Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Gold and PGE Geochemical Project, 1988

Project Description

The geochemistry of till, gossan and lake sediment as well as the surficial geology of the Ferguson, Yathkyed and Contwoyto Lakes areas, Northwest Territories and Nunavut were investigated during the summer of 1988.

The primary objectives of the project were to:

1) identify how Au and platinum group element (PGE) mineralization are reflected in associated till and to demonstrate the value of till as an exploration method;

2) define the mobilization and redistribution of Au and PGE in the zone of weathering;

3) define patterns of glacial dispersal in areas of Au and PGE mineralization;

4) develop analytical methods to determine low levels of Au and PGE in gossans, overburden, vegetation and water;

5) test the effectiveness of lake centre sediment geochemistry as a method of exploring for Au in the tundra.

The geochemical data have not been published.  The surficial geology of the Contwoyto Lake area was published in Geological Survey of Canada Open File 2018.

Survey History

1Lake sediment and till survey, NTS 76E/10, 11, 14, 15, Contwoyto Lake area, Nunavut, 1988. (more)
2Till sampling survey, NTS 65I/3, 4, 5, 6, Yathkyed Lake area, Nunavut, 1988. (more)
3Till and gossan sampling, NTS 65I/15, Ferguson Lake area, Nunavut, 1988. (more)

Project Funding

Canada-Northwest Territories Mineral Development Agreement 1988-1991

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