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Whalen, J.B.; Sanborn-Barrie, M.; Gammon, P.


GEM Cumberland Peninsula Project, Nunavut, 2009-2011

Project Description

Geological mapping, rock and till sampling have been carried out in eastern Baffin Island on the Cumberland Peninsula under the auspices of Government of Canada's GeoMapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program.

The work will improve the understanding of the region's lithological associations, crustal architecture and mineral potential.  This new geoscience knowledge will be used to update the regional metallogenic framework, leading to more effective mineral exploration strategies for this under-explored frontier.  The following reports were published:


Sample Type Number of Samples GSC Open File
gossanous rocks 89 OF 6916
silicate rocks 131 OF 6933
till 491 (pH, carbon; less were analysed for geochemistry) OF 6763



Survey History

1Till sampling survey, Cumberland Peninsula, Nunavut, 2009. (more)
2Lithogeochemical survey, NTS 16E, L, M, 26H, I, Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut, 2009-2010. (more)
3Lithogeochemical survey, NTS 16D, E, K, L, M and 26H, I, J, P, Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut, 2009-2010. (more)

Project Funding

The Government of Canada is investing $100 million over five years (2008-2013) in its Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program to provide the geoscience knowledge necessary for private sector exploration companies to guide investment decision,  as well as for government to inform land-use decisions such as the creation of parks and other protected areas. GEM is being delivered federally by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP), Earth Sciences Sector (ESS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).  In some cases, provincial and territorial agencies have contributed funding to GEM projects.

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