Survey Metadata

Soil, Till, Vegetation, Bedrock, Indicator minerals, Selective extraction

Manitoba

1996

Multimedia survey, NTS 53L, 63I, east central Manitoba, 1996 and 1997.





Location map

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Primary Publications (see below for full list)

Index Publication
1 Fedikow, M.A.F., Nielsen, E., Conley, G.G., Matile, G.L.D. (1997). Operation Superior: multimedia geochemical survey results from the Echimamish River, Carrot River and Munro Lake greenstone belts, northern Superior Province, Manitoba (NTS 53L and 63I). Manitoba Energy and Mines, Geological Services, Open File Report OF 97-2, 1500 p. and 2 diskettes. (more)

Survey Description


In 1996, humus, soil, till, vegetation and rocks were collected in east central Manitoba as part of Operation Superior.  Samples were collected in the Carrot River, Munro Lake and Echimamish River greenstone belts on approximately 1 km centres or as dictated by access to landing sites using a float equipped helicopter.  A till pit was hand augered at each site and all other samples were collected in and around the immediate area of the till pit.

Approximately 317 humus samples were collected from beneath the moss mat that was normally removed prior to digging the till sample pit.  If the humus layer was too thin, the sample site was moved 5-10 m away from the till pit.  Care was taken to avoid any inorganic material.  Duplicate samples were collected at approximately every tenth site.

Approximately 321 B-horizon soil samples were collected from the same till pit.  The B-horizon was isolated on a clean face of one or more walls of the pit and then scooped into a sample bag.  Care was taken not to include any organic material.  Duplicate samples were collected at every tenth site.

Approximately 256 till samples were collected from hand-dug pits which were dug to a maximum depth of about 1 m, or until bedrock or the first unoxidized C-horizon till was intersected.  A half kilogram of relatively unoxidized till was collected for geochemical analyses and an 11 L pail of till was collected for diamond indicator mineral processing.  Duplicate samples were collected at approximately every fifteenth site in a new till pit.

Between June and August 1997, black spruce bark and twigs were collected.  At most sites, the vegetation was collected within 20 m of the till pit.  Approximately 60 g of loose outer bark was collected and inner bark was avoided.  The twigs were collected from the upper 45 cm of the tree.

Outcrop rock chip samples were collected after moss mats and soil were removed from the outcrop.  A representative sample consisted of 3-4 fist-sized chips.

The data are published in Manitoba Energy and Mines Open Files OF97-2 and OF97-1 (Max Lake).

Kimberlite indicator mineral (KIM) data are also available in Manitoba Geological Survey Open File Report OF2002-1.

Data Description:

Paper report, data on diskettes.

Quantities Analysed:

<0.180 mm fraction of humus was analyzed by ICP-AES after a four acid total digestion and by INAA for suites of elements.  <0.180 fraction of B-horizon samples was analyzed by ICP-AES after a four acid total digestion and by INAA.  <0.250 mm fraction of B-horizon samples were analyzed by enzyme leach-ICP-MS analysis.   <0.002 mm fraction of till was analyzed by ICP-AES after an aqua regia digestion for 34 elements and for As by hydride generation and for Hg by CV-AAS.  <0.063 mm fraction was analyzed by INAA for Au and 34 other elements.  Ashed vegetation samples were analysed by ICP-AES after an aqua regia dissolution and by INAA.

Geochem Maps Available:

Proportional dot maps showing concentration of elements in various sample media.

Other Analyses:

pH and conductivity.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Fedikow, M.A.F., Nielsen, E., Conley, G.G.(1997). Operation Superior: 1996 multimedia geochemical data from the Max Lake area (NTS 63I/8, 9 and 53L/15, 12). Manitoba Energy and Mines, Geological Services, Open File Report OF 97-1, 34 p. and 1 diskette. (more)
2 Fedikow, M.A.F., Nielsen, E., Conley, G.G., Matile, G.L.D. (1997). Operation Superior: multimedia geochemical survey results from the Echimamish River, Carrot River and Munro Lake greenstone belts, northern Superior Province, Manitoba (NTS 53L and 63I). Manitoba Energy and Mines, Geological Services, Open File Report OF 97-2, 1500 p. and 2 diskettes. (more)
3 Fedikow, M., Nielsen, E. (1999). Multimedia geochemical survey results from Archean greenstone belts in the Superior Province of east-central Manitoba. Association of Exploration Geochemists, Explore 105, pages 1, 17-19. (more)
4 Fedikow, M.A.F., Nielsen, E., Conley, G.G., Lenton, P.G. (2002). Operation Superior: compilation of kimberlite indicator mineral survey results (1996-2001). Manitoba Industry, Trade and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Open File Report 2002-1, 60 p. (more)
5 Keller, G.R., Bogdan, D.J., Matile, G.L.D. (2004). Manitoba kimberlite indicator mineral database (version 3.0). Manitoba Industry, Economic Development and Mines, Manitoba Geological Survey, Open File Report 2004-25. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1996-2001 Operation Superior, east central Manitoba, 1996-2001 (more)
2 1996-2001 Manitoba Enzyme Leach Project, 1996-2001. (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
54.2838° 54.8765° -97.386° -94.9507°

The geographic extent of the survey is defined by the following polygons:

  • Covers parts of NTS 53L/5 (Bolton Lake), 53L/12 (Windy Lake) and 63I/8 (Robinson Lake), 63I/9 (Andronyk Lake), the Echimamish River east greenstone belt, central Manitoba.  Its centre is located approximately 45 km northeast of the northern shore of Molson Lake.  Max Lake is located in the north central part of the study area.

  • Covers parts of NTS 63I/6 (Butterfly Lake) and 63I/ 7 (Joyal Lake), in the Echimamish River west greenstone belt, central Manitoba.  It is located approximately 5 km north of Molson Lake and Hairy Lake is located in the southwest portion of the study area.

  • Covers parts of NTS 63I/9 (Andronyk Lake), 10 (Rurak Lake), 15 (Bjornson Lake) and 63I/16 (Dubinsky Lake), in the Carrot River greenstone belt, central Manitoba.  Opiminegoka Lake is located in the southwest corner of the study area.

  • Covers parts of NTS 53L/5 (Bolton Lake), /6 (Joint Lake), /11 (Munro Lake) and /12 (Windy Lake), in the Munro Lake greenstone belt, central Manitoba.  Colen Lakes are located in the centre of the study area.

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