Survey Metadata

Soil, Till



Till and soil sampling survey, NTS 62P/1, 52L/14, 52M/3, 4, southeastern Manitoba, 1992-1994.

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Survey Description

In the summers of 1992 and 1993, 210 till and 186 humus samples were collected in the Bissett - English Brook area, southeastern Manitoba.  In addition, a total of 16 till samples weighing 10-12 kg were also collected for heavy minerals including gold grains and future recovery of kimberlite indicator minerals.  The geochemical and gold grain data are published in GSC Open File 2910.

Data Description:

Paper report; data files on diskette.

Quantities Analysed:

<0.425 mm fraction of humus and <0.063 mm and <0.002 mm fractions of till by ICP-AES after nitric-aqua regia digestion for 31 elements.  <0.002 mm fraction by CV-AAS for Hg.  <0.063 mm fraction by fire assay/AFS for Au, Pt, and Pd.

Geochem Maps Available:

Proportional dot maps showing dispersal of elements in till and humus.

Other Analyses:

Carbonate (<0.063 mm fraction by AAS after HCl digestion); pebble lithologies (4-8 mm fraction); heavy mineral concentrate for gold grain and kimberlite indicator minerals; large gold grains examined with SEM.

In 1994, thirteen 10-12 kg till samples were collected in the Bissett, English Brook and Wallace Lake areas for kimberlite indicator mineral analysis and the results are published in GSC Open File 3367, along with KIM results from samples collected in 1992 and 1993.

A summary of the work can be found below:


Sampling Year Number and Type of Sample Collected NTS Mapsheet Data Type Publication
1992, 1993 210 till; 186 humus 62P/1, 52M/4 geochemistry and gold grains GSC OF 2910
1992 14 till (10-12 kg) 52M/4 KIM results GSC OF 3367
1993 2 till (10-12 kg) 62P/1 KIM results GSC OF 3367
1994 13 till (7-12 kg)

52L/14, 52M/3, 4


KIM results GSC OF 3367


Publication History

Index Publication
1 Henderson, P.J., Dunn, C.E., Coker, W.B. (1993). GS-41 Quaternary studies related to drift prospecting, Rice Lake Greenstone Belt and Bernic Lake area, southeastern Manitoba. In Report of Activities 1993. Manitoba Department of Energy and Mines, Minerals Division, p.153-154. (more)
2 Henderson, P.J. (1994). Surficial geology and drift composition of the Bissett-English Brook area, Rice Lake Greenstone Belt, southeastern Manitoba. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 2910. (more)
3 Henderson, P.J. (1996). Kimberlite indicator mineral data from the Bissett – English Brook – Wallace Lake area (62P/1, 52L/14, 52M/3, 4), Rick Lake greenstone belt, southeastern Manitoba. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 3367. (more)
4 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 1990-1993 Southeastern Manitoba till, soil and vegetation sampling surveys, 1990-1993 (more)

Downloadable Files

Index Description Size (bytes)
Diskette to accompany GSC Open File 2910 ( FileID=265 download)
This ZIP file contains a copy of the data diskette originally released with GSC Open File 2910.

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
50.91° 51.25° -96.5° -95.31°

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

  • Covers most of NTS 62P/1 (English Brook) and 52M/4 (Bissett), and parts of 52M/3 (Aikens Lake) and 52L/14 (Garner Lake) in the  Bissett - English Brook - Wallace Lake area, Rice Lake greenstone belt, southeastern Manitoba.  It is bounded to the northwest by Lake Winnipeg.


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