Survey Metadata




Biogeochemical survey, reconnaissance phase, part of NTS 73P, 74A, Star Lake area, Saskatchewan, 1986.

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Survey Description

In 1986, a reconnaissance vegetation survey was carried out in the Star Lake area, Saskatchewan, based on the encouraging results from the orientation phase undertaken in the previous year.  Black spruce bark and alder twigs were collected at most sites, and Labrador tea twigs were collected for some local surveys.  Samples were collected from about 600 sites at 200 m intervals.  Traverses were made throughout an area of 150 km2.  An interpretation of these data is published in Modern Exploration Techniques, Saskatchewan Geological Society Special Publication No. 10.

Sampling Procedure

Loose scales of black spruce bark were scraped from the tree and about 50 cm lengths of twigs (approximately the last 3 years of growth) were collected from the alders.  Collecting Labrador tea involved snipping all the above ground parts of the plant.  It was impractical to determine and collect the same number of years of twig growth from this plant.  

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Dunn, C.E. (1986). Biogeochemical studies in the Saskatchewan gold belt, 1986. In Summary of Investigations 1986. Saskatchewan Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Report 86-4, p. 129-135. (more)
2 Dunn, C.E., Rencz, A.N., Bonham-Carter, G., Belanger, J.R. (1986). Integrated biogeochemical and remote sensing studies, Star Lake area, Saskatchewan. In Summary of Investigations 1986, Saskatchewan Geological Survey. Miscellaneous Report 86-4, p. 136-138. (more)
3 Dunn, C.E. (1988). Reconnaissance level biogeochemical surveys for gold in Canada. In Prospecting in Areas of Glaciated Terrain – 1988, D.R. MacDonald, K.A. Mills (eds). Proceedings of a Symposium sponsored by the Geology Division of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Halifax, N.S., August 28-September 3, 1988, p. 433-448. (more)
4 Dunn, C.E., George, H., Spirito, W.A. (1990). Patterns of metal enrichment in vegetation in relation to geology and gold mineralization: Star Lake area, Saskatchewan. In Modern Exploration Techniques, L.S. Beck and C.T. Harper (ed.). Saskatchewan Geological Society Special Publication Number 10, p. 12-26. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1985-1990 Star Lake area, Saskatchewan, vegetation surveys, 1985, 1986 and 1988 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
55.87° 56.07° -104.47° -104.08°

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

  • Covers the northeast-most corner of NTS 73P (Lac La Ronge) and the southeast-most corner of 74A (Foster Lake) in the La Ronge gold belt in central Saskatchewan.  It is bounded to the southeast by McLennan Lake.


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