Survey Metadata

NGR stream, Indicator minerals

Northwest Territories

2003

NGR stream sediment and water survey, NTS 95I, J, Willowlake River area, Northwest Territories, 2003.





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Survey Description


In August 2003, helicopter-supported stream sediment and water sampling was carried out in the lower Willowlake River area of the Northwest Territories.  The survey area coincided with a western portion of the NWT’s Edéhzíe candidate protected area.  A total of 260 sites were sampled, covering approximately 5,400 km2 of the roughly 25,000 km2 candidate area.

The data, including mineralogical and kimberlite indicator mineral electron microprobe data and analytical data for HMCs from 102 sites, are published in Geological Survey of Canada Open File 4674.

This survey was carried out using National Geochemical Reconnaissance (NGR) protocols.

Sampling Procedure

NGR stream sediment, water and HMC

At each site a pre-labelled Kraft paper bag was two-thirds filled with silt or fine sand collected from the active stream channel.  In practice, the silt sample was collected after water samples were collected but before a bulk sediment sample.  Handfuls of silt from various points in the active stream channel were collected while gradually moving upstream.  A moss mat sample was sometimes collected when a suitable sample was scarce or absent.

At every site, waters were sampled mid-channel, from flowing water where possible.  At sites where sediments were taken for heavy mineral concentration (approximately every second site) two water samples were generally collected.  Samples were collected in 125 mL Nalgene bottles.  The bottles were rinsed two or three times before collecting the sample.

Material for heavy mineral concentrates was collected from the upstream points of mid-channel bars, at a single point where possible.  Material was wet-sieved through a 12-mesh stainless steel sieve into a 5-gallon plastic pail lined with a heavy-duty plastic bag until a sample weight of 10-15 kg was attained.

 

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Day, S.J.A., Lariviere, J.M., Friske, P.W.B., McNeil, R.J., Cairns, S.R., McCurdy, M.W. (2005). National Geochemical Reconnaissance (NGR): regional stream sediment and water geochemical data, lower Willowlake River area, Northwest Territories (parts of NTS 95-I and 95 J) including analytical, mineralogical and kimberlite indicator mineral data from silts, heavy mineral concentrates and waters. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 4674, 1 CD-ROM. (more)
2 Day, S.J.A., Lariviere, J.M.L., McNeil, R.J., Friske, P.W.B., Cairns, S.R., McCurdy, M.W., Wilson, R.S. (2007). Regional stream sediment and water geochemical data, Horn Plateau area, Northwest Territories (parts of NTS 85D, 85F, 85L, 95H, 95I and 95J) including analytical, mineralogical and kimberlite indicator mineral data. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5478. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 2003-2007 NGR/NTGO stream sediment and water surveys, Northwest Territories, 2003-2005 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
61.8879° 62.916° -123.166° -120°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 95I (Bulmer Lake) and 95J (Camsell Bend) in the lower Willowlake River area, Northwest Territories.  It is located approximately 40 km north of Fort Simpson.

  • Covers part of NTS 95H/13 (Martin River) in Northwest Territories.  It is located approximately 15 km northwest of Fort Simpson.

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