Survey Metadata


Newfoundland and Labrador


Soil sampling, NTS 1M/9, 10, 16, 2E/13, 12H/10, 15, 16, Newfoundland, 1986.

Location map

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Survey Description

During the summer of 1986, soil grids were sampled over eight mineralized zones from four geologically distinct areas in Newfoundland.  The areas sampled were: Hickey’s Pond/Monkstown Road, White Bay, Goldenville (Ming’s Bight) and Betts Cove.

A total of 948 B-horizon soil samples (including site duplicates and laboratory sample splits) were collected from 277 sites.  Samples were collected using a spade along grid lines oriented both parallel and perpendicular to glacial-ice movement.  Sample spacing varied from 25 to 100 m with the higher sampling density done closer to mineralization.  Three samples were taken at each site:  one for each of <0.180 mm and <0.063 mm analyses and a 2 kg bulk sample for heavy mineral separation.  The data are published in Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy Open File NFLD/1790.

Data Description:

Paper report, including data lists.

Quantities Analysed:

<0.063 mm and <0.180 mm fractions analyzed by INAA for a large suite of elements; by AAS after HNO3-HCl digestion for Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Mo and Zn; by AAS for Ag after HNO3  digestion; F by ion-specific electrode.

Geochem Maps Available:

Soil profiles; proportional dot maps showing distribution of elements in soil.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 McConnell, J.W., Honarvar, P. (1989). A study of the distribution of gold and associated elements in soils in proximity to gold mineralization. Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy, Open File NFLD/1790, 135 p. (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
47.55° 50° -57° -54.25°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 1M/9 (Harbour Buffett), 1M/10 (Terrenceville) and 1M/16 (South Island) near the Hickey’s Pond occurrence on the Burin Peninsula, southeast Newfoundland.  It is located 9 km southeast of the Burin Highway.

  • Covers part of NTS 12H/10 (Hampden) and 12H/15 (Jackson’s Arm), the western White Bay area, northern Newfoundland.  It is bounded to the northeast by White Bay.  The unincorporated areas of Gold Cove, Hannah Cove and Browns Cove are located in the southeast part of the study area.  The area includes the old Browning Mine situated on the west bank of Corner Brook Stream, 1.5 km upstream from Corner Brook Pond as well as the Rattling Brook gold occurrence, located on the west side of the Cat Arm access road.

  • Covers part of NTS 12H/16 (Baie Verte) in the area of the Goldenville Mine, northern Newfoundland.  The town of Ming’s Bight is located in the northeast part of the study area.  Its centre is located approximately 20 km north-northwest of Burlington.

  • Covers part of NTS 2E/13 (Nippers Harbour) in the vicinity of the Betts Cove Mine on the southeast coast of the Baie Verte Peninsula, northern Newfoundland. It is bounded to the south by Notre Dame Bay and its centre is located approximately 16 km southeast of the town of Woodstock.


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