Survey Metadata

Soil, Till, Vegetation

New Brunswick


Multimedia geochemical survey, NTS 21O/10, 11, 15, northwestern New Brunswick, 1998.

Location map

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Survey Description

Basal till, humus and balsam fir twigs were collected in 1998 around known base metal skarn occurrences in the McKenzie Gulch area, northwestern New Brunswick.  Samples of basal till and pebbles from till were collected at each of 117 sites.  Balsam fir and humus were collected at 100 and 57 of these sites, respectively.

Basal till (~5 kg) and approximately 50 pebbles (>1 cm size fraction) from the till were sampled in hand-dug pits (0.5 – 1.0 m in depth), trenches or road cuts.  Approximately 1 kg of humus was collected.  Approximately 8-10 fresh balsam fir twigs with needles (200-250 g), each 35-40 cm long and comprising 5-7 years of growth were collected.

The data are published in New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Mineral Resource Report 98-4.

Data Description:

Paper report.

Quantities Analysed:

Humus:  <0.177 mm analyzed by INAA for 35 elements; by ICP-AES after HNO3-HCl digestion for Cu, Pb, Zn, Co, NI, Ag, Mn Fe, and Cd; by AAS afterHNO3-HCl digestion for Mo and V; for Sn by AAS after NH4I fusion and extraction into methyl isobutyl ketone containing trioctylphosphine oxide; Hg after HNO3-HCl digestion and later treatment with SnSO4-H2SO4; LOI and F after a sample sintered with sodium carbonate-potassium nitrate flux.Till:  <0.063 mm (A. Pronk, pers. comm., 2005) by INAA; by ICP after HClO4-HNO3-HCl-Hf; by hydride ICP-ES for Bi, Se, Ge, and Te.

Geochem Maps Available:

Proportional symbol maps show distribution of elements in till.

Other Analyses:

Pebble lithologies.

Publication History

Index Publication
1 Parkhill, M.A., Pronk, A.G., Friske, P.W.B. (1998). A multimedia geochemical survey in the vicinity of copper skarn occurrences in the McKenzie Gulch area (parts of NTS 21 O/10, 11, and 15), northwestern New Brunswick. In Current Research 1997, B.M.W. Carroll (ed.). New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy, Minerals and Energy Division, Mineral Resource Report 98-4, p. 25-73. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 1997-1998 Restigouche Project, northwestern New Brunswick, 1998 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
47.6625° 47.75° -67° -66.9°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 21O/10 (Upsalquitch Forks), 11 (Kedgwick) and 15 (Atholville), the McKenzie Gulch area, northwestern New Brunswick.  The study area is located approximately 30 km east of the town of Kedgwick.


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