Survey Metadata

NGR stream, Indicator minerals



NGR stream sediment and water survey, NTS 84E/01, 02, 84D/10, 11, Clear Hills area, northern Alberta, 2004-2005.

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Survey Description

A geochemical orientation survey was carried out in 2004 north of Worsley in the southern Clear Hills area, Alberta.  The water and silt-sized fraction from 31 stream sediment sites and the sand-sized sediment fraction from 12 of these sites were collected and analyzed.  In 2005, silt and water samples were collected at 142 sites within the watersheds of the Hotchkiss and upper Notikewin rivers in northeastern Clear Hills, Alberta.  Bulk sand-sized fraction samples were taken from 72 of these sites.  The data are published in Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5807/Alberta Geological Survey Special Report 97.

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 McCurdy, M.W., Prior, G.J., Day, S.J.A., Weiss, J.A., Friske, P.W.B., Pawlowicz, J.G., McNeil, R.J., Hathway, B., Wilson, R.S., Goulet, D.E. (2008). Geochemical, mineralogical and kimberlite indicator mineral electron microprobe data from silts, heavy mineral concentrates and waters from National Geochemical Reconnaisance stream sediment and water surveys in the northeastern and southern Clear Hills, Alberta (NTS 84E/01 and 84D/02 and parts of 84D/10 and 84D/11). Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5807. (more)

Project History

Index Year Project
1 2004-2008 NGR/AGS stream sediment and water surveys, northern Alberta, 2004-2005 (more)

Geographic Extent

Minimum Latitude Maximum Latitude Minimum Longitude Maximum Longitude
56.55° 57.3° -119.28° -118°

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

  • Covers parts of NTS 84E/01(Lovet Creek), 84E/02 (Alleman Creek), 84E/7 (Sloat Creek) and part of 84D/16 (Cub Lakes; 1 sample) in the northeastern Clear Hills area of northwestern Alberta.  It is located just south of Chinchaga Road and approximately 25 km west of the town of Hotchkiss.

  • Covers part of NTS 84D/10 (South Whitemud Lake) and part of 84D/11 (Worsley) in the Clear Hills region of northwestern Alberta.  It is located approximately 8 km north of the town of Worsley.


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