Current Research Projects
Members of MERC are presently conducting research on Ni-Cu-PGE deposits in several areas, including deposits in Sudbury (ON), the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, and Jinchuan (PRC):
Sudbury Footwall Project: Drs. Pedro Jugo, Doug Tinkham, Bruno Lafrance, Andy McDonald, Dan Kontak, and Michael Lesher
Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt: Drs. Michael Lesher and Michel Houlé
Petrogenesis of Mineralization in the Jinchuan Ni-Cu-PGE Deposit: Dr. Michael Lesher
Ni-Cu-PGE and Chromite Mineralization in the "Ring of Fire"
Petrogenesis of Chromite and Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization in the Black Thor - Black Label Intrusive Complex, McFaulds Greenstone Belt, Ontario: This study of the largest and best-preserved chromitite deposit in the "Ring of Fire" area will involve a PhD project by Heather Carson on the petrogenesis of the Black Thor chromitite and the system as a whole, a MSc project by Naghmeh Farhangi on the Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization, a MSc project by Charles Spath on the Black Label horizon, and a MSc project by Kaveh Mehrmanesh on the Black Label pyroxenite. Sponsors: Cliffs Natural Resources, Geological Survey of Canada, and NSERC (pending). Contacts: Drs. Michael Lesher and Michel Houlé
Volcanic-Associated Cu-Zn-(Au) Mineralization
Controls on the location of VMS deposits in the Bisha Mining District, Eritrea. New Project: Details and funding under discussion with the Bisha Mining Company and Nevsun Resources…see research opportunities. Contact: Dr. Harold Gibson.
Volcanological, Structural and Metamorphic reconstruction of the Snow Lake VMS District, Manitoba.
This research aims to reconstruct the tectonic, magmatic, volcanic and metamorphic evolution of the Snow Lake District in order to better understand the metallogenesis of its contained volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, and to provide new constraints on the metallogeny of juvenile arc sequences within the western Trans-Hudson Orogen that will aid exploration. This research is conducted by the principal investigators and graduate students Margret Engelbert, PhD, Judy Lam, MSc, and second, TBA MSc student, plus 3 undergraduate students and with our colleagues at HudBay Minerals Inc., the Manitoba Geological Survey, and the Geological Survey of Canada. Sponsor: Hudbay-NSERC CRD grant. Contact: Dr. Harold Gibson.
The metallogeneis of VMS deposits within the Cretaceous Guerrero Terrain, Mexico and reasons for their precious metal enrichment.
This research will reconstruct the volcanic, structural and magmatic evolution of VMS hosting successions within the Guerrero Terrain and will determine controls on their precious metal enrichment. The research is being conducted by the principal investigators, our colleagues at Servicios de Exploracion Penoles S.A., and 3 MSc students. The first MSc student, Ahiram Monter, who will study the Rey de Plata deposit, started in 2012. Sponsor: Servicios de Exploracion Penoles S.A. de CV. Contact: Dr. Harold Gibson.
Hydrothermal Au Mineralization
The tectonic, structural and stratigraphic setting, and origin of eastern Trans-Hudson Orogen Gold Deposits at Snow Lake, Manitoba. This research will reconstruct the deformation history of the Snow Lake Allochton to determine regional- and deposit-scale structural (stratigraphic) controls on gold mineralization at the New Britannia gold deposits, Snow Lake , Manitoba. The research is being conducted by Kate Rubingh, PhD student and the principal investigators along with our colleagues at QMX Resources and the Manitoba Geological Survey. Sponsor: QMX-NSERC CRD grant and the Manitoba Geological Survey. Contact: Dr. Bruno Lafrance.
SEDEX and Uranium Deposits
Mistry Creek EmbaymentThis research will establsih the tectonstratigraphy and determine the SEDEX potential of the Misty Creek embayment, Selwyn Basin, NWT. Sponsor: The Geological Survey of Canada and the NEWT Geoscience Office. Contact. Dr. Elizabeth Turner.
Mesoproterozoic Basins of Nunavut
The research will determine the geological history and economic potential of Mesoproterozoic Basins in northeastern Nunavut.
Sponsors: Polar Continental shelf project (NRCan) and the Geological Survey of Canada. Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Turner.
Diagenetic history and economic potential of Proterozoic and Paleozoic dolostones, Arctic Islands of NWT
Determine the economic potential of the main carbonate bedrock units of Victoria Island, Arctic Canada. Sponsors: Geological Survey of Canada. Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Turner.
Iron Formation Project. Work on gold mineralization in banded iron formation. A PhD student is using geochemistry to answer two questions: why gold mineralization occurs in some but not all iron formations and whether a semi-hydrothermal footprint can be detected around gold in iron formation. This project is looking at the Musselwhite Mine in the Superior Province (Goldcorp), the Meadowbank mine and the Meliadine project in the Churchill Province (Agnico-Eagle Mines) and gold deposits in the Beardmore-Geraldton belt (Premier Gold Mines). Contact Dr. Phil Thurston.
Environmental and Reclamation Research