MERC Short Course at PDAC Covers 5 Years of Metal Earth Research

New geophysical and geological insights into how crustal architecture influences the gold and base metal endowment of Precambrian terranes

Join Metal Earth researchers at PDAC on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for presentations by key researchers that cover the broad range of geophysical and geological knowledge acquired over the past five years of the Metal Earth project.

The geological presentations will show the results of integration of mapping, geochemical and isotopic data with geophysical modeling and data analytics to better understand stratigraphic and structural controls of mineral deposits in the upper crust. Time will be allotted for audience Q&A and a final summary.

This course will provide insights into how the crustal architecture of Precambrian granite-greenstone terranes influence mineral endowment. Utilizing results from the Metal Earth program where high- and regional-scale resolution reflection seismic, magnetotelluric, gravity and magnetic surveys have provided some of the highest resolution crustal scale images across terranes with variable mineral endowment. Results highlight how crustal architecture is interpreted through integration of the geophysical data with geological, geochemical and geochronological studies. The course includes presentations from key researchers (geologists, geophysicists and a data analytics specialist) on integration of geophysical, geological and mineral deposit data to understand the subsurface architecture, including examples from the most important mining camps in Ontario and Quebec. It will have broad appeal to exploration geologists, geophysicists and students to understand controls on base and precious metal deposits across the Superior Craton and the Sudbury district.

Top takeaways:
• Techniques for integration of geological and geophysical datasets to better understand how deep and shallow crustal architecture influences metallogeny
• Use of surface geological mapping, geochemistry and isotopes integrated with geophysics to understand the architecture of gold and base metal endowed greenstone belts
• Use and effectiveness of seismic, magnetotelluric, gravity and magnetic data for crustal interpretation in Precambrian granite-greenstone terranes
• Use of mineral deposit data analytics to help focus into areas of higher mineral potential
• Cost-benefit analysis for geophysical surveys

Ademola Adetunji, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Jeff Harris, Consultant, Fenelon Falls, Canada
Rasmus Haugaard, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Taus R.C. Jørgensen, Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Gaetan Launay, Ontario Geological Survey, Canada
Chong Ma, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Mostafa Naghizadeh, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
David Snyder, Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Rajesh Vayavur, Laurentian University, Canada

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