Integrated Multi-Parameter Footprints of Ore Systems: The Next Generation of Ore Deposit Models
NSERC-CMIC Industrial Research Network
Mineral exploration in Canada is increasingly focused on concealed and deeply buried targets, requiring more effective tools to detect large-scale ore-forming systems and to vector from their most distal margins to their high-grade cores. This network was formed to aid the mining industry in discovering the next generation of mineral deposits.
The network included 35 professors, 16 research associates, 9 PhD students, 15 MSc students, 6 BSc Honours students, and 36 laboratory/field assistants from 20 universities across Canada and more than 100 industry collaborators from 30 mining, mineral exploration, and mineral exploration service companies, with initial funding of $13m cash and in-kind support from the Canada Mining Innovation Council and the Collaborative Research and Development Program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
The aim of the project was to establish the linkages between different kinds of geological, mineralogical, geochemical, and geophysical data at three of Canada's most important ore deposit types to discover new combinations of measurable parameters that define the footprints of ore systems.