Mineral Deposit Profiles

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Published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources - BC Geological Survey
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Mineral Deposit Profiles provide brief summaries of the types of mineral deposits found in British Columbia. They include descriptions of host rocks, mineralogy, alteration, tectonic setting, associations, genetic models, and exploration guides, and give typical examples with grades and tonnages. Of the 160 profiles for metal, coal deposits and industrial minerals, 119 profiles are available in 3 Open File volumes and online.

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Additional Information


Mineral deposit profiles can be used to classify known deposits and occurrences, to guide experts in their estimation of the number of possible undiscovered mineral deposits, and to group deposits to allow compilation of representative grade and tonnage data. Economic geologists, prospectors, resource evaluation professionals and students can use the profiles to review the key characteristics of different deposit types including typical examples, tectonic setting, mineralogy, alteration, genetic models, associated deposits, typical grades and tonnages and exploration guides.

Data Quality

The Mineral Deposit Profiles were written and compiled by geologists of the British Columbia Geological Survey, with assistance from economic geologists of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), industry, academia and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Lineage Statement

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) initially relied on mineral deposit models published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). The Mineral Deposit Profiles were written and compiled between 1995 and 2011. The profiles were released in 3 volumes: BCGS Open Files 1995-20, 1996-13 and 1999-10, and online.

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Contact Information

NameLarry Jones (custodian)
OrganizationMinistry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Sub-OrganizationMines and Mineral Resources Division
NameDave Lefebure (businessExpert)

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-05-04
Record Last Modified 2020-05-05
Resource Status completed