VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – British Columbia’s not-for-profit earth sciences organisation Geoscience BC has published new information that could lead prospectors to new precious and base metals deposits in an area between Penticton and the Kimberley area, in the province’s Kootenay-Boundary region.
The project, ‘Geological mapping, compilation and mineral evaluation, Penticton map sheet, east-half’ (‘082E/East’), presents new geological interpretations based on field mapping integrated with existing regional geological, geophysical and geochemical information.
Friday’s release includes a new geological map for the Christian Valley, north of the Greenwood gold district.
Paleomagnetic evidence for extreme block faulting east of the Rocky Mountain Trench near Kimberley is a project that improves the understanding of faults in the region. This new interpretation is important in the search for geological environments like the nearby world-class Sullivan zinc, lead and silver deposit, the organisation stated in a press release.
“The results from these projects could breathe new life into mineral exploration in these highly prospective areas. We believe that this latest information will be of great interest to those exploring for minerals and managing resources in British Columbia’s Kootenay-Boundary region,” stated Geoscience BC VP of minerals and mining Bruce Madu.
Minerals like lead and silver found in the Sullivan deposit are critical in the production of solar panels, such as those found at Kimberley’s SunMine – British Columbia’s largest solar project. In 2017, a Clean Energy Canada report identified that 14 of the 19 metals and minerals required to make solar panels can be found in Canada.