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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 has been formed to aid the mining industry in discovering the next generation of mineral deposits.

The network includes 42 researchers from 24 universities across Canada and 45 industry collaborators from 27 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.

Phase I of the first project will 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.