The Warwick Mountain Project: Introduction
Over several years, a project to examine the area between Wentworth and Warwick Mountain has dominated the efforts of several DNR geologists, and has resulted in a package of data unlike any other. A public release of data will take place at the Prospectors and Developers of Canada (PDAC) 2018 convention in March, with simultaneous release of the information on the Geoscience and Mines Branch web site. Included will be a detailed bedrock map, a large suite of bedrock samples with analyses by portable XRF, lab assays and lithogeochemistry, a new surficial geology map, a till geochemical survey with samples taken on a 1 km grid, and a high-density stream sediment (silt) geochemical dataset. For more information about the project please read the associated FAQs.
These data are part of a DNR initiative to conduct a geological mapping program across the recently discovered (2011) and underexplored belt of low-sulphidation epithermal gold potential in Carboniferous bimodal volcanic rocks of the Byers Brook and Diamond Brook formations. Following the data release, interested companies and explorationists will be invited to submit exploration proposals on the project area. A Call for Proposals for Exploration will be announced in late spring/summer 2018. Proposals will be accepted approximately two months after that, with a review period by Geoscience and Mines Branch staff, concluding with announcement of the successful proposal by late summer 2018. A draft version of the Call for Proposals will be available for public review in late spring 2018.. Proposals will be scored on the basis of the exploration plan and budget, the applicant’s history with regulatory compliance, their corporate exploration expertise, and their plans for community engagement.
All geoscience data associated with this project will be released on the DNR website, as well as on data sticks at PDAC at 10 am EST 5 March 2018. A brief presentation on the project will be given by Trevor MacHattie at the Nova Scotia Mining Breakfast on 6 March, and all three principal investigators (Trevor MacHattie, Denise Brushett, and Geoff Baldwin) will be on hand at the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources booth at the trade show.