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. These data were released during PDAC 2018 and are available on the Geoscience and Mines Branch web site. The release included 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. 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 January 2019. 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 winter 2019. A draft version of the Call for Proposals will be available for public review in November and December 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.