Geophysical Prospecting for Antimony (and Chromite) in the Southern Quesnel Terrane, British Columbia, Canada

Antimony is classified as a strategic element due to its high relevance for many military and technical applications, e.g. its use in fire suppressants and lead-acid batteries. Canada has currently no operational mine to produce antimony and about 90% of the world production originates from China and east Asia. This project will develop a geophysical prospecting program to explore for antimony, which has been discovered in samples taken from the industry partner’s mineral claim in the southern Quesnel terrane, northwest of Kelowna, British Columbia. At least four different geophysical techniques will be employed to explore a hydrothermally altered shear zone for antimony mineralization as well as a granodiorite intrusion which is associated to serpentinization and resulting chromite deposits. This project is innovative as both commodities do not exhibit very distinct geophysical parameters, but must be identified through associated minerals and foremost the location of specific geological structures.

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Andrew Branson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Alexander Braun
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Ontario
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