The Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) is a collaborative federal geoscience program that provides industry with the next generation of geoscience knowledge and innovative techniques, which will result in more effective targeting of buried mineral deposits.
Latest News from TGI:
- Research Affiliate Program (RAP) - Geoscience Researchers and Field, Laboratory or Office Assistants - Targeted Geoscience Initiative
- TGI Ore Systems Synthesis Volumes now available that capture the 2010-2015 geoscience results:
- Government of Canada announces renewal of TGI in Budget 2015
TGI-4 Activity Sites
- The past 30 years have seen a marked decline in proven and probable Canadian mineral reserves in all the major base metals.
- Deeper exploration for new resources is required because of the increasing rarity of surface discoveries.
Focus of the TGI program
- developing a more robust means of measuring whether a geological system may contain deeply buried ore and providing a direction to that ore thereby reducing investment risk and cost
- developing new and improved geoscience knowledge and techniques to better understand, model and detect Canada’s major mineral systems
- training and mentoring students to increase the number of highly qualified personnel available to the mineral industry
Program design: Ore System Approach
TGI uses an ore system approach to project definition. This approach will guarantee that the best-suited deposits are used to support the development of next generation of exploration-related geoscience knowledge and methods.
- TGI is a knowledge-based, thematic program that uses the best examples of ore systems from across Canada.
- Projects and activities are not centred in a geographic region. Instead, they are thematic and integrate data and knowledge from multiple mining camps across the country (see map).
- Scientific hypotheses underpin the program and define the critical knowledge gaps within ore systems.
Latest TGI Publications
Results from the previous phase (phase 4; 2010-2015) of the program:
- lode gold systems
- nickel-copper-PGE-chrome systems
- intrusion-related systems (e.g. porphyry-style deposits)
- SEDEX systems
- volcanogenic massive sulphide systems
- uranium systems
- specialty metal systems (e.g. niobium, rare earth elements)
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