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Mineral Geoscience

The NRCan mineral geoscience activities are built on the premise that good economic government policy requires a sound knowledge of Canada’s mineral potential, or metallogeny. This information is critical to reduce the financial risk associated with exploration investment decisions in Canada by the global exploration and mining industry.

Through such national programs as the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals, NRCan, in collaboration with provincial and territorial geoscience agencies and universities, is identifying and characterizing Canada’s geological domains with the highest mineral potential, and developing a better understanding of the characteristics of individual deposit types and their host environments.

Through programs such as the Targeted Geoscience Initiative, NRCan acquires metallogenic knowledge of geologically diverse Canadian landmass in relation to how and where important types of Canadian mineral deposits would be expected to form.

These metallogenic initiatives involve a broad spectrum of Geological Survey of Canada expertise that includes geologists, geophysicists and geochemists, who integrate their efforts towards identifying and understanding the complex processes that control the development of Canada’s major ore deposit types from the scale of major tectonic events through geologic time down to defining local controls that are required to deposit and preserve economic concentrations of base, precious and strategic minerals.


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