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Hyperspectral reflectance in mineral exploration: example from the Northwest Zone of the Lemarchant VMS deposit, Newfoundland, Canada

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Cloutier, J and Piercey, SJ, Hyperspectral reflectance in mineral exploration: example from the Northwest Zone of the Lemarchant VMS deposit, Newfoundland, Canada, 14th SGA biennal meeting proceedings, 20-23 August 2017, Quebec City, pp. 1127-1130. (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Hyperspectral reflectance spectroscopy has been widely available for more than 25 years and is now undertaken as a standard procedure by many exploration and mining companies. The data collected is used to characterize the mineralogy of alteration zones but is rarely used in conjunction with geochemical datasets. In this study, we integrate hyperspectral and whole rock geochemical datasets acquired at the Northwest Zone of the Lemarchant volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit in order to determine the dominant formation processes and to establish new exploration parameters. The mineralization at the Northwest Zone is hosted in andesitic and dacitic rocks and exhibits intense hydrothermal alteration (e.g., high CCPI, AI and Ba/Sr lithogeochemical signatures) extending at least 300 m along strike of the andesitic and dacitic units. The alteration corridor has hyperspectral signatures that correlate with phengitic white micas with 2200W longer than 2215nm, and Mg-rich chlorites with 2250W shorter than 2252nm. The integration of hyperspectral reflectance, geochemical alteration proxies (i.e., AI, CCPI, Ba/Sr, NA2O) and mass volume changes has documented specific alteration processes responsible for the alteration (i.e., seawater alteration versus silicification), which is not possible using hyperspectral reflectance or geochemistry alone.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:hyperspectral reflectance, Lemarchant deposit, VMS deposit, Newfoundland
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Copper ore exploration
UTAS Author:Cloutier, J (Mr Jonathan Cloutier)
ID Code:142385
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2021-01-13
Last Modified:2021-08-25
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