MSc project, Earth Sciences
Chemo-stratigraphy and mineral resources
Geochemistry of the Archean Blake River Group, Abitibi Subprovince, Quebec - implications for exploration of volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits
One of the best places in the world to explore for volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits is the Archean Abitibi Subprovince of Quebec and Ontario. The Blake River Group (Rouyn-Noranda area) contains two important VMS camps, Noranda and Doyon-Bousquet-LaRonde.
Because VMS deposits are partly controlled by stratigraphy, an improved knowledge of the stratigraphy of volcanic rocks in the Blake River Group would be an asset. Few marker horizons are known at a regional scale. But over recent years thousands of geochemical analyses, including immobile trace elements, have been obtained as part of government mapping programs, thematic studies by academia and governments, and exploration campaigns by the private sector. Moreover, numerous U-Pb dates have become available and allow the volcanic events and mineral deposits to be placed in a temporal evolutionary sequence. However, the lithogeochemical data still remains to be fully exploited to improve our knowledge of stratigraphy in the Blake River Group. This is the aim of the MSc projet proposed by INRS-ETE with support from Quebec's Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF). A petrologic component may be added to the study if time allows.
The project will be mostly based on compilation and interpretation of existing geochemical data, but some new samples will be collected in the field to improve the coverage. The student will be supervised by Pierre-Simon Ross at INRS-ETE and MRNF's Jean Goutier in the field. The project will start in August or September 2012.
Profile of the ideal candidate. Undergraduate diploma in geology, earth sciences or geological engineering. Strong motivation for geological research. Desirable features: mapping experience in Precambrian rocks; knowledge of geochemistry, stratigraphy, mineral deposits and geographic information systems (GIS); some knowledge of the French language.
How to apply. Email your CV, academic transcripts and presentation letter, in PDF format, to email@example.com. Letters of recommendation will be requested after the initial screening.