Collecting Mineral Data

In 2021, the Alberta Geological Survey, Alberta Energy Regulator, and Government of Alberta partnered to undertake one of the largest geological and geophysical data collection projects in Alberta’s history. This collaboration is part of a multi-year mineral mapping program that includes collecting and publicly releasing raw data, interactive maps, technical reports, journal publications, and giving public presentations.  The data will help provide critical information for

  • making regulatory decisions regarding mineral applications,
  • conducting operations related to minerals,
  • increasing knowledge of research institutions, and
  • supporting all Albertans in understanding minerals and how development might impact them.

 

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More About the Mineral Mapping Program

Under this mineral mapping program, we are collecting samples and analyzing various types of data to characterize Alberta's mineral resources. In the initial phase of the program, we will focus on publishing the raw data for everyone's use. Below are short summaries highlighting some of our new data collection projects, including those already published. Additional data collection projects are underway and their summaries and products will be posted here as they are completed.

 

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Airborne Geophysics
Magnetic and Gravitational
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Brine Geochemical Data
Water from Oil and Gas Wells
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Rock Sampling
Lithogeochemistry
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Core Scanning Data
Hyperspectral Imaging
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Till and Stream Sediment Sampling
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Satellite Imagery Data
Remote Sensing Techniques
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XRD Analysis
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Magnetotelluric (MT) Study
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Indicator Mineral Sample Processing
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Electron Microprobe Analysis
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Digitization of Mineral
Assessment Reports
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Under the direction and funding of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Energy Regulator's (AER) mandate has expanded to include geothermal, brine-hosted minerals, and, once proclaimed, rock-hosted minerals. Additionally, the Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) will publish raw data and interpretive products over the coming months and years, amounting to one of the largest mineral data collections in Alberta’s history.

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Mineral Mapping Program - New Publications

    Title Published On Type View
    Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Geochemical Dataset of Selected Drillcore from the Alberta Portions of the Athabasca Basin, Canadian Shield, and Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (tabular data, tab-delimited format) April 17, 2024 Data View
    Deep Electrical Structure of the Buffalo Head Hills and Birch Mountains, Northern Alberta: Implications for Diamond Exploration March 13, 2024 Special Report View
    Total Carbon and Sulphur Content of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rock Samples from Selected Units of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin in Alberta (tabular data, tab-delimited format) February 16, 2024 Data View
    Bulk and Clay Mineralogy from Clay Speciation X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rock Samples from Selected Units of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin in Alberta (tabular data, tab-delimited format) February 16, 2024 Data View
    Bulk Mineralogy from Powder X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rock Samples from Selected Units of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin in Alberta (tabular data, tab-delimited format) February 16, 2024 Data View