Applications of geophysical methods to resource development in northern Canada

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 905, 1987

P.T. LAFLECHE, A.S. JUDGE, and A.E. TAYLOR, Terrain Sciences Division, Geological Survey of Canada, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Resource development in northern Canada has special requirements which derive from the unique environmental and ecological nature of the northern environment. In this paper several case histories in which the Permafrost Research Section of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) has participated are used to illustrate how geophysical methods may be used to address some of these considerations. Although some of these examples were developed while examining problems directly related to oil and gas development and transport in frontier regions, such or similar methods also have application to mining problems.
Keywords: Geophysical methods, Resource development, Northern Canada, Permafrost research, Geological Survey of Canada, Mining techniques, Ice conditions, Asbestos Hill, Open pit mining, Underground mining, Lupin Mine, Polaris Mine, Mackenzie Delta. Taglu.