Follow-up of the uranium reconnaissance program in northwest Manitoba

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 804, 1979

N. M. SOONAWALA, R. J. GARBER and R. A. WHITWORTH, Manitoba Department of Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Detailed regional geophysical and geochemical surveys, ground surveys and drilling were undertaken to follow-up the federal-provincial Uranium Reconnaissance Program (URP) over the 27,000-km2 Kasmere-Munroe area in northwestern Manitoba.An analysis of the URP data showed a fair correlation between the regional airborne radiometric results and lake-bottom geochemical results, both of which also correlated with the regional geology. More detailed surveys defined anomalies with greater precision within the broad zones outlined by the URP. The ground follow-up indicated that URP anomalies can be caused by varying degrees of uranium concentration in the rocks. Mineralization of interest was found in leucogranites at several locations within the survey area. Anomalous uranium concentrations were also found in coarse pegmatites and Hudsonian granitic intrusions.It can be concluded that large-scale regional surveys can be followed up in relatively short periods of time to yield meaningful results if a properly planned exploration sequence is employed, each stage of which successively narrows the area of interest.
Keywords: Exploration techniques, Mineral exploration, Uranium exploration, Manitoba, Geophysical exploration, Geochemical exploration, Kasmere-Munroe area, Leucogranites, Pelites.