Interpretation of some geochemical distributions in Key and Seahorse Lakes, Saskatchewan

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

G. R. PARSLOW, Department of Geology, University of Regina Regina, Saskatchewan

U, Fe, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn and Co data for the sediment in both Key and Seahorse lakes, which overlie portions of known economic uranium deposits in the region, are presented. With the exception of U, Fe and Mn, the elemental distributions can be considered anomalous, in a statistical sense, in both lakes. The U values are of particular interest in that Key Lake is not anomalous, whereas Seahorse Lake is markedly anomalous. Tentative correlations made with background data from other surveys in an attempt to differentiate between anomalous and background values indicate that deviations from linearity in a distribution, and not absolute mean or maximum values, are indicative of anomalous samples within the distribution.
Keywords: Exploration techniques, Mineral exploration, Geochemical exploration, Key Lake, Seahorse Lake, Saskatchewan, Lake sediments, Waters, Uranium, Nickel, Zinc, Copper, Cobalt.