Integrated seismic reflection and borehole geophysical studies at Les Mines Selbaie, Quebec

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 90, No. 1014, 1997

G. Perron*, École Polytechnique de Montréal, B. Milkereit**, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, L.E. Reed, Geophysical Consultant, Rockwood, Ontario, M. Salisbury, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, E. Adam and J. Wu***, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Integrating seismic reflection, borehole geophysical, and physical rock property studies is an effective means of mapping lithological contacts and structures in the crystalline crust. At Les Mines Selbaie in the northern volcanic zone of the Late Archean Abitibi Subprovince, a high-frequency seismic reflection profile has provided the first images of deep crustal structures of this important polymetallic mine site. Physical rock property and borehole geophysical studies confirm that prominent seismic reflections can be caused by lithological contacts, faults and sulphide mineralization. At Les Mines Selbaie, the first two of these are shown by this study. Clearly identifiable reflection images from sulphide mineralization have not been demonstrated in analysis of the profile. The seismic images provide useful information about gross structure in the vicinity of Les Mines Selbaie. They can also place important constraints on the sequence of tectonic events and, therefore, can aid future deep exploration programs.
Mots Clés: Geology, Seismic reflection, Borehole geophysical studies, Les mines Selbaie.