NTGS takes Innovative Approach to Slave Geological Province Research

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Faced with a daunting landmass the size of France and Spain combined, prospective diamond mines face high costs and few guidance markers when exploring in the NWT.  Thanks to ongoing research by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), however, the geological knowledge of one of the most intriguing regions of the NWT is growing and becoming easier to access.  

During February and March 2017, the NTGS, a division of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), will be conducting airborne geophysical surveys in an underexplored region of the Slave Geological Province, home to the NWT’s four diamond mines.

The survey area includes land between the Diavik and Gahcho Kué mines.

The surveys will assist in highlighting areas of higher mineral potential and also examine how to better recognize unexposed kimberlite rock, the source of diamonds in the Slave Province.

Accurate and accessible geoscience information is a hallmark of a strong mineral industry. The NWT’s mineral industry is primary driver of the economy and directly contributes to over one quarter of territorial GDP.