LOOKNorth co-funds Remote Predictive Mapping project in Nunavut:
LOOKNorth is working with a strategic alliance of HTX Minerals and Nunavut Resources Corporation (NRC) to complete a year-long remote predictive mapping (RPM) research project in the Itchen Lake area of Nunavut. RPM entails compilation, interpretation and integration of geosciences data from a variety of sources, including satellite imagery, and geophysical and geochemical surveys to generate predictive maps containing structural, lithologic, geophysical and surficial information needed to support geological field activities and to serve as first-order geologic maps in areas for which field maps do not exist, due to remoteness, inaccessibility or expense. RPM is thought to be a productive approach to supporting exploration in Nunavut’s vast expanse of highly-prospective but under-explored territory.
Supported by some $62,000 in co-funding from LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program, Geofirma Engineering Ltd. of Ottawa, ON, compiled and analyzed the most relevant existing data for the area of interest, including bedrock geology, prior exploration and drilling results, high-resolution airborne EM and magnetic geophysical survey data, LandSat and Quickbird satellite imagery, and a 50km-resolution digital elevation model (DEM), to produce products that would help focus HTX’s field mapping and reconnaissance. These products include maps showing bedrock outcrops throughout the “claims” area, occurrences of banded iron formations, and 10-20 suggested field reconnaissance targets. Geofirma will also provide a final report on their activities, to feed into the overall RPM research project.
Development of a consistent RPM methodology could dramatically accelerate interpretation processes and allow the HTX-NRC strategic alliance to more efficiently and effectively identify areas for more detailed follow up, strongly contributing to project generation. Building on previously developed RPM techniques, this research will evaluate to how RPM can support more detailed mapping, as well as to assess various data sources, combinations and processes for use in other areas as the HTX-NRC strategic alliance continues exploration efforts across Nunavut.
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For further information contact: Deirdre Greene, Communications & Outreach, LOOKNorth
Email: [email protected]; Tel: 709.864.3083; Cell: 709.730.2562
About Geofirma Engineering
Geofirma Engineering Ltd. is a Canadian full-service geoscience and environmental engineering consulting company of approximately 25 professional and technical staff providing a wide variety of services ranging from GIS/geomatics, geoscientific site characterization, environmental site assessments to soil and groundwater remediation, safety assessment and groundwater modeling and risk assessment.
About HTX Minerals & Nunavut Resources Corporation
HTX is a privately held Canadian exploration company that specializes in the discovery of new mineral deposits using a project-generator business model. This approach provides investors with the greatest growth potential and minimizes shareholder dilution through joint-venture funding partnerships and revenue generating opportunities.
NRC is a private, Inuit-owned resources company that strategically invests in major resource and infrastructure projects, in Nunavut. The alliance is actively developing and advancing projects in Nunavut, and seeks joint venture partners to help further advance these projects.
LOOKNorth works with industry, federal departments, northern governments and aboriginal stakeholder groups to advance the use of RS technology in environmental monitoring as a way to assist decision-making and land-use planning. Industry, communities and all levels of government are working toward new and better ways to address these challenges. LOOKNorth is part of that effort, focused on how RS technologies can be used to help reduce uncertainties, risk and cost in challenging environments.
About LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program
LOOKNorth’s Technology Validation Program (TVP) promotes the deployment of monitoring technologies to provide breakthroughs in the safe and sustainable development of Canada’s Northern natural resources. The program co-funds technology validation projects and is intended as a precursor to the long-term implementation of remote sensing and other monitoring technologies in the resource sector; its primary goal is sustained commercialization of these technologies.
Sectors of interest are oil & gas, mining, hydro-electricity, and related transportation modes. Regions of interest are Canada`s North both offshore in seas and oceans, and onshore in permafrost and discontinuous permafrost environments. Oil sands areas are also included. To identify industry-relevant technologies that are near commercial-ready and may benefit from a validation or demonstration process, LOOKNorth goes to the broader remote sensing community on a regular basis to seek project proposals. Proposed projects are then assessed for funding under our Technology Validation Program. The process is systematic and rigorous.Read More