Data Mining: Freely accessible earth science information boosts grassroots exploration

Published on: Winter 2017

In November 2016, Parlane Resources announced the discovery of native copper on its Big Bear project located to the north of New Gold Inc.’s Blackwater deposit and east of New Gold’s Capoose prospect in central British Columbia. In the news release, Parlane recognized the fieldwork undertaken the previous year on a project supported by Geoscience BC and carried out by researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Mineral Deposit Research Unit. It is welcome acknowledgment of the value that public geoscience holds for explorers in B.C.

Although hard numbers are difficult to estimate, we hear anecdotally that mineral explorers depend on this quality, publicly available geoscience data, particularly at the early stages of a project when budgets are thinner than a shoestring.

“For grassroots explorers, public geoscience helps de-risk the discovery of mineral deposits,” says Bruce Madu, vice-president, mining and minerals, for Geoscience BC, a non-profit organization that funds, generates and disseminates free geoscience data. “By providing fundamental geochemistry, geology or geophysics, public geoscience gives explorers that baseline from which they can focus their search, be more efficient and increase the odds for success.”

Read the full story in Mineral Exploration magazine.