The Bathurst Mining Camp (BMC) is one of Canada’s oldest mining districts for volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits. Most of the 46 known deposits were discovered in the 1950s using a combination of geological and geophysical methods. However, renewed exploration efforts over the past 15 years have not been as successful as one would expect given the level of expenditure of the camp. Nevertheless, this has created a large database of high resolution airborne geophysical data (magnetics, electromagnetics, radiometrics, and full tensor gravity gradiometry) which makes Bathurst a unique case. We show data compilation and map view interpretation, followed by two-and-a-half-dimensional (2.5D) gravity and magnetic modelling. From this, we provide constraints on the folded structure of the mafic and felsic volcanic units, and we interpret a large gravity anomaly in the southeast as a possible ophiolite or a dense thick package of basaltic rocks. Finally, we show an example of 3D modelling in the northwestern part of the camp, where we combine map view interpretation with section-based modelling and 3D geophysical inversion.
The Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick: data integration, geophysical modelling, and implications for exploration1
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Hernan Ugalde, William A. Morris, Cees van Staal; The Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick: data integration, geophysical modelling, and implications for exploration. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences ; 56 (5): 433–451. doi: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2018-0048
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