ABSTRACT

We have evaluated results from a study combining airborne z-axis tipper electromagnetic (ZTEM) and ground-based magnetotelluric (MT) data to image an epithermal system in British Columbia. The spatially coincident use of these two methods allowed for a direct comparison of both data sets in the overlapping frequency band and showed that both measurements were consistent. Inversion of just the ZTEM data suffered from the lack of electric field amplitude information, which could be provided by the MT data. Three-dimensional inversion modeling of the two individual data sets was performed. Models of electrical resistivity derived from both data sets were consistent and could be correlated with the geological and structural setting of the mineralization. Gold is associated with disseminated pyrite and marcasite in quartz-sericite-altered felsic volcanic rocks and intrusions, especially near the contact with mafic volcanic rocks and a late diorite intrusion. The quartz-sericite alteration yields a conductivity anomaly, relative to the more resistive mafic country rocks. Although ZTEM and MT do not possess the resolution of the geologic model derived from borehole data, our model agrees well with a regional assessment of the deposit.

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