New M.Sc. Project

MSc Project

VMS mineralisation at the Big Lake Property, Marathon, Northwestern Ontario

The Geology Department at Lakehead University is currently looking for students interested in undertaking a Masters thesis to investigate the nature and origin of recently discovered copper-rich volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) mineralisation in the Schreiber-Hemlo belt of the Superior Province. The 30km by 500m east-west trending Big Lake Peridotite is located 30km southeast of Marathon, Ontario. The intrusion cross-cuts mafic metavolcanic rocks of the Schreiber-Hemlo greenstone belt, and comprises laterally continuous sequences of serpentinized and talcose peridotite, pyroxenite, and gabbro. The eastern 1.5km of the peridotite is host to a stratabound or reef-style PGE dominant sulphide system. The Big Lake VMS deposit borders its PGE-mineralized eastern margin, with a mineralized metavolcanic and metasedimentary breccia footwall. Recent exploration in the area has resulted in ~50 drill cores, all available for study, allowing for the generation of 3-D models of the mineralization.

The successful applicant will work closely with MetalCORP geologists and other graduate students working on the property. They will gain hands on experience of mineral exploration and may be eligible for employment with MetalCORP. The candidate will also have the opportunity to receive training in GIS applications including GoCAD and MapInfo.

Suitable candidates will have a strong background in economic geology and should have completed an Honours degree in Geology. A background in GIS software is preferred but all necessary training will be provided. Field work in northern Ontario will be an integral component of this project.

Located at the head of the Great Lakes in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Lakehead University is a comprehensive university of 7,500 students, 1,600 faculty and staff, and an active and growing research environment with its main campus in Thunder Bay.

For more information contact Dr. Peter Hollings