BC geoscientists to map central BC for mineral exploration potential

Geoscience BC, the industry association of geoscientists in the province, plans to survey central B.C. to help uncover potential mineral exploration sites in areas heavily affected by the mountain pine beetle.

The QUEST-West airborne electromagnetic survey, being conducted by Aeroquest Ltd, will cover 40,000 square kilometres of central B.C. including areas around Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Houston, Granisle, Smithers, Terrace and Kitimat.

Two helicopters using Aeroquest's proprietary airbone electromagnetic system collects data using a large loop suspended beneath the aircraft. Results from the survey are expected in early 2009.