Finding minerals in the ground by studying tree tops
By Brendan Kergin
A helicopter is being used to collect tree top samples.
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April 11, 2016 - 2:43 PM
KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops conference will be discussing a study that used a helicopter to take the tops off trees to see what minerals are in the ground.
Noble Exploration Services sent a helicopter out last summer to take branches off the top of 100-year-old spruce trees to see if the plant life contained evidence of minerals below the surface, according to a media release from Geoscience B.C.
Using a helicopter allowed access to a region with few roads and near the potential site of the future Blackwater Gold project, an open pit silver and gold mine.
Bruce Madu with Geoscience B.C. says some trees can absorb minerals in the soil and concentrate them in bark or needles.
The study’s results will be presented by Geoscience B.C. at the upcoming Kamloops Exploration Group Conference on April 12 and April 13. The conference covers mining exploration across B.C.
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