The term “aggregates” refers to coarse material such as sand and gravel, formed by erosion of rock substances. Aggregates are used extensively in the construction industry either in the building of new roads or as one of the main ingredients in concrete.
More Aggregate Needed for Roads
In northeast B.C., the increase in oil and gas exploration activity has resulted in the construction of new roads and has led to a need for local sources of aggregate. Aggregate deposits have been largely depleted in some areas of active petroleum development.
Improved access and transportation cost savings to resource companies will also enhance viability of projects and encourage exploration investment, potentially leading to new discoveries and increased royalties. The identification and evaluation of new aggregate reserves will ensure that oil and gas exploration in northeast British Columbia is able to continue and benefit all British Columbians.
The data presented here reflects an applied research effort by government to locate new sources of aggregate in northeast British Columbia. Although this work has ceased, the data collected is still relevant and can be used to help locate new aggregate deposits.
- Well logs (water, shot-hole, conductor pipe, gamma)
- Vegetation, soils
- DEMs, Landsat, Radarsat
- Ground geophysics
- Airborne aeromagnetics and high resolution electromagnetics
- Study Area Maps
- Regional Overview Papers
- Detailed Aggregate Studies
- Aggregate Prospect Reports
- Geophysical Surveys
- Remote Sensing/GIS
Aggregate mapping was conducted both regionally and at site-specific locations between the Alberta/B.C. border and the Alaska Highway (Highway 97), extending north from the Dawson Creek area to the British Columbia/Northwest Territories border.
Thirteen 1:50,000 scale aggregate potential maps for areas proximal to Sierra-Yoyo-Desan (SYD) Road (2002).
(3.82 MB PDF)
- Quaternary Geology and Aggregate Mapping in Northeast British Columbia (16MB PDF)
- Selected New Sand and Gravel Occurrences – Fort Nelson Area (2 MB PDF)
- Study Area Map Sierra-Yoyo-Desan Aggregate (Potential Map) (6 MB PDF)
- Northwest Alberta Aggregate Resource Assessment 2004-2005 (22 MB PDF). Surficial mapping and aggregate resource assessment
- Quaternary geology of Fort Nelson and Fontas River 2004-2005 (28 MB PDF). Discussion of Quaternary Geology in NTS Map Areas 094J/SE and 094I/SW.
- Quaternary mapping and Diamonds 2004-2005 (poster) (1.5MB PDF)
- Bedrock Topography Mapping and Shallow Gas An overview for work in northeast British Columbia 2004-2005 (11MB PDF)
- Summary of Selected Aggregate Occurrences Northeast of Fort Nelson 2004-2005 (4 MB PDF)
- Quaternary Geology and Aggregate Potential of the Fort Nelson Airport Area (8MB PDF)
- Preliminary Report of Aggregate Potential Investigation of Fort Nelson Airport Area (1.5MB PDF)
SIERRA-YOYO-DESAN (SYD) ROAD AREA GRAVEL INVESTIGATION
- Project Overview (35 MB Zipped Files)
- Summary report (field and laboratory work) Part A Part B Part C
- Area 8 Komie North Part 1 (3.9 MB PDF) Part 2 (9.0 MB PDF) Part 3 (.70 MB PDF)
- Area 9 Komie North Part 1 (.14 MB PDF) Part 2 (6.2 MB PDF) Part 3 (.12 MB PDF)
- Area 10 Kotcho East (5.3 MB PDF)
- Elleh Creek (2.1 MB PDF)
- Aggregate potential of selected terraces along the East Kiskatinaw River, northeastern British Columbia (20 MB PDF)
- Aggregate Potential of the Kimea Creek Area, northeastern British Columbia (1.8 MB PDF)
- Fontas Road Aggregate Prospect: Kilometre 48, NTS 94H, Northeastern British Columbia (18.2 MB PDF)
- Aggregate Potential of Green Creek Area, Northeast British Columbia (33.2 MB PDF)
- Airborne Electromagnetic Survey Methods for Sand and Gravel Mapping Kotcho Area 2004 (2 MB PDF)
- Resolve Survey Overview – Kotcho Area (Furgo Airborne Surveys) (4.0 MB PDF)
- Interpretation – Apparent Resistivity maps and Resistivity Cross Sections (Bemex Consulting International) (1 MB PDF)
- Total Magnetic Field (map) 1:20 000 scale total field map (Fugro Airborne Surveys) (1.6MB PDF)
- 400 Hz (1.3MB PDF)
- 1500 Hz (1.3MB PDF)
- 6200 Hz (1.3MB PDF)
- 25 000 Hz (1.4MB PDF)
- 115 000 Hz (1.4MB PDF)
- Geomatics Technology for Aggregate Exploration 2004-2005 (1.2 MB PDF)
- LiDAR – surficial geology and aggregate potential mapping 2004-2005 (19 MB PDF)
- Airborne aeromagnetics and high resolution electromagnetics (2MB PDF)