Geology - The Value Proposition.

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Published on February 23, 2014

Author: andyfyon


Geological Insights to Inform Government Policy Priorities The Geology Value Proposition: Geological Insights to Inform Government Policy Priorities The Geology Value Proposition Andy Fyon Director, Ontario Geological Survey, Ministry of Northern Development + Mines February 19, 2014 My Intent Today: My Intent Today Highlight the geological value proposition Geochemical context Environmental Assessment Government priorities Policy context Highlight following OGS presentations Appeal for continued scientific collaboration 2 To understand what is happening on surface, it is important to understand Ontario beneath our feet Ministry of Northern Development + Mines Some Priorities: Ministry of Northern Development + Mines Some Priorities Answer northern infrastructure needs Create jobs and growth Generate new wealth and benefits Promote a strong, safe and sustainable Ontario (generating geoscience baseline and administration of Ontario’s Mining Act) 3 Red = Touched by Ontario Geological Survey Ontario Geological Survey Strategic Objective: Ontario Geological Survey Strategic Objective Modern Comprehensive Geoscience Baseline for All Ontario to: Identify economic opportunity; Inform environmental and land-use planning decisions; Safeguard public health and safety . 4 PowerPoint Presentation: Ontario Geological Survey Energy: Geothermal Non-renewable rock Energy Process Landforms Glacial deposits Rocks Vibrant and Strong Communities A Plan for Jobs A Fair Society Minerals, Aggregate, Groundwater Natural Hazards Inorganic Geochemical Baseline 5 PowerPoint Presentation: Economy (mineral, energy, groundwater) Engineering Infrastructure Environmental baseline Groundwater Safety Health Biodiversity, habitat 6 Geology Application Rock Geology + Groundwater Geochemical Quality: Natural Gas / Black Shale: Rock Geology + Groundwater Geochemical Quality: Natural Gas / Black Shale Black Shale in Ontario. Natural gas in groundwater Black shale Regional geological processes influence geochemical baseline (groundwater quality) 7 Regional geology + geological processes influence geochemical baseline.: Calcium lake sediment related to bedrock Calcium related to carbonate minerals from lowland rock – geological process glaciation Regional geology + geological processes influence geochemical baseline. 8 Lake Nipigon Geology: Yellow rock: Basalt / gabbro copper-rich Blue: - gabbro Pinks: Granite Greys: Sedimentary rocks Green: - Very old greenstone rocks Lake Nipigon Geology 9 Lake Nipigon Area – Lake Sediment Copper: Lake Nipigon Area – Lake Sediment Copper Area of higher copper (yellow + red dots) = area of copper-rich igneous rock (yellow colour on map) Geology influences geochemical baseline. Dots = geochemical sample locations. 10 PowerPoint Presentation: Chromite Grains in Till and River Sediments Ring of Fire Region Glacial dispersal of chromite grains. D . Crabtree , OGS Open File Report 6108 (2003) Ring of Fire deposit has large natural footprint because of geological processes. Direction of ice movement Direction of river flow 11 Geoscience Questions - Ring of Fire: Geoscience Questions - Ring of Fire Geological knowledge to inform decision-making? land-use planning, economic , health, safety, infrastructure, habitat options for Aboriginal bands, Government, industry Geological factors that influence geochemical baseline characterization? Geological factors that inform Environmental Assessment? Geological insights applicable to other Government priorities across Ontario? Need geological history, including Earth resources (energy, mineral, groundwater). Influences: Field approach; sampling and analytical methods; interpretation context 12 S ome answers based on the Ontario beneath our feet Geological Context and Scientific Appeal: Geological Context and Scientific Appeal Value proposition : Geoscience provides a context for geochemical baseline (and other) interpretations Appeal Scientific collaboration - continue Science questions + context Regular science meetings Analytical methods Data + information Detailed OGS studies to follow….. 13 Ontario Geological Survey Key Contacts : Ontario Geological Survey Key Contacts Director Andy Fyon (705-670-5924, Senior Manager , Earth Resources + Geoscience Mapping Section Jack Parker (705-70-5976, Senior Manager , GeoServices Section Ed Debicki (705-670-5643, ) Senior Manager , Resident Geologist Program Rob Ferguson ( 705-235-1622, ) 14

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