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Regional Geologic, Geochemical, Geophysical, and Mineral Deposit Data for Economic Development in Alaska in the 21st Century

    Strategy & Approach

    Arial view of Nushagak River

    Collection of new geologic, geochemical, and geophysical data is important for stimulating economic development in the resource-oriented state of Alaska. Even at the reconnaissance scale of 1:250,000, less than half of Alaska has been covered to date, and government entities and private industry avidly advocate collection of this new data. The two initial focus areas were selected by consideration of geologic, resource, and economic factors, and through consultations with federal and state agencies and private customers. The project is expected to run over a 10-to-15-year period, and future focus areas will be selected through a similar process, but the strategy for selection will remain flexible to account for evolving needs and issues.



    The project is currently divided into four tasks. Task 1 is expected to operate throughout the life of the project. As Tasks 2, 3, and 4 are completed, new focus areas will be added.

    (1) Provide a framework for the project by defining and refining the process by which areas are selected for mapping and data collection.

    (2) Address undiscovered base-metal resources and evaluate the metallogenic history of the Seward Peninsula.

    (3) Collect, analyze, and synthesize new geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral-deposit data in order to develop a better understanding of the regional geologic framework and mineral potential of the central portion of southwestern Alaska.

    (4) Collect, analyze, and synthesize new geochemical data in order to determine elemental backgrounds, baselines, and anomalies that are relevant to the regional geochemical framework and mineral potential of the central portion of southwestern Alaska. Subtasks will address issues of both exploration geochemistry and environmental geochemistry.




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