March 2001
Volume 53    Issue 3

Deep-structure and seismic-reflection studies in Precambrian mining regions: examples from the Canadian LITHOPROBE project

Mining Engineering , 2001, Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 35-42
Clowes, R.M.

LITHOPROBE is Canada’s national collaborative earth science research project, established to develop a comprehensive understanding of how the North American continent has evolved. It has been funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada since 1984. During this time, 10 transects (study areas) have been chosen to investigate pivotal geological features to their deep lithospheric roots. They span the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans and from the United States border to the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The project spans geological time from four billion years ago to the present (Fig. 1). A multidisciplinary approach, spearheaded by seismic reflection techniques, has proven essential to developing complete interpretations and outstanding scientific results.

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