Geoscience BC has announced plans to conduct its largest airborne magnetic survey ever. Through September, three small aircraft will conduct the survey between Fort Fraser and Smithers. The 24,000 square kilometre grid is equal to about 75% of Vancouver Island.
The Cessna planes will be outfitted with magnetometers, which detect disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field. When the data is analyzed, researchers get a better idea of where different minerals are hiding in the earth’s crust.
The flights will be based out of airports in Smithers and Burns Lakes. The data gathered from the survey will be released next year, providing the mineral exploration community with a wealth of knowledge about the area.