Trace Copper and Zinc in the Coronation Mine Overburden

Podsol soil horizons developed on Pleistocene glacial sediments overlying the Coronation Mine orebody were analyzed for copper and zinc spectrophotometrically, using biquinoline-isoamyl alcohol and dithizone carbon tetrachloride reagents. Copper and zinc are concentrated in the A 0 and C horizons, whereas the A1, A2 and B horizons are leached. Of economic significance is the fact that the C horizon contains a copper anomaly, in excess of 100 times background, directly over the orebody. Due to the erratic distribution of high copper concentrations in the Ao horizon with respect to the orebody, that horizon is not considered as a reliable prospecting datum.
Keywords: carbon tetrachloride, copper, soil profile, University of Saskatchewan, zinc, copper, Mine, Mines, Profiles, Soil, Soils, zinc
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