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Finding Gold in Manitoba

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Gold in Manitoba is found in the north of the province except for the southeast corner where the first gold rush occured. There are many gold mines in northern Manitoba

Over the years Manitoba has been the scene of several gold rushes with the first happening in the southeast corned where it abuts western Ontario. This part of the province is part of the Canadian Shield where there are plenty of gold mines.

There is a sequence of lake sediments covering the southern portion of the Prairie Provinces dating back to glacial Lake Agassiz around 10,000 years old. Lake Winnipeg is just a small remnant of this earlier lake. There are literally no gold deposits found in the area that is covered with sediments from this glacial lake. Once you get to the north of the lake district you encounter the rocks of the Canadian Shield. These are rocks that contain gold as well as other valuable minerals.

The southern portion of all three provinces hold large amounts of gas and oil. They also have large amounts of gypsum, potash and salt. The southern end of the prairie province’s have much older sediments of the Williston Basin. There are older sediments from a sea that cut north to south through the center of North America. You won't find much gold in these rocks, however if you locate any conglomerates they might be worth a hard look.

Gold is found in northern Manitoba where rocks of the Canadian Shield are exposed. There is mining for gold and other metals in this part of the province. It isn't only gold that they find. There are deposits of copper and nickel that are mined around the area around Flin Flon.

Manitoba is huge, it is almost as large as Texas so there is plenty of territory where you are able to prospect plus you have a provincial government that is quite friendly to the exploration and mining industries.

A good share of the exploration that is occurring in the province is between Rice Lake and Red Lake in Ontario. These two lakes are only 60 km apart and are both on the same continental fault. Although gold was discovered at Rice Lake in 1916 there were only a few mines that operated to the five hundred foot level. The deposits that have been discovered recently are all below the 1,000 feet.

Like a lot of other places in Canada it is often useful to prospect in the shadow of an existing mine. To find these old mines you are going to have to spend some time in the library researching them. Another good source of information about gold and other mineral localities is available from your provincial government.

For more information about gold mining go here!


Manitoba Mining Facts, http://www.gov.mb.ca/stem/mrd/min-ed/minfacts/index.html

Rice Lake Gold District, Grandview Gold, http://www.grandviewgold.com/Gold_Properties/Rice_Lake_Gold_District/


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