The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) has developed field and lab methods protocols to guide till sample collection, processing, geochemical analysis of the till matrix, monitoring of quality assurance/quality control, and archiving procedures for reconnaissance- to local-scale geochemical surveys. The most significant concepts and procedures are described in this paper. Continued and long-term use of these protocols will ultimately allow GSC researchers to integrate and contrast multiple datasets and ensure minimum levels of quality assurance and control for all till geochemical data. This set of protocols is the first established for Canadian till sampling and analysis and represents a contribution to the GSC’s Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) Program. Sharing the GSC’s knowledge on till sampling and analysis with the international community will allow other researchers and explorationists to adopt similar procedures. This sharing of knowledge will ultimately allow comparison of till geochemical datasets from various parts of Canada and internationally as well as ensuring a minimum level of quality assurance and control for all till geochemical data.
- Received October 4, 2011.
- Accepted September 10, 2012.
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