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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  09-Apr-2015 by Trygve Hoy (TH)

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BCGS Map 082E059
Status Showing NTS Map 082E09W
Latitude 049º 34' 13'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 22' 15'' Northing 5491757
Easting 400885
Commodities Platinum, Copper Deposit Types
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The GOLDEN showing is located on the GOLDEN AGE Crown grant (Lot 987S), approximately 900 metres north of the summit of Mount Franklin.

The showing consists of several outcrops of disseminated chalcopyrite in a shonkinite-pyroxenite, a phase of the zoned mafic to ultramafic Averill complex. In the Franklin camp, pyrite is commonly found disseminated near the outer contacts of pyroxenite bodies. The Averill Complex intrudes metasediments and mafic volcanics of the late Paleozoic Franklin Group, and in turn is intruded by late phases of middle Jurassic Nelson granodiorites and Eocene Coryell syenite. Several hundred metres to the east are unconformably overlying clastic rocks of the Kettle River Formation and andesite and dacite flows and tuffs of the Eocene Marron Formation, Penticton Group.

The GOLDEN AGE claim was Crown granted in 1910 as Lot 987s. No work was recorded on the showing during the early 1900s when the Franklin camp was very active; however, a shaft is believed to date from that period.

In 1918 the GOLDEN showing was investigated for its platinum potential. A sample of rusty-weathering pyroxenite, containing disseminated chalcopyrite, was collected from the shaft. It assayed 2.06 grams per tonne platinum (Thomlinson, W. (1920): Mineral Investigations - Platinum, Munitions Resources Commission, Canada, Final Report, page 164). Copper carbonate stains were noted on the sample.

In 1964, Franklin Mines Ltd. acquired much of the Franklin camp and carried out detailed geological mapping and geophysical surveys in a number of locations. The GOLDEN showing was not covered by any of the detailed surveys.

In 1986-87, Longreach Resources Ltd. and Placer Dome Inc. carried out a major exploration program in the Franklin camp area. It is probable that the GOLDEN showing was prospected during this time, but no work was recorded.

Similar platinum occurrences nearby are the OTTAWA (082ENE061), COLUMBIA (082ENE060), BUFFALO (082ENE008) and MOUNTAIN LION (082ENE055) showings.

EMPR AR 1910-248, 1914-352,353; *1918-297; 1964-112
EMPR ASS RPT 637, 15172, 15746, 15964, 15981, 17273
EMPR EXPL 1987-C32; 1988-C22
EMPR OF *1986-7; 1994-8
EMPR PF (See General PF - Franklin Mining Camp File; See PF 082ENE002 - Platinum Blonde Property, News Clippings, 1986-87)
GSC MAP *97A; *133A; 6-1957; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A
GSC MEM *56, p.155
GSC OF 409; 736; 1969
Geoscience BC Map 2013-07-1
Geoscience Report 2013-1, pp. 91-102
Placer Dome File
Thomlinson, W. (1920): *Mineral Investigations - Platinum, Munitions Resource Commission, Canada, Final Report, pp. 161-166.