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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  15-Jan-1996 by Jay W. Page (JWP)

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Name CAP, BLUEBELL, PATRICIA, TED 2, ELK 2, OKA Mining Division Osoyoos
BCGS Map 082E081
Status Showing NTS Map 082E13W
Latitude 049º 48' 20'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 50' 15'' Northing 5520875
Easting 295840
Commodities Gold, Silver, Zinc, Copper, Lead, Arsenic Deposit Types K01 : Cu skarn
K04 : Au skarn
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The CAP showing is located approximately 8 kilometres northwest of Peachland.

This showing occurs in a pendant of Triassic-Jurassic Nicola Group rocks which are underlain by diorite and granodiorite of the Early Jurassic Pennask Batholith. Old workings on the showing include a 6-metre adit and hillside stripping. The adit was driven on a bearing of 60 degrees into a lenticular outcrop of heavy brown oxides in limestone. The oxide material is localized along bedding in an irregular zone approximately 1.2 metres thick and 7 metres long. Heavy pyrite occurs in pods and lenses within the zone. Scattered grains of sphalerite, galena and chalcopyrite are present. Alteration minerals present include: garnet, pyroxene and biotite.

In the stripped areas thinner and less extensive bedded and semi-bedded oxide zones are present. Iron oxides are also noted along fractures in heavily broken argillaceous quartzites suspected of being a fault contact with limestone northwest of the adit. Scattered replacement sphalerite mineralization can be seen in some exposures of light coloured crystalline limestone. Occasional grains of pyrite and galena are also noted. Sulphide mineralization appears to be limited to the light colored crystalline limestone; none was observed in the finer-grained and more argillaceous rocks. In the surrounding area, which is included in the CAP showing, sediments are cut by massive andesitic greenstone which is sparsely mineralized with pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite and black sphalerite. Very little sulphide was noted away from the greenstone. In 1964, several short holes were drilled by Quinalta Petroleums Ltd. of Calgary. Zinc mineralization was found in all massive limestone sections but analysis failed to identify the presence of any material of commercial value (Assessment Report 672). In 1965, the showing was examined by Western Resources Consultants Ltd. and an access road was constructed. In 1972, Canadian Johns-Manville Company Limited carried out geological mapping, magnetometer surveys and geochemical surveys. They concluded that the mineralized zones were too small and lenticular to be considered economic.

In 1986-87, Fairfield Minerals Ltd. carried out a prospecting program in this area. One sample of sulphide-rich metasediment collected from the area of the old workings assayed 1.3 grams per tonne gold, 27 grams per tonne silver, 0.29 per cent copper and 4.00 per cent zinc (Assessment Report 15834). In the Fairfield report, a reference is also made to sampling carried out in 1985 from which a grab sample assayed 5.0 grams per tonne gold, 12.3 per cent zinc and 17.0 per cent arsenic (Assessment Report 15834). No further details of this sample are given.

In 1988, Placer Dome Inc. and Fairfield Minerals Ltd. drilled 2 reverse circulation holes (171.91 metres each) in the area immediately southwest of the showing. No sulphides were encountered and assays did not have any gold values. Also in 1988, 2 mineralized grab samples collected by the B.C. Geological Survey assayed up to 0.2 per cent copper, 24 grams per tonne silver and 0.0668 per cent zinc with low gold, arsenic, cobalt and bismuth values (Paper 1989-3, pp.125-126).

The BLUEBELL II (082ENW027) occurrence, similar to the CAP, is located approximately 600 metres to the northeast.

EMPR AR 1964-103
EMPR ASS RPT *672, *4040, *15834, 16761, 16788, 18711, 21923, 24026
EMPR EXPL 1987-C36; 1988-C24
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp.270-272
EMPR GEM 1972-45
EMPR OF 1988-28; 1994-8
EMPR P *1989-3, pp. 38-40, pp. 125-126
GSC MAP 538A; 539A; 15-1961; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A; 7686G; 8522G
GSC OF 409; 736; 1969
GSC P 37-21
Placer Dome File