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File Created: 18-Nov-1995 by Jay W. Page (JWP)
Last Edit:  25-Jan-1996 by Jay W. Page (JWP)

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Name SPOD Mining Division Vernon
BCGS Map 082E093
Status Showing NTS Map 082E13E
Latitude 049º 58' 03'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 31' 13'' Northing 5538062
Easting 319267
Commodities Gold Deposit Types H05 : Epithermal Au-Ag: low sulphidation
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Overlap Assemblage, Harper Ranch
Capsule Geology

The SPOD showing is located on the east side of Blue Grouse Mountain, approximately 8.5 kilometres north-northwest of Kelowna.

The property covers a sequence of andesitic volcanic rocks of the Eocene Penticton Group, Marron Formation. These are cut by a northwest trending felsic dike. The dike varies in width from 1 to 10 metres and has been traced along strike for approximately 1500 metres. The host andesite has been silicified in a contact zone up to 3 metres wide along the dike. Both the dike and andesite are cut by 2 stages of quartz veining. The veins are up to 1 centimetre in thickness, vuggy, and contain fine-grained disseminated pyrite. Weak propylitic alteration is common in the andesite. The Marron Formation volcanics are underlain by a pendant of Devonian-Triassic Harper Ranch Group metasediments.

Early, unrecorded work on the showing is evidenced by a small shaft found on the property by J. Stushnoff in 1987. His prospecting efforts that year identified anomalous gold geochemistry associated with the felsic dike. The property was optioned by QPX Minerals Inc. in 1988, and during the winter of 1988-89 Mine Quest Exploration Associates Ltd. on behalf of QPX carried out a program of soil sampling, geological mapping, and a VLF-EM geophysical survey. The surface work identified several anomalies which were then tested by a 5-hole 272.8-metre reverse circulation drill program. Hole depth varied from 32.0 to 89.9 metres with a sample interval of 3.05 metres. The best drill intersection, from 4.6 metres to 7.6 metres in hole 88-1, assayed 0.785 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 18499). It was collared to test below a channel sample which had assayed 1.87 grams per tonne gold over 1 metre (Assessment Report 18499).

Another gold vein occurrence, the BLUE HAWK (082ENW002), is located approximately 2 kilometres to the north.

EMPR ASS RPT 17576, *18499
EMPR OF 1988-5; 1994-8
GSC MAP 538A; 15-1961; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A; 7686G; 8522G
GSC OF 409; 637; 736; 1969