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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  21-Jan-1988 by Mary McLean (MM)

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Name VIEW Mining Division Nelson
BCGS Map 082F016
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082F02W
Latitude 049º 06' 48'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 116º 52' 04'' Northing 5440063
Easting 509649
Commodities Talc Deposit Types E08 : Carbonate-hosted talc
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The View occurrence is on the west side of Placer Creek, 0.5 kilometre above the confluence with Summit Creek. The deposit is directly above the Salmo-Creston highway, 26 kilometres west of Creston. Relatively low-grade talc has been mined periodically from this deposit, most recently in 1984 by the International Marble and Stone Company Ltd. No production figures are available.

The main showing is near the top of a cleared area where bedrock is exposed through stripping for highway material. Talc is exposed in trenches up to 2 metres deep, over lengths of up to 50 metres (Z.D. Hora, personal communication, 1984). A small shaft is also reported, which intersected a small vein of high purity talc (M. Gunning, personal communication).

The hostrocks are northeast striking, steeply northwest dipping dolomites, quartzite, argillite, sandy limestone, schists and amphibolite of the Proterozoic Dutch Creek Formation, part of the upper Purcell Supergroup.

The main talc seam occupies a sheared zone, partially replacing a 3 metre thick bed of thinly banded siliceous dolomite. The surrounding rocks are impure dolomites and amphibolite. Talc is also exposed in a 3 metre high bluff in Placer Creek, approximately on strike with the gravel pit, 180 metres to the northeast.

The talc, being relatively low grade, has found application as a filler and as a dusting component for asphalt (Z.D. Hora, personal communication, 1984). X-ray diffraction analyses were run on samples by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources laboratory in 1987, and found to contain in decreasing order of abundance, talc, dolomite, muscovite and trace calcite.

EMPR AR 1964-207; 1965-278
EMPR EXPL 1977-256,257
EMPR FIELDWORK 1994, pp. 135-155
EMPR OF 1988-14; 1988-19
EMPR PF (McCammon, J.W. (1964): Creston Talc; letter addressed to J.W. McCammon dated December 15, 1965)
GSC OF 481; 929; 2721