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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  11-Jul-1994 by Dorthe E. Jakobsen (DEJ)

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Name BEL, BEL 1-2 Mining Division Vernon
BCGS Map 082L028
Status Prospect NTS Map 082L01W
Latitude 050º 12' 20'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 24' 47'' Northing 5562441
Easting 399165
Commodities Silver, Gold, Lead, Copper Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Bel showing is located about 65 kilometres east of Vernon, near the headwaters of Silver Bell Creek. The Silver Horde (082LSE011) showing, which contains similar mineralization, is located less than 1000 metres to the west.

Previous unrecorded work has resulted in a 12-metre adit and some trenches on the showing. About 1979, Mineta Resources upgraded the road access and conducted cursory prospecting including an inspection of the workings and a number of soil samples. In 1981, limited soil sampling was completed. In 1987, the northwestern part of the Bel 1 claim was mapped and sampled; a soil survey was also conducted.

The area is underlain by the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Nicola Group consisting of metamorphosed sediments and volcanics. Gneiss of the Proterozoic to Paleozoic Kootenay Assemblage occurs to the northwest and granitic rocks of the Jurassic Intrusions occur to the south. Deformation is considerable and local folding is common. Generally barren, white quartz veins intrude argillite, phyllite, black schist and quartzite.

Mineralization consisting of argentiferous galena, pyrite and subordinate chalcopyrite occurs irregularly in fractures and shears in the quartz veins. Three veins occur in the northwest part of the claim and have been partially exposed.

On the No. 1 vein, a 12-metre adit was driven along a 0.2 to 2 metre wide quartz vein and a shear zone on the north side of the vein. The shear zone and the vein are both mineralized. The shear trends 285 degrees and dips 65 degrees north and the vein strikes 120 degrees and dips near vertical. There are no records of ore shipped from the adit. Two samples assayed up to 1744.8 grams per tonne silver and up to 5.3 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 16783).

The No. 2 vein, located about 15 metres southwest of the No. 1, trends 290 degrees and dips 62 to 75 degrees. The vein contains patchy sulphides along late fractures near the northern margin of the vein. Three chip samples across this vein assayed up to 1984.8 grams per tonne silver and 3.5 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 16783).

The No. 3 vein is hosted in intensely folded phyllite and is up to 10 metres wide. The vein appears to pinch and swell along at least 150 metres of strike length. The vein strikes 040 to 060 degrees and dips about 50 degrees southeast. Only scattered traces of a black sulfide mineral are present. Limonitic alteration material is locally present. Three samples of quartz from the trench assayed up to 41.5 grams per tonne silver and 0.14 gram per tonne gold (Assessment Report 16783).

EMPR ASS RPT 8063, *10493, *16783
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 55-58; 1988, pp. 49-54; 1992, pp. 255-257
EMPR OF 1991-18; 1994-8
EMPR RGS 082L, 1976; 32, 1991
EMPR PF (Highgrade Ventures Ltd., Prospectus 1988)
GSC MAP 7216G; 8491G
GSC OF 637; 658
GSC P 91-2, pp. 115-135
CJES Vol. 26, No. 2
GCNL #220, 1982