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File Created: 24-Jul-85 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  31-Mar-93 by Discovery Consultants(DISC)

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Name VERNON LIMESTONE Mining Division Vernon
BCGS Map 082L024
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082L06W
Latitude 50º 15' 43" N UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 17' 50" W Northing 5570280
Easting 336269
Commodities Limestone Deposit Types R09 : Limestone
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Harper Ranch
Capsule Geology

The Vernon Limestone deposit is located 2 kilometres west of Vernon.

Sedimentary rocks of the Devonian to Triassic Harper Ranch Group are in probable unconformable contact with Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Nicola Group sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Middle Jurassic granitic plugs intrude these rocks. Outliers of Eocene Kamloops Group volcanic rocks occur.

The Harper Ranch Group hosts a Permian limestone lens which was quarried for industrial use. The lens comprises an 800 metre diameter mass of medium to dark grey, medium-grained limestone with veinlets and lenses of quartz and calcite. Sampling returned 49.9 per cent CaO, 2.2 per cent MgO, 0.62 per cent Fe2O3 and insolubles at 5.1 per cent (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1961, pp. 147-148).

Minor production for lime was discontinued due to the poor quality of the limestone.

EMPR AR *1961-145,147
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 55-58; 1988, pp. 355-363
EMPR MAP 7216G, 8513G
EMPR OF 1989-5, 1990-30, *1992-18, pp. 80, 82
EMPR PF (In 082LSW022 - Jones, W.C.(1959): Groundwater in the BX  Creek area; In 082LSW General - Claim Map, 1966; sketch map)
GSC OF 637 (Map B), 736, 2167
GSC P 89-1E pp. 51-60