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File Created: 31-Dec-2017 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)
Last Edit:  30-Jan-2018 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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BCGS Map 082M038
Status Showing NTS Map 082M08W
Latitude 051º 23' 15'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 25' 11'' Northing 5693874
Easting 401213
Commodities Lead, Silver Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay
Capsule Geology

The Sterling (Northwest Vein) occurrence is located 500 metres northwest of Galena Creek’s mouth on Lower Arrow Lake.

The area is underlain by Lardeau Group metasediments consisting of sericitic impure quartzite, quartz-chlorite-muscovite schist, graphite schist, crystalline limestone and chlorite-muscovite-magnetite schist. The rocks have a general strike of 015 degrees and a 30 degree northwest dip.

Locally, a 0.5 metre wide quartz-carbonate-feldspar vein hosts galena-molybdenite mineralization. In 1981, drill hole 81-5 intercepted 2.0 metres yielding 1.08 per cent lead and 164.1 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 9329).

The area was first staked in the late 1880’s as the Sterling and Hardpan claims. In the early 1900’s, two open cuts and three short adits were driven. In 1962, Great West Mining completed a program of sampling and ground geophysical surveys on the area as the Robina property. In 1966, Scurry-Rainbow Oil Company completed a program of electromagnetic and magnetic surveys and three diamond drill holes. In 1971, five or six diamond drill holes, totalling 612.3 metres, were completed by Nissan Mining and Development. In 1979, Brenda Mines completed soil sampling in the area. During 1980 and 1981, Newmont Mines, in conjunction with Esso, completed a program of geological mapping, sampling and 10 diamond drill holes, totalling 1427.3 metres, on the area as the Sterling claims.

EMPR AR 1902-299; 1931-148; 1932-180,181
EMPR ASS RPT 539, *9329
EMPR BULL *9, pp. 70-73
EMPR EXPL 1980-141-142, Fig. E-1
EMPR FIELDWORK *1981, p. 56
EMPR GEM 1970-464; 1971-441
EMPR PF (Esso [1981-01-01]: Report - Kuskanax Joint Venture)
GSC EC GEOL *20, pp. 46,302-303
GSC MAP 12-1964; 1045A-M3
GSC OF 637
GSC P 64-32, p. 34