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File Created: 24-Jul-85 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  30-Oct-14 by Laura deGroot(LDG)

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BCGS Map 092C088
Status Showing NTS Map 092C15E
Latitude 48º 49' 27" N UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 124º 35' 06" W Northing 5409121
Easting 383664
Commodities Copper, Zinc, Lead, Gold, Silver Deposit Types
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Pan showing is located 6.4 kilometres east of Nitinat Lake just north of the Caycuse River.

The area is underlain by mafic to felsic volcanic and sedimentary rocks of the Lower Jurassic Bonanaza Group and limestone of the Upper Triassic Quatsino Formation (Vancouver Group). These are intruded by granodiorite of the Early to Middle Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite and quartz feldspar porphyry dykes.
Mineralization consists of pyrite, chalcopyrite and bornite. Massive and diseminated pyrite occurs in all volcanic rocks and chalcopyrite occurs in siliceous andesite.

Two narrow massive pyrite-chalcopyrite lenses occur at the 465 metre elevation level, 100 metres east of the Pan road showing. At the Pan road showing, a weighted average interval over 1.99 metres wide yielded 4.59 per cent copper, 17.37 per cent zinc and 0.89 per lead (Assessment Report 24716). A grab sample (#8577) across 1.07 metres assayed 5.35 per cent copper, 0.1714 grams per tonne gold and 8.22 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 3671).

A sample from the "Polymetallic Shear Zone", located about 400 metres southeast of the Pan road showing yielded 0.89 gram per tonne gold 0.3 per cent zinc, 3.6 grams per tonne silver and 0.06 per cent lead (Assessment Report 24716).

A sample taken at the Easy showings, about 600 metres south-southeast of the Pan area, is reported to have yielded greater than 5 per cent copper and 8 grams per tonne silver over a 1.1 metre width (Assessment Report 24716). Recent mapping at the Easy zone indicates the presence of a silicified pyritic argillic zone. Narrow pyrite breccia zones were also mapped in the area of the Easy showing.

Several new showings were discovered in 1995/1996 in the Upper Camp Creek road area, located about 500 metres north of the Pan area. Mapping in this area encountered a siliceous tuff of exhalite which is at the contact of a rhyolite flow comlex. Two massive pyrite-chalcopyrite lenses and, seven narrow polymetallic sulphide showings are reported. The best sample from the lense assayed 8.9 per cent copper over 0.4 metres while the polymetallic showings yielded up to 2.3 per cent copper over 0.7 metres (Assessment Report 24716). The polymetallic sulphide showings are indicated over a strike length of at least 400 metres confined to a felsic volcanic sequence and the "Four Mile Alteration Zone". In 2011, selected grab samples from trenches assayed up to 0.207 grams per tonne gold, 61.45 grams per tonne silver and 8.15 per cent copper (Assessment Report 32906).

The Upper Pan zone is located 100 metres north of the main showing and consists of sericitic, chloritic and argillic intermediate to mafic volcanics dipping gently to the east and containing 1 to 20 per cent sulphides exposed over 3 to 5 meters width. In 2004, selected grab samples returned values up to 1.378 per cent copper, 7.0 grams per tonne silver and 0.22 grams per tonne gold, while representative outcrop chip sampling returned up to 0.810 per cent copper, 3.7 grams per tonne silver and 0.09 grams per tonne gold over 3.0 metres (Assessment Report 27657). In 2011, a lone selected grab sample assayed 0.214 grams per tonne gold, 34.49 grams per tonne silver and 5.93 per cent copper (Assessment Report 32906).

The Pan North showing consists of fault-bound segments of gently west-dipping to flatlying
semi-massive sulphides containing pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and bornite
hosted by sericitic and siliceous volcanics. In 2011, select grab samples returned up to 0.136 grams per tonne gold, 48.20 grams per tonne silver and 7.34 per cent copper (Assessment Report 32906).

The Pan South zone consists of a gently northwest-dipping, 0.5 to 1.25 metre thick quartz-calcite-sericite-sulphide vein containing pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite and galena hosted by chloritic volcanics and exposed over 6 metres. In 2011, a continuous representative chip sample over 1.25 metres returned an average value of 17.68 grams per tonne silver, 0.95 per cent copper, 20.07 per cent lead and 9.61 per cent zinc. The same year diamond drill hole 11-JAS-01 returned values up to 2.68 grams per tonne silver, 0.6789 per cent lead and 1.214 per cent zinc over 1.5 metres, including 0.15 metres yielding 9.57 grams per tonne silver, 0.160 per cent copper, 6.330 per cent lead and 11.570 per cent zinc (Assessment Report 32906).

The Jasper property consists of three MINFILE occurrences known from north to south as the Jasper 1 (092C 080), Tam 16 (092C 081) and the Pan (Easy)(092C 088). The Tam and Easy properties were previously staked by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting who conducted geological mapping, soil and rock geochemistry and an induced polarization (IP) geophysical survey in 1970 and 1971. Also in 1971 , Marshall Creek Copper conducted and extensive soil sampling survey on the Pan (Easy) and Tam properties. In 1980 and 1981, Malibar Mines conducted soil sampling on the Jasper property. In 1984, a prospecting program was carried out by Ron Bilquest. Falconbridge followed in 1985 by conducting a geological, soil and VLF-electromagnetic program. Asamara then conducted a brief geology, soil and electromagnetics survey in 1987. The property lapsed and was relocated by Arne Birkeland in 1994. Geological mapping and sampling consisting of 39 rocks, 40 silts and 133 soils was carried out. A geological and geochemical progam was completed in 1995. The property was optioned to Consolidated Taywin Resources Inc. (later renamed Inspiration Mining Corporation) in 1995 and from December 1995 to June 1996, a work program was carried out consisting of 84 soil samples, a 1.2 kilometre IP survey, a 3 kilometre VLF and Horizontal Loop survey and a 2.1 kilometre ground magnetics survey. During 2000 through 2003, Inspiration Mining Corp. completed various programs of soil, moss mat, stream sediment and rock chip sampling on the Jasper Property, primarily on the Pan (092C 088) occurrence. This work extended the 1998 grid to the north and south and identified numerous polymetallic geochemical anomalies associated with gossanous alteration zone over a strike length of 1.6 kilometres. In 2004, programs of soil and stream sediment surveys and rock sampling were completed on the property. A ground VLF-EM and magnetometer survey was completed on the Jas and Pan grids. In 2007, a 4-sample geochronology sampling and analysis program was completed, suggesting a possible Jurassic age for the sulphide mineralization. In 2008, Inspiration Mining completed a program airborne electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical surveys, totalling 817.9 line-kilometres. In 2010 and 2011, Nitinat Mineral Corp. completed programs of geochemical sampling, prospecting, geological mapping, trenching and three diamond drill holes, totalling 162.0 metres, on the Jasper property.

EMPR ASS RPT *3671, 24087, 24232, *24716, 26467, 26798, 27088,
EMPR FIELDWORK 1977, p. 23; 1989, pp. 503-510
EMPR GEM *1971-228
EMPR OF 1988-24; RGS 24, 1990
EMPR PF (In 092C General File - Aeromagnetic Contour Map, Nitinat
Lake Area, Noranda Mines Ltd., date unknown; Prospectors Report 1994-50 by Arne
Birkeland; Prospectors Report 1995-11 by Arne Birkeland; Birkeland, A.O. (2001):
Property Exam Jasper Property, 34 pages (see 092C 080))
GSC OF 463; 821; 1272
GSC P 72-44; 76-1A; 79-30
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic study of Vancouver Island with
emphasis on the relationships of mineral deposits to plutonic
rocks, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University