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File Created: 30-Dec-2017 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)
Last Edit:  10-Jan-2018 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name CHRISTMAS NORTH, CHRISTMAS 5 Mining Division Clinton
BCGS Map 092P097
Status Showing NTS Map 092P15W
Latitude 051º 54' 29'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 45' 40'' Northing 5753181
Easting 654006
Commodities Gold Deposit Types L : PORPHYRY
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Christmas North occurrence is located approximately 1.5 metres north east of the north end of Christmas Lake.

The area is underlain by a succession of interbedded hornblende basalt flows, fine- grained, banded volcaniclastic sediments, and aphanitic rhyodacite tuffs of the Upper Triassic Nicola Group. The bedded rocks strike from 188 to 285 degrees and dip from 38 to 85 degrees to the northwest. The entire assemblage is intruded by fine- to medium-grained hornblende diorite. Alteration in the country rock is generally restricted to weak to moderate silicification accompanied by 2 to 3 per cent disseminated pyrite. Pyrite is commonly concentrated along fractures.

Locally, pyrite and pyrrhotite mineralization occurs in andesites, tuffs and sedimentary rocks that have been hornfelsed adjacent to a diorite plug. In 1985, grab samples assayed up to 0.18 gram per tonne gold in an area of combined geochemical and geophysical anomalies (Sample KR 024; Assessment Report 14452).

In 1970, most of the ground between the road beside Christmas Lake and the north shore of Canim Lake was held as the Merv Group by Troy Silver Mines. Rokon Mines Limited held the 22 claim RK property southeast of the Troy Silver ground, directly south of the wedge-shaped lake east of Christmas Lake. Drilling and trenching was done on the Troy Silver ground sometime before 1970. During 1983 through 1987, E & B Explorations Incorporated, later in conjunction with Ming Mines, conducted programs of rock and soil geochemical surveys, magnetic, induced polarization and VLF-EM surveys and reconnaissance geological mapping on the area as the Christmas 1-8 claims. This work identified seven gold-in-soil anomalous zones.

EMPR ASS RPT 12138, 14239, *14452, 15699, 16170
EMPR EXPL 1987-C243
EMPR OF 2002-15
EMPR PF (Hogan, J.W. (1970): Report on the R.K. claims - Canim Lake, B.C.)
PR REL Nustar Resources Inc., Aug.6, 22, Oct.16, Nov. 1,28, 2002; Mar.18, 2003