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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  23-Feb-2001 by Ron McMillan (RHM)

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Name EAKIN CREEK PLACER, EAKIN (THREE MILE) CREEK Mining Division Kamloops
BCGS Map 092P049
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092P08E
Latitude 051º 27' 12'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 13' 29'' Northing 5703893
Easting 692820
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Overlap Assemblage, Harper Ranch
Capsule Geology

The Eakin Creek placer gold property is located on the lower reaches of Eakin (Three Mile) creek, four kilometres north of Little Fort.

A total of 5.475 kilograms (176 ounces) of placer gold was reported to have been recovered from gravels in the lower reaches of Eakin Creek between the early 1920s and the late 1930s (Bulletin 28). Some of the gold was reportedly quite coarse (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1931), with good nuggets being obtained from the gravel/bedrock interface. In Geological Survey of Canada Summary Report 1921 Part A, it is suggested that the placer gold may have been derived from a resistant conglomerate member in the Eocene Chu Chua Formation, which formed a gorge directly above the original workings. Later authors (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1926; Fieldwork 2000, page 26) consider the more likely source to be the bedrock gold occurrences that are now known to be present in crystalline hostrocks higher in the Eakin Creek drainage basin.

Bedrock in the area (Fieldwork 2000) includes the Eocene Chu Chua Formation (Kamloops Group), composed of conglomerate, sandy shale, arkose and coal measures; the late Paleozoic Harper Ranch Group composed of siltstone, argillite, chert and limestone; the Upper Triassic Nicola Group composed of andesitic and basaltic volcanic rocks, clastic sediments, chert and limestone and the Triassic to Jurassic Dum Lake Intrusive Complex, composed of diorite, gabbro and ultramafic rocks.

Bibliography
EMPR AR 1922-146; 1924-152; 1925-170; 1930-A197; 1931-108
EMPR BULL *28, pp. 38,39
EMPR FIELDWORK 2000, p. 26
GSC SUM RPT 1921 Part A, p. 102
GSC MEM 363
GSC MAP 1278A

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