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File Created: 10-Mar-99 by Gary R. Foye(GRF)
Last Edit:  10-Mar-99 by Garry J. Payie(GJP)

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NMI
Name GEM Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 093D071
Status Showing NTS Map 093D13W
Latitude 52º 45' 35" N UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 127º 52' 55" W Northing 5846128
Easting 575448
Commodities Graphite Deposit Types P05 : Vein graphite
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Undivided Metamorphic Assembl.
Capsule Geology

Graphite is reported to occur at the Gem occurrence at or near the north shore of Kynoch Inlet, about 70 kilometres north of Bella Bella.

The mineralized rocks occur within a metasedimentary belt about 8 kilometres wide that extends northwest from Cascade Inlet to the head of Mussel Inlet and farther north into the Douglas Channel area. Typically, this Upper Paleozoic(?) package is comprised of biotite-hornblende schist, quartzite and limestone.

Several graphite occurrences, staked in the 1920s, were held by Western Canada Graphite Limited of Vancouver, of which the Gem was one. In a highly promotional prospectus (in Property File) published in 1929, the company described several graphite occurrences along Kynoch Inlet and one near Mussel Inlet to the north. The report states that graphite "has been found running through all these claims in such masses as to make the working of it practically a stoping or quarrying proposition. The veins containing it vary from 4 feet (1.2 metres) to 300 feet (91 metres); and the assays of samples taken show from 15% to 100% pure graphite".

Besides the Gem, the other graphite properties held by Western Canada Graphite were called Black Lead (103A 010), Giant (103A 011), Green Giant (093D 018), Grey Giant (093D 020) and Zenith (093D 021). No record of development exists for these properties.

Bibliography
EM FIELDWORK 2002, pp. 65-75
EMPR AR *1929-C67
EMPR PF (*Prospectus, Western Canada Graphite Limited, 1929 (with  sketch map of claim locations (in 103A 010 (Black Lead) file);  Letter by Joseph T. Mandy (resident government mining engineer)  discussing prospectus information (in 103A 010 (Black Lead) file).
GSC MAP 9-1966; 1328A; 1385A; 1424A
GSC MEM 372
GSC P 66-25
GSC SUM RPT 1921, Part A, p. 25A

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