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File Created: 10-Mar-1999 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  10-Mar-1999 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)

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Name GIANT Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 103A100
Status Showing NTS Map 103A16E
Latitude 052º 55' 48'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 128º 08' 04'' Northing 5864834
Easting 558181
Commodities Graphite Deposit Types P05 : Vein graphite
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Undivided Metamorphic Assembl.
Capsule Geology

Graphite is reported to occur at the Giant occurrence on Mussel 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 Giant 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 Giant, the other graphite properties were called Black Lead (103A 010), Green Giant (093D 018), Gem (093D 019), Grey Giant (093D 020) and Zenith (093D 021). No record of development exists for these properties.

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 P 66-25
GSC SUM RPT 1921, Part A, p. 25A