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File Created: 30-Sep-1986 by Larry Jones (LDJ)
Last Edit:  15-Aug-1989 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)

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Name A.E. BARR QUARRY, SHAMES Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 103I046
Status Past Producer NTS Map 103I07W
Latitude 054º 25' 30'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 128º 53' 49'' Northing 6030814
Easting 506686
Commodities Limestone, Marble, Building Stone Deposit Types R09 : Limestone
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

A 30 to 120 metre thick Lower Permian bed of limestone extends northeasterly for 3.1 kilometres along the northwest side of the Skeena River, 21 kilometres southwest of Terrace. The bed is under- lain by undefined metamorphic rocks of amphibolite facies and over- lain by metamorphosed flows, tuffs and breccias of the Telkwa (?) Formation. The bed strikes 050 to 060 degrees and dips 68 to 80 degrees northwest. Several cross faults have segmented the bed. The limestone is extensively fractured and intruded by a few narrow dykes.

The bed is composed of brownish to greenish and bluish grey to white, coarse grained limestone interbedded with lenses of greenstone and mica schist. Disseminated pyrite and flakes of mica are sometimes present. The quality of the limestone varies considerably from place to place. A chip sample taken across 9.75 metres of white limestone exposed in a quarry face contained 48.9 percent CaO, 4.4 percent MgO, 2.5 percent acid insolubles and 0.35 percent Fe2O3 (EMPR Annual Report 1954, p. 181 - Sample 1). A sample taken across 19.5 metres of limestone 67 metres northeast of the quarry contained 53.10 percent CaO, 1.6 percent MgO, 1.2 percent acid insolubles and 0.14 percent Fe2O3 (EMPR Annual Report 1954, p. 181 - Sample 4).

Limestone was produced from a quarry on Lot 4510, 650 metres northeast of the Shames River between 1953 and 1956 for the Columbia Cellulose pulp mill at Port Edward. A total of 15,664 tonnes of limestone was quarried.

EMPR AR 1914-152; 1916-97; 1953-191; *1954-180,181; 1955-94
EMPR PF (Map of workings and sample locations, 1965)
GSC MAP 1136A; 278A; 11-1956; 1385A
GSC MEM *329, pp. 16,98,99
GSC OF 1136
CANMET RPT *452, Vol.5 pp. 175-177; 811, Part 5 p.218, Map 812; 719, p. 64