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File Created: 04-Nov-1986 by Larry Jones (LDJ)
Last Edit:  15-Aug-2018 by George Owsiacki (GO)

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NMI 103I8 Cu2
Name KELLY CREEK, ZYM, ZYMOETZ Mining Division Omineca
BCGS Map 103I050
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 103I08E
Latitude 054º 27' 09'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 128º 08' 21'' Northing 6034210
Easting 555813
Commodities Copper, Silver, Gold Deposit Types D03 : Volcanic redbed Cu
L01 : Subvolcanic Cu-Ag-Au (As-Sb)
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The Zymoetz claim group is located on the south side of the Zymoetz River, approximately 34 kilometres east of Terrace.

Lower–Middle Jurassic Hazelton Group volcanic rocks, consisting of basalts, andesites and rhyolite-dacites and their fragmental equivalents, occupy a north striking antiform. The west limb of the fold has been intruded by an east trending elliptical stock of quartz diorite and granodiorite, measuring 2400 by 1500 metres. Associated andesitic feldspar porphyry sills cut the volcanics in the axial region of the antiform. The intrusive rocks are part of the Tertiary–Jurassic Coast Plutonic Complex.

The Upper showing contains disseminations, stringers and blebs of bornite and chalcopyrite within intensely fractured rhyolite tuffs and breccias. The east striking, moderately south-dipping zone is limited on both sides by weakly mineralized andesitic feldspar porphyry and measures about 150 by 120 by 30 metres. A 15.2-metre drill intersection assayed 4.83 per cent copper, 163.5 grams per tonne silver and 2.7 grams per tonne gold (George Cross News Letter No.245, 1979) and a 34.7-metre drill intersection assayed 1.22 per cent copper and 27.5 grams per tonne silver (George Cross News Letter No.169, 1980).

The Lower showing, 400 metres to the northwest, consists of chalcopyrite, bornite and minor chalcocite occurring as fracture fillings in granodiorite. The zone is about 150 metres long and 15 metres wide. Chip sampling averaged 2 per cent copper and 17.1 grams per tonne silver over 4 metres (George Cross News Letter No.225, 1981).

The East Side showing (103I 156) is 300 metres southeast of the Upper showing and consists of a similar mineralization. In 1966, a 6-metre sample from the showing assayed 0.97 per cent copper (Property File Cyprus Anvil - Native Explorations Ltd., 1967).

The Goats Bluff showing (103I 157) is located 1.14 kilometres to the southeast of the East Side showing. In 1966, five samples representing a zone of 2.1 metres wide by 24 metres long assayed 1.22 per cent copper (Property File Cyprus Anvil - Native Explorations Ltd., 1967).

The Native showings, 300 metres to the southeast of the Goats Bluff showing, were discovered by trenching in 1966. Samples from these showings assayed 0.47 to 0.52 per cent copper (Property File Cyprus Anvil - Native Explorations Ltd., 1967).

The Zymoetz property was discovered and staked in 1962 before being optioned by Native Mines Limited in 1965. In 1966, an exploration program of prospecting, geochemical sampling, geological mapping and 900 metres of diamond drilling was performed on the property. Another 748 metres of diamond drilling was completed on the Upper showing in 1967.

Drilling in 1980 established reserves of about 362,875 tonnes grading 3.18 per cent copper and 72.0 grams per tonne silver (Northern Miner - January 22, 1981), or 2,267,960 tonnes grading 1.03 per cent copper and 18.5 grams per tonne silver (Northern Miner - November 27, 1980). In 1985, unclassified reserves for the Kelly Creek property are 545,167 tonnes grading 2.23 per cent copper and 45.9 grams per tonne silver at a cutoff grade of 1.5 per cent copper (Vancouver Stock Exchange Filing Statement, Imperial Metals Corp., July 1985).

In 2004, Aumega Discoveries Ltd. signed an option to acquire 100 per cent interest in the Kelly Creek project and has staked an additional 80 claim units.

In August and September 2014, on behalf of owner R. Billingsley, a structural analysis was completed on the Kelly claim group which covers the Kelly Creek showing. The purpose of the program was to delineate cross-structures which may be integral in geological controls to potentially economic mineral zones that may occur on the property.

EMPR AR 1966-79,80
EMPR ASS RPT *2394, 8559, 20743, 35194
EMPR EXPL 1980-392
EMPR GEM 1969-78,79; *1970-189-193; 1971-113,114
EMPR MAP 58; 65 (1989); 69-1
EMPR OF 1992-1; 1998-10
EMPR PF (Drilling notes and maps, 1970)
EMPR PF Cyprus Anvil (Turnbull, I.A.C. (1966-06-28): Preliminary Report on the Zymoetz Claim Group; plus assay and maps; Dolmage, Campbell and Associates Ltd. (1967-10-01): Native Mines Limited, Summary Report Zymoetz Property; Native Explorations Ltd. (1967-12-01): Native Mines Limited Information Folder; Native Mines Limited (1968-4-17): News Clippings RE: Native Mines)
EMR MIN BULL MR 181, p. 86; 223 B.C. 288
EMR MP CORPFILE (Native Mines Limited; Native Explorations Limited; Pechiney Development Limited; Cathedral Minerals Ltd.; Invex Resources Ltd.; Imperial Metals Corporation)
GSC MAP 11-1956; 278A; 1136A; 1385A
CMH 1986-87, p. 191; *1989-90, p. 234
GCNL #245, 1979; #70,#119,#141,#169,#173,#190,#218, 1980; #77,#147,#225, 1981
N MINER Nov.27, 1980; Jan.22, May 7, 1981
PR REL Aumega Discoveries Ltd., Aug.18, Sept.2,3, Oct.29, 2004
Elwell, J.P. (1980): Report on the Kelly Project in Statement of Material Facts for Cathedral Minerals Ltd., Apr.14, 1980