The LQ vein (on the Pavey property) is located 60 kilometres south of Whitehorse, Yukon near Pavey and east of Bennett Lake. The Pavey property contains 15 documented showings (104M 002-003, 028, 038-047, 085-086). Refer to the Skarn prospect (104M 085) for a detailed work history of the Pavey property.
Two claims were staked around 1913 near Pavey. The Silver Queen and Ruby Silver claims were reported to overly high grade silver mineralization. The adit is located on the Pavey 2 claim. Three shorter adits are located 2.5 kilometres to the north, on the Pavey 3 claim, of the Ruby Silver adit. The history of these workings is not known; they uncover mineralized quartz veins which occasionally contain visible gold.
During 1981 to 1986 DuPont held the Gaug claims over the area presently covered by the Pavey 1-4 claims. During 1982 and 1983, DuPont completed geological and geochemical surveys on the upland plateau and over a steep rocky gully. They re-discovered the old adits in the gully. In 1983, Texaco Canada staked the Ben 1-4 claims and performed geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys. In 1987, pits were excavated on quartz-sulphide veins in the "main gully" and beside a small tarn at the south end of the grid (Pavey 4). Thirty rock samples were collected and assayed. In 1988, mapping and prospecting was conducted by Lodestar Resources on the LQ claim; 12 samples were collected. A trail was built in 1989. In 1990, Lodestar Explorations Inc. tested the showings on the Pavey property and the Skarn (104M 085) and Cowboy (104M 086) showings were discovered. Trenching was attempted on the LQ vein in 1991 but the trenches flooded. Brett Resources Inc. optioned the property from Westmin Resources Inc. in 1997.
The Bennett Lake area overlies the contact between the Intermontane Belt and the Coast Plutonic Complex. The Intermontane Belt features a complex assemblage of deformed volcanic and sedimentary rocks comprising the Upper Triassic Stuhini Group, the Lower Jurassic Laberge Group, and Devonian to Middle Triassic Boundary Ranges Metamorphic Suite rocks.
Cretaceous granitic rocks of the Coast Plutonic Complex are the most common in the area; typically they consist of fresh quartz monzonite or quartz diorite. Pendants of Proterozoic gneiss, schist and limestone occur in the granitic intrusives. A younger series of andesite, dacite and rhyolite flows, tuffs and agglomerates intrude and overlie granitic rocks at Montana Mountain, Mount Skukum and Mount Macauley. Tertiary and Eocene dikes intrude all rock types.
Major faults occur primarily along river and lake valleys, associated with movement in the Coast Plutonic Complex and with early Tertiary volcanism. The area is just west of a northwest trending faulted unconformity between the Boundary Ranges Metamorphic Suite and Upper Triassic Stuhini Group volcanics.
On the LQ claim a large quartz vein containing up to 20 per cent arsenopyrite and 5 per cent galena outcrops in quartz chlorite schist in a creek bed. The vein, 0.4 to 0.8 metre wide, forms the west bank of Ben Creek for 10 metres and has an exposed length of 7 metres. Sulphides comprise 7 per cent of the vein and include galena, pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, and arsenopyrite. The vein strikes 033 degrees and dips 57 degrees east. A grab sample of well mineralized vein material assayed 3.91 grams per tonne gold and 361.65 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 19186).
Quartz float was traced upstream for 350 metres to a second large quartz vein in outcrop. This vein also lies in the creek bed and is along strike from the main vein. It averages 0.5 metre in width over a 10 metre length. A 0.5 metre chip sample assayed 9.26 grams per tonne gold and nore than 50 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 19186). A chip sample across 0.80 metre assayed 1.69 grams per tonne gold and 124.5 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 12554).