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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  31-Aug-2007 by Sarah Meredith-Jones (SMJ)

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NMI 083D14/083D11 Mic1
BCGS Map 083D074
Status Past Producer NTS Map 083D14W
Latitude 052º 45' 35'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 17' 40'' Northing 5848011
Easting 345177
Commodities Mica Deposit Types P02 : Kyanite-sillimanite schists
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay, Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The Canoe North Mica property is situated on the north side of the Canoe River about 5 kilometres southwest of Cedarside.

The showing is underlain by folded Hadrynian Lower Kaza Group kyanite-staurolite-garnet-biotite and/or muscovite-quartz-feldspar pelitic schist. Other lithologies of the lower Kaza Group include psammite, amphibolite, marble, calc-silicate, conglomerate, coarse grained grit and diamictite. The foliation of layers within the showing strike 240 degrees and dip 10 degrees northwest. A more detailed description of the regional structure and metamorphism is given in the Canoe South Mica (083D 017) and Albreda (083D 018) occurrences.

In the quarry, schist consists predominantly of muscovite and quartz with lesser garnet, biotite and feldspar, in layers striking 240 degrees and dipping 10 degrees to the northwest. A sample from the main quarry was sent to the Department of Mines, Ottawa where garnet, rutile and ilmenite were identified by x-ray diffraction. The main quarry is about 61 metres in diameter and 3.0 to 4.5 metres deep.

In 1961, a drill program, consisting of 18 short holes covering an area of 152 square metres, indicated approximately 200,000 tonnes of reserves grading 85 to 90 per cent mica to depth of 3.65 metres (Northern Miner March 15, 1962). Some holes were drilled to a depth of 12 metres without reaching the lower limit of the mica-rich layer. A processing plant was built in Cedarside in 1960 and 100 tonnes of mica product was produced for market by Georgia Mineral Industries Ltd. (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1960). During 1961, a further 125 tonnes of mica were produced (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1961). In 1962 remodelling of the plant was completed and testing begun. Several shipments of mica were made to dry-wall joint cement consumers (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1962).

Mits Development Company Ltd. drilled a 91.5 metre hole on the Canoe 1 claim in 1978. In 1979, a further 16 holes were drilled totalling 641.3 metres. Forty five samples were submitted for froth flotation for mica recovery. Results ranged from 51.6 to 68.5 per cent muscovite (Assessment Report 7687).

Outland Resources Corp. outlined 2,290,000 tonnes of reserves after acquiring the property in 1980. The grade was 60.5 per cent muscovite. Another 1,000,000 tonnes of reserves was fairly assured (Canadian Mining Journal, May 1982).

Property work in 1986 and 1987 included a pre-feasibility study. Conclusions of the study were that present markets were inadequate to justify production at that time.

EMPR AR 1902-1083-1084; *1960-148; *1961-151; *1962-158
EMPR BC METAL (Industrial mineral production fiche for Georgian
Mineral Industries Ltd.)
EMPR EXPL 1978-E289; 1979-333; 1986-A79
EMR MIN BULL MR 223 (1989) B.C. 86
GSC EC GEOL No. 19, pp. 83,84
GSC M 15-1967; 1339A
GSC OF 2324
GSC P *89-1E, pp. 101-107, *90-1E, pp. 71-80
CMJ *May 1982, p. 13
GCNL No. 62, 155, 1981; No. 45, 1982; No. 107, 112, 1987
N MINER *March 15, 1962; March 11, 1982; Sept 1, 1983
EMPR PFD 889254, 889376