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File Created: 27-Nov-1987 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)
Last Edit:  04-Jun-2013 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name NEVER SWEAT, MNS Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092B081
Status Showing NTS Map 092B13W
Latitude 048º 52' 11'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 56' 32'' Northing 5413402
Easting 430904
Commodities Rhodonite, Manganese, Gemstones Deposit Types Q02 : Rhodonite
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Never Sweat occurrence is located on the western side of Chipman Creek, approximately 3.1 kilometres north west of its junction with the Chemainus River.

The area is underlain by the Mississippian to Pennsylvanian Fourth Lake Formation of the Buttle Lake Group (formerly the upper sediment package of Muller's Myra Formation). These sediments have been folded into a broad synform with a fold axis trending at approximately 127 degrees. Bedding in the sediments strike between 090 and 140 degrees and dip moderately to steeply to the southwest. A large body of quartz diorite of the Early to Middle Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite (formerly called the Island Intrusions) is exposed to the west of the showing, outcropping within 800 metres.

Locally, rhodonite occurs in massive pale pink bands up to 2 centimetres wide interlayered with thinly laminated dark brown chert, cherty siltstone and jasper. The rhodonite is highly fractured and contains up to 25 per cent manganese oxide. In 1986, a sample of this material contained 15.62 per cent manganese (Assessment Report 16200).

The width and lateral extent of the showing has not been determined. It is thought that the rhodonite is a contact metamorphic product of a manganese-rich sediment which came in contact with the quartz diorite.

From 1986 through 1987, International Cherokee Development completed programs of geochemical sampling, geological mapping and ground geophysical surveys on the area as the Never Sweat claim.

EMPR ASS RPT 15389, *16200
EMPR COMMODITY FILE (Sargent, H. (1956): Manganese Occurrences in
British Columbia; Leaming, S.F. (1966): Rhodonite in British
Columbia, The Canadian Rockhound; Danner, W.R. (1975): Gem
Materials of British Columbia, Montana Bureau of Mines and
Geology, Special Publication 74)
EMPR FIELDWORK 1982, p. 46; 1987, pp. 81-91
EMPR OF 1988-8
EMPR PF (GLS Global Listing Service Ltd., Statement of Material Facts
Nov.30, 1989 (in Myra file - 092B 093)
GSC MAP 42A; 1386A; 1553A
GSC MEM 13; 96
GSC OF 463; 701; 821
GSC P 72-44; 72-53; 75-1A, p. 23; 79-30
W MINER May 1983, pp. 22-25
Cowley, P. (1979): Correlation of Rhodenite Deposits on Vancouver
Island and Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Unpublished B.Sc.
Thesis, University of British Columbia
EMPR PFD 5620, 680535