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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  21-Feb-1990 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)

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Name CREAM 6,8,10,12, ELLIOT, TURQUOISE, CAMP, CREAM LAKE Mining Division Alberni
BCGS Map 092F043
Status Showing NTS Map 092F05E
Latitude 049º 29' 15'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 125º 33' 31'' Northing 5484798
Easting 314700
Commodities Silver, Gold Deposit Types I06 : Cu+/-Ag quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The prospect occurs within the southern part of a belt of rocks known as the Buttle Lake uplift. The belt is bounded on the east by Upper Triassic Karmutsen Formation volcanics (Vancouver Group) and on the west by Jurassic Island Intrusions.

The geology of the uplift has recently undergone revision and the stratigraphy has been reassigned to several new formations of a redefined Sicker Group and a new Buttle Lake Group (formerly the upper part of the Sicker Group), (Juras, 1987; Massey, personal communication, 1990). See the H-W occurrence (092F 330) for a summary of this revised interpretation.

The occurrence is lcoated within an area that was originally mapped as Middle to Upper Paleozoic Sicker Group volcanics which belong mainly to the unrevised Myra Formation of Muller (Geological Survey of Canada Paper 79-30). The rocks underlying the property consist of felsic to intermediate flows, tuffs and agglomerates which are overlain to the east by Buttle Lake Group, Azure Lake Formation limestone, lesser chert and argillite.

The Elliot zone consists of a series of shears branching off the western extension of the Hughes zone (092F 224) interconnected by several small east-west shears. Strikes vary between 030 and 060 degrees with an average dip of 85 degrees south. Vein material is strongly oxidized and consists of quartz with siderite and calcite mineralized with arsenopyrite and a little pyrite. The wallrock at one locality is reported to be andesite. A sample taken across 1 metre assayed 1.20 grams per tonne gold and 54.86 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 1884). Gold values range up to 13.03 grams per tonne across 13 centimetres and silver up to 519.43 grams per tonne across 22 centimetres.

A few hundred metres west of the Elliot zone the Camp and the Turquoise zones occur. The Turquoise vein has been traced east-northeast for approximately 100 metres with widths varying from 10 to 90 centimetres. A sample taken across 30 centimetres assayed 4.80 grams per tonne gold, 435.43 grams per tonne silver, 0.09 per cent lead, 0.05 per cent zinc and 0.01 per cent copper (Prospectus: Cream Silver Mines, 1967). One rock specimen was reported to contain arsenopyrite. The Camp vein appears to trend east and possibly connects with the Turquoise zone. A sample taken across 63 centimetres assayed 4.80 grams per tonne gold and 20.57 grams per tonne silver (Prospectus: Cream Silver Mines, 1967). No other details of these showings are available.

EMPR AR 1966-245; 1967-78; 1968-106
EMPR ASS RPT 826, 1563, 1564, *1884, 2254, 2647, 3241, 3242, 3243, 3910, 3911, 3912, 16747, 17003
EMPR BULL 8; 13; 20-Part V, pp. 24-28
EMPR EXPL 1988-C85,C92
EMPR GEM 1969-219; 1970-286; 1971-245; 1972-267
EMPR PF (*Prospectus: Cream Silver Mines Ltd., Feb.16, 1967; A Mineralographic Report on the Cream Silver Deposit by Rod Olson, 1968(?); *Report on the Cream Silver Property by R.H.D. Phillip of Agilis Exploration Services Ltd.; Cream Silver Mines correspondence containing reserve figures, 1973; Report on the Examination of Cream Silver Mines Ltd., Cream Property by K.E. Northcote, Sept.6, 1975)
GSC MAP 17-1968; 1386A
GSC OF 463
GSC P 68-50, p. 38; 71-36; 72-44; 79-30; 80-16
GCNL #43,#61, 1987; #14,#77,#150,#172, 1988
N MINER Jan.26, Sept.12,1988
NW PROSP Jan 1987; Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov, 1988; July/Aug, 1989
PERS COMM: Nick Massey, Feb.,1990
V STOCKWATCH Jan.18, 1988
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island With Emphasis on the Relationships of Mineral Deposits to Plutonic Rocks, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University
Carvalho, I.G. (1979): Geology of the Western Mines District, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Western Ontario
Juras, S.S. (1987): Geology of the Polymetallic Volcanogenic Buttle Lake Camp, with Emphasis on the Price Hillside, Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Ph.D. Thesis, University of British Columbia
Yole, R.W. (1965): A Faunal and Stratigraphic Study of Upper Paleozoic Rocks of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Ph.D. Thesis, University of British Columbia
EMPR PFD 7430, 7431