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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  30-Mar-2022 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 092H10 Au1
Name RABBITT, GRASSHOPPER, GAIL GOLD, B.C. GOLD Mining Division New Westminster, Similkameen
BCGS Map 092H056
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092H10W
Latitude 049º 33' 16'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 52' 07'' Northing 5491276
Easting 654152
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Rabbitt mine is located 0.5 kilometre southwest of Lawless Creek, 2.5 kilometres east-northeast of the summit of Grasshopper Mountain and 8 kilometres west-northwest of the town of Tulameen.

The area on the east flank of Grasshopper Mountain is underlain by various metasediments and metavolcanics of the Upper Triassic Nicola Group. These rocks strike north to northwest and dip steeply west. This deposit consists of two intersecting veins hosted in chloritized and sheared greenstone. The main or "adit" vein strikes 000 to 010 degrees for 100 metres and dips vertically to steeply west for at least 35 metres. The vein is 0.30 to 3 metres wide and is accompanied by a quartz vein stockwork along its hangingwall. It is reported to be largely mined out (Assessment Report 15723). The vein is comprised of porcelaneous quartz and ankerite mineralized with chalcopyrite and pyrite, as blebs and scattered grains. A chip sample across 1.15 metres assayed 17.2 grams per tonne gold, 7.2 grams per tonne silver and 0.19 per cent copper (Assessment Report 12434, page 9).

The second vein strikes 040 to 045 degrees and intersects the main vein at the south end of the mine workings, where it is up to 1 metre wide. Sulphide mineralization consists of chalcopyrite and pyrite, with traces of galena and sphalerite. A bulk sample of 298 kilograms assayed 2.9 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 15723, page 28). This vein is part of a system of veins and breccias that has been traced southwestward from the main workings for 175 metres in chloritized, limonitic, variably silicified and clay-altered andesite and graphitic argillite. One such breccia, a quartz-ankerite breccia, intersected at a vertical depth of 22 metres, averaged 56.40 grams per tonne gold over a core length of 1.83 metres (Assessment Report 12434, page 14).

The mine dump is estimated to contain 1324 tonnes of material averaging 1.67 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 12434, page 9).

Work History

This deposit was mined by the Rabbitt brothers and Grasshopper Mines Ltd. between 1938 and 1941. A total of 1304 tonnes was mined averaging 25.7 grams per tonne gold and 14.0 grams per tonne silver.

In 2008, Discovery Ventures Inc. completed a 425 line-kilometre airborne magnetometer and electromagnetic (VLF-EM) survey on the area as the Rabbitt Mine property. A random grab sample (R-02) of quartz vein material with minor pyrite from the top of an old mine stope assayed 19.98 grams per tonne gold, whereas a select sample (R-03) of quartz vein material with chalcopyrite-sphalerite-pyrite from a mine dump assayed 72.25 grams per tonne gold (Kerr, J.R. [2008-12-10]: Technical Report on the Rabbitt Mine Property, Similkameen Mining Division, British Columbia).

EMPR AR 1937-D29; 1940-61; 1960-52
EMPR ASS RPT *12434, *15723, *15850, 19825, 30286, 31355
EMPR EXPL 1979-152
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 281-294
EMPR OF 1988-25
EMPR PF (*Hedley, M.S. (1937): Special Report on Grasshopper Mountain, pages 5, 6 (see 092HNE015); Monica Resources Ltd. (1987): Statement of Material Facts No. 108/87, Vancouver Stock Exchange (see 092HNE011); Twin Eagle Resources Inc. (1987): Statement of Material Facts No. 117/87, Vancouver Stock Exchange (see 092HNE011); Scorpion Resources Inc. (1988): Prospectus, Vancouver Stock Exchange, pages 9,10; Prospectors Report 1996-8 by David Javorsky)
EMR MP CORPFILE (Grasshopper Mines Ltd., Dentonia Mines Ltd.)
GSC MAP 46A; 888A; 889A; 1386A; 41-1989
GSC MEM 26; *243, p. 99
GSC P 85-1A, pp. 349-358
CJES Vol. 24, pp. 2521-2536 (1987)
GCNL #224(Nov. 18),#242(Dec. 14), 1983; *#12(Jan. 18),#24(Feb. 3), #129(Feb. 10),#114(June 13),1984; #5(Jan. 8),#6(Jan. 9),#205 (Oct. 24),Dec. 29, 1986; #45(Mar. 5), 1987
IPDM Nov./Dec. 1983
*Kerr, J.R. (2008-12-10): Technical Report on the Rabbitt Mine Property, Similkameen Mining Division, British Columbia