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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  10-Dec-1991 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)

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Name KING SOLOMON (L.809), SPIDER FRACTION (L.811) Mining Division Similkameen
BCGS Map 092H038
Status Showing NTS Map 092H07E
Latitude 049º 18' 51'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 30' 45'' Northing 5465358
Easting 680786
Commodities Copper, Gold, Silver Deposit Types L03 : Alkalic porphyry Cu-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Plutonic Rocks, Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The King Solomon showing is 2 kilometres east of the Similkameen River and 16 kilometres south of Princeton.

The area is underlain by the eastern facies of the Upper Triassic Nicola Group, comprising mafic augite and hornblende porphyritic pyroclastics and flows. These rocks are intruded by diorite and monzonite, locally pyroxenite and gabbro, of the Early Jurassic Copper Mountain and Lost Horse intrusions.

This showing is hosted in diorite of the Copper Mountain stock (Copper Mountain Intrusions), about 400 metres southwest of the stock's contact with Nicola Group volcanics. The stock is intruded by several basalt dykes and quartz porphyritic felsite dykes in the vicinity of the showing.

The diorite is fractured and cut by small veins of pegmatite and epidote. Mineralization consists of disseminated chalcopyrite, bornite and magnetite in a zone 12 metres wide. The copper content is estimated to be below 1 per cent in most of the old workings (Geological Survey of Canada Memoir 171, page 46). Gold and silver values are also reported (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1908, page 125).

The workings consist of a number of trenches, three shafts and one 58-metre long tunnel excavated between 1900 and 1934. Some diamond drilling was also conducted during this time.

EMPR AR 1900-903; *1908-125,251; 1903-248
GSC BULL 239, pp. 140,141
GSC MAP 300A; 888A; 1386A; 41-1989
GSC MEM *171-46; 243
GSC P 85-1A, pp. 349-358
GSC RPT 986 (1908)
CIM BULL Vol. 44, No. 469, pp. 317-324 (1951); Vol. 61, No. 673, pp. 633-636 (1968)
CIM Trans. Vol. 18, pp. 192-201 (1915)
CJES Vol. 24, pp. 2521-2536 (1987)
Montgomery, J.H. (1967): Petrology, Structure and Origin of the Copper Mountain Intrusions near Princeton, British Columbia; unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of British Columbia