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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  19-Aug-2009 by George Owsiacki (GO)

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Name SOCKETT, NUMBER 1, NUMBER 2 Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093A083
Status Showing NTS Map 093A14W
Latitude 052º 49' 49'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 25' 51'' Northing 5854544
Easting 605716
Commodities Gold, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Barkerville
Capsule Geology

The geology of the region consists of(?)Hadrynian to Paleozoic Snowshoe Group rocks. The Snowshoe Group is an assemblage of dominantly metasedimentary rocks within the Barkerville Terrane of south-central British Columbia. The metasedimentary rocks mainly consist of marble, quartzite and phyllite. In the Yanks Peak area these rocks comprise the Keithley and Harveys Ridge successions. Metamorphism of the region varies from chlorite to sillimanite and higher grade. The host rocks of the Sockett occurrence have been metamorphosed to greenschist facies.

The showing is on the south side of French Snowshoe Creek and is reached by a foot-trail from Larsen's old cabin on the south side of the road about 1219 metres southwest of the abandoned settlement of Snarlberg. Quartzite is exposed in the creek bottom and by two large open cuts on the south side, and appears in exposures uphill to both north and south, but no mineralization was found other than the creek showing (ca. 1954). The quartzite is about 24 metres wide where it crosses the creek and strikes 325 degrees, dipping 60 degrees southwest. The quartzite is crossed by numerous narrow quartz stringers several centimetres wide, striking 060 degrees and dipping vertical, which have silicified the quartzite to a dense fine grained white aggregate. The quartz stringers are mineralized with pyrite, galena, and sphalerite. The presence of chalcopyrite and tetrahedrite has been reported by the owner but is not confirmed (ca. 1954). A small amount of mineralization is disseminated through the silicified quartzite. Some selected samples taken by the owner are reported by him to have assayed as much as 19.8 to 25.5 grams per tonne gold. In 1954, three samples taken of selected, well-mineralized quartz assayed 1.7 grams per tonne gold, trace, and nil per tonne (Bulletin 34).

In 1946, the Number One and Number Two claims were staked on the showing by J. Sockett, of Beaverdell. The claims were located on French Snowshoe Creek where the Yanks Peak quartzite crosses the creek.

EMPR BULL *34, p. 85
EMPR OF 2001-11; 2004-12
GSC MAP 59-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844
EMPR PFD 895166