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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  30-Oct-2014 by Laura deGroot (LDG)

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Name VIC, SLIDE Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093A094
Status Showing NTS Map 093A14W
Latitude 052º 57' 08'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 21' 30'' Northing 5868217
Easting 610290
Commodities Lead, Zinc, Silver Deposit Types E14 : Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb-Ag
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Cariboo
Capsule Geology

The Vic showing is located on the west bank of Cunningham Creek about 17 kilometres southeast of Barkerville. The showing is about 750 metres north of the Evening occurrence (093A 176).

The region is underlain by the Cariboo Terrane which, to the west, is in thrust contact (Pleasant Valley Thrust) with the Barkerville Terrane. In the area of the Vic showing the Cariboo Terrane consists of (?)Hadrynian to Lower Paleozoic Cariboo Group rocks. The Cariboo Group is an assemblage of epiclastic and calcareous sedimentary rocks regionally metamorphosed to greenschist facies and higher. The showing is underlain by Midas Formation rocks, one of the upper units of the Cariboo Group, possibly of late Hadrynian or Cambrian age. Hoy, et al. suggests the showings occur in the Hardscrabble Mountain succession (Devono-Mississippian) of the Snowshoe Group.

Mineralization consists of argentiferous galena and sphalerite within a thin siliceous unit in a 10 metre wide grey banded limestone. The limestone is part of a sequence of pyritic and locally cherty, black graphitic shale dipping vertically or steeply northeastwards. The galena and sphalerite is generally massive and fine grained.

In 1977, a 20-centimetre chip sample from a trench assayed 58.93 grams per tonne silver, 13.1 per cent lead and 7.6 per cent zinc. A grab sample from the Slide showing (093A 105), located 125 metres west of the Vic showing, analyzed 0.61 per cent lead, 3.65 per cent zinc and 7.93 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 6545).

Work in 1976 led to recognition of an 8-kilometre belt of shales, phyllites and limestones in the vicinity of Roundtop Mountain containing conformable bodies of galena, pyrite, sphalerite and barite. One hundred and forty-one claims known collectively as the Cunningham Creek Claims, were subsequently staked or optioned by Riocanex. In 1977, Riocanex conducted soil sampling and geophysical orientation traverses were carried out using both Maxmin and Double Dipole EM, Self Potential meter and magnetometer instruments. A backhoe was used to dig 1.6 kilometres of trenches across geochemical anomalies and sulphide showings, and two diamond-drill holes totalling 94 metres were directed at a coincident geochemical and geophysical anomaly. In 1978, Riocanex continued exploration with a programme that included 934.4 metres of diamond drilling in ten holes at the A Zone, the Vic-Beamish area, the X Anomaly and the Bralco showing; 2295 metres of backhoe trenching, most of which was directed at targets on the west flanks of Roundtop Mountain; 1200 metres of trenching with a D8 Caterpillar bulldozer at the A Zone; 3158 geochemical soil samples, and detailed geological mapping of the A Zone and trenches elsewhere.

EMPR ASS RPT *6314, *6545, 7106
EMPR BULL 38; 47
EMPR FIELDWORK 1997, pp. 13-3 - 13-4
EMPR GEM 1973-294
EMPR OF 2000-22; 2001-11; 2004-12
EMPR PF (Prospectors Report 1995-15 by Joy Stepan)
GSC MAP 59-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844