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File Created: 22-Jun-1988 by Laura L. Coughlan (LLC)
Last Edit:  04-Jan-2021 by Del Ferguson (DF)

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BCGS Map 104B056
Status Showing NTS Map 104B10W
Latitude 056º 33' 59'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 130º 51' 19'' Northing 6270650
Easting 386000
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Lead Deposit Types K01 : Cu skarn
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

The Pelican showing is on the north flank of Lake Ridge at the headwaters of a north flowing tributary of Snippaker Creek, approximately 19 kilometres southeast of the Bronson Airstrip on Iskut River and 58 kilometres southwest of Bob Quinn Lake on Highway 37.

The area is underlain by an undivided assemblage of stratified rocks comprised of fragmental volcanics interlayered with sequences of argillite, banded siltstone, greywacke, conglomerate and minor impure limestones. Most of these rocks are believed to be correlative with the Lower Jurassic Hazelton Group (Unuk River Formation) but some of the lowermost members may correlate with the Upper Triassic Stuhini Group rocks.

The stratified rocks are intruded by sub-volcanic intrusives and plutonic rocks that range from Late Mesozoic to Cenozoic in age. These stocks and dikes include granodiorite, quartz monzonite, syenite and feldspar porphyry, as well as Tertiary dikes and plugs of basalt and diorite.

The Pelican showing consists of magnetite-rich vein mineralization associated with precious metal anomalies. Magnetite veins with minor sphalerite are exposed in steep cliffs composed of rusty weathering, pyritic banded siltstone.

The banded siltstone overlies black argillite and is characterized by 1 to 3 centimetre thick beds which alternate light to dark and fine to coarser. A dark green volcanic succession overlies the siltstone. Sericitic alteration is intense within the siltstone unit, especially near the lower contact.

Other mineralization with the Pelican zone consists of randomly oriented and discontinuous quartz-sulphide veins and veinlets which range up to 0.5 centimetre in width. Sulphides include sphalerite, galena with minor chalcopyrite and associated malachite staining. The mineralization occurs at or near the contact between the banded siltstone and overlying altered and skarned volcaniclastics. Alteration mineralogy consists mainly of chlorite, calcite with lesser amounts of epidote, diopside, quartz and pyrite. Disseminated sulphides are also present within the altered rock.

In 1983, a selected sample from the Pelican zone assayed 2.4 grams per tonne gold, 39.5 grams per tonne silver, 0.0219 per cent lead, 0.121 per cent zinc, and 5.92 per cent copper. Other samples from small sulphide veins assayed 0.81 gram per tonne gold, 20.6 grams per tonne silver, 0.506 per cent lead, 3.41 per cent zinc, 0.152 per cent copper and 0.035 gram per tonne gold, 11.6 grams per tonne silver, 0.18 per cent lead, 5.13 per cent zinc, 0.0747 per cent copper, respectively (Assessment Report 11332, part 1).

In 1987, a continuous chip sample taken from chloritized, finely laminated siltstone with disseminated pyrite, chalcopyrite, malachite and sphalerite within the Pelican zone assayed 0.02 gram per tonne gold, 7.5 grams per tonne silver, 0.3665 per cent copper, 0.0034 per cent lead, and 0.0169 per cent zinc. Another sample containing 1 per cent sphalerite, pyrite and chalcopyrite assayed trace gold, 1.0 gram per tonne silver, 0.021 per cent copper, 0.0059 per cent lead, and 0.3147 per cent zinc. A grab sample from the Pelican zone consisting of silicified and strongly altered quartz diorite containing pyrite in veins up to 6 centimetres in width assayed 0.152 gram per tonne gold, 9.2 grams per tonne silver, 0.2019 per cent copper, 0.0104 per cent lead, and 0.0226 per cent zinc (Assessment Report 16892).

The sulphide mineralization is related to small intrusive bodies and is found mainly within skarned and altered sediments and volcaniclastics within the contact zones (refer to the Lake Zone 104B 028).

To 1990, only narrow discontinuous sphalerite-galena-chalcopyrite-magnetite +chlorite, quartz veins had been discovered on the Pelican Cliff. Samples taken were reported to have failed to return economic gold values although highly anomalous in gold, copper, zinc, silver and arsenic. Samples taken in 1990 include highs of 1.8 grams per tonne gold, 0.42 per cent copper, 2.3 per cent zinc, 30.8 grams per tonne silver and 527 parts per million As (Assessment Report 21365). This geochemistry compares to that of other mineralization within the Iskut Camp and suggests that there may be other more substantial higher-grade zones of mineralization within the Pelican area. The veins occur in a variety of orientations including, east-west, north-south and flat-lying. It is unclear if one of the veins orientations is more significant than the others.

Work History

The Kim 1-36 claims were held by Great Plains Development Company of Canada, Ltd. Work during 1972-1974 included reconnaissance geochemical soil and silt surveys, geological mapping, and a geochemical soil survey (98 samples) over 4 line-miles covering Kim 13-22, and 26.

Exploration around the Pins showing area (104B 111 and 115) located in the southern portion of property was first recorded in 1972 by Cobre Explorations. This work consisted of prospecting, geological mapping, soil geochemical surveys, magnetometer surveys and ground electromagnetic surveys.

The Pelican property was staked in 1982 by Mr. Chris Graf as part of the larger Gossan Property which extended a further 10 kilometres to the northwest. In 1983, Lonestar Resources Ltd. completed an extensive prospecting, regional mapping, silt sampling and soil sampling program over the entire Gossan Property (Assessment Report 11332). This program delineated five significantly anomalous areas.

In 1985, Western Canadian Mining Corporation signed an option agreement with Mr. Graf whereby Western Canadian could earn a 60 per cent interest in the Gossan Property. In 1987, Western Canadian completed geological mapping, and a sampling program over portions of the Pelican Property; this including 903 soil, 23 silt and 304 rock samples (Assessment Report 16931).

In August 1988, Cathedral Gold Corporation signed an option agreement whereby Cathedral Gold Corporation could earn Western Canadian's 60 per cent interest in two separate portions of the Gossan Property. In 1988, Cathedral Gold completed a rock chip sampling-prospecting program during which 237 rock chip and 383 soil samples were taken. The results returned from this program include: 0.5 metre wide quartz vein the area within the present Southeast Grid which returned a gold value of 6 grams per tonne, a float sample from the Snow Grid area which returned 11 grams per tonne gold and mineralized float near the Pelican Grid samples of which returned gold values of up to 3 grams per tonne gold.

In 1989, Aerodat Ltd. was contracted to complete an airborne electromagnetic and magnetometer survey over the entire property. This survey totalled 386 kilometre in-flight length and outlined several electromagnetic and magnetic anomalies worthy of follow-up.

In 1990, Cathedral Gold Corp explored Pelican (Gossan) property, including the Southeast, Sericite - SJ (104B 318), Pins (104B 111 and 115), Snow (104B 117) and Lake (104B 028), Pelican (104B 214). They collected 494 soil and 240 rock samples and conducted 23.9 kilometres of ground electromagnetic surveying (VLF) and 1.1 kilometre of Induced Polarization (IP) surveying.

In 2006 and 2007, Hathor Exploration Ltd. completed a 7228.7 line-kilometre airborne geophysical survey on the area as the Georgia claims of the Iskut project. In 2008, Max Minerals Ltd. examined the property.

The showing area was sampled in 2019 as part of a much larger rock sampling program on the Pelican property by Imperial Metals, but only low concentrations for all precious and base metals resulted (Assessment Report 38871).

EMPR ASS RPT 3981, 5142, 5752, 6030, *11332(part, 1), *1497215238, *16892, 16931, 19002, 19241, *21365, *38871
EMPR EXPL 1983-525; 1986-C442-C443
EMPR FIELDWORK *1988, pp. 241-250
EMPR GEM 1972-517; 1973-500; 1974-335
EMPR GM 1997-03
EMPR OF 1989-10; 1990-16; 1994-1
EMPR P 2015-1, pp. 41-58
EMPR PF (Graf, C.W., (1982): Report on Claims in Snippaker Creek area of British Columbia for Active Mineral Explorations Ltd., December 1982; Peterson, D.B., (1987): Report on Gossan Gold Project, Liard Mining Division, Northwestern British Columbia, for Western Canadian Mining Corporation, November 1987)
GSC MAP 9-1957; 311A; 1418A
GSC P 89-1E, pp. 145-154
GCNL #132, 1984
V STOCKWATCH Aug.26, 1988, p. 19
Anderson, R.G. (1988): A Paleozoic and Mesozoic Stratigraphic and Plutonic Framework for the Iskut Map Area (104B), Northwestern British columbia, pp. A1-A5, in Geology and Metallogeny of Northwestern British Columbia, Smithers Exploration Group, G.A.C. Cordilleran Section Workshop, October 16-19, 1988
Cavey, G. (2008-11-14): Technical Report on the Iskut Project
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