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File Created: 27-Nov-1989 by Betsy A. Fletcher (BF)
Last Edit:  09-May-2017 by Jessica Norris (JRN)

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Name KIRK MAGNETITE, UNNAMED Mining Division Liard
BCGS Map 104B066
Status Showing NTS Map 104B10W
Latitude 056º 37' 13'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 130º 47' 55'' Northing 6276565
Easting 389635
Commodities Magnetite, Asbestos Deposit Types K03 : Fe skarn
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

The Kirk Magnetite showing is located in northwest British Columbia, approximately 92 kilometres northwest of Stewart.

A magnetite skarn was discovered on the Josh claims by a Geological Survey Branch crew during the 1989 field season. The showing is located east of Snippaker Creek, approximately 80 kilometres northwest of Stewart, B.C.

Skarn layers up to 3 metres thick occur along the contact between andesite tuffs and crystalline limestone. The mineralization is massive magnetite with serpentine, epidote, antigorite and pale green mica as silicates.

The host rocks are assigned to the Upper Triassic Stuhini Group (Open File 1990-16) but may be Permian Stikine Assemblage (Open File 1990-2). The showing occurs near the contact with the Lehto pluton and is possibly a result of contact metamorphism.

The plotted MINFILE UTM location of the Kirk Magnetite showing (6276565N and 389635E) was presumably supplied by the BC Geological Survey Branch who are reported to have discovered the showing in 1989 (Fieldwork, 1989). However, the location matches that of the "Unnamed" showing that was sampled by Guardian Resources in 1994 (Assessment Report 23638) and 1995 (Assessment Report 24437) and by Parkside 2000 Resources in 2002 (Figure 12, Assessment Report 27193); To make it more confusing, Guardian Resources reports considerable work on the "Kirk" Magnetite but shows its location in Figure 4 (Assessment Report 24437)(at about 6278500N and 389000E) just west of well-marked glaciers and about 2 kilometres north-northwest of the plotted 1989 location of the Kirk Magnetite, presently shown in MINFILE.

See Shan (104B 023) for details of work in the region.

Limited rock and soil sampling was conducted in the area of the Kirk Magnetite showing in 2014 and 2015 by Colorado Resources Ltd. A small cluster of moderate to strongly anomalous gold, silver, copper, and zinc was noted in soil samples, with one sample reporting 817 parts per billion gold (Assessment Report 35184).

EMPR ASS RPT 23638, 24437, 27193, *35184, 35943
EMPR FIELDWORK *1989, pp. 115-125; 2015-1 pp. 41-58
EMPR OF 1990-2; *1990-16; 1995-25
EMPR PFD 671577