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File Created: 28-Apr-1988 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)
Last Edit:  01-Mar-2022 by Bronwen Wallace (BW)

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BCGS Map 104G027
Status Showing NTS Map 104G07E
Latitude 057º 16' 29'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 130º 43' 12'' Northing 6349277
Easting 396291
Commodities Copper, Silver, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types L03 : Alkalic porphyry Cu-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

The Canyon occurrence is underlain primarily by siltstones, greywacke, minor calcareous rocks and some andesitic volcanics all of Upper Triassic Age. These are intruded by two sets of felsic dikes, one pyritized the other not. Small bodies of syenite porphyry are the latest intrusion cutting the felsite dikes as well as the Triassic rocks. The dikes and stocks are likely both of Tertiary-Cretaceous Age.

Sporadic sulphide mineralization is related to these syenite porphyry bodies. Pyrite and chalcopyrite, with some galena and minor sphalerite, occur in fractures and disseminations within the intrusive or in contact zones peripheral to it. Massive sulphides occur locally in the siltstones, volcanics, and the felsite dikes. The extent of the mineralization is controlled by widespread fracturing in the host rocks. Frequent wallrock alteration in these rocks suggest a hydrothermal origin.

One sample contained a high of 204.0 grams per tonne silver, 7.60 per cent copper, 8.80 per cent zinc and 1.07 per cent lead. Gold values were also anomalous.

In 1980, Edziza Resources Limited conducted an exploration program on the claim and on four other claims which explored the occurrence in the same area as the 2007 drilling. Drilling in the North More area in 2007 by Paget Resources intersected weak mineralization. The Canyon zone (part of the North More area) was tested by three drill holes in 2007.

The Canyon Zone is about 700 by 1200 metres in area. In the northern part of the zone, copper values up to 0.91 per cent were obtained from surface rock chip samples from mineralization associated with an arcuate 1 kilometres long magnetic low (Assessment Report 29568). In the southern part of the Canyon Zone, copper mineralization over a 500 by 500 metre area is associated with a lobate magnetic high that may represent altered syenite porphyry. Limited rock chip sampling in this area returned values to 1.55 per cent copper (Assessment Report 29568). This part of the zone has not been tested.

Work History

Neoconex Ltd. carried out a reconnaissance program in the More Creek drainage in 1976, discovering copper mineralization in the North More area. Edziza Resources and Skylark Resources prospected the area in 1980 (Assessment Report 8738), and discovered narrow massive sulphide lenses in calcareous sedimentary rocks next to a syenite porphyry dike in the Sphaler Creek drainage. In the same area in 1990, the Spec claims of Noranda Exploration Company, Ltd were optioned by Alaska Fern Mines Ltd., who carried out a program of mapping and rock sampling (57 samples), confirming the presence of locally high copper and extending the area of known mineralization to the south (Assessment Report 20785). In 1991 Noranda conducted a program on their Spec claims that included geological mapping, rock sampling (25 samples) and geophysics, including IP (11 kilometres), ground magnetics (13 kilometres) and EM (8 kilometres; Assessment Report 22001)was completed on the Spec claims. Noranda conducted a program on the View zone (Basin zone) (formerly Butte Pup and View zones) of the Spec 1 and 7 claims. Prospecting and mapping of the surrounding area was also done; the Canyon zone was examined by mapping and brief sampling was performed. Noranda's Sphaler zone is indicated to be at the same location of this showing (104B 120) and the drillhole of Paget's 2007 drillhole. Paget Minerals Corp conducted work on the Ball Creek property from 2005 to 2011. Paget's North More area is encompassed by the Ball Creek property and included the View, Canyon and South zones. See Mary (104G 018) for further details and common work history elements.

EMPR AR 1980-473
EMPR ASS RPT *8738, 20785, 22001, 28076, 28833, *29568, 30743, 32564
EMPR OF 1994-1
GSC MAP 9-1957; 11-1971; 1418A
GSC P 71-44
EMPR PFD 906215