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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  25-May-2006 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)

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NMI 082E1 Au5
BCGS Map 082E018
Status Prospect NTS Map 082E01W
Latitude 049º 11' 31'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 27' 53'' Northing 5449826
Easting 393280
Commodities Copper, Gold Deposit Types K04 : Au skarn
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Slide Mountain
Capsule Geology

Mineralization in the Lucky John area is concentrated along the irregular contact zone between the Eocene Coryell syenite intrusive and the Devonian to Permian Knob Hill Group volcanic-sedimentary package. The three major zones that make up this occurrence are alignied along a northwest trend over about 500 metres. The Eastern, Main and Glover Creek zone (on the northwest) consist of of semi-massive to massive pyrite and pyrrhotite occurring in epidote and biotite altered greenstones and sediments.

Rare outcroppings on the Eastern zone indicate two east-west trending subzones of massive sulphide mineralization. The northern subzone is a 75 metre east-west trending zone of sporadic massive sulphide outcroppings within the sediments and the bordering syenite. The southern subzone, 20 metres south of the northern subzone, is a one-outcrop mineral zone with an east-west orientation. The south subzone is completely within the metavolcanic/sediment package and adjacent to the irregular contact between the syenite and meta volcanics/sediments.

The Main zone displays an intermittently outcropping, 120 metre massive sulphide zone hosted by intensely altered volcanics/sediments. The zone appears to have a width of up to three metres in the western portion, thinning eastward and comprised of, where observed in outcrop, a variable mixture of massive sulphides and host rock. Gold values of greater than 1 gram per tonne were obtained from the Main and/or Eastern zones (Assessment Report 17375).

Drilling data from Consolidated Boundary Exploration Ltd. (1986) revealed that a third semi-massive to massive pyrite/pyrrhotite zone exists called the Glover Creek zone and that this zone is also hosted within hornfelsed sediments and altered greenstones in close proximity to the Coryell syenite intrusive. In an adit, the zone is seen to be narrow and not well defined. Alteration is minimal. The drilling of the zone yielded a 6.2 metre interval assaying 8.88 grams per tonne gold in drill hole H 86-3 (Assessment Report 27629).

The original Lucky John showing in the same area is reported to consist of pyrite and chalcopyrite in a dark-grey crystalline fine-grained micaceous rock which is cut by and intruded in a fine-grained light grey highly siliceous rock.

Some of the work was common to both the Lucky John (082ESE072) and Simpson mine (082ESE179) area and the same work history is included for both.

The earliest records of work in the area date back to 1901. The property in the area of the Lucky John was then known as the Exchange. Over the years a number of open cuts and pits were dug to expose gold-bearing massive sulphides.

In 1939, 330 tonnes of ore were shipped to the Trail smelter from the Simpson (Zucco) mine which yielded 8055.8 grams (259 ounces) of gold and 2799.3 grams (90 ounces) of silver (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1939, page 91). The ore grade was 24.34 grams per tonne gold and 8.57 grams per tonne silver. A total of 213 metres (700 feet) of drifting and cross-cutting were driven in an attempt to extend this zone but without success.

From 1966 to 1969, Byrell Minerals and Fento Mines conducted a work consisting of I.P., diamond drilling (6 holes) and stripping on the Glover zone.

From 1975 to 1976, geological mapping, magnetometer surveys and 601 metres of diamond drilling (CB-75-l to 11) was completed by Consolidated Boundary Exploration Ltd.

In, 1980 the property was optioned by Aries Resources Inc. and mapping, magnetometer and VLF-EM surveys were conducted. In 1983, soil geochemical and magnetometer surveys as well as a geological mapping and trenching program were completed by Grand Forks Mines. In 1984, 130 metres of diamond drilling (CBG-84-1 and 2) was completed on the Main and Eastern zones of the Hek property by Consolidated Boundary Exploration Ltd. In 1986, Consolidated Boundary Exploration Ltd. completed a program of 9 diamond drill holes (783 metres) on and around the Glover Creek zone. In 1987, Noranda operated the property, most of which was owned by Consolidated Boundary Exploration Ltd. They conducted mapping and collected 753 soil and 57 rock samples.

In 1995, 18 kilometers of grid were established over part of the area by John Kemp and a magnetometer survey, sampling and prospecting survey completed.

A 1998 localized geological mapping and sampling program was completed over the Main Zone by Carnival Resources Ltd. and resulted in the delineation of a 121 metre long and more than three metre wide mineral zone. A 1999 localized geological mapping and sampling program over the Glover Creek adit zone disclosed low gold values within a massive sulfide skarn zone. A 1999 localized geochemical program north of the Glover Creek adit zone disclosed gold in soil values of up to 154 ppb gold. This zone was designated as the Glover Creek anomaly. In 2000, Carnival Resources Ltd. collected 9 soil samples on the Glover Creek anomaly.

In 2004, Ingenium Capital BC Ltd. conducted minor geological mapping and sampling on the Main, Eastern and Glover Creek zone.

EMPR AR 1896-578; 1897-596; 1898-1128; 1901-1065; 1928-238;
1930-227; 1931-121; 1939-91; 1966-196