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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  09-Jun-2020 by Nicole Barlow (NB)

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NMI 082E2 Au6
Name MABEL (L.609), CORNICOPIA (L.608), KING MIDAS, WHITE'S CAMP, CENTRAL CAMP, MO Mining Division Greenwood
BCGS Map 082E007
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082E02E
Latitude 049º 01' 18'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 37' 44'' Northing 5431143
Easting 380913
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The property is located at the head of Gidon Creek, a tributary of McCarren Creek, 8 kilometres south-southeast of Greenwood.

The initial work in the Mabel area consists of a number of shallow shafts and trenches opened about 1892 on small pyritiferous quartz veins and zones of pyrrhotite-bearing siliceous argillites. The Mabel (Lot 609) and Cornicopia (Lot 608) claims were Crown granted to J. Douglas in 1894. There is no further record of development until 1937 when Crown-grants centred about the old Mabel claim were owned or controlled by G.H. Worthington and associates. An inclined 30-metre deep shaft was sunk at that time.

King Midas Mines Ltd., in 1962, consolidated many of the old Crown grants and carried out a reconnaissance geochemical survey. An adit was driven approximately 120 metres to an area below the old workings. Apparently no significant mineralization was intersected in this operation.

Lexington Mines Ltd. in 1968 acquired the Mabel and adjacent Crown grants. Work done during the period 1969 to 1971 inclusive, included detailed geological mapping, soil and silts geochemical surveys, and magnetometer and induced potential surveys.

Aalenian Resources Ltd. in January 1974 optioned a 75 per cent interest in 23 Crown granted claims and leases and 53 located claims.

The McCarren Creek, Goosmus Creek area is underlain by a southeasterly striking 1.5-kilometre-wide belt of Paleozoic gneiss and schist bounded both north and south by zones of Paleozoic or early Mesozoic metavolcanic and metasedimentary beds. These rocks are cut by a wide variety of igneous intrusions, including porphyritic quartz feldspar stock and a few serpentinite and gabbro bodies. Also, dykes and irregular-shaped microdiorite intrusions are found throughout the area cutting many of the units. The youngest rocks are pulaskite and basalt dykes and a small outlier of Tertiary conglomerate. The oldest intrusion is an elongated serpentinite body that extends northwest from south of the International Boundary to McCarren Creek, a distance of 7 kilometres.

The so-called Mabel veins are located between the City of Paris and the No.7 mines. The veins consist of a series of small auriferous quartz stringers which were actively prospected in 1897 and again in 1937. The only production from the area was in 1937 when an inclined shaft was sunk on a narrow zone of silicified schist that yielded 106 tonnes of ore with low gold, silver and copper values.

A detailed examination of the Mabel area shows that some of the silicified zones and quartz stringers are related to broader replacement-type sulphide deposits associated with large Tertiary microdiorite dykes. The replacements occur as thin pyrite- pyrrhotite layers in laminar-bedded siliceous argillites or ill- defined zones of more massive sulphides. Analysis of a pyrrhotite-rich composite sample from a 3 metre wide replacement lense, exposed on the main road south of the Mabel portal shows 15.04 per cent iron, 0.05 per cent copper, and only a trace of gold and silver.

In 1937, 106 tonnes of ore were shipped from this property. From this ore 435 grams per tonne of gold, 1244 grams per tonne of silver and 24.5 kilograms of copper were recovered.

EMPR AR 1892-544; 1894-757; 1896-563; 1897-584; 1935-D5; 1937-D22;
1962-69, 1969-308; 1970-413; 1971-376; 1972-35
EMPR ASS RPT 1775, 3563
EMPR GEM 1975-E13
EMPR MR MAP 6 (1932)
EMPR OF 1990-25
EMPR P 1986-2
GSC MAP 828; 45-20A; 6-1957; 10-1967; 1500A; 1736A
GSC OF 481; 637; 1969
GSC P 67-42; 79-29
Collins, J., Cowley, P., Puritch, E., Roxburgh, J. (2007-05-22): Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Greenwood Gold Project.
Brown, F., Cowley, P., Puritch, E. (2016-04-08): Technical Report and Updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the Greenwood Gold Project.
Brown, F., Burga, E., Cowley, P., Hayden, A., Pearson, J., Puritch, E., Wright, F. (2016-05-20): Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Greenwood Gold Project.
Brown, F., Burga, E., Cowley, P., Hayden, A., Pearson, J., Puritch, E. (2016-06-20): Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Greenwood Gold Project.
Brown, F., Burga, E., Cowley, P., Hayden, A., Pearson, J., Puritch, E. (2017-06-02): Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Greenwood Precious Metals Project.