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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 082F3 Au4
Name NAVADA (L.8869), NEVADA, DIXIE, 6600 VEIN, GOLD BELT Mining Division Nelson
BCGS Map 082F015
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082F03E
Latitude 049º 09' 02'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 08' 04'' Northing 5444201
Easting 490196
Commodities Gold, Silver, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The Gold Belt property covers ground located west of the Motherlode (082FSW041) and Golden Belle (082FSW043) mines, between Sheep Creek on the south and the south slope of Reno Mountain on the north, some 11.2 kilometres southeast of Salmo. The principal claims include the Joint (Lot 8344) (082FSW259), Double Joint (Lot 8345), Navada (Lot 8869), and Columbia (Lot 8870)(082FSW044).

The Navada was staked in 1905 at about 1371 metres and Crown-granted in 1911 to H. Amas and A. Pool. A 51-metre adit was driven on the Navada claim. During 2008 through 2016, Yellowstone Resources Ltd. examined the area as the Sheep Creek property. In late 2016, Margaux Resources Ltd. optioned the property and in 2017 examined the area.

The Navada vein is part of the old Gold Belt property (082FSW044). The vein is a northeast trending fissure typical of the Sheep Creek camp (refer to the Gold Belt property for details of the camp geology and exploration and development). It is near vertical and hosted by Lower Cambrian Reno Formation quartzites (correlative with the Hamill Group) along the western anticline.

The vein is very narrow and carries a quartz gangue with disseminated pyrite, arsenopyrite and some galena and sphalerite. One sample across 25 centimetres assayed 7.2 grams per tonne gold and 13.71 grams per tonne silver (Geological Survey of Canada Memoir 172, page 34). Access at lower levels was via the Dixie adit. The vein has been designated the Navada, Dixie or 6600 vein in various references.

Tonnage mined to the end of 1950 was 33,500 tonnes from which 11,725 ounces of gold was recovered (Bulletin 31, p. 52).

EMPR AR 1911-289; 1928-346; 1932-189,193
EMPR ASS RPT 8694, 9312, 9703, 11589
EMPR BULL *31; 109
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 19-30; 1988, pp. 33-43; 1989, pp. 11-27;
1990, pp. 9-31
EMPR OF 1988-1; 1989-11; 1990-8; 1990-9; 1991-2
GSC MAP 50-19A; 299A; 1068; 1090A; 1091A; *1145A
GSC MEM *172, p. 33; 308
GSC OF 1195
GSC SUM RPT 1908, p. 20
Lane, R.A. (2017-08-17): NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Sheep Creek Project