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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  31-Mar-1993 by Discovery Consultants (DISC)

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Name SKOOKUM, ONA Mining Division Vernon
BCGS Map 082L034
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082L06W
Latitude 050º 21' 15'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 23' 42'' Northing 5580752
Easting 329631
Commodities Silver, Gold, Lead, Zinc, Copper Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Skookum showing is located 13 kilometres northwest of Vernon on the north side of Newport Creek.

In the area, the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Nicola Group is in probable unconformable contact with the Devonian to Triassic Harper Ranch Group. Middle Jurassic granitic rocks intrude these sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Outliers of Eocene Kamloops Group volcanic rocks are present.

A shear zone and associated quartz vein within Nicola Group argillites and phyllites host silver, gold, lead, zinc and copper mineralization. A saccharoidal quartz vein, up to 4 metres thick; quartz stringers; quartz-filled tension gashes; and a graphitic shear zone host pyrite, galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite and native gold. Some sericite alteration is associated with the quartz veining.

The highest values came from the main quartz vein; high grade samples, containing 30 to 40 per cent sulphides (mainly galena and tetrahedrite), assayed up to 10,998 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 17928). Selected samples assayed up to 3 per cent copper, 10 per cent lead and 7 per cent zinc (Assessment Report 17928). Small shipments, from 1936 to 1969, totalling 195 tonnes returned grades of about 430 grams per tonne silver and 6 grams per tonne gold. Systematic channel sampling averaged assays of 150 grams per tonne silver and 0.4 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 17928).

The occurrence was first described in 1930; by 1933 a 15-metre inclined shaft and 9 metres of drifts and crosscuts had been completed. Small shipments, totalling 195 tonnes, were reported from 1936 to 1969 producing 84,414 grams of silver, 1,182 grams of gold, 45 kilograms of copper and 315 kilograms of lead. In 1980, M. Boe conducted a drill program. In 1988, Canova Resources Ltd. carried out geological mapping, trenching and drilling.

EMPR AR 1930-208; 1931-116; 1932-143; *1933-196; 1934-D34; 1937-A35; 1940-23; 1941-60; 1951-43
EMPR ASS RPT 2552, 12313, *17928, *18860
EMPR BULL *1932 No. 1, pp. 78,79
EMPR EXPL 1980-134; 1988-C56
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 55-58; 1988, pp. 355-363
EMPR GEM 1969-429
EMPR INF CIRC 1988-1, pp. 26,27
EMPR MAP 7216G, 8513G
EMPR OF 1989-5, 1990-30
EMPR PF (Starr, C.C. (1939): Report on the Skookum Group of Claims, 4 p.; Sketch map showing main workings, 1939; in 082LSW General - Claim Map, 1966; *Barker, R.G. (1990): Draft Property Description)
GSC MAP 46-7, 48-4A, 1059A, 1712A
GSC MEM 296, p. 150
GSC OF 637 (Map C), 736, 2167
GSC P 89-1E pp. 51-60
GSC SUM RPT *1931A, pp. 78,86
GCNL Jun 16,Jul 27,Aug 17,Dec 1, 1988