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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 082M15 Zn1
Name RUDDOCK CR (Q,R,U,V ZONES), IN, TO Mining Division Kamloops, Revelstoke
BCGS Map 082M076
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 082M15W
Latitude 051º 46' 40'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 57' 04'' Northing 5738123
Easting 365399
Commodities Zinc, Lead, Silver, Fluorite, Barite Deposit Types E14 : Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb-Ag
S01 : Broken Hill-type Pb-Zn-Ag+/-Cu
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay
Capsule Geology

The property lies on the northwest flank of Frenchman Cap Dome in a complexly and isoclinally folded metasedimentary sequence. The core gneisses of the dome lie beneath gently north-dipping metasedi- mentary rocks, which grade upward into overlying metasediments consisting of micaceous schist, calc-silicate schist and gneiss with intercalated layers of marble. Pegmatite and associated medium- grained granitic rocks replace and impregnate the metasediments. The metasediments are tentatively correlative with the Hadrynian Windermere Group.

Three mineralized areas, referred to as the E, F, G and M zone (MINFILE 082M 084), the Creek and T zone (MINFILE 082M 083) and the Q, R, V and U zone, occur as contorted layers and lenses several metres thick and are traced intermittently over a strike length of several kilometres within schist, siliceous calc-silicate gneiss, quartzite and marble. The principal sulphides are sphalerite, pyrrhotite, galena, pyrite and minor chalcopyrite, locally associated with barite and fluorite. Very fine grained sphalerite and pyrrhotite with minor galena and rounded quartz eyes are common. Equally common are layers containing medium-grained dark-brown sphalerite with interstitial quartz and scattered quartz augen. Galena and sphalerite also occur as scattered grains in marble, calcareous quartzite and fluorite.

In the sulphide layer, lenses of massive sulphides up to 1.5 metres thick are common. They are complexly folded within themselves on axes that plunge to the west parallel to the folds in the surrounding rocks. The folds in the sulphides, which are outlined by banding and by discontinuous layers of schist, gneiss and quartzite, are irregular in form and usually disharmonic.

The Q, R and V zones, which lie 4 kilometres west of the main E zone (MINFILE 082M 084), form a near continuous sulphide layer, outcropping for almost 1 kilometre, on the limb of a phase 1 syncline. The U zone lies 1 kilometre along the strike to the east.

A major phase 2 recumbent fold, closing to the south, is referred to as the U-V synform. Its axial plane strikes 5 degrees and dips 25 degrees to the west.

Exploration on the Ruddock Creek property dates from the discovery of massive sulphide mineralization and the subsequent staking of the ground in 1960 by Falconbridge. Falconbridge conducted the most extensive exploration over the period 1961 to 1963. Core drilling was completed at the E zone (MINFILE 082M 084) and the G, M, T, Q, U and V showings. Cominco Ltd. optioned the property from Falconbridge in 1975, carrying out drilling and geophysics on the property.

Doublestar Resources Ltd. acquired Falconbridge’s 58.9 per cent interest in January 2000 and in August and September 2000 carried out a detailed mapping program on the property.

In February 2001, Doublestar Resources Ltd. purchased the 41.1 per cent interest of Cominco Ltd. to hold a 100 per cent interest in the property.

In March 2004, Cross Lake acquired an option on the property from Doublestar Resources Ltd. Cross Lake drilled 11 holes totaling 1839 metres in 2004, expanding the E zone (MINFILE 082M 084) to the west and north.

In 2005, Selkirk Holdings purchased the property containing the occurrence, and completed electromagnetic surveys, a grid based UTEM, a magnetic survey, a soil geochemical survey and 3,245.4 metres of diamond drilling (Chapman, P. (2007-06-12): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Ruddock Creek Property). New anomalies from surveying show further extent of the mineralized zones where no previous work had been conducted. The soil sampling survey of the Oliver Creek area delineated a 1000 metre long by greater then 400 metre wide anomaly that appears to be downstream drift from the Q, R, and V showings (Chapman, P. (2007-06-12): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Ruddock Creek Property).

In 2006, a drilling exploration program by Selkirk Metals Corp. totalled 12,808.48 metres drilled in 35 holes within the E Zone, 1,073.71 metres between 10 holes at the Creek Zone and 857.47 metres between 3 holes in the Oliver Creek area (Chapman, P. (2007-06-12): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Ruddock Creek Property).

In 2007, Selkirk Metals Corp. conducted a drilling program on the Q, and U Zones totaling 1,390 metres between 5 holes and 1,539 metres between 8 holes, respectively (Chapman, J., Simpson, R. (2009-07-15): Mineral Resource Estimate of Ruddock Creek Deposit).

In 2008, an extensive underground drill hole program was completed by Atlas Drilling Ltd. for Selkirk Metals Corp.

In 2011 Selkirk Metals continued extension of the E Zone decline alongside conducting an underground and surface drilling program focused on Creek, Q, and V Zones. ¬The Creek Zone consisted of 5,701 metres of drilling across 17 drill holes, the Q Zone consisted of 1,893 metres at 5 drill holes, and the V Zone totalling 3,147 metres across 8 drill holes.

In early 2012, Imperial Metals Corp. released an updated NI 43-101–compliant inferred and indicated resource estimate (see MINFILE 082M 084).

In 2012, Imperial Metals Corp. completed an exploration program which included surface diamond drilling on the V and Creek (MINFILE 082M 083) zones, underground diamond drilling on the lower E zone (MINFILE 082M 084), and an additional 69 metres of underground development for the collection of a metallurgical bulk sample. In total, 18 holes were completed in the V zone, seven holes in the Creek zone (MINFILE 082M 083) and 26 holes from underground, for a total of 10 081 metres of surface drilling and 5843 metres of underground drilling. The highlight of the V zone drilling was drillhole RD-12-V40, which showed a zinc content of 24.04 per cent and lead content of 5.15 per cent over 6.4 metres (4.6 metres true thickness).

EMPR AR *1961-84; *1962-89; *1963-86-88
EMPR ASS RPT 4567, *5625, 5990, *6625, 10710
EMPR BULL *57, pp. 48-57,Fig. 9; 80, p. 85
EMPR EXPL 1975-E60; 1976-E75; 1977-E102; 1978-E117; 1982-124-125
EMPR GEM 1973-118
EMPR OF 1992-16; 2000-22
EMPR PF (*Morris, H.R. (1965): Report on Ruddock Creek Lead-Zinc Property)
GSC EC GEOL 1, p. 506
GSC MAP 12-1964
GSC OF 637
GSC P 64-32, pp. 27-28
PR REL Imperial Metals Corp., Mar. 14, 2012; Nov. 5, 2012
CIM BULL V. 75, No. 840, pp. 119,121 (Hoy, T. 1982)
CIM Special Volume No. 8, p. 244 (Muraro, T.W. (1966); No. 8, pp.
231-237 (Fyles, J.T. 1966)
Hoy, T. (1979): Stratigraphic and structural setting of stratabound
lead-zinc deposits in the Shuswap Complex; abstract, Cordilleran
Section, GAC 1979 meeting, p. 18
*Chapman, P. (2007-06-12): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Ruddock Creek Property.
*Chapman, J., Simpson, R. (2009-07-15): Mineral Resource Estimate of Ruddock Creek Deposit.
Miller-Tait, J., Simpson, R. (2012-03-01): Technical Report on Ruddock Creek Lead-Zinc Project.