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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 (T ZONE), IT Mining Division Kamloops, Revelstoke
BCGS Map 082M076
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 082M15W
Latitude 051º 46' 10'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 55' 34'' Northing 5737151
Easting 367099
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 metasedimentary 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 (see MINFILE 082M 084); the Creek and T zone and the Q, R, V and U zone (see MINFILE 082M 082), 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 mineralized T zone, lying 2 kilometres west-southwest of the main E zone, is traced intermittently for 1 kilometre on the limb of a phase 1 syncline. A major phase 2 recumbent fold, closing to the south, is referred to as the T synform. Its axial plane strikes 020 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 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% 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 1 839 metres in 2004, expanding the E zone (MINFILE 082M 084) to the west and north.

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

In 2005, the property containing the occurrence was acquired by Selkirk Holdings. Selkirk 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.

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).

The 10 holes at the Creek Zone focused around a single hole by Cominco T-77-6 that found mineralization down dip of a surface exposure of 22.5 percent zinc and 6.2 percent lead over 2 metres. The new drilling intersected the mineralized horizon across a 100 metre by 100 metre area with 25 metres of spacing. Over this area, highlighted mineralization was 0.7 metres of 9.59 percent zinc and 2.65 percent lead, and 10.6 metres of 13.26 percent zinc and 2.87 percent lead (Chapman, P. (2007-06-12): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Ruddock Creek Property). These results are comparable to the thickness and grade of Zone E which has remained the focus of exploration on the property.

In 2007, Selkirk Metals Corp. conducted a drilling program on Creek Zone totaling 3,998 metres between 12 holes (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 2009, Selkirk commissioned a UREM geophysical survey to be conducted over the Creek Zone.

In 2010, Selkirk Metals Corporation conducted a 3,583 metre drill program across 12 holes in the Creek Zone.

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 2012, Imperial Metals Corp. completed an exploration program which included surface diamond drilling on the V (MINFILE 082M 082) and Creek 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 (MINFILE 082M 082), seven holes in the Creek zone and 26 holes from underground, for a total of 10 081 metres of surface drilling and 5843 metres of underground drilling. Drilling in 2012 extended the Creek zone both laterally and downdip, providing further information for development studies. Selkirk Metals Corporation released an updated mineral resource estimate for the E Zone and the Creek Zone. The Creek Zone was estimated at a cutoff grade of lead plus zinc at 4.0 percent for 1,679,000 tonnes inferred grading 6.92 percent zinc and 1.45 percent lead (Miller-Tait, J., Simpson, R. (2012-03-01): Technical Report on Ruddock Creek Lead-Zinc Project).

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.