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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  25-Jun-2013 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name QUEEN BEE (L.100G) Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092B082
Status Showing NTS Map 092B13W
Latitude 048º 52' 29'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 47' 05'' Northing 5413826
Easting 442460
Commodities Copper, Zinc, Gold Deposit Types G06 : Noranda/Kuroko massive sulphide Cu-Pb-Zn
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Queen Bee occurrence is located on the western slopes of Mount Sicker, north of Nugget Creek.

The area is within the Cowichan uplift and is underlain mainly by andesitic and rhyolitic volcanics of the McLaughlin Ridge Formation, Sicker Group. The local stratigraphy is disrupted by folding, faulting (pre-Triassic as well as Tertiary) and the intrusions of gabbro and diabase sills and dykes (informally known as the Mount Hall Gabbro) that are coeval with the Upper Triassic Karmutsen Formation. The showing lies 1 kilometre to the north of the Lenora-Tyee volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit (092B 001) and is of related origin.

By 1898, a 20-metre tunnel had been driven into a reef (quartz vein) that contained free milling gold. Two shafts were reported in 1900; one 21 metres deep with 37 metres of drifting and the other almost 11 metres deep with 24 metres of opencut.

In 1986, Corporation Falconbridge Copper (Minnova) drilled two holes on the old Queen Bee Crown grant, in order to test the "Mine Package". Both holes (MTS-25,26) intersected a mineralized, chloritized and locally barium enriched package consisting of well- bedded dacitic ash, tuff and chert. The package contained up to 20 per cent pyrite and 6 per cent chalcopyrite. One sample assayed 0.99 per cent copper and 1.18 per cent zinc over 1.45 metres (Assessment Report 15719). Pyrite-pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite stringer mineralization was encountered in epidotized andesitic volcaniclastics stratigraphically above the "Mine Package" in both holes.

In 2010 and 2011, Rock-Con Resources completed a program of prospecting and rock sampling on the Mount Sicker property. Chip samples, taken from the adit, assayed up to 0.26 per cent copper (Assessment Report 32278).

EMPR AR *1898-1148; 1900-929; 1901-1232A; 1903-250
EMPR ASS RPT 3950, 3951, 4904, 5164, 7714, *7875, 8264, 12172, 14735
*15719, 16716, 17834, 19754, *32278
EMPR EXPL 1977-E104; 1978-E121; 1979-121
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 81-91
EMPR GEM 1972-240; 1974-163; 1977-E104; 1978-E121
EMPR OF 1988-8; 1999-2
GSC MAP 42A; 1386A; 1553A
GSC MEM 13; 36; 96
GSC OF 463
GSC P 1972-44; 1975-1A, p. 23; 1979-30
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island with
Emphasis on the Relationship of Plutonic Rocks and Mineral
Deposits, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University