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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  11-Jun-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 092C9 Fe1
Name BADEN POWELL (L.140), LITTLE BOBS (L.141), GENERAL FRENCH (L.139), BUGABOO CREEK Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092C068
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 092C09W
Latitude 048º 39' 18'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 124º 29' 22'' Northing 5390175
Easting 390309
Commodities Iron, Magnetite Deposit Types K03 : Fe skarn
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Baden Powell magnetite deposit occurs on the steep north eastern side of a mountain sloping down to Bugaboo Creek.

The area is underlain by a north west trending limestone roof pendant which intern is underlain by quartz diorite of the Mesozoic and/or Paleozoic Westcoast Complex.

The orebody is lenticular and outcrops along a north west trend for about 106 metres. The greatest exposed width is 27 metres and the greatest proven depth is 46 metres. The upper contact of the deposit is against quartz diorite; the dip of the contact is 50 degrees into the hill. The central part of the orebody is high-grade magnetite; the outer edges are mixed with metamorphosed rock and impregnated with pyrite.

Based on the apparent dimensions of the deposit, Young and Uglow made an estimate of the reserves: proven, 33,800 tonnes; probable, 56,000 tonnes. A sample of the higher grade part of the deposit graded 59.34 per cent iron, 5.93 per cent insolubles, 2.57 per cent sulphur, 0.012 per cent phosphorous and 1.14 per cent manganese oxide (Geological Survey of Canada Economic Geology Series No.3, page 185).

Work History

Two tunnels, 15 metres apart vertically, and numerous shallow open cuts were developed on the deposit in the early part of the century. The upper tunnel is 33 metres long, while the lower tunnel is 34 metres long.

In 2003 through 2011, Emerald Fields Resource and Pacific Iron Ore Corporation completed various exploration projects in the area as apart of the Pearson Project. These included prospecting, diamond drilling, ground and airborne geophysical surveys, geological mapping and geochemical sampling.

EMPR AR 1902-219; 1904-253,301; 1905-216; 1916-282,275
EMPR BULL 3 (1917), p. 14; 101, p. 148
EMPR FIELDWORK 1989, pp. 503-510
EMR MP CORPFILE (International Iron Mines; Noranda Mines Ltd.)
GSC EC GEOL *3, Vol.1 (1926), p. 168
GSC MAP 196A; 1386A
GSC MEM 13, p. 189
GSC OF 463; 821
GSC P 72-44; 76-1A; 79-30
CANMET RPT 47, p. 10
Hudson, R. (1997): A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of
British Columbia, Vol. 1: Vancouver Island, pp. 78-79
Owsiacki, G. (2008-03-11): Technical Report – Geological Summary Pearson Project
Stubens, T.C. (2009-06-04): Resource Estimate for the Pearson Property
Triebel, K. (2011-03-09): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report and Resource Estimate of the Bugaboo Deposit, Pearson Project