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File Created: 07-Apr-2014 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)
Last Edit:  08-Apr-2014 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name LOSS CREEK PLACER Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092C049, 092C050
Status Showing NTS Map 092C08E, 092C08W
Latitude 048º 29' 40'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 124º 15' 09'' Northing 5372016
Easting 407466
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

Loss Creek flows west along the Leech River Fault, which separates Jurassic to Cretaceous Leech River Complex (Formation) slates and schists to the north, from Tertiary Metchosin Volcanics to the south. The metasediments strike nearly west and dip steeply northeast.

The topography shows that the Loss Creek has cut down through the bedrock, leaving a series of gravel covered benches. Placer gold, found in the gravel, is believed to have been derived from small, but numerous, gold-bearing quartz stringers hosted by the Leech River rocks.

Bulletin 21, from 1946, states that placer miners have worked the following rivers and streams of Vancouver Island: China and Loss creeks, and Leech, Gordon, Jordan, Sooke, Sombrio, San Juan, Bedwell, Nanaimo, Gold, and Zeballos rivers.

The Spaniards first identified gold in the area in 1792 (see Sombrio Point Placers, MINFILE 092C  044). The placer deposits were re-discovered in the late 1800’s in association with placer gold exploration on the island, following the discovery of the Leech River Placers (MINFILE 092B   078) in the 1860’s. Minor work by local prospectors has continued through to present. The lower part of the creek is located in Juan De Fuca Provincial Park.

EMPR AR 1909-151; 1910-161; 1913-290; 1914-386; 1915-290; 1916-367; 1929-369; 1930-287
EMPR ASS RPT 7368, 10896, 12407, 30785, 32819
EMPR Bulletin 21
EMPR FIELDWORK 1988, pp. 525-527; 1989, pp. 503-510
EMPR PF (Map of the Hydraulic Gold Leases - Sombrio and Loss Rivers, Sombrio Placer Mining Syndicate, 1930's; Geochemical Report on Loss Creek and Sombrio Claim Groups, Armside Mining Company Limited, 1974; Report on the Sombrio Point Alluvial Gold Deposit, Ian M. Sherwin)
GSC MEM 13, p. 154
GSC OF 463; 821
GSC P 72-44; 76-1A; 79-30
CAN ROCKHOUND Internet Magazine, Summer 1997, Vol. 1, No. 3; Rockhounding on Vancouver Island
GCNL #216,#227, 1983; #5,#35, 1984; #9,#116, 1985
IPDM Nov/Dec, 1983
N MINER Dec.8,29, 1983; Feb.2,20, Mar.22, Oct.27, 1984
Hudson, R. (1997): A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone & Mineral Sites of British Columbia, Vol. 1: Vancouver Island
Barlee, N.L. (1972-07-01): The Guide To Gold Panning In British Columbia