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

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Name GOLD (UCONA) RIVER PLACER Mining Division Alberni
BCGS Map 092E080
Status Showing NTS Map 092E09E, 092E16E
Latitude 049º 42' 33'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 126º 06' 10'' Northing 5510325
Easting 708871
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The Gold (Ucona) River flows south from head waters near White Gold Pass to its mouth on Muchalat Inlet.

The area is underlain by Upper Triassic Vancouver Group rocks consisting of Karmutsen Formation basalts overlain by Quatsino Formation limestone. These are intruded by the Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite, consisting dominantly of quartz diorite with lesser diorite and granodiorite.

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.

It appears that most of the gold was derived from bars or in crevices in the bedrock of the river bed, or from benches along the side of the creek.

GSC MAP 17-1968; 1386A
GSC OF 463
GSC P 68-50; 71-36; 72-44; 79-30
Barlee, N.L. (1972-07-01): The Guide To Gold Panning In British Columbia
EMPR PFD 600445