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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  29-Nov-2013 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 092F6 Au1
BCGS Map 092F024
Status Prospect NTS Map 092F06W
Latitude 049º 17' 54'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 125º 16' 10'' Northing 5463099
Easting 335007
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Lead Deposit Types I06 : Cu+/-Ag quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The Morning prospect is located on the northern side of the Taylor River, approximately 4.5 kilometres west-north west of the western end of the Taylor Arm of Sprout Lake. The occurrence has been explored, often, in conjunction with the nearby Tay (MINFILE 092F 212) occurrence.

The area is underlain by pillow lavas of the Upper Triassic Vancouver Group, Karmutsen Formation. Diorite of the Early to Middle Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite occurs several kilometres to the northwest. Associated diorite and quartz diorite dikes at the prospect are related to these intrusions. Strong regional faults trend north-northwest and northeast.

The occurrence comprises eleven parallel veins that are hosted within a 160 metre wide northeast striking zone. At least some of the veins occupy the northeast trending faults.

Early exploration concentrated on the Number 1 vein, but more recent work, and most of the underground exploration, have taken place on the Number 6 vein.

The Number 1 (Columbia?) vein has been traced for about 200 metres on surface and underground along its 060 degree strike. The quartz-pyrite vein dips vertically and is from 0.4 to 2.0 metres wide. A sample across 1.0 metre assayed 10.29 grams per tonne gold and 2.06 grams per tonne silver (Annual Report 1934, page F4).

The Number 1 East, Number 2 East and Number 3 East veins are located about 24, 30 and 73 metres east of the Number 1 vein, respectively. They have returned assays of up to 7.54 grams per tonne gold over vein widths of less than 0.3 metres (Annual Report 1934, page F5).

The Number 2 vein, also called the Stump Vein and the Stringer Vein, is located 7.6 metres northwest of the Number 1 vein. Average values of 8.23 grams per tonne gold over 0.5 metres were obtained, and a single sample assayed 85.04 grams per tonne gold (Annual Report 1934, page F5).

The Number 3 and 4 veins appear to be branches of the same vein and are located 20 metres west of the Number 2 vein. The Number 4 vein ranges in width from 0.24 to 0.55 metres, with gold values between 3.09 and 7.54 grams per tonne. The Number 3 vein is narrow and contains up to 10.29 grams per tonne gold (Annual Report 1934, page F5).

The Number 5 vein, 12.2 metres west of Number 4, has not received any work.

The Number 6 vein lies about 17 metres northwest of Number 5 and follows a strong fault. The 1.0 metre wide vein comprises quartz and country rock fragments, with clay gouge on the vein walls. Locally, the vein branches, or several parallel veins are present within the fault. The vein contains up to 25 per cent pyrite, and minor chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, malachite and limonite. In 1987, gold values of up to 10.0 grams per tonne are associated with the sulphides was reported (Assessment Report 15910, page 5).

The Number 7 vein is located 20 metres northwest of the Number 6 vein. It is narrow, strikes 055 degrees and dips 80 degrees north- west.

The Number 8 vein, located 20 metres north of Number 7, has the same strike as Number 7 but dips 80 degrees southeast. It contains quartz and pyrite, and only low gold values were obtained.

In 1988, sampling of quartz veins with pyrite assayed up to 8 grams per tonne gold over 0.35 metres and 3.2 grams per tonne over 1.7 metres (Assessment Report 17420).

In 1976, Highland Mercury completed a program of geological mapping and prospecting on the area as the AJ claims. In 1978, a E.M.-16 geophysical survey was completed on Tay claims. In 1978, a ground electromagnetic survey was compelted on the Apex and Morning claims. During 1979 through 1983 Dalmation Resources completed programs of geological mapping, geochemical sampling, trenching and ground geophysical surveys on the area as the Tay property. During 1987 through 1989, Acrtex Engineering Services completed programs of prospecting, geological mapping and rock and soil sampling. During 1997 through 1999, Dalmation Resources completed programs of geochemical sampling and geophysical surveys on the area as apart of the Tay property. In 2005, the area was explored as the Tay-Christina property of Perovic Enterprises Inc.

EMPR AR 1899-781, 785; 1907-147, 148; 1908-142; 1916-318, 319;
1922-229; 1923-242; 1924-222; 1925-268; 1926-297; 1927-342;
1929-373; 1930-292; *1934-F4; 1960-110; 1961-103; 1963-121
EMPR BULL 1, p. 33
EMPR EXPL 1976-E113; 1979-130; 1987-C149
EMPR FIELDWORK 1976, p. 31
EMPR GEM 1974-176
EMPR GEOLOGY 1976, p. 45
EMPR PF (Highland Mercury Mines Ltd, (1976): Claim Map, 1: 12,000;
Morning Group clipping, source, date unknown; *Eastwood, G.E.P.,
(1977): Report on the Morning Property; Statement of Material
Facts, Pan Oceanic Ventures Inc., 1990)
EMR MP CORPFILE (United Chieftain Resources Limited; Lou-Mex Mines
GSC MAP 17-1968; 1386A
GSC OF 9; 61; 463
GSC P 66-1; 68-50; 72-44
CANMET IR 643, pp. 55-58; 688, pp. 32-34
GCNL #40, #89, #104, 1976
N MINER Jun. 3, 1976
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