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

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Name SNOWFLAKE 6, BLUE JAY Mining Division Nicola
BCGS Map 092H097
Status Showing NTS Map 092H15E
Latitude 049º 59' 34'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 36' 01'' Northing 5540587
Easting 671998
Commodities Copper Deposit Types D03 : Volcanic redbed Cu
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Snowflake 6 occurrence is a small area of minor copper mineralization in part of the historical Aspen Grove copper camp between Merritt and Princeton, where exploration dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. It is centred on a small cluster of old workings 1 kilometre south of Courtney Lake, 500 metres east of Highway 5A, 6 kilometres north of the community of Aspen Grove (Assessment Report 3555).

The occurrence is hosted in the Upper Triassic Nicola Group, which regionally consists of alkalic and calcalkalic volcanics and intrusions of island arc origin and which is the principal component of the Quesnel Terrane in southern British Columbia (Geological Survey of Canada Maps 41-1989, 1713A). This belt has been of major economic interest because of its potential for porphyry copper-gold mineralization.

The Snowflake 6 occurrence is one of many in the Aspen Grove area. It lies in the Central belt or facies of the Nicola Group (after Preto, Bulletin 69). This belt mainly consists of subaerial and submarine, red or purple to green augite plagioclase porphyritic andesitic and basaltic flows, volcanic breccia and tuff, and minor argillite and limestone. The volcanics are locally intruded by bodies of comagmatic diorite to monzonite of Late Triassic to Early Jurassic age.

The region is characterized by long-lived, primarily north-striking faults and related fracturing, which originally controlled intrusion emplacement. Two important fault systems in the Aspen Grove area, the Kentucky-Alleyne fault and a splay of the Allison fault, converge just south of Courtney Lake, in the vicinity of the Snowflake 6 occurrence.

The occurrence is hosted in red and green, augite and/or plagioclase porphyritic flows, breccias, tuffs and laharic deposits of andesitic to basaltic composition (Bulletin 69; Assessment Report 3555). The strata strike northwest and dip southwest. Alteration is generally present, mainly represented by epidote, particularly in fractures, shears and veins. Epidote may be accompanied by calcite, quartz and chlorite.

Several small pits and at least one adit at the Snowflake 6 occurrence lie close to a minor, east-striking fault (Assessment Report 3555). The pits expose fractures mineralized with chalcopyrite, bornite, chalcocite, malachite and azurite, and locally minor native copper. Two rock samples analysed 0.6 to 0.7 gram per tonne silver and 0.005 to 0.015 gram per tonne gold (Assessment Report 13714, Drawing 2, samples 211, 212).

In 2001, the Douglas Lake Cattle Co. staked the area and completed a limited program of geological mapping and geochemical sampling in 2002. The claims were re-staked in 2005 and 2006 by R. Billingsley, G. Richards and G. Diakow. In 2007, Etna Resources Inc. completed a 404 line-kilometre airborne geophysical survey on the area as the Aspen Grove property.

EMPR ASS RPT *3555, *13714
EMPR EXPL 1985-C188
EMPR GEM 1971-286
EMPR MAP *15 (1974)
EMPR P 1981-2
GSC MAP 888A; 1386A; 41-1989
GSC OF 2167, pp. 93-98
GSC P 85-1A, pp. 349-358
CJES Vol. 16, pp. 1658-1672 (1979); Vol. 24, pp. 2521-2536 (1987)
Olien, K.O. (1957): Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Aspen Grove
Area, B.C., unpublished B.Sc. thesis, University of Western
Kerr, J.R. (2008-10-15): Technical Report on the Aspen Grove Property
Kerr, J.R. (2009-05-26): Technical Report on the Aspen Grove Property