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File Created: 31-Mar-1992 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)
Last Edit:  31-Mar-1992 by Peter S. Fischl (PSF)

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BCGS Map 092H040
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092H08E
Latitude 049º 21' 54'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 04' 01'' Northing 5472170
Easting 712945
Commodities Gold, Silver Deposit Types T01 : Tailings
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Mascot Tailings prospect is located on Lots 1795 (3186s) and 1796, along the east and west banks of Hedley Creek, 1.35 to 2.1 kilometres northeast of the creek's confluence with the Similkameen River, just northeast of the town of Hedley.

This deposit consists of two old tailings dumps derived from the Mascot gold mine (092HSE036), which was operated by Hedley Mascot Gold Mines Ltd. between 1936 and 1949. The larger dump, on Lot 1795, is 290 metres long and up to 240 metres wide, while the second dump, across the creek, on Lot 1796 to the north, is 320 metres long and up to 130 metres wide. Total reserves are estimated at 621,000 tonnes grading 1.75 grams per tonne gold (Canadian Mines Handbook 1989-90, page 430).

The south dump has a gross mineral inventory of 335,000 tonnes, with 176,000 tonnes grading 1.20 grams per tonne gold. The north dump has reserves of 186,000 tonnes grading 1.35 grams per tonne gold (B.H. MacLean, 1991, page 2).

Sumac Ventures Inc. drilled 47 auger and percussion holes totalling 340 metres in 1988. The company proposed to recover gold by heap leaching the tailings. The two tailings dumps were drilled in 1990 and 1991 by Candorado Mines Ltd., operator of the Hedley Tailings deposit (092HSE144), 1.5 kilometres to the south. The company plans to selectively mine the outer perimeter of the south dump and all of the north dump.

In 1995, production from the tailings totalled 93 kilograms of gold and 10 kilograms of silver from 42640 tonnes processed.

EMPR EXPL 1988, pp. A22,A44; 1990, p. 60; 1995-10; 1996-A14
EMPR FIELDWORK 1985, pp. 101-105; 1986, pp. 65-79; 1987, pp. 59-80
EMPR INF CIRC 1989-1, Tables 1, 2; 1991-1, p. 63; 1996-1, p. 10; 1997-1, p. 13; 1998-1, p. 15
EMPR OF 1987-10; 1988-6
EMPR P 1989-3, pp. 19-35
GSC MAP 568A; 888A; 889A; 41-1989
GSC OF 2167, pp. 59-80
CMH *1988-89, p. 426; *1989-90, p. 430
GCNL #76, 1989
*MacLean, B.H. (1991): Correspondence to E.Sader regarding tailings piles on Lots 1796 and 3186; Submission to Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Resource Management Branch (formerly Inspections and Engineering Branch)
*Seraphim, R.H., (1988): Proposal Regarding Heap Leach Tailings on Lots 3186s and 1796, Hedley, B.C. for Sumac Ventures Inc., 24K Mining Inc.; Submission to Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Resource Management Branch