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File Created: 09-Feb-1989 by Wim S. Vanderpoll (WV)
Last Edit:  30-May-2022 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name HILLER 1 Mining Division Alberni
BCGS Map 092L006
Status Showing NTS Map 092L02W
Latitude 050º 04' 47'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 126º 50' 14'' Northing 5549735
Easting 654737
Commodities Magnetite, Iron Deposit Types
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Hiller 1 magnetite occurrence is located in the eastern headwaters of the Kaouk River, approximately 11 kilometres north of the community of Zeballos.

Regionally, the area lies within a broad northwest-trending sequence of interbedded sediments and volcanics of the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic Parson Bay Formation (Bonanza Group) and Upper Triassic Quatsino Formation (Vancouver Group). This assemblage lies on the northeastern flank of the extensive granodiorite Zeballos intrusion phase of the Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite.

The area lies within a belt of mineralization comprising nine or more similar occurrences that extend from the Zeballos River for approximately 10 kilometres in a north-northwest direction. The mineralization occurs at or near the conformable contact between the Upper Triassic Vancouver Group—comprising Quatsino Formation crystalline limestone and overlying highly altered and folded Parson Bay Formation volcanic and sedimentary rocks—and the Lower Jurassic Bonanza Group.

The Hiller 1 occurrence lies approximately 1 kilometre north-northwest of the Churchill magnetite (MINFILE 092L 031) occurrence and occurs in a similar geological environment, where magnetite has replaced limestone at a diorite contact. Magnetite occurs also in stringers within the intrusive rock. The mineralized zone is believed to dip steeply with the intrusive contact. Magnetite surveys suggest limited potential for the deposit (Property File - R.N. Saukko [1967-03-15[: Report on Hiller-Churchill Properties 1966). The zone is up to 20 metres wide and has been traced for over 125 metres on surface along its north-northwest strike.

Work History

In 1956, the area immediately northwest was staked as the Artlish group by Mr. Skogland. In 1961, BHP-Utah Mines optioned the Artlish group claims and completed a program of geological mapping and ground and airborne geophysical surveys on the area. During the early 1960s, Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. completed programs of ground and airborne geophysical surveys and staked the Hiller claims.

In 1986, Falconbridge Ltd. completed an airborne geophysical survey on the Hiller and surrounding Zeb claims. In 1988, Footwall Explorations Ltd. completed 900 metres of drilling on the Hiller-Churchill property.

In 2018 and 2020, R.J. Billingsley completed programs of photo-geological, airborne geophysical interpretation, prospecting, and rock sampling on the area as the Hiller property.

EMPR AR 1945-116; 1951-197; 1962-100; 1965-232; 1966-73
EMPR ASS RPT *433, 14457, 38271, 39455
EMPR BULL *27-131
EMPR EXPL 1985-C230; 1986-C275
EMPR PF (J.J. McDougall (1961-12-21): Report on Hiller Iron Prospects and Bacon Lake Magnetite; Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. (1966): General Location Map of Iron Ore Deposits, Zeballos; Falcon Bridge Nickel Mines Ltd. (1966-05): Zeballos Area Iron Claims Map; R.N. Saukko (1967-03-15): Report on Hiller-Churchill Properties 1966; Footwall Explorations Ltd. [1988-05-24]: Prospectus Report on the Hiller-Churchill Group)
GSC EC GEOL 1-1947
GSC MAP 4-1974; 255A; 1028A
GSC MEM 272, p 68
GSC OF 9; 170; 463
GSC P 38-5; 40-12; 69-1A; 70-1A; 71-36; 72-44; 74-8; 79-30
GSC SUM RPT 1929A; 1932A-48
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island with emphasis on the Relationship of Plutonic Rocks to Mineral Deposits, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University, Ottawa
Falconbridge File
Sangster, D.F., (1964): The Contact Metasomatic Magnetite Deposits of Southwestern British Columbia, Ph.D. Thesis, University of British Columbia
EMPR PFD 650196, 529, 521365