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File Created: 08-Feb-2001 by Ron McMillan (RHM)
Last Edit:  19-Sep-2019 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name EPI 2 Mining Division Clinton
BCGS Map 092P016
Status Showing NTS Map 092P02W
Latitude 051º 09' 02'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 52' 31'' Northing 5668714
Easting 648601
Commodities Gold, Silver, Mercury Deposit Types H05 : Epithermal Au-Ag: low sulphidation
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel, Overlap Assemblage
Capsule Geology

The Epi 2 occurrence is located approximately 500 metres east of the south end of Vidette Lake in the Deadman River Valley. The area is approximately 50 (air) kilometres north of Savona and is accessible on a good quality gravel road that leads north from the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 7.4 kilometres west of Savona.

The Vidette Lake area is underlain by mafic volcanic rocks of the Upper Triassic Nicola Group exposed in a window eroded through flat-lying Miocene sedimentary rocks and plateau basalts of the Chilcotin Group. The uppermost Chilcotin Group strata form an extensive layer of plateau basalts of the Chasm Formation, underlain by volcanic ash and fluviatile and lacustrine sedimentary strata of the Deadman River Formation which occupy a northwest-trending Miocene channel. Nicola mafic volcanic rocks are generally augite andesites, and commonly show alteration to epidote, chlorite, calcite and disseminated pyrite. Argillite layers are intercalated with the mafic volcanic rocks and are commonly silicified and brecciated (Assessment Report 16286). Silicification, carbonatization and chloritization are other alteration features common in the Nicola rocks.

Locally, a zone of silicified and carbonate-altered andesite is cut by veinlets of chalcedonic quartz, calcite and disseminated fine pyrite.

In 1986, a rock sample (no.106) assayed 1.53 grams per tonne gold and 7.3 grams per tonne silver, whereas other rock and float samples yielded up to 1.16 per cent mercury (Property File - G.R. Peat field [1986-08-01]: Report - EPI Mineral Property).

In 1989, surface sampling yielded up to 0.32 gram per tonne gold, 4.0 grams per tonne silver with 4.54 per cent mercury, whereas drilling (hole 72488) yielded up to 0.34 gram per tonne gold over 2.8 metres of chlorite-clay–altered lapilli tuff (Property File - C.J. Clayton [1990-12-13]: Re: EPI and Yard property exam).

The area must have been heavily prospected during the heyday of the Vidette mine in the 1930s but there is no published record of this work. In 1986, Jaguar Gold examined the area as the EPI claims. Mr. M. Dickens staked the property and prospected it in 1987. The property was optioned by the Canadian Nickel Company, who in 1988 completed soil geochemical surveys and geological mapping over the area. Three follow-up diamond drill holes were performed the following year.

EMPR ASS RPT *16286, *17810
EMPR PF (*G.R. Peat field [1986-08-01]: Report - EPI Mineral Property; *C.J. Clayton [1990-12-13]: Re: EPI and Yard property exam)
EMPR PFD 821006, 821007