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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  23-Feb-1989 by David G. Bailey (DGB)

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Name VAN WINKLE CREEK Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093H002
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093H04E
Latitude 053º 01' 32'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 41' 48'' Northing 5875908
Easting 587413
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Barkerville
Capsule Geology

Placer gold deposits of the Quesnel Highland region, including the former rich producers of the Barkerville camp, have accounted for a large proportion of British Columbia's alluvial gold production. With the exception of a few producers in the Wingdam area, which are underlain by Upper Triassic sediments correlative with the Nicola Group, almost all the deposits are underlain by the Upper Proterozoic to Lower Paleozoic Snowshoe Group. These predominantly metasediment- ary rocks have been metamorphosed to greenschist facies.

Placer gold deposits in the region are generally found in relatively young Pleistocene gravels. The morphology and mineral associations of the gold suggests that it was derived locally, the most obvious sources are the numerous auriferous veins in the Downey succession of the Snowshoe Group.

In the Van Winkle Creek area the best placer gold deposits were located in the lower 610 metres of the creek.

"Data from the Cariboo mining district indicate that supergene leaching of gold dispersed within massive sulphides by Tertiary deep weathering followed by Cenozoic erosion is the most likely explanation for the occurrence of coarse gold nuggets in Quaternary sediments" (Exploration in British Columbia 1989, page 147).

EM EXPL 2000-9-23
EMPR AR 1874,1878,1883-1895-tables; 1874-6; 1875-608
EMPR BULL 26, pp. 33,36
EMPR EXPL 1989, pp. 147-169
EMPR FIELDWORK 1988, pp. 377-385; 1990, pp. 331-356; 1992, pp. 463-473
EMPR PF (Sketch of H.Jones Lease on Van Winkle Creek and Plan of Lease on Van Winkle Creek, dates unknown)
GSC MAP 1424A, 2046
GSC MEM 149, p. 160
EMPR PFD 14722, 14723, 14724, 681607, 3