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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 DAVIS CREEK Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093H002
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093H04E
Latitude 053º 02' 59'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 43' 50'' Northing 5878555
Easting 585093
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 Nicola Group sediments, almost all the deposits are underlain by the Upper Proterozoic to Lower Paleozoic Snowshoe Group. These rocks have been metamorphosed to greenschist facies and are predominantly metasedimentary.

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 being the numerous auriferous veins in the Downey succession of the Snowshoe Group.

As for most placer deposits in the area, production from the Davis Creek area took place primarily before 1900.

"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).

EMPR BULL 1928, pp. 21,27
EMPR EXPL 1979, p. 219; 1980, p. 328; 1983, p. 426; 1988, p. 377; 1989, pp. 147-169
EMPR ASS RPT 5554, 6668, 7734, 11672, 16512
EMPR FIELDWORK 1990, pp. 331-356; 1992, pp. 463-473
EMPR AR 1874-1895-tables; 1874-5; 1902-104; 1974-360
EMPR PF (Jones, R. 1989, Summary Report - Property Acquisitions and Phase I Drilling Program in the Wells Area, B.C.)
GSC MEM 149, pp. 163,171
GSC SUM RPT 1932A, p. 75
EMPR PFD 14936, 681607