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File Created: 08-Aug-1986 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  23-Feb-1989 by David G. Bailey (DGB)

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Name GOAT RIVER PLACER Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093H047
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093H07E
Latitude 053º 26' 25'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 120º 41' 39'' Northing 5923726
Easting 653155
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Cariboo
Capsule Geology

The Goat River drains a region underlain by the Cariboo Terrane which, unlike the Barkerville Terrane, has not been a prolific producer of gold in the past. The area is underlain by Issac Formation metasedimentary rocks.

Placer gold has been recovered from a section of the Goat River underlain by glacial silt. This section, several kilometres in length, begins at a point about 11 kilometres upstream from the mouth of the river. Only a small amount of placer production is recorded.

"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 AR 1886-198; 1887-255,table; 1889-274; 1922-123; 1931-81
EMPR EXPL 1989, pp. 147-169
EMPR FIELDWORK 1990, pp. 331-356; 1992, pp. 463-473
EMPR BULL 28, pp. 21,25
EMPR PF (Lease on Goat River, Sketch of Claims on Goat River, and Plan of Creek Leases Fraser and Goat Rivers, dates unkown; Plan of Goat River Leases, c.1930's; Plan of Goat River Leases, 1931; Letter to Provincial Mineralogist from Resident Engineer re: Placer operations on Goat River, 1931))