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File Created: 13-Aug-1986 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  23-Oct-2009 by Garry J. Payie (GJP)

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BCGS Map 093H002
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093H04E
Latitude 053º 04' 41'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 39' 33'' Northing 5881794
Easting 589819
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 metasedimentary 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.

Early placer gold mining of benches and channels along Burns Creek was done by drifting and open cutting. Hydraulic methods were used later.

Supergene leaching of gold, dispersed by Tertiary deep weathering and 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).

In 1988, Frontier eosciences carried out a dipole-dipole resistivity survey for Golden Opportunity Mining Ltd. In all, a total of 2375 m of survey work was carried out on claims on Burns Mountain in the divide area between Burns and Chisholm Creek.

In 1989, Frontier Geosciences carried out a seismic refraction survey in the Wells area of British Columbia for Boulder Gold Mines Ltd. In all, a total of 1690 metres of survey work was carried out on claims on Burns Mountain in the divide area between Burns and Chisholm Creek. The purpose of the survey was to delineate bedrock depressions infilled with either alluvial sands, gravels, cobbles and boulders or glacial till which may contain anomalously high placer gold values. The survey revealed shallow depths to bedrock. Interpreted thicknesses of overburden vary from a minimum of lm to a maximum of 10.5 meters.

EMPR AR 1874-1895-tables; 1876-418; 1899-627; 1900-733; 1901-957;
1902-97,101,123; 1903-63; 1949-241; 1954-170; 1956-139
EMPR BULL 28, pp. 21,23
EMPR EXPL 1986, p. C339; 1987, p. C287; 1989, pp. 147-169
EMPR ASS RPT 13252, 14636, 16174, 18257, 19538
EMPR FIELDWORK 1988, pp. 377-385; 1990, pp. 331-356; 1992, pp.
GSC MEM *149, pp. 136-139
EMPR PFD 902102, 14717, 681607