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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 103P12 Ag12
Name NORTH STAR, NORTH STAR (L. 3634), NORTH STAR FR. (L. 4211), NORTHSTAR, SPORTSMAN (L. 3816) Mining Division Skeena
BCGS Map 103P063
Status Past Producer NTS Map 103P12E
Latitude 055º 41' 05'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 129º 30' 36'' Northing 6171109
Easting 467934
Commodities Silver, Zinc, Lead, Copper, Gold Deposit Types G06 : Noranda/Kuroko massive sulphide Cu-Pb-Zn
I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

The North Star mine is situated on the west bank of the Kitsault River, 23 kilometres north of the town of Alice Arm. Between 1919 and 1921, a small tonnage of silver ore was mined from this deposit.

The area is underlain by a sequence of volcanics and sediments of the Upper Triassic Stuhini Group and the Lower-Upper Jurassic Hazelton Group. The sequence is folded into the doubly plunging, north-northwest trending Kitsault River syncline. This sequence has been regionally metamorphosed to greenschist facies.

The North Star occurrence comprises a stratiform, volcanogenic silver-zinc-lead barite exhalative deposit that is likely the same ore horizon as the Dolly Varden deposit (103P 188) to the south. As with the Dolly Varden, this deposit is underlain by Hazelton Group andesitic crystal vitric (shard) tuff and overlain by andesitic ash tuff that have undergone sericitization, silicification and propylitization due to regional metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration.

The North Star deposit occurs on the steeply dipping west limb of the Kitsault River syncline. It is cut by a number of steeply dipping, northwest striking faults and numerous northeast striking, near vertical mafic dikes. The deposit strikes northeast, dips 45 degrees northwest and varies from 1 to 24 metres in width. The deposit contains a lens-shaped zone of higher silver grades that extends 107 metres along strike, 107 metres downdip and varies from 1.5 to 9.8 metres in width.

The mineralogy of the North Star deposit is similar to that of the Dolly Varden West orebody (103P 188), consisting of layers, disseminations and stringers of sphalerite and galena with minor pyrite, chalcopyrite and tetrahedrite and a trace of native silver and pyrargyrite in a gangue of calcite, quartz, siderite and barite. This carbonate-sulphate-sulphide exhalite exhibits pronounced layering and vertical mineral zonation, with a pyrite-rich base and a sphalerite-galena-rich top.

The North Star deposit has seen very limited production from underground workings. In 1919, Alice Arm Silver Mines Co. sent a trial shipment of 24.5 tonnes of unsorted ore grading 1229 grams per tonne silver to the copper smelter at Anyox. In 1921, 77 tonnes of hand-sorted ore grading 754 grams per tonne silver were shipped to the Anyox Smelter.

Combined (proven, probable) reserves at North Star are 127,901 tonnes grading 401.4 grams per tonne silver (George Cross News Letter May 25, 1987). See Torbrit (103P 191) for more details.

In 1990, Dolly Varden Minerals Inc. conducted geological mapping, and diamond drilling on portions of the North Star, Dolly Varden (103P 188) and Torbrit (103P 191) deposits and the V zone (103P 010, 18, 196). The Northstar mine area was tested by eight NQ drillholes totalling 4119 metres. Refer to Dolly Varden for a comprehensive work history of the area and 2015 resource estimates.

In 2010, Dolly Silver Corporation conducted an exploration program on the Dolly Silver property which consisted predominantly of a detailed stream sediment sampling survey with associated geological mapping, prospecting, rock and soil sampling. A total of 81 rock samples, 19 soil samples and 150 stream sediment samples were collected. A concurrent helicopter-borne time domain electromagnetic (VTEM), magnetic and radiometric survey over both the Dolly Silver and Dolly Varden properties was also completed. Flight line spacing was 200 metres over the Dolly Silver property and 100 metres over the Dolly Varden property with a total of 941.7 line kilometres of data collected.

During 2011 through 2013, programs of diamond drilling, totalling 9404.6 metres, underground rehabilitation and channel sampling, geological mapping and rock sampling were performed on the area as apart of the Dolly Varden property.

In 2014, a program of geological mapping, prospecting, geochemical (silt, soil and heavy mineral) sampling, ground and borehole geophysical surveys and diamond drilling, totalling 5280 metres, on the Dolly Varden property. In 2015, a program of geological mapping, prospecting, lithogeochemical rock sampling, soil sampling and ten diamond drill holes, totalling 2037 metres, were completed on the property.

Also at this time a mineral resource estimate for the North Star deposit was reported at 236,000 tonnes indicated grading 262.8 grams per tonne silver and 4800 tonnes inferred grading 223.6 grams per tonne silver, using a 150 grams per tonne silver cut-off grade (Higgs, A.A. (2015-09-30): 2015 Technical Report for the Dolly Varden Property).

In 2016, Dolly Varden Silver Corporation carried out surface mapping and sampling and completed 2311 metres of diamond drilling in 13 holes on the property.

In 2017, Dolly Varden Silver Corporation announced plans for 12,000 metres of diamond drilling at the Dolly Varden silver project. The project consists of the Torbrit (103P 191), Dolly Varden (103P 188), Wolf (103P 198), and North Star deposits. Drilling between the Torbrit and Wolf deposits resulted in a new discovery (Central zone), with results that included 16.10 metres (13.19 metres true thickness) grading 269.0 grams per tonne silver, 0.30 per cent lead and 0.21 per cent zinc. Follow-up drilling confirmed this discovery, returning results of 7.15 metres (6.72 metres true thickness) grading 1180.7 grams per tonne silver, 1.83 per cent lead and 0.26 per cent zinc. Drilling also discovered an eastern fault offset of the Torbrit deposit (Torbrit East, 103P 190), with assays including 13.00 metres (9.96 metres true thickness) grading 244.8 grams per tonne silver, 0.14 per cent lead and 0.09 per cent zinc. Within this interval was 5.00 metres (3.83 metres true thickness) grading 481.9 grams per tonne silver, 0.21 per cent lead and 0.12 per cent zinc (Information Circular 2018-1, page 137).

In 2018, Dolly Varden Silver Corp. completed a program of geological mapping, lithogeochemical sampling and 84 diamond drill holes, totalling 29,134.2 metres, on the Dolly Vardern property.

In 2019, an updated mineral resource estimate for the North Star deposit was reported at 236,000 tonnes indicated grading 262.8 grams per tonne silver and 4800 tonnes inferred grading 223.6 grams per tonne silver, using a 150 grams per tonne silver cut-off grade (Turner, A.J. (2019-05-08): Technical Report and Mineral Resource Update for the Dolly Varden Property).

EMPR AR 1916-79; 1918-57,58; 1919-54; 1920-50; 1921-50; 1922-59; 1928-86; 1930-94,95; *1951-103-105; 1956-20; 1957-8; 1958-7; 1959-8; 1962-10; 1963-12; 1966-42; 1967-41
EMPR ASS RPT 7098, *10042, *20041, *20900, *21562, 32468
EMPR INF CIRC 2018-1, pp. 30,137
EMPR EXPL 1978-238,239; 1980-409
EMPR FIELDWORK 1985, pp. 219-224,327-330; 1988, pp. 233-240; 1990, pp. 235-243; 2000, pp. 313-326; 2001, pp. 177-196; 2005, pp. 1-4
EMPR MAP 8; 65 (1989)
EMPR OF 1986-2; 1992-1; 1994-14; 1998-10
EMPR PF (Dolly Varden Mines Ltd., Cross-section & Plan view of ore body, 1963; Skerl, A.C. (1963): Geology Reports; Mitchell, M.A. (1973): Report; Pearson, W.N. (1986): Geology Report; Dolly Varden Mines Ltd. Prospectus and Annual Reports (in PF - 103P 188))
EMR MIN BULL MR 223 B.C. 309
EMR MP CORPFILE (Torbrit Silver Mines Ltd.; Dolly Varden Mines Ltd.)
GSC MAP 307A; 315A; 1385A
GSC MEM 175, p. 74
GSC SUM RPT 1921, p. 15A
GSC OF 864; 2996; 3453
CMJ Mar.8, 1969, p. 221
GCNL #147, 1970; #135, 1980; #14,#92, 1987; #170(Sept.5), #197(Oct.13),#228, 1989
N MINER Jul.24, Nov.13, 1980; Oct.23, 1989; Apr.29, 2014
W MINER Aug. 1970, pp. 39-42; Jun. 1981, pp. 25,26
PR REL Dolly Varden Silver Corp., Aug.*27, 2015; Nov.*23, 2016
*Devlin, B.D. (1987): Geology and Genesis of the Dolly Varden Silver Camp, Alice Arm Area, Northwestern British Columbia, University of British Columbia M.Sc. Thesis
Higgs, A.A. (2015-03-18): 2015 Technical Report for the Dolly Varden Property
Higgs, A.A. (2015-05-01): Amended 2015 Technical Report for the Dolly Varden Property
*Higgs, A.A. (2015-09-30): 2015 Technical Report for the Dolly Varden Property
*Turner, A.J. (2019-05-08): Technical Report and Mineral Resource Update for the Dolly Varden Property