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File Created: 05-Jan-1988 by Laura L. Duffett (LLD)
Last Edit:  30-Nov-2020 by Del Ferguson (DF)

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Name KING, TICKER TAPE, NEW, DARWIN Mining Division Liard
BCGS Map 104B075
Status Showing NTS Map 104B14E
Latitude 056º 47' 14'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 131º 00' 52'' Northing 6295520
Easting 376935
Commodities Gold, Silver, Bismuth, Copper, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I02 : Intrusion-related Au pyrrhotite veins
I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

The King showing is situated on the east facing slopes of the Verrett River approximately ten to fifteen kilometres north of the Iskut River.

The area is underlain by Devonian to Permian sedimentary and volcanic rock of the Stikine Assemblage. A stock of Late Devonian McClymont Plutonic Suite intrudes the stratigraphy in the showing area. Intrusive rocks of Triassic to Eocene age also intrude the strata.

The showing is hosted by a granodiorite which has been cut by several mafic dikes. Massive pyrite occurs in the center of the vein and at its margins. Acicular metallic silver crystals (possible stibnite) are intimately associated with visible gold. Minor chalcopyrite, bornite and possible native bismuth also occur in the quartz vein. The vein has a surface exposure of 150 metres and varies in thickness from 0.1 to 1.3 metres. Chip samples indicate a weighted average grade of 34.29 gold over an average vein width of 0.30 metre. Gold values from King Vein intersections in drilling returned 10.08 to 113.66 grams per tonne gold over widths of 40 to 50 centimetres. An up-dip extension of 82 metres to the north was proven by the 1988 drilling, although some discontinuity is apparent.

The Darwin Vein, discovered in 1988, occurs 40 metres vertically below the King Vein, and is very similar in appearance to the King Vein in its vuggy texture and pyrite occurrences. Visible gold was observed in the vein. The Darwin Vein is 33 metres long on surface and varies in thickness from 3 to 13 centimetres. Unlike the King Vein, it is tightly folded and thrusted.

Visible gold and bismuthinite(?) were reported adjacent to sulphide zones, within the King Vein. A grab sample of this mineral assayed 1725 grams per tonne gold and 0.4825 per cent bismuth. A 20 centimetre chip sample taken across the vein and adjacent wall rock assayed 864.0 grams per tonne gold and 122.0 grams per tonne silver. The highest silver value reported from the King Vein was 398.0 grams per tonne silver (Statement of Material Facts #66/88 for Adrian Resources, Aug.5, 1988).

Work History

In 1987, Ticker Tape Resources Ltd conducted and exploration program on a claim group that then consisted of the Ice 1 to 5, 7 and 9 claims as well as Ver 3 and 4, New 7 and 8. The program involved prospecting, geologic mapping and geochemical sampling on New 7 and 8. During this phase the King Vein was discovered with a high grade grab sample value of gold. Seven holes were fanned from a single set up for a total of 408 metres of drilling on the North zone (104B 339), about 400 metres to the northeast.

In 1988, Ticker Tape Resources and Cheryl Resources completed 537.8 meters in four holes from two drill sites on the North zone and five holes totalling 452.8 metres from a single site on the King Vein. A total of 270 soil samples were collected.

The 1990 program of Ticker Tape Resources and Tymar Resources Inc consisted of 292.57 metres in 4 BQ diamond drillholes in the King Vein area and follow-up prospecting and sampling in the Rumble and Cripple Creek areas. The results of the 1990 drilling program were discouraging (Assessment Report 20666).

In 2006, Candev Resource Exploration optioned the claims that contained the King Vein and the North and South zones (Assessment Report 29739). No new exploration work was completed.

In 2009, Garibaldi Resources conducted prospecting and rock sampling in the North zone. The South zone, defined in 1988 by Ticker Tape, was included as part of the North zone. The South zone is about 300 metre southeast of the North zone and 100 metres north of the King Vein (104B 338). Chubby Creek and Bach are mentioned as targets but no work done.

In 2011 Acadia Resources Corp. conducted trenching over three main areas of the King and Darwin oxidized vein systems. These were excavated by drilling and blasting and a total of 77 channel and character samples were collected. Samples consisted of 1.0 or 2.0 metre chip samples from generally oxidized material within the trenched areas. One to two metre chip samples were collected from Trench “H” over an interval of 13 metres and averaged 188.2 grams per tonne silver, 3.21 per cent lead and 6.71 per cent zinc. Individual silver assays ranged from a low of 4.9 grams per tonne (sample H-006) to a high of 944 grams per tonne (sample H-004) with most samples ranging from 100 to 300 grams per tonne (Assessment Report 32926).

In 2015 Garibaldi Resources Corp. collected 43 rock samples to verify results reported in 2011 for Trench “H”, expand the existing trenches to obtain fresher, less-oxidized material and complete detailed sampling of several of the trenches to determine the extent of the high grade silver mineralization and define the geological controls. The verification samples collected from Trench “H” returned an average grade of 294.7 grams per tonne silver, 6.04 per cent lead and 13.35 per cent zinc over a thickness of 6.0 metres within the best mineralized section of the trench. A detailed 0.25 metre sample spacing defined a 0.5 metre section that averaged 782 grams per tonne silver and a 2.00 metre wide section that averaged 564 grams per tonne silver separated by a 2.00 metre wide interval that averaged 64 grams per tonne silver. Trench “A” returned a 5.0 metre width that averaged 98.6 grams per tonne silver, 0.85 per cent lead and 3.55 per cent zinc. Trench “C” returned an 8.0 metre wide interval that averaged 12.5 grams per tonne silver, 0.23 per cent lead and 0.91 per cent zinc. Two samples collected from trench “F” returned a 1.5 metre wide interval that averaged 166 grams per tonne silver with 3.79 per cent lead and 4.84 per cent zinc. Trench “K” returned an average value of 39.5 grams per tonne silver, 0.36 per cent lead and 0.23 per cent zinc over a sample width of 5.5 metres (Assessment Report 35920).

In 2016 two samples of the TT Vein (formerly King Vein) were submitted for coarse gold analysis. The metallic gold analyses returned an average grade of 62.2 grams per tonne gold indicating that approximately 40 per cent of the gold contained in the TT Vein samples that were submitted is too coarse to be assayed by conventional assay methods (Assessment Report 36533).

EMPR ASS RPT 16850, *18129, *20666, 29739, 31374, *32926, 34567, 35920, 36533
EMPR OF 2011-4
EMPR P 2019-01 pp 97-11, 2015-1 pp 41-58, 2015-1 pp 87-101
EMPR PF (*Caufield, D.A., Ikona, C.K., (1987): Geological Report on the New 7 & 8 Mineral Claims, May 1987 in Statement of Material Facts #128/87 for Ticker Tape Resources Ltd., Sept.17, 1987; Statement of Material Facts #66/88 for Adrian Resources, Aug.5, 1988, page 10; Statement of Material Facts #88/89 for Adrian Resources, Dec.8, 1988, p. 9)
GSC MAP 9-1957; 311A; 1418A
GSC P 89-1E, pp. 145-154
CJES 49 PP 1027-1052
GBC RPT 2013-05
GCNL *#166,Aug.29, 1988
Anderson, R.G., (1988): A Paleozoic and Mesozoic Stratigraphic and Plutonic Framework for the Iskut Map area (104B), Northwestern British Columbia, pp. A1-A5, in Geology and Metallogeny of Northwestern British Columbia, Smithers Exploration Group, G.A.C. Cordilleran Section Workshop, October 16-19, 1988
Prime Capital Corporation, Iskut River Gold Camp Poster, July 1988
Nicholson, (2012). Technical Assessment Report on Geological, Geochemical and Trenching Programs carried out at the King Project