Geoscience BC Report 2015-13

The Structural Controls of the Kimberley Gold Trend, East Kootenay District, Southeast British Columbia
- M. Seabrook and T. Höy
(parts of 082F and 082G)

Report Components

This data release consists of digitial data files comprised of a set of four maps and the supporting data files from geological mapping and compilation of existing data. Data products are provided as zip files containing pdf, ArcGIS shape files, Geosoft database and grid files, and Excel files. These products can be downloaded by clicking on the below links. Please refer to the report for detailed information on the project objectives and methodology. The report appendices also provide codes for data within the Excel files for soil and rock geochemistry, and for geological structural measurements.

Report Description

It has long been recognized that most known lode gold and placer deposits, as well as base metal deposits, in the southern Purcell Mountains occur in a southwest-trending structural/tectonic corridor that extends from the Western Ranges of the Rocky Mountains to the southern Kootenay Arc (Kanasewich, 1968; Höy, 1982). This zone, referred to as the Kimberley Gold Trend (Thompson, 2010), includes the placer deposits of the Wild Horse and Moyie Rivers, vein and sediment hosted gold deposits in the Northern Hughes Range and along the Perry River drainage, and several vein deposits in the Kidd Creek drainage, including Thea Gold and David.

The objective of this project was to better understand the complex structural, tectonic and possibly stratigraphic controls of gold deposition within this zone. The data products generated from this study can help focus gold exploration on an area that has traditionally been explored for massive sulphide SEDEX mineralization. In addition, the work has presented updated models for known occurrences, as a result of detailed mapping. These results were summarized in a poster at Roundup 2014, and also in a presentation at the Minerals South Conference in 2014.

The lead researchers, M. Seabrook and T. Höy, have spent many years exploring in the east Kootenays, and in particular within the Kimberley Gold Trend. Through their collaboration with active exploration companies within the region, private company data files have generously been made available for this data compilation and for public dissemination.

Suggested Reference

Seabrook, M. and Hoy, T (2015): The Structural Controls of the Kimberley Gold Trend, East Kootenay District, Southeast British Columbia; Geoscience BC Report 2015-13

Additional Links

Posters and Presentations

2013: The SEEK Project: Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays
- Mineral Exploration Roundup Poster (pdf, 40 MB)
2012: Introducing the SEEK Project: Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays
- Mineral Exploration Roundup Poster (pdf, 2.8 MB)
Technical Articles

2015: "Structural controls on the Kimberley gold trend, southeastern British Columbia"
- Summary of Activities 2014, Report 2015-1 p. 73-77 (pdf, 1.0 MB)
2014: "SEEK project update: Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays, southeastern British Columbia"
- Summary of Activities 2013, Report 2014-1 p. 115-118 (pdf, 1.5 MB)
2013: "The SEEK Project: Stimulating Exploration in the East Kootenays, southeastern British Columbia"
- Summary of Activities 2012, Report 2013-1 p. 119-124 (pdf, 2.2 MB)

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