Gold Cliff Premier

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Au; Cu; Pb; Zn
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; galena; pyrite; pyrrhotite; sphalerite; tetrahedrite
Gangue minerals calcite; quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 56.053
Longitude -130.044
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Location and accuracy The Gold Cliff Premier prospect is at an elevation of about 450-800 feet adjoining the Salmon River at the northeast foot of Mineral Hill (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 16, loc. 60). The original claims lay along both sides of the river, and the property appears to straddle the boundary of sections 23 and 24. The location is probably accurate within a quarter of a mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The country rocks in the area of the prospect are pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group; the Texas Creek Granodiorite, which underlies and locally intrudes the Hazelton; the Eocene Boundary Granodiorite, which intrudes the Hazelton and Texas Creek rocks; and still-younger Tertiary lamprophyre dikes that cut all of these rocks (Smith 1973, 1977; Koch, 1996).
The deposit (Buddington, 1929, p. 90) is in quartzite, tuff and slate cut by Triassic and Eocene porphyritic granodiorite dikes and consists of intensely fractured and pyritized quartzite, and of sheared tuffaceous rock mineralized with a 2.5 foot band of pyrite, quartz, and calcite. Samples of the mineralized band assayed as much as 1 oz Au and 3-4 oz Ag per ton. Elsewhere on the property, there is a narrow stringer of galena, and a 1-inch stringer of sphalerite, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, and pyrrhotite.
Geologic map unit (-130.045704701089, 56.0527055620114)
Mineral deposit model Polymetallic veins (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).
Mineral deposit model number 22c
Alteration of deposit Intense pyritization of country rocks. Hostrock identified as quartzite may represent silicification of pelitic country rock.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration
Prospect was explored by opencuts, probably in the 1920s.
Early assays of samples of pyritized tuffaceous country rock showed as much as 1 oz Au and 3-4 oz Ag per ton.
Indication of production None

Additional comments

Claims originally staked in 1920 and restaked in 1925 (Buddington, 1929, p. 90).

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