Axe-Primer Group

Porphyry copper Group in British Columbia, Canada

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 5003
Tract name Intermontane Island-Arc Cu-Au (003pCu2002x)
Group name Axe-Primer Group
Included sites Axe, Axe South zone, Axe West zone, Primer North zone deposits and Coke, Log, Man, Primer South zone, and Rum prospects
Site status Group

Geographic location

Country Canada
State or province British Columbia
Geographic location -120.517, 49.679
Geologic map unit -120.517, 49.679
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 205
Age determination method Inferred from U-Pb zircon age for Afton
Age range 205 Ma
Age reference unknown
Minerals azurite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, magentite, malachite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite
Associated rocks monzonite, diorite, monzonite porphyry, late quartz diorite
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Late Triassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo, Au, Ag
Minor commodities Zn
Tonnage (Mt) 183Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.48%
Mo grade (%) 0.008%
Contained copper 880,000t

Reference information

Comments This group record includes data for the Axe, Axe South zone, Axe West zone, Primer North zone deposits and Coke, Log, Man, Primer South zone, and Rum prospects; as such, the location information has been generalized, and the total weighted average resource data represent the four deposits in the group.
Study area name British Columbia and Yukon Territory
References MINFILE BC (2009); Candorado Operating Co. (2009); DeGrace and others (2008); Pilcher and McDougall (1976);Schroeter and others (2006); Schroeter and others (2007); Singer and others (2008); Sinclair (2007)
Site reference Mihalasky and others (2011, revised 2013)
MINFILE BC, 2009, MINFILE Mineral inventory: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, MINFILE database, total records 12,523, accessed December 2009, at http://minfile.gov.bc.ca/.DeGrace, John; Grant, Brian; Grieve, David; Lefebure, David; Madu, Bruce; Northcote, Bruce; and Wojdak, Paul, 2008, British Columbia mining and mineral exploration overview 2007—British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Information Circular 2008-1, 30 p. (Also available online at http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/MineralExplorationReview/Documents/EX-REVIEW_IC2008-1.pdf.)
Pilcher, S.H., and McDougal, J.J., 1976, Characteristics of some Canadian Cordilleran porphyry prospects: in Sutherland Brown, A., ed., Porphyry deposits of the Canadian Cordillera: The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Special Volume 15, the Charles S. Ney Volume, p. 79–82.
Schroeter, Tom; Cathro, Michael; Grieve, David; Lane, Robert; Pardy, Jamie; and Wojdak, Paul, 2006, British Columbia mining and mineral exploration overview 2005: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Information Circular 2006-1, 20 p.
Schroeter, Tom; Grieve, David; Lane, Robert; Madu, Bruce; Northcote, Bruce; and Wojdak, Paul, 2007, British Columbia mining and mineral exploration overview 2006: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Information Circular 2007-1, 28 p.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.
Sinclair, W.D., 2007, Porphyry Deposits, in Goodfellow, W.D., ed., Mineral deposits of Canada—A synthesis of major deposit-types, district metallogeny, the evolution of geological provinces, and exploration methods: Geological Association of Canada, Mineral Deposits Division, Special Publication no. 5, p. 223–243.