Axe

Porphyry copper deposit in British Columbia, Canada

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 9620
Alternate names Adonis, Nunakak
Tract name Intermontane Island-Arc Cu-Au (003pCu2002x)
Group name Axe-Primer Group
Included sites Axe adit, Axe mid, Axe south, Axe west; Group includes Axe, Axe South zone, Axe West zone, Primer North zone deposits and Coke, Log, Man, Primer South zone, and Rum prospects.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Canada
State or province British Columbia
Geographic location -120.526126115, 49.652227926
Geologic map unit -120.526126115, 49.652227926
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 205Ma
Age determination method Inferred from U-Pb zircon age for Afton
Age range 205 Ma
Age reference unknown
Minerals bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, 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
Minor commodities Ag, Zn
Tonnage (Mt) 117Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.43%
Mo grade (%) 0.012%
Contained copper 500,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments 12 km SW of Primer.
Study area name British Columbia and Yukon Territory
References MINFILE BC (2009); Pilcher and McDougall (1976); 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/.
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.
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.
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/.