Blackdome is located in the Clinton Mining Division approximately 120 kilometres southwest of the City of Williams Lake in British Columbia, Canada. The project is comprised of six adjacent land claims covering a total of 3,479 hectares with potential to host multiple large mineralized epithermal gold and silver occurrences. The property is accessed by road to the north and south and by air via helicopter from either Lillooet or Williams Lake.
Proximal mining operations to the project include, The Bralorne Gold Camp to the Southeast which has produced over 4 million ounces of gold and is still currently in operation.New Prosperity to the Northwest has a resource of 5.3 billion pounds of copper and 13.3 million ounces of gold. Newton Lies north of Prosperity and has a 1.6 million ounce resource of gold defined
This area was first explored in the 1980’s when Barrier reef resources staked the land to protect ground highlighted by silt sampling which contained anomalous gold and arsenic. Subsequently, the company carried out their own reconnaissance program which included soil and grab sampling along with some mapping on a 200m by 50m grid. The results showed large areas that contained anomalous gold (90ppb) and rock samples containing up to 2,000 ppb. These soil and rock anomalies were not followed up on until 1987 when the Dil 1 and 2 claims were staked by R. Durfeld of Williams Lake, B.C.
From 1987 to 1989 the area was worked as the DIL mineral claims. This work by way of grid preparation, prospecting, rock sampling and geological mapping which defined the quartz boulder trains with gold values of up to 19,320 ppb gold or 19.3 g/t Au and 35.4 g/t Ag.
Contract prospectors staked the Knight claims which encompassed the Dil 1 and Dil 2 claims on September 25, 1989. They immediately sent a team of prospectors with a mandate to focus their regional work towards the Dil Plateau area after recognizing proximal float trains and scattered boulders of banded, vuggy epithermal-type quartz. The Dil property was thought to have expired at the time of staking, however, assessment work was filed on the last day while Inco personnel were working in the field and this resulted in a large segment of ground being overstaked by the configuration of the Knight claim.
In 1994 R.M Durfield relocated the area of interest and named them the Tante 1-8 mineral claims.In 1996 a Geochemical analysis was performed on nineteen soil samples, collected at 25 metre intervals on three lines. This sampling tested a small area of the east zone as lines 48+50 and 49+00 north and the anomalous soil site as line 52+00 east. Soils were collected as fine poorly developed rusty B-horizon clays between rock fragments at an average depth of .3 metres using a grub hoe. The results returned many anomalous values, greater than 100 ppb gold and up to 3 19 ppb, in this area of mineralized quartz vein float. The highest gold value is on line 52+00 E where there was no quartz vein float noted. The plots for arsenic and antimony suggest elevated values with the higher gold values.
In 2010, an outcrop sample (RHS-Dil-02) of sediments and feldspar porphyry hosting 10- to 15-centimetre wide banded quartz veins with trace to 2 per cent pyrite from the ‘East’ zone assayed 36.39 grams per tonne gold and 10.1 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 31814). Float samples (77908) from the East zone yielded up to 27.81 grams per tonne gold and 0.135 per cent molybdenum, whereas five samples of subcrop from the Legal zone yielded from 1 to 11 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 31814).
ArcPacific Resources Corp. entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Blackdome Property on July 27th, 2020 after staking 5 claims contiguous to the property earlier in the year, bringing the project area to a total of 3,479 Hectares.
The oldest rocks on the claims are grey to black, thinly bedded siltstone, argillite and lesser greywacke of the Lower Cretaceous Taylor Creek Group (Unit Kt). These rocks are pyritic and hornfelsed where intruded by feldspar porphyry dykes. To the west and south the Taylor Creek Group is unconfomably overlain by the Upper Cretaceous Kingsvale Group, consisting of a sedimentay to volcaniclastic assemblage. The dominant structure on the claims are west to northwest trending, steep-angle normal faults which down-drop the Miocene basalts against the older feldspar porphyry dykes and sediments. Weaker, vertical to steep dipping faults and joints were noted on northeasterly and northerly trends. The three quartz veined bedrock locations were controlled by this vertical northeasterly (50 to 60 degree) trend.Gold-silver mineralization identified on the Blackdome property appears to be associated with intrusions that possibly served as a conduit for the hydrothermal mineralization.
About ArcPacific Resources Corp.
ArcPacific Resources Corp. (TSXV: ACP) is a Canadian based exploration company expanding the exploration initiative at multiple historic past producing gold and silver mines in the Timmins Gold Camp, Ontario, and in the Nicola Mining Division in Southern British Columbia. The Company is focused on creating shareholder value through new discoveries and strategic development of its mineral properties. For further information, please visit http://www.arcpacific.ca.