The Property is underlain by lower Paleozoic (Cambrian to Devonian) volcanic and sedimentary strata of the Lardeau Group that extends for at least 250 kilometres along the Kootenay Arc (Read, 1976).
Gold mineralization on the Goldsmith Property appears to be contained predominantly within quartz veins and stockworks. Historic workings on the Property occur in areas with numerous quartz veins. These veins average about 50 centimetres in width, although in several instances veins of 1 to 2 metres or more have been observed. Within the larger quartz veins, there appears to be two distinct gold mineralizing events with two different vein orientations. The “foliaform” quartz veins often contain galena and occasionally other base metal values associated with gold grades, while “cross-cutting” quartz veins generally have arsenopyrite associated with the gold values.
Also of importance in the area of the historic workings, are numerous narrow (1 to 10 centimetre) quartz veins of various orientations. From sampling conducted to date, it appears that in some instances gold grades within the larger veins increases where these veins are intersected by the smaller veins (Dandy, 2006).
The historic workings (Bullock, Swede/Goldsmith and Crown King) on the Goldsmith Property were discovered and worked between 1900 and 1930
Linda Dandy, P.Geo., Box 95, Atlin, BC, V0W 1A0