Prospecting and mapping of the Amelia Gold property has started, with the aim of generating new targets for trenching and drilling that will be used for permitting for drilling later this season. Field work involves detailed prospecting and mapping to evaluate all the known and unrecorded mineral occurrences and seek out new mineralization. The majority of the Amelia Property is under-explored by modern methods, and there is excellent potential to define gold resources on the Cariboo-Amelia vein below the historical mine workings and along strike of the historic mining area. Aside from the main Cariboo-Amelia vein, there are parallel vein structures that have not been adequately examined or evaluated. There are also other near surface targets that can be tested using geochemistry and trenching. Exploration drilling will be designed to define and outline mineral resources near-surface initially, then test below the historical mine workings, and finally test along strike and parallel to the Cariboo-Amelia vein. Geochemical surveys will be done to the west of the past surveys to identify new targets.
There is even a possibility of finding lost gold bars! (see “Lost Bonanzas of Western Canada”, Garnet Basque, ed., 2006).
The claim group is easily accessible by a network of paved and all-weather gravel roads. The area has exceptional infrastructure available to enhance the rapid development of mineral deposits, including natural gas pipelines and high-voltage hydroelectric transmission lines that cross the property.
The Amelia Gold Property has a long history of mining and exploration dating back to the late 1800’s. The general area, originally known as Camp McKinney, is host to fifteen known polymetallic and precious metal quartz vein, skarn and placer mineral occurrences on the property. The Cariboo-Amelia produced 124,452 tonnes ore, of which 112,254 tonnes was milled on-site for recovery of 81,602 ounces of gold, 32,439 ounces of silver, 113,302 pounds of lead and 198,140 pounds of zinc. The average recovered gold grade was 24.68 grams per tonne gold. The historical record of the property is summarized below.
1860 Placer gold and platinum were discovered in Rock Creek and its tributaries in 1860. Lode gold was discovered in the area in 1884. The Cariboo vein was discovered and initially developed in 1887, and a 10-stamp mill was erected.
1894-1897 Shafts and workings were developed on parallel veins discovered at Anarchist, Kamloops vein and Big Bug.
1898 – 1903 Cariboo-Amelia Mine milling capacity was increased by an additional 10 stamps. The mine consisted of seven levels, a 110-meter vertical shaft and a 165-meter winze.
1898 – 1999 The Pandre vein was discovered and initial mining was completed on the property. Several shafts, pits and trenches traced the vein for 640 meters.
1899 A 53-meter shaft with 3 levels was completed on the Sailor vein.
1900 A 5-stamp mill was erected and ran for three weeks at the Minnie Ha-Ha claim.
1934 5 diamond drill holes were done to explore the western extension of the Cariboo vein.
1935 The Gold Hill vein was developed.
1939 Pioneer Gold Mines optioned the Cariboo-Amelia Mine and dewatered it, drilled 3 underground holes and 8 surface diamond drill holes to explore the eastern extension of the Cariboo vein.
1940 Pillars and stope remnants above the Tunnel Level were mined at the Cariboo-Amelia Mine. Development work was done on the Wiarton vein.
1942 – 1946 The Cariboo-Amelia Mine was dewatered to No. 2 Level and pillars mined.
1957 The eastern fault extension of the Cariboo vein was located by surface diamond drilling.
1958 The Cariboo-Amelia Mine was dewatered the mine and a 73-meter crosscut was driven and 18 meters drifted on the eastern vein.
1961 A new shaft (152 meters) and No. 5 and No. 6 Levels were developed at the Cariboo-Amelia Mine.
1962 No. 6 Level of the Cariboo-Amelia Mine was extended to the east. Diamond drilling did not locate additional ore.
1980 to 1986 Geophysical and geochemical surveys were competed over the Sailor and Minnie Ha-Ha claims, and 4 diamond drill holes were completed on the Anarchist claim, and geological and geophysical surveys, trenching and rock sampling were done at the Cariboo-Amelia mine
1987 A surface-drilling program (600 meters) was done at the Cariboo-Amelia Mine to locate the eastern extension of the Cariboo vein. The program discovered a vein on the Wiarton crown grant.
2002 – 2003 Biogeochemical bark surveys were done south and east of the Cariboo-Amelia Mine encompassing the eastern extension of the Minnie-Ha-Ha vein. Anomalies were generated and tested by trenching.
Geologically, the Amelia Gold Property is underlain by interbedded Carboniferous to Permian age Anarchist Group metasediments including calcareous and argillaceous quartzite, greywacke, limestone and locally micaceous quartzite and calcareous biotite schist with minor associated metavolcanics. An ultramafic lens is also exposed nearby. Granite and granodiorite of the Middle Jurassic age Nelson intrusions have intruded the Anarchist Group to the west and south as small stocks and plugs. The quartz veins on the Amelia property have structural and textural similarities to mesothermal veins, which typically have great vertical extents. Given the regional distribution of extensional structures and epithermal mineral deposits, there is also a possibility of epithermal mineralization in the area.
The Cariboo-Amelia mineral deposit system is defined by a number of different gold-bearing quartz veins that are scattered throughout the property and nearby claims. In general, the ore deposit strikes east-west with sub-vertical to steep southerly dips. The mineralized system has a complex deformational history with a number of different generations of extensional block-faults that cut and offset the vein.
The figure below is a longitudinal vertical section from the historical records of the Cariboo-Amelia mine showing new drill target areas.
Readers are cautioned that historical records referred to in this News Release have been examined but not verified by a Qualified Person. Further work is required to verify that historical records referred to in this News Release are accurate.
Dr. Mathew Ball, P.Geo., VP Exploration for Ximen Mining Corp. and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, approved the technical information contained in this News Release.
Ximen Mining Corp. owns 100% interest in three of its precious metal projects located in southern BC. Ximen`s two Gold projects The Amelia Gold Mine and The Brett Epithermal Gold Project. Ximen also owns the Treasure Mountain Silver Project adjacent to the past producing Huldra Silver Mine. Currently, the Treasure Mountain Silver Project is under a option agreement. The option partner is making annual staged cash and stocks payments as well as funding the development of the project. The company has recently acquired control of the Kenville Gold mine near Nelson British Columbia which comes with surface and underground rights, buildings and equipment.
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