On the Ore-Bearing Structures of the Giant Yellowknife Gold Mine

CIM Bulletin, 1959


The orebodies of the Giant Yellowknife mine occur in zones of schist, in an assemblage of typical Precambrian greenstones which form part of the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt. One of the most interesting problems at the mine concerns the fold-like attitudes assumed by the schist zones. The internal structure of the zones and orebodies provides much evidence of folding. A logical conclusion would be that the zones represent a single horizon which has been folded and drag-folded in the ordinary course of mountain building. However, surface mapping, and correlation of certain marker horizons, in underground work, indicate a homoclinal succession of steeply dipping flows. If this concept of the geology is correct, the zones must cross-cut the regional strike at a small angle and, in the over-all aspect, the regional dip at a large angle. A mechanical interpretation of the zone structure is presented as a suggestion for the present until new evidence is found.
Keywords: anticline, schist, sericite, Shear Zone Yellowknife, syncline, flow, Mine, Mines, North, Ore, Ores, schist, Shafts, Structure