The Interrelationship of Regional Metamorphism, Hydrothermal Alteration and Mineralization at the Gibraltar Mines Copper Deposit in B.C.

CIM Bulletin, 1973

A. D. DRUMMOND, Research Geologist, Canex Aerial Exploration Ltd. S. J . TENNANT, Field Supervisor, Canex Aerial Exploration Ltd. R. J. YOUNG, Chief Geologist, Gibraltar Mines Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.

Gibraltar Mines is located on the western slope of Granite Mountain, 230 air miles north of Vancouver, B.C. and 38 miles north of Williams Lake, B.C. There are four mineable zones within the copper-molybdenite deposit: Gibraltar East, Gibraltar West, Pollyanna and Granite Lake. Open-pit reserves are 358 million tons which average 0.37% Cu and 0.016% MoS2 at a 0.25% Cu cut-off. The Granite Mountain pluton is one of the several Jurassic-Cretaceous intrusions which outcrop along the east side of the Fraser River fault system between Williams Lake and Prince George, B.C. The original Granite Mountain quartz diorite has been metamorphosed by a cataclastic deformation which foliated the rock on a regional scale. Attendant to the development of the foliation, the rock was saussuritized such that the present mineralogy is compatible with that of the greenschist facies. The presence of garnet-bearing assemblages is explained by a restricted increase in water pressure. Pre-mineral intrusive phases within the saussuritized quartz diorite are: (1) leucocratic quartz diorite, (2) aplite and (3) quartz-feldspar porphyry. A late chloritized hornblende dacite dyke is post-mineral. Quartz-feldspar porphyry and leucocratic quartz diorite are locally present on the inner sides of the Gibraltar East, Pollyanna and Granite Lake pits. Their presence suggests a core around which occurs an elliptically shaped sulphide-bearing stockwork. The stockwork, which comprises four ages of vein development, is imposed on and partly controlled by the regional foliation of the samssuritized quartz diorite.
Keywords: Diorite, Foliation, foliation, Granite Mountain pluton., porphyry, quartz diorite, Within the Gibraltar East, Granite, Granites, Pluton, Plutons, quartz, Rock, Rocks