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Abstract

The Virginia zone is one of several copper-gold mineralized zones in the Copper Mountain camp, located 15 kilometres south of Princeton, British Columbia. Reserves consist of 4.5 million tonnes grading 0.39 per cent copper (Tim Carew, personal communication, 1992) and approximately 0.17 gram gold and 1.49 grams silver per tonne (calculated from median Cu/Au and Cu/Ag ratios in samples within the deposit). This zone has special interest because it contains higher gold grades than other previously or currently mined zones in the camp and because it is in the initial stage of production. As a result, there is currently an opportunity to document the geology of this zone more fully, and to use this information to understand the genetic controls on copper and gold deposition.

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