Abstract

This study demonstrates how ice-flow history, geochronology, geology, and geophysics may be integrated to enhance the effectiveness of boulder tracing in glaciated regions affected by multiple ice-flow events. Mineralized felsic granitoid boulders (erratics) were discovered 18 years ago on a claim block located 10 km northwest of Little Fort, in the Bonaparte Lake map area (NTS 092P), in south-central British Columbia. Although the boulders have yielded significant gold concentrations (up to 4.15 g/t), their bedrock source is not known. The till near the boulders contains up to 1382 gold grains per 15 kg of bulk material with 75% of the grains having pristine morphology, suggesting a short distance of glacial transport. A U–Pb zircon crystallization age of 198.1 ± 0.5 Ma on one mineralized boulder indicates derivation from an Early Jurassic intrusion. Using a vector addition model based on regional ice-flow patterns, the most recent and detailed bedrock geology map, and recently acquired airborne radiometrics and magnetic data, the northeast sector of the Thuya Batholith (195–205 Ma) is interpreted as the most likely bedrock source of the mineralized boulders.

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