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Kicking Horse, Monarch

British Columbia, Canada

Main commodities: Zn Pb Ag
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The Kicking Horse and Monarch carbonate hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposits are located in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada.   They are hosted by a black dolostone unit of the middle Cambrian Cathedral Formation approximately 130 m above the base of the formation and in proximity to the contact of that 20 m thick black dolostone horizon and the overlying >200 m thick light grey massive to coarse white hydrothermal dolomite.   The deposits are on the south-western margin of the cratonic Western Canada sedimentary basin in the Foreland Thrust Belt of the Rockies.

The several ore zones, which are up to 400 m long, 40 m wide and 6 m thick and plunge gently to the NNW, are localised in small amplitude anticlinal crests.   The mineralisation is a coarsely crystalline white to dark grey sphalerite and galena disseminated in a sparry white dolomite which cements dolostone breccia clasts.   Pyrite ranges from trace to dominant, while minor chalcopyrite has also been noted.   The ore zones occur on either side of and are elongated normal to a deep valley and prior to erosion may have originally been much more continuous and larger.

Historic production between 1912 and 1952 amounted to 0.826 Mt @ 8.6% Zn, 5.6% Pb, 30.4 g/t Ag.

For more detail see the reference(s) listed below.

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 1997.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Symons D T A, Lewchuk M T, Sangster D F  1998 - Laramide orogenic fluid flow into the western Canada sedimentary basin: Evidence from Paleomagnetic dating of the Kicking Horse Mississippi Valley-type ore deposit: in    Econ. Geol.   v93 pp 68-83
Vandeginste V, Swennen R, Gleeson S A, Ellam R M, Osadetz K and Roure F,  2007 - Geochemical constraints on the origin of the Kicking Horse and Monarch Mississippi Valley-type lead-zinc ore deposits, southeast British Columbia, Canada : in    Mineralium Deposita   v42 pp 913-935


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