Meter-wide veins and a kilometer-wide anomaly; wall-rock alteration at the Campbell Red Lake and Dickenson gold mines, Red Lake District, Ontario

Abstract The orebodies of the Campbell and Dickenson mines are localized within an anomalously fissile and deformed zone that transects the eastern margin of a dominantly mafic volcanic complex, close to its contact with a synchronously formed sedimentary basin containing clastic and chemical sedimentary rocks. The ore zones are mainly quartz-carbonate fissure veins and siliceous replacement zones formed during deformation and metamorphism, although there are some syn-volcanic ex-halative ore zones in the mines. On a regional scale, the volcanic rocks have been affected by syn-volcanic spilitic alteration which has involved the leaching of Fe, Mg, Au and As from, and the addition of Na and variable amounts of Si to bleached zones enveloping primary permeable structures in the rocks. The leached constituents were deposited on the contemporaneous sea floor as iron-rich chemical sedimentary rocks. Although this alteration is not closely related, spatially, to the ore zones, it is characteristic of the general environment, and may serve to distinguish gold-prospective from gold-barren areas on a mining-camp scale.Closely associated spatially with gold deposits is a zone of feldspar-destructive alteration within which the volcanic rocks are characteristically feldspar-free, enriched in As, Au and to a variable degree in Si, and depleted in Na, Ca and to a variable degree in Mg, Fe andK. The alteration zone is also characterized by abundant, variably transposed, small quartz-dolomite to ferrodolomite veinlets formed during deformation and meta-morphism, and includes, but extends outside of, the anomalously fissile zone hosting the orebodies. The alteration zone is interpreted to have formed syn-volcanicalfy within the upper part of a major submarine hydrothermal discharge zone.A km-wide, 2-km-long anomaly which envelopes the Camp-bell-Dickenson mines, and which is due to feldspar-destructive alteration can be defined by five independent parameters: values of peraluminosity index (mole % Al2O3/CaO + Na2O + K2O) > 2; Au content > 10 ppb; As content > 50ppm; the presence of abundant (> 20%) carbonate-quartz veinlets; and the fact that the carbonate in the veinlets and rocks is dolomite-ferrodolomite, rather than calcite, which is present outside of the alteration zone. This anomalous zone could have been detected in a regional exploration program by outcrop sampling at a density of only 1 sample per km2, and fully defined by sampling at a density of 5-10 samples per km2. Thus, lithogeochemistry may provide a major tool in exploration for Campbell-Dickenson-type gold deposits.
Keywords: Mineral exploration, Mine geology, Alteration, Wall-rock alteration, Campbell Red Lake mine, Dickenson mine, Red Lake district, Gold mines, Hydrothermal alteration, Spilitic alteration, Feldspar-destructive alteration, Lithogeochemistry, Geochemical anomalies, Peraluminosity index.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): S.V. BURR
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: This paper provides a detailed account of longwall face mining at the National Coal Board's Thoresby Colliery in England. It illustrates the actual operations and procedures for installing equipment in a successful longwall operation.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): T.E. WHEATLEY
Keywords: Coal mining, Parkgate seam, Longwall mining, Face mining, National Coal Board, Thoresby Colliery, Powered supports, Conveyors, Roof support.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: The purpose of this paper is to determine the best techno-economic alternative for the treatment of tin ores, when comparing the various mining and metallurgical methods of pre-concentration, concentration, volatilization (fuming) and up to the final stage of selling to the smelter. The study of the influence of the different parameters of cost, recovery and quoted prices has motivated the paper, which aims at determining the best process of ore treatment in terms of its techno-economic...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): JORGE LEMA RATING
Keywords: Metallurgy, Tin ores, Gravity separation, Flotation, Concentration, Smelting, Fuming, Non-ferrous metallurgy.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: The syngenetic and epigenetic mechanics of sedimentation and deformation of coal seams resulted in various types of internal structure, as listed below:TYPE I—massive structure with evenly distributed coal constituencies of integrated mechanical properties. TYPE II—broad-banded structure, with bright and dull coal bands of differential mechanical properties. TYPE III—heterogeneous structure, with sheared coal bands and partings of sectional mechanical properties. TYPE...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): M.L JEREMIC
Keywords: Coal structure, Coal seams, Mechanical stability, Rock mechanics, Sedimentation, Deformation, Density logs, Fractures, Pillar deformation, Strata control.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: The need for grinding mills of ever increasing capacity and greater feed openings has tended toward mill trunnion diameters being beyond the size limits for roller bearings.Hydrodynamic plain bearings need to be wide enough to achieve the necessary bearing pressure in order to obtain an oil film with sufficient carrying capacity at low rotational speeds. This greater width increases edge loading resulting from the deflection of the mill under load.Because of the high surface pressure...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): BO TRYGG, BRIAN MclNTYRE
Keywords: Bearings, Hydrostatic bearings, Shoe bearings, Mills, Trunnions, Grinding mills, Girth rings, Lubrication, Safety devices.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: Full-scale sections of three different types of Grade 483 line pipe have been evaluated extensively. The variations in chemical composition, optical microstructure, tensile properties, hardness and Charpy impact toughness with specimen orientation and location were determined. Significant variations in several properties, notably Charpy shelf energy, impact transition temperature, inclusion content andferrite grain size, were observed for different locations in the pipes. The results indicate...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D.R. BELL
Keywords: Physical metallurgy, Line pipe, Steel, Pipeline steels, Microstructure, Tensile properties, Hardness, Charpy impact toughness, Foothills Pipelines Ltd., Alaska Highway Pipeline
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: Laboratory-scale sulphuric acid leach tests were conducted on Elliot Lake and Rabbit Lake ores in the presence of various oxidants, namely: Fe2(SO4)3, Cl2, H2O2, NaClO3, MnO2, H2SO5, HNO3, Oxone, K2Cr2O7, KMnO4, O3 and O2. Uranium extraction is significantly accelerated when an oxidant is present in the leach slurry. Uranium extraction of 96-99% can be achieved by maintaining the oxidation potential of the leach slurry in the range of 400 to 500 mV (S.H.E.). A rough cost comparison of all the...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): K.E. HAQUE, G.M. RITCEY
Keywords: Hydrometallurgy, Oxidants, Leaching, Uranium ores, Sulphuric acid, Elliot Lake, Rabbit Lake, Acid leaching.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: Extensive deposits of tectonically sheared coal of the Mist Mountain Formation occur in the southeastern Canadian Cordillera. The quality of the coal varies markedly; it is commonly partially oxidized even far from the present weathering horizon and locally has a disproportionately large amount of ash and poor washability characteristics.Oxidation of the sheared coal has been promoted by its fine grain-size and by fractures in adjacent rocks which have facilitated penetration of atmospheric...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): P.M. BUSTIN
Keywords: Coal structure, Shearing, Cordillera, Mist Mountain Formation, Comminution, Eagle Mountain, Tent Mountain, Washability, Coal petrography, Vitrinite reflectance.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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Summary: The Fond-du-Lac uranium deposit is located on the northern rim of the Athabasca Basin. The uranium mineralization is, for the most part, confined to the Athabasca Group, which is underlain by pre-Helikian metamorphic rocks of the Western Craton.The deposit is characterized by a remarkable train of mineralized glacial erratics which led to the original discovery. The mineralization is present as a "high-grade" core and a diffuse "low-grade" aureole. The "high-grade&quo...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): LA. HOMENIUK, R.J. McH. CLARK, R. BONNAR
Keywords: Geology, Uranium deposits, Fond-du-Lac deposit, Athabasca Basin, Boulder trains, Pitchblende, Alteration, Ore genesis, Exploration, Mineralogy.
Issue: 841
Volume: 75
Year: 1982
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