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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Precious Metal Enriched Skarns in British Columbia

Paper 1989 - 3

by A.D. Ettlinger and G.E. Ray

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Maps & Appendices (PDF, 13.5MB)


Over 350 skarn occurrences are known to exist in British Columbia and at least 126 are enriched in precious metals. Of these, 49 precious-metal-enriched (PME) skarn deposits have produced a total of 342 tonnes of silver and 95 tonnes of gold, the latter representing approximately 10 per cent of the estimated total world gold production from skarns. Fifty-three per cent of the province's gold production from skarn deposits was won as a primary commodity, but virtually all of the silver was derived as a byproduct, largely from copper and iron mining operations.


The purpose of this paper is to present relevant data on the proven and potential PME skarns in British Columbia and outline their various characteristics, including distribution, mineralogy, geochemistry, geological controls and classification.


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