The Black Diamond Property is located in the Purcell Mountains 35 km west-southwest of the community of Invermere, B.C., 5 km east of the historical Mineral King Mine.
The 866 ha property covers approximately 6km of a prominent mineralized structure that has been traced over 12 km with vertical continuity of over 1,000 m and hosts high-grade silver, lead and zinc vein mineralization, with gold values up to 3.2 g/t. The property also has significant potential to host classic manto- or replacement-style ore bodies similar to the nearby Mineral King Mine. The Black Diamond boasts multiple mineral occurrences which appear to be linked by a common structure.
The project is 100% owned by Eagle Plains with a 2% NSR held by Eagle Royalties containing a 1% buy-back clause. Access is by all-weather road with a network of logging and historical roads and trails providing additional access to the individual mineral showings.
- Numerous polymetallic high-grade showings focussed along a major deep-seated structure
- Encouraging exploration to date including multiple high-grade drill intercepts
- Excellent infrastructure – road-accessible with nearby hydro and rail
- Historical past-producer
- Adjacent the Mineral King which produced 1,334,400 t @11% Zn-Pb
The claims cover a mineralized system hosted by the Dutch Creek Formation of the Proterozoic Purcell Supergroup. The Black Diamond Structure is exposed within the Delphine, Toby and Copper Crown Drainages, exhibiting a NNW/SSE strike over 12 km and near-vertical dip. The structure shows evidence of multi-phase silica emplacement suggesting the presence of a large pre-existing structure which became the locus for later mineralization.
Between 1954 and 1967 the nearby Mineral King Mine produced a total of 1,334,400 tons of ore grading 8% Zn and 3% Pb. Other significant historical workings dating back to the late 1800s exist in three areas along the Black Diamond Structure and consist of tunnels, pits and trenches. These areas are Black Diamond and Silver Spray zones. Highlights from individual workings in these zones are as follows:
Black Diamond Project Zones:
Seven adits were driven into the main Black Diamond Structure in the area of the Battleship Zone over an elevation of approximately 570 m. Development at the Battleship Zone itself, an 8 m wide mineralized quartz occurrence, included two small tunnels, a raise and several open cuts. The Battleship Zone was the focus of the Eagle Plains drill program in 1995, see results below.
||Description of Sample
||42 t @ 1280 g/t Ag
||Mined from the Black Diamond Vein 1906-07
||3m @ 93.7 g/t Ag, 9.6% Pb, 5.2% Zn
||28m depth - 1995 EPL drilling
||1m @ 136.8 g/t Ag, 4.5% Pb, 0.29% Zn
||20m depth - 1995 EPL drilling
||2.83m @ 4.3% Pb, 5.1% Zn, 111 g/t Ag
||True thickness 1.58m, starting at 170m - 2012 EPL drilling
||9.8m @ 3.98% Pb/Zn, 49.3 g/t Ag
||Entire mineralized interval, starting at 164m - 2012 EPL drilling
||24m @ 746 g/t Ag, 25% Pb, 5% Zn including 6m @ 1445 g/t Ag
||Exposed vein material in adit
Silver Spray Zone
At the Silver Spray, galena, tetrahedrite, cerussite, sphalerite and copper carbonates occur in a series of vertical, bedding-parallel veins up to 20 cm width. Historical workings include 2 adits approximately 1 km apart.
||Description of Sample
||3.19 g/t Au, 2286 g/t Ag, 2.4% Cu, 44% Pb
||Vein material from adit
||1.28 g/t Au, 2813 g/t Ag, 7% Cu, 25% Pb, 12% Zn
||Vein material from adit
Eagle Plains Exploration
In 1995, a 4-hole - 180 m drill program was conducted along the Black Diamond Vein in the Battleship Quartz Zone. Exploration results above.
In 2004 the area was covered by an airborne geophysical survey which successfully imaged the trace of the Black Diamond Structure, as well as a NE-trending structure.
The 2006 exploration program included prospecting and mapping along the Black Diamond Structure, on the north side of Toby Creek . Mapping defined relatively simple stratigraphy with phyllitic dolomitic siltstone dominant in the valley bottom, transitioning upwards into thicker bedded dolomite at the mid-level workings from 1800 to 2000 m, and finally upwards into quartz rich phyllitic siltstone and massive quartzite exposed in the upper working at around the 2250 m elevation. The mapping was also successful as a first pass ground-truthing of the 2004 airborne geophysical survey.
Compilation of the 2006, 2004 and 1995 data has allowed a refinement of the location of the Black Diamond mineralized structure and can tentatively be used to interpret a NNW trending anticline/syncline couplet with wavelength of approximately 350 m. Relationships between the Black Diamond Fault and folding remain uncertain.
2012 Field Program
In June 2012, a 2 hole - 400m drill program was carried out to further test the Black Diamond Structure. Exploration results above.
Subsequent to the 2012 drill program a field program was conducted to assess the Silver Spray Zone and the trace of the Black Diamond Structure.
- Silt and soil sampling, mapping and prospecting along the inferred trace of the Black Diamond fault zone to locate new mineralization and identify potential structural traps for ore-bearing fluids
- Comprehensive data compilation to identify targets for diamond-drill testing of both the main structure and historic mineral occurrences
At the Black Diamond Property a number of high-grade precious- and base-metal showings appear to be related to a common district-scale structure. The current Eagle Plains tenure holdings consolidate many of these occurrences.
Eagle Plains - A Project Generator
Eagle Plains Resources is a project generator with mineral exploration properties of merit that meet qualifying transaction requirements. While the Black Diamond is not a project of merit, it is available for option to joint-venture partners. We facilitate the listing process for capital pool companies and initial public offerings while providing technical expertise for exploration programs. Companies interested in co-operatively exploring any of these projects please contact: Tim Termuende at email@example.com or Mike Labach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 866 Hunt Ore (486-8673).
Updated June 8, 2023