Wonah consists of two mineral claims located in the Fort Steele Mining Division. The property has potential to host a high purity quartzite-type silica deposit similar to the other quartzite deposits of the Mount Wilson Formation in southeastern British Columbia.
Geology & Mineralization
The Wonah property is located in the foreland thrust zone of the Hughes Range of the Rocky Mountains. It covers a sedimentary rock package located between upper Diorite Creek and the Lussier River near its junction with Nicol Creek. Sedimentary rocks which range from Precambrian in the west to Devonian in the east lie with a northerly strike and dip 40°-50° east.
Two westerly dipping thrust faults (Hay, Carter, 1988) are believed to run north-south close to the eastern edge of the Wonah property. These faults are thought to have served as a locus for a number of small Cretaceous monzonitic intrusions which begin at Wildhorse Creek and diminish in size to the north, terminating with the small quartz monzonite intrusion located on the northeast edge of the Wonah claims.
A ridge where steeply dipping Ordovician age Wonah Formation quartzite is exposed over a total strike length of approximately 850 meters was sampled. The Wonah Quartzite forms two lenses- the Central zone, which has been traced for approximately 500 meters, and the South zone, which has been traced 350 meters along strike. The quartzite is a pure white colored, highly competent unit that is 50 meters in width, steeply dipping and trending north-northeast.
A total of 11 rock chip quartzite samples (ID 15WONAH-1 to 11) were taken from the Central and South zones (see press release dated May 30, 2016). Highlights from whole rock geochemical analysis are summarized in the table below:
Average geochemical analysis values from quartzite samples 15WONAH-1 to 15WONAH-11 are reported in the table below: