MINERAL INVENTORY FILE NO.
1047
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PRODUCT
Copper
NTS AREA
63K16SE
REF.
Cu06
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NAME OF PROPERTY
Photo Lake
OWNER OF OPERATOR ADDRESS
1994 Hudson Bay Mining and
Smelting Co. Ltd.
1906-201 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3K6
OBJECT LOCATED
Mine Shaft
MINING DIVISION
The Pas
Latitude
5451'35
Longitude
10006'10
Uncertainty (m)
300
UTM Zone
14U
Easting
429300
Northing
6079700
L.S./Quarter Section
13
Section
2
Township
68
Range
18WPM
DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSIT
The Photo Lake Cu-Zn-Au-Ag-Pb volcanogenic, base metal, massive sulphide deposit is located 6-km southwest of Snow Lake. The deposit occurs in the southeastern Flin Flon greenstone belt and is hosted by rhyodacite/rhyolite, which forms part of the mature arc section of the Snow Lake arc assemblage (Bailes, 1997). This unit consists of a monotonous sequence of relatively uniform felsic volcanic rocks and derived gneisses (Bailes, 1997).
Mineralization occurs as three distinct lenses, the first lens is dominantly Zn-rich at depth, but becomes Cu-rich in the upper levels. The second lens is also Zn-rich, but the third lens is uneconomic and undeveloped. The sulphide mineralization of these lenses has an overall east-west strike; 40 to 60 north dip and a 40 to 45 northeast plunge (Fedikow, 1999).
ASSOCIATED MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
Zinc (Zn), Gold (Au), and Silver (Ag).
HISTORY OF EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Photo Lake deposit was discovered in 1994, as a result of a diamond-drill testing of an airborne-electromagnetic anomaly found by SpecTrem Air, on behalf of the Hudson Bay Exploration and Development Co. Ltd. (HBED). Reserves were outlined to 533 600 tonnes grading 4.5% Cu, 6% Zn, and 4.7 g/t Au.
HBED began development of the mine in 1995, with a 140-m decline from the surface, and a single raise to surface serving as both an airway and an escapeway. A driverless, trackless, optical tracking system for guiding haulage trucks was installed, and resulted in a production of 500 tonnes per day, when the mine opened for commercial production in late 1995. Ore was mined using a cut-and-fill method, stopes were backfilled with waste rock. Ore, crushed on site, was sent to the Snow Lake mill for processing resulting in a 95% recovery rate (Whyte, 1995).
Until 1998 the mine workings were accessible, this, combined with the small size of the deposit, led to several geologic investigations (Bailes, 1996, 1997, Fedikow, 1999) on the assemblage that hosted the deposit. The area was ideal for establishing methodologies for undertaking similar projects in the Flin Flon and Snow Lake areas (Heine and Prouse, 1998).
Photo Lake completed mining in September 1998, but stockpiled ore continued to feed the Stall Lake mill until November 1998 (Heine and Prouse, 1998).
In 2000, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. (HBMS) began a development program for the nearby Chisel North deposit (See: Mind No. 1046). The program involved driving a decline from Photo Lake’s 140-m level to the Chisel North orebody. The Photo Lake infrastructure is currently being used to truck ore out of the Chisel North deposit.
HISTORY OF PRODUCTION
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REFERENCES
Bailes, A.H. 1996: Setting of Cu-Zn-Au mineralization at Photo Lake (Part of 63K/16SE); in Manitoba Energy and Mines, Minerals Division, Report of Activities, 1996, p. 66-74.

Bailes, A.H. 1997: Geochemistry of Paleoproterozoic volcanic rocks in the Photo Lake area, Flin Flon belt (Part of NTS 63K/16); in Manitoba Energy and Mines, Minerals Division, Report of Activities, 1997, p. 61-72.

Fedikow, M.A.F. 1999: Vertical Zonation of Elements in Glaciofluvial Sands and Gravels Overlying the Photo Lake Cu-Zn Massive Sulphide Type Deposit (Snow Lake Area): Preliminary Results of a Mobile Metal Ion Process Survey; Manitoba Energy and Mines, p. 1-2.

Heine, T.H., and Prouse, D. 1998: Photo Lake Mine Project (NTS 63K/16SE); in Manitoba Energy and Mines, Geological Services, Report of Activities, 1998, p. 23-24.

Whyte, J. 1995: Photo Lake leaves Snow Lake smiling; Northern Miner, October 9, 1995.
MAP REFERENCES
Bailes, A.H., Simms, D. Galley, A.G. and Young, J. 1997: Geologic Setting of the Photo Lake Massive Sulphide Deposit, Snow Lake, Manitoba (Part of 63K/16SE); Manitoba Energy and Mines, OFR 97-95, geological map, scale 1:5000.

Surveys and Mapping Branch 1985: 63 K/16, File Lake; Surveys and Mapping Branch, Ottawa, topographic map, scale 1:50 000.
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REMARKS
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NOTES
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Compiled/Revised by:
JJJ
Date
08-02