MINERAL INVENTORY FILE NO.
660
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PRODUCT
COPPER
NTS AREA
63K12NW
REF.
CU4
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NAME OF PROPERTY
SCHIST LAKE MINE
OWNER OF OPERATOR ADDRESS
1978-Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited
Flin Flon, MB
OBJECT LOCATED
Showing
MINING DIVISION
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Latitude
5443.18N
Longitude
10149.56’W
Uncertainty (m)
50
UTM Zone
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Easting
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Northing
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L.S./Quarter Section
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Section
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Township
66
Range
29 WPM
DESCRIPTION OF DEPOSIT
The deposit occurs east of Ross Lake on the eastern limb of the anticline. The Aphebian orebodies are found in sericite-carbonate schists, perhaps derived from quartz porphyry in andesite flows. The orebodies are 1 000 feet apart along strike and are controlled by northwest trending shears. The parallel zones dip vertically and plunge at 60. Below 2 000 feet the plunge flattens to 40-50.
The north zone contains three lenses which have maximum lengths of 200 feet along strike and 1 000 feet along plunge. The zone occurs between the 800 and 2 1450 foot level. The four lenses of the south zone are 200 to 400 feet long strike and 1 000 to 2 000 long along plunge. The south zone extends to 3 150 feet from surface. Each zone is 30 to 35 feet wide.
Sphalerite occurs toward the stratigraphic footwall, particularly with pyrite in the north zone. Geological interpretation of published data indicates that massive chalcopyrite and sphalerite occur in the south zone. Disseminated chalcopyrite and sphalerite are reported in the eastern part of the south zone. Chalcopyrite is more prevalent toward the hangingwall of the deposit.
Silver and gold are also extracted. Galena and enargite have been found.
ASSOCIATED MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
Zinc, silver, gold
HISTORY OF EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Schist Lake Mine is located on the northwest arm of Schist Lake, 5.6 km southeast of Flin Flon. The mine is at the end of the road leading south from Channing.
Ryan (23145) was staked by Isidore Dion in 1915. Two years later, it was assigned to Standard Trust Co. Surface work was done on the claim prior to the issuance of Lease 19 in 1919.
A series of assignments then took place:
Date To
Jan. 10, 1928 Flin Flon Mines Limited
Oct. 30, 1928 HBMS
Sept. 14, 1940 Emergency Metals Limited
Dec. 31, 1946 HBMS

The lease was renewed in 1940. Diamond drilling during the winter of 1946-1947 located an orebody of 200 000 to 300 000 tons of unreported grade. The new mine was announced in July 1947. Sinking of a 3-compartment shaft commenced that November. Surface lease 84 was taken out in 1948. By 1950 proven reserves were 270 000. Development ore was stockpiled then shipped to Flin Flon for treatment. A winze was started on the 1100 foot level, 1 300 feet south of the mine shaft. Full production began in august 1954 and reserves were then estimated at 264 000.
Production was suspended in August 1957 to permit deepening of the mains haft. This was completed in 2 281 ft the following year. Haulage was driven towards the winze. An internal shaft was started on the 2 150 foot level in 1961. Lease 19 was renewed for another 21 years. In 1962 the winze began in 1961 was deepened to 3 567 ft. Three new main haulage were opened in the deeper part of the mine.
Reserves as of January 1, 1968 were 413 000 tons grade 5.58% Cu, 6.60% Zn, 1.10 oz. Ag/ton and 0.036 oz. Au/ton according to World Mining (Feb. 1969). In 1961 underground exploration located an additional 100 000 tons of ore averaging 3.8% Cu and 3.3% Zn (HBMS 1969 Annual Report).
An exploratory drift on the 1 850 ft. level was driven beneath Mandy zone. Deeper ore zones at the southern end of the Schist deposit were developed to 3 500 ft. By 1972 the search for new ore had only found a small ore zone “of little importance” in the Schist-Mandy area (HBMS 1972 Annual Report). Salvage mining in 1974 produced less ore than anticipated. Reserves as of January 1, 1974 were reportedly 145 800 tons grading 4.71% Cu, 5.3% Zn, 0.72 oz. Ag/ton (Cranstone et al. 1977). The mine was permanently closed in March 1976 when reserves were exhausted (HBMS 1976 Annual Report).
HISTORY OF PRODUCTION
1951-53 -- Development ore hoisted.
.....1954 -- First year of production.
.....1956 -- Peak production.
.....1975 -- Last year of full production.
.....1976 -- Clean-up. Mine closed in March.

Year .............Tons................ % Cu................. % Zn ..................oz. Au/ton oz..................oz. Ag/ton
1954 .............56,618.............. 5.23..................... 7.00...................... 0.035............................... 1.08
1956 ............154,968............. 3.59..................... 8.00...................... 0.049................................ 1.23
1975.............. 45,303............. 4.10..................... 4.40...................... 0.030................................ 0.80
TOTAL.... 2,015,996............ 4.30..................... 7.25....................... 0.041............................... 1.082

Year .............Tonnes ............% Cu.................. % Zn ...................g. Au/ton .......................g. Ag/ton
1954............. 48,632............. 5.23..................... 7.00 .......................1.20................................. 37.04
1956............ 140,556............. 3.59..................... 8.00....................... 1.68................................. 42.18
1975.............. 41, 090............ 4.10..................... 4.40...................... 1.03................................. 27.43
TOTAL.... 1,828,502............ 4.30..................... 7.25....................... 1.402............................... 37.114
REFERENCES
Bailes, A.H., 1971: Preliminary compilation of the geology of the Snow Lake - Flin Flon - Sherridon area; Manitoba Department of Mines and Natural Resources, Mines Branch, Geological Paper 1/71.
Bruce, E.L., 1918: Amisk-Athapapuskow Lake District; Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 105.
Coates, C.J.A., Quirke, T.T., Bell, C.K., Cranstone, D.A., Campbell, F.H.A., 1972: Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Flin Flon, Lynn Lake and Thompson Areas, Manitoba and the Churchill-Cranstone, D.A. and Hamilton, S.A. 1976: Canadian Reserves of Copper, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, Molybdenum, silver, Gold; Energy, Mines & Resources, MR 166, p. 13.
Davies, F.J., Bannatyne, B.B., Barry, G.S., McCabe, H.R. 1965: Geology and Mineral Resources of Manitoba; Manitoba Mines Branch, p. 73-74.
Douglas, R.W.J., 1970: Geology and Economic Minerals of Canada; Geological Survey of Canada, Economic Geology Report p. 190.
Gale, G.H., Koo, J., Solkoski, L. and Southard, G., 1976: Evaluation of Massive Sulphide Environments; in NREP First Annual Report. Manitoba Mineral Resources Division, Open File Report, 77/1, p. 34-46.
+Howkins, J.B. and Martin, P.L., 1970: a Comparison Between the Flin Flon and Snow Lake Orebodies of Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited; C.I.M.M. Annual Meeting, Unpublished Report.
+Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited, Staff and Stockwell, C.H., 1957: Schist Lake Mine in: Structural Geology of Canadian ore Deposits, Volume II: C.I.M.M., p. 258-261.
Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited, NW 12, 63K; Corporation Files, Manitoba Mineral Resources Division.
McIntosh, J.A. and Cranstone, D.A., 1977: Canadian Reserves of Copper, Nickel, Lead, zinc, Molybdenum, Silver, Gold; Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada, MR 174, p. 13.
Sabina, A.P., 1972: Rocks and Minerals for the Collector, LaRonge-Creighton, Saskatchewan; Flin Flon-Thompson, Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 71-27, p. 39040.
Sangster, D.C. 1972: Isotopic Studies of Ore Leads in the Hanson lake-Flin Flon –Snow Lake Mineral Belt; Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Volume 9, p. 500-513.
Sangster, D.C. 1972: Precambrian Volcanogenic Massive Deposits in Canada: A Review; Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 72-22, p. 7.
MAP REFERENCES
*Map 63K/12W, Schist Lake, (Topographic), Scale: 1:50 000, Surveys & Mapping Branch, Ottawa.
Map 2453G, Athapapuskow Lake, (Aeromagnetic), Scale 1:63 360, Manitoba Mines Branch and Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 71/1, Geological Compilation of the snow Lake-Flin Flon-Sherridon Area (Geological), Scale 1:253 440W; Accompanied Paper by Bailes (1971); Manitoba Mines Branch.
Map 1078A Flin Flon-Mandy (Geological), Scale 1:200; Accompanied Marginal Notes by Stockwell (1960); Geological Survey of Canada.
Map 663A, Schist Lake (Geological) Scale 1:63 360; Accompanied Marginal Notes by Tanton (1941); Geological Survey of Canada.
Maps NW 12, 63K (Claim), 1:31 6380 “Circa 2978” Claim Maps Series, Mining Recording, Manitoba Mineral Resources Division.
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REMARKS
Copper symbols are shown on map 1078A between and along strike of the Schist and Mandy Mines.
Map 633A indicated gold and pyrite showings on a peninsula on the west side of Schist Lake, 8 km south-southwest of the Schist Lake Mine. Nothing more is known about this occurrence.
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Compiled/Revised by:
RM
SMH
Date
6-75
1-78