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Highland Valley Copper Mine, Logan Lake, Kamloops Mining Division, British Columbia, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 29' 12'' North , 121° 2' 43'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.48684,-121.04533
Owned/operated by:Teck Resources Limited
Köppen climate type:Dsb : Warm, dry-summer continental climate

The Highland Valley Copper mine is the largest copper mine in Canada. “Operations at Highland Valley began over 20 years ago by predecessor companies. The present operation is a combination of the Lornex mine and mill, the Valley Copper orebody and the Highmont mill” (Teckcominco).

The operation is located about 17 kilometers west of the Town of Logan Lake and about 75 kilometers SW of Kamloops, BC (Min Res).
The mine exploits a low-grade copper molybdenum porphyry, with a granitic host rock and widely scattered chalcopyrite, bornite, and molybdenite as the primary ore minerals (Min Res). The large strip open pit mine is operated chiefly using P&H shovels and Caterpillar trucks (Min Tech). “Sulphides occur chiefly as disseminations in quartz veinlets, and in phyllic (bornite) and potassic (chalcopyrite) alteration zones. Mineralization includes bornite and chalcopyrite, with minor digenite, covellite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, molybdenite, sphalerite, and galena. The oxide zone averages 4.5 metres in thickness, and contains limonite, malachite, pyrolusite, digenite, native copper, and tenorite(?)” (Govt. of BC).

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32 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Early Jurassic - Late Triassic
174.1 - 237 Ma

ID: 685212
Guichon Creek Batholith - Bethsaida Phase

Age: Mesozoic (174.1 - 237 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Guichon Creek Batholith - Bethsaida Phase

Description: Quartz monzonite to granodiorite and slightly younger porphyry dikes and plugs

Comments: P. Schiarizza and B. N. Church, 1996, The Geology of the Thompson-Okanagan Mineral Potential Assessment Region (East Part), OF 1996-20, BCGS

Lithology: Quartz monzonitic intrusive rocks

Reference: B.C. Geological Survey. British Columbia Digital Geology. [3]

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Localities in this Region

  • British Columbia
    • Kamloops Mining Division

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- Fleet, M.E., Seller, M.H., and Pan, Y. (1997) rare earth elements, protoliths and alteration at the Hemlo gold deposit, Ontario, Canada, and comparison with argillic and sericitic alteration in the Highland Valley porphyry district, British Columbia, Canada. Economic Geology: 92: 551-568.
- Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum. “MINFILE Record Summary 0921SW012.” 2006. 3 Sept. 2006.
- Mineral Resources Education Program of British Columbia. “Highland Valley Copper.” June 2006. 3 Sept. 2006.
- Mining Technology. “Teckcominco: Highland Valley Copper Mine, British Columbia, Canada.” 2006. SPG Media Group PLC. 3 Sept. 2006.
- Teckcominco. “Highland Valley Copper Mine, B.C., Canada.” 17 March 2006. Teck Cominco Ltd. 3 Sept. 2006.
- Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C. (2008): Porphyry copper deposits of the world: Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155.

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