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Placer deposits, Similkameen River, Princeton, Similkameen Mining Division, British Columbia, Canadai
Regional Level Types
Placer depositsGroup of Deposits
Similkameen RiverRiver
Princeton- not defined -
Similkameen Mining DivisionDivision
British ColumbiaProvince
CanadaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
49° 30' North , 121° 0' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Group of Deposits
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Yale186 (2011)31.8km
Hope4,598 (2016)34.5km
Princeton2,706 (2008)35.6km


A PGM placer occurrence located in the Similkameen River about 15 km above its confluence with the Tulameen River near the town of Princeton.
Several large pieces of Platinum have been found here.

GPS coordinates are approximate.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


9 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1687-1710.
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1687-1710.
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1687-1710.
Irarsite
Formula: (Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Iridium
Formula: (Ir,Os,Ru)
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Isoferroplatinum
Formula: Pt3Fe
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Platinum
Formula: Pt
Reference: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/PLATINUM-1-gram-30-sm-NUGGET-s-15-5grains-P-536_W0QQitemZ320187807249QQihZ011QQcategoryZ3360QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Description: Corroded crystals present in heavy fraction of alluvium.
Reference: Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1687-1710.
Tetraferroplatinum
Formula: PtFe
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Tulameenite (TL)
Formula: Pt2CuFe
Type Locality:
Description: At both type localities, the Similkameen River and Tulameen River, tulameenite is found in placer deposits derived from the weathering of the Late Triassic Tulameen zoned ultramafic complex. Tulameenite occurs as minute, white metallic grains, associated with chalcopyrite, chromite, magnetite, almandine, spessartine, hematite, zircon, ilmenite, gold, isoferroplatinum and Pt-Fe alloys.
Reference: CABRI, L.J., OWENS, D.R. & LAFLAMME, J.H.G. (1973): Tulameenite, a new platinum B iron B copper mineral from placers in the Tulameen River area, British Columbia. Canadian Mineralogist 12, 21-25.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Iridium1.AF.10(Ir,Os,Ru)
Isoferroplatinum1.AG.35Pt3Fe
Platinum1.AF.10Pt
Tetraferroplatinum1.AG.40PtFe
Tulameenite (TL)1.AG.40Pt2CuFe
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Irarsite2.EB.25(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Platinum Group Metals and Alloys
Iridium1.2.1.2(Ir,Os,Ru)
Isoferroplatinum1.2.5.1Pt3Fe
Platinum1.2.1.1Pt
Tetraferroplatinum1.2.4.1PtFe
Tulameenite (TL)1.2.4.2Pt2CuFe
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Irarsite2.12.3.7(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
SiSilicon
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe TulameenitePt2CuFe
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
Fe TetraferroplatinumPtFe
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
CuCopper
Cu TulameenitePt2CuFe
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
AsArsenic
As Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
RuRuthenium
Ru Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
RhRhodium
Rh Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
IrIridium
Ir Iridium(Ir,Os,Ru)
Ir Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS
PtPlatinum
Pt TulameenitePt2CuFe
Pt PlatinumPt
Pt IsoferroplatinumPt3Fe
Pt TetraferroplatinumPtFe
Pt Irarsite(Ir,Ru,Rh,Pt)AsS

References

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CABRI, L.J., OWENS, D.R. & LAFLAMME, J.H.G. (1973): Tulameenite, a new platinum B iron B copper mineral from placers in the Tulameen River area, British Columbia. Canadian Mineralogist 12, 21-25.
Barkov, A.Y., Fleet, M.E., Nixon, G.T., and Levson, V.M. (2005) Platinum-group minerals from five placer deposits in British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1687-1710.

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