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Dolo One Claim

INTRODUCTION

LOCATION and ACCESS

CLAIM STATUS

HISTORY

REGIONAL GEOLOGY

PROPERTY GEOLOGY

CONCLUSIONS and RECOMMENDATIONS

COST ESTIMATE of FUTURE WORK

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

Appendix I Statement of Qualifications

Appendix II Statement of Expenditures

INTRODUCTION

The Frederick arm area lies about 50 km northeast of Campbell River, B.C. and includes parts of the B.C. mainland and Discovery Islands as well as Vancouver Island. The area lies at the northeastern end of the Vancouver Island Ranges and is characterized by fairly rugged topography with fault-line scarps and fault-controlled valleys accentuated by glaciation. The Dolo One Claim straddles the west side of the Coast Plutonic Complex.

The oldest rocks in the Frederick Arm Area belong to the Paleozoic Alexander Terrain, which contain volcanic and sedimentary units ranging from Middle Devonian to Early Permian age.

Northern Vancouver Island and adjacent Mainland has a complex structural history with frequent rejuvenation of previous structures. All Paleozoic rocks are affected by a series of southeast trending, upright to overturned, southwest-verging folds.

On the Dolo One Claim a band of limestone and dolomite, 300 metres wide enclosed in granitic rocks, extends northwestward up the side of Treble Mountain for at least 800 metres from the shore of Frederick arm. The carbonate sequence strikes 125º and dip vertically. The beds are cut by fine-grained dikes. The band is composed mainly of bluish grey, fine-grained limestone containing a few beds of orange-buff weathering white to yellowish-white dolomite.

The dolomite and limestone prospects of the Dolo One Mineral Claims could possibly be developed to produce various products and by-products, starting with single stage crushing and screening of the dolomite to produce construction aggregates for the local market. With the addition of grinding and packaging facilities, the dolomite could yield fillers and fertilizers for more regional markets. Further potentials include products for the national and international markets, such as dead burned dolomite for refractory brick manufacturing, calcined dolomite and caustic calcined magnesia (periclase) for the refractory industry, which would yield quicklime, hydrated lime and magnesia as by-products used by the pulp and paper industry. Finally, magnesium metal could be produced, using either one of the ferrosilicon processes (Pidgeon process or Magnetherm Process) or one of the magnesium chloride processes (Kaiser or Dow).

It is envisaged that, if sufficient reserves are defined, then primary crushing and screening would be carried out at the future quarry site, the crushed material would then be conveyed to the prospective barge loading facility for shipment to customers or distributors, or the plant site for secondary crushing and further treatment.

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LOCATION and ACCESS

The area covered by the Dolo One Claim is situated 15 km northeast of the launch facility at Rock Bay. Rock Bay is 38 km north of Campbell River on the Island Highway and 12 km east along the Rock Bay Forest Service Road to tidewater.

The Dolo One Claim is at the south end of the peninsula between Phillips Arm and Frederick Arm at the east end of Nodales Channel. This is about midway between Bute and Knight Inlets. The claim is on the mainland but fronts onto East Thurlow and Sonora Islands.

An active fish farm is anchored along the northern part of the carbonate sequence.

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CLAIM STATUS

The Dolo One Mineral Claim is listed on Table I and shown on Figure 3.

TABLE I

List of Claims

 

Claim Name

Tenure #

Size

Units

Date Located

* Current Anniversary Date

Owner

 

Dolo One

372421

3Sx3W

9

October 9, 1999

October 9, 2003

J.T. Shearer & D. Stelling

 
   

Total 9 units

     

* with application of Assessment work documented in this report.

Mineral title is acquired in British Columbia via the Mineral Act and regulations, which require approved assessment work to be filed each year in the amount of $100 per unit per year for the first three years and then $200 per unit per year thereafter to keep the claim in good standing.

Under the present status of mineral claims in British Columbia, the consideration of industrial minerals requires careful designation of the products end use. An industrial mineral is a rock or naturally occurring substance that can be mined and processed for its unique qualities and used for industrial purposes (as defined in the Mineral Tenure Act). It does not include "Quarry Resources". Quarry Resources includes earth, soil, marl, peat, sand and gravel, and rock, rip-rap and stone products that are used for construction purposes (as defined in the Land Act). Construction means the use of rock or other natural substances for roads, buildings, berms, breakwaters, runways, rip-rap and fills and includes crushed rock. Dimension stone means any rock or stone product that is cut or split on two or more sides, but does not include crushed rock.

The north part of the Dolo One Claim is taken up by two crown grants (Lot 318 and Lot 290). The southeast tip of the peninsula is covered by reverted crown grants Lot 328 and 329. This leaves a strike length of about 600 metres between the shoreline and Lot 318 of the orange weathering carbonate unit.

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HISTORY

The gold-silver showings (the Blue Bells Group) were discovered in the 1890's with initial work being carried out by the Franklin Arm Mining Co. Ltd. in 1898. In 1902, a trial shipment of 15 tons was made to the smelter at Tacoma, Washington, having a value of $13.50 per ton in gold and silver at 1902 prices.

The Ladysmith Smelting Corporation ltd. acquired the property in 1918 to use the quartz as flux. The surface cuts and adits were reopened and extended, but all work ceased in 1921 when the smelter permanently closed.

Quebec Gold Mining Corp. acquired the property as shown by company maps sometime after 1918. However, all available maps are undated.

O'Grady (1936) states that two men undertook trenching on quartz veins or lenses in the lower limestone. There was no further recorded work done on the property until 1981 when the Amalgamated Mining and Development Corporation an exploration program consisting of soil geochemistry and sampling of the old underground workings (Brownlee, 1982).

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REGIONAL GEOLOGY

The Coast Plutonic Complex is a long narrow belt of plutonic and metamorphic rocks extending from northern Washington through the Coast Mountains of western British Columbia into southeast Alaska and Yukon Territory, Roddick and Hutchison (1972 and 1974) and Hutchison (1970) summarized the geology of the southern half of this belt and provided numerous references. The belt consists largely of intermediate and basic (locally migmatitic) discrete and coalescing plutons, bodies of gneiss and migmatites, and pendants of metamorphosed sediments and volcanics. Between latitudes 52º and 55º N a complex of migmatites, gneiss and plutonic rock (the Central Gneiss Complex) forms the core of the Coast Plutonic Complex and may represent the oldest and most deeply exhumed rocks in the belt. The strata flanking the Coast Mountains are dominantly Mesozoic volcanic and sedimentary rocks, with minor Paleozoic material, which have been intruded by Mesozoic and Tertiary granitoid plutons.

The Coast Plutonic Complex has a pronounced asymmetry. Diorite and dioritic migmatites are most abundant in the western part of the belt; granodiorite and quartz monzonite are more plentiful to the east. Metamorphic grade of the stratified rocks increases from the greenschist facies in the western part of the belt to amphibolite (locally granulite) facies in the central and east-central parts.

An inspection of the regional geology map, Figure 6 (Roddick 1980, O.F. 480), shows several elongate, fault-bounded slices of metasedimentary rocks sandwiched between diverse separate plutons of the Coast Plutonic Complex. To the northwest of the Dolo Claim is the series of gold-silver properties of the Alexandria-Dorotha Morton stretching from Fanny Bay on Phillips Arm to Duncan Point on Knight Inlet, a distance of over 30 km.

The Alexandria mine consists of extensive workings, which include five or more portals on the western shore of Phillips Arm. The main mine workings date back to 1989 with extensions and improvements since that time by various owners. Production in 1939 and 1940 totals 1694 tonnes, yielding 40,580 grams of silver, 2,239 grams of gold and 1,761 kilograms of copper.

The mine straddles the sheared contact between diorite to the southwest and metamorphosed rocks to the northeast. The shear zone dips approximately 75º to the southwest and locally truncates the contact. It can be traced from the Alexandria through the Enid-Julie (092K 024) and Doratha Morton (092K 023) and on to the Commonwealth (092K 025) occurrences respectively.

The workings explore the highly silicified and quartz-veined shear zone. Pyrite and minor chalcopyrite within the quartz veins are known to carry high gold and silver values. The best intersections from underground drillings re 1.0 metre grading 11.0 grams per tonne, 1.15 metres grading 6.45 grams per tonne and 0.82 metre grading 5.0 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 14466).

Drill indicated reserves are 25,600 tonnes grading 10 grams per tonne gold (Exploration in British Columbia 1986, page C274).

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PROPERTY GEOLOGY

The property is mainly underlain by a Mesozoic roof pendant consisting of metamorphosed sedimentary rocks within the Paleozoic granitic units of the Coast Range Batholith.

At lower elevations on the property the sediments consist mainly of massive grey limestones locally metamorphosed to a clean white crystalline marble and infrequently there is some minor pyrite skarn. There is some minor interbedded argillite.

At higher elevations on the property argillite becomes predominant. The contact with the intrusive is ill defined and often appears to be gradational. The argillite is generally weakly to strongly hornfelsed with a corresponding increase in biotite and chlorite content.

The intrusive phase on the property is a fine grained to medium grained granodiorite. Near the contact this becomes very fine grained and biotite rich.

Mineralization on the Crown Grants is reported to be characterized by weak to strong silicification in a north south trending at least 150 metres long and 50 metres wide dipping 70º-80º westerly (Brownlee, 1982).

The rocks identified in Brownlee (1982) were subdivided into five units based on degree of silicification and hornfelsing. Units 1 and 2 are unsilicified argillites weakly to strongly hornfelsed, respectively. Unit 3 is weakly silicified hornfels, while unit 4 is a strongly silicified hornfels or impure quartz. Unit 5 is a mainly pure bull quartz.

The contacts between these units, particularly where seen underground (Brownlee, 1982) are often shear or fracture controlled, although gradational contacts are common especially in the more silicified units. The quartz bodies are commonly cut and truncated by shear zones, which limit their continuity.

Mapping and prospecting in 1999 and 200 were mainly focussed on the lower elevations carbonate sequence (figure 7, in pocket). The grey weathering limestone is mainly a chalky light grey colour on fresh surfaces. Numerous narrow, fine-grained igneous dykes have intruded the grey weathering section. Some sections up to 2m thick weather a light tan colour. However, much of the grey weathering section is composed of dark grey limestone.

Karst solution features are widespread in the uplands along strike from the grey weathering carbonate on shore. Distinctive knolls were found to be irregular silicified zones and quartz veins within the carbonate section. This is likely near the probable location of the Minfile locality (92K 027) Sunbeam. The mineralization at the sunbeam is reported (MMAR 192, page 254) to occur a gold-bearing quartz veins with a strike of 325º dipping 80º southwest consisting of some free gold as well as gold values associated with pyrite and arsenopyrite.

The most promising dolomite zone is exposed approximately 800 metres south of the LCP for the Dolo One Claim along the shoreline. The horizon consists of tan to buff-orange weathering white limestone 7 metres thick, which sample #4 assayed only 8% MgO and 5% SiO2. This area also contained minor grey weathering limestone intruded by narrow dykes and irregular dyke "pods" exhibiting isoclinal folding. Sampling by government workers (Gouge, 1944) report results of 17.94% MgO and 2.6% SiO2 over 3.7m.

Some of the grey weathering carbonate has rusty fractures with a distinct bluish colour to the fine-grained siliceous groundmass.

The orange to buff weathering carbonate is, in places, finely to delicately laminated with siliceous laminae alternating with recessive layers. The buff weathering carbonate horizon is relatively coarsely crystalline with grains up t0 8mm in length. Trace amounts of anhedral pyrite pinheads up to 0.5mm were observed.

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CONCLUSIONS

The known dolomite zones covered by the Dolo One Mineral Claim have been known for some time. Assays by government workers indicate up to 18% MgO however, silica is relatively high at 2.6% (Gouge, 1944).

Most of the limestone production currently mined in British Columbia originates from Texada Island. The Triassic Quatsino Formation on Texada Island contains the most significant limestone resources situated on or near tidewater along the British Columbia coast.

In the Dolo One Claim Area, the carbonate formations have been intruded by the Coast Plutonic Complex, which has led to the creation of high purity, high calcium limestones and also extensive high purity dolomite units.

Prospecting in 1999 and 2000 in the central part of the Dolo One Claim has shown that the carbonate horizons do indeed continue to the northwest toward Treble Mountain and contain elevated MgO content.

Future work should emphasize a Phase I prospecting and geological mapping, all rocks collected should be assayed and several soil lines in which the soil samples are assayed for Mg, Ca, As, Ag, and Au. A Phase II trenching and diamond drilling are recommended as a follow-up if Phase I results are sufficiently encouraging.

Respectfully submitted,

J.T. Shearer, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Consulting Geologist

December 15, 2000

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Cost Estimate for Future Work Dolo One Claim

Continued reconnaissance geological mapping and sampling.

Phase I

1) Supervision and mapping 4,000.00

2) Line cutting and sampling 4,000.00

2a) PRA Test Work, mineralogy 2,470.00

Phase I Total $ 10,470.00

Phase II

3) Trenching for fresh material 16,000.00

4) Detail geological mapping 4,000.00

5) Excavation & sorting of 10 tonnes for extended trials, 3,000.00

2,000.00

2,000.00

Phase II Total $ 27,000.00

Phase III

6) Road Building for Drill access from both

north and south of Fish Farm 20,000.00

7) Diamond Drilling, 2,500 ft. @ $26/ft. 65,000.00

8) Drill Supervision, Core Logging, Core Splitting 18,000.00

9) Core handling facility 4,000.00

10) Report Preparation 2,500.00

Phase III Total $109,500.00

Grand Total Phases I, II & III $144,970.00

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REFERENCES

Annual Reports of the Minister of Mines

for the years 1898, 1902, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1927 & 1933.

Brownlee, D. J., 1982:

Geology and Geochemistry Report on the Blue Bells Property, Assessment Report #10,911.

Fischl, P., 1992:

Limestone and Dolomite Resources in British Columbia. B.C. Geological Survey, Open File 1992-18, 152pp.

Goudge, M. F., 1944:

Limestones of Canada, Their Occurrence and Characteristics, Report 811, part 5, pages 163-164, 175-176.

Hutchison, W. W., 1970:

Metamorphic Framework and Plutonic Styles in the Prince Rupert Region of the Central Coast Mountains, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 7, 376-405

O'Grady, B. T., 1936:

Blue Bells Silica Property, Annual Minister of Mines Report, Part F.

Richards, T. A. and McTaggart, K. C., 1976:

Granitic Rocks of the Southern Coast Plutonic Complex and Northern Cascades of British Columbia, Geological Society of America Bulletin 87, pp. 935-953.

Roddick, J. A., 1980:

Geology of 92K Map Sheet (Bute Inlet) and Notes on the Stratified Rocks of Bute Inlet Map Area Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 480.

Roddick, J. A. and Hutchison, W. W., 1972:

Plutonic and Associated Rocks of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. International Geological Congress, Twenty-fourth Session, Canada, Guidebook A04-C04, 71p.

1974:

Setting of the Coast Plutonic Complex, British Columbia. Pacific Geology, 8,

pp. 91-108.

Woodsworth, G. J. and Roddick, J. A., 1977:

Mineralization in the Coast Plutonic Complex of British Columbia, South of Latitude 55ºN. Geological Society of Malaysia, Bulletin 9, Nov. 1977 pg. 1-16.

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APPENDICIES


Appendix I

STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

I, JOHAN T. SHEARER, of 1817 Greenmount Avenue, in the City of Port Coquitlam, in the Province of British Columbia, do hereby certify:

1.    I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Sc., 1973) in Honours Geology, and the University of London, Imperial College (M.Sc., 1977).

2.    I have over 25 years experience in exploration for base and precious metals and industrial mineral commodities in the Cordillera of Western North America with such companies as McIntyre Mines Ltd., J.C. Stephen Explorations Ltd., Carolin Mines Ltd. and TRM Engineering Ltd.

3.    I am a fellow in good standing of the Geological Association of Canada (Fellow No. F439) and I am a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (Member No. 19,279).

4.    I am an independent consulting geologist employed since December 1986 by Homegold Resources Ltd. at #5-2330 Tyner St., Port Coquitlam, B.C.

5.    I am the author of a report entitled "Geological and Prospecting Report on the Frederick Arm Dolomite Deposit, Dolo One Claim, Vancouver Mining Divisions" dated December 15, 2000.

6.    I have visited the property between October 10 and July 31, 2000. I have carried out mapping and sample collection and am familiar with the regional geology and geology of nearby properties. I have become familiar with the previous work conducted on the Frederick Arm Deposit (Dolo One Claim) by examining in detail the available reports and maps and have discussed previous work with persons knowledgeable of the area.

7.    I have an Open Pit Supervisor Ticket (#98-3550) for daily supervision duties.

8.    I own an interest in the Dolo One Claim and own Homegold Resources Ltd.

Dated at Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, this 15th day of December, 2000.

_______________________________________________

J.T. Shearer, M.Sc., F.G.A.C., P.Geo.

Quarry Supervisor #98-3550

December 15, 2000


Appendix II

STATEMENT of EXPENDITURES

Personnel

J.T. Shearer, M.Sc., P.Geo.

5 days @ $350/day

October 10, 1999 & June 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2000 $ 1,750.00

Doug Stelling, Prospector/Coresplitter

5 days @ $250

October 10, 1999 & June 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2000 1,250.00

$ 3,000.00

GST 210.00

Subtotal Wages $ 3,210.00

Expenses

Transportation, Truck Rental, Fully equipped 4x4

5 days @ $53.50/day 267.50

Gas 185.00

Boat Transport

5 days @ $150/day 750.00

Camp Costs and Hotel 500.00

Analytical 101.50

Report Preparation 700.00

Word Processing and Reproduction 325.00

Total $ 6,039.00

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