OPAL/AGATE GEMSTONE PROSPECT
~ Two Multi-Cell Opal/Agate Groups ~
The General Lytton Region
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Roam The Talus Slopes For Agate & Opal Specimens
The Opal/Agate Mineral Properties are underlain by Middle and Upper Cretaceous Spences Bridge Group (Spius Creek Formation) volcanics. Extensive post-glacial weathering has eroded the southeast-facing mountain slopes, exposing approximately five kilometres of open rock bluffs, resulting in mega-tonnes of Agate and Opal bearing host rock to be liberated and build up along the base of the slope. Prized black, grey and banded agate are commonly found all along the base of the basalt bluffs, with periodic reports of opal also being recovered, most of which is said to border on precious opal.
Access to these property groups is gained via a FSR located approximately 19.5 kilometres north of Lytton, along BC Highway #1. Immediately adjacent to a gravel pit situate along the Highway at coordinate 121° 23’ 32.9” W Longitude, 50° 17’ 38.2” N Latitude, the aforementioned FSR is followed in an easterly direction for approximately 6.16 kilometres, to the tenures border and where the open rock bluffs commence. Pending which location along the tenures is selected for specimen recovery, vehicular access lies within 75 to 150 metres from the base of the bluffs, up a gentle incline from the roadway.
The properties are situate within reasonable commute for day-trips by individuals traveling from the Lower Mainland to Kwelona, South Cariboo, Okanagan localities and beyond. Use for personal recovery, as a source for internet specimen sales, or, operate as a pay-per-use gem hunting tour operation.
This 12 cell property group, comprises 247.7 hectares (612 acres) over three tenures, and hosts 2.5 kilometres of rock bluffs bearing fascinating geology. While it is recommended that specimens be sought from along the base of the bluffs and adjoining slopes (comprised of unimaginable tonnes of material liberated over thousands of years), with the proper gear and exercising due safety precautions, the experienced rock climber could scale along the rock faces to secure optimum specimens in situ. From above, one also could also dangle a suspended weight on rope to scrape and loosen fresh specimens, thence recover them from below. Within a half kilometre before striking the western boundary of the claim group, a spur road leads up over the mountain to above the tenured area, offering added access.
This 11 cell property group, comprises 227 hectares (561 acres) over three tenures, and also hosts 2.5 kilometres of rock bluffs of geology similar to that of Group #1. And likewise, it is recommended that specimens be sought from along the base of the bluffs and adjoining slopes (comprised of unimaginable tonnes of material liberated over thousands of years). With proper gear and exercising due safety precautions, an experienced rock climber could scale along the rock faces to free fresh samples, thence recover them from below. From above, one also could also dangle a suspended weight on rope to scrape and loosen fresh specimens. The aforesaid mountain spur road extends to service the west portion of the property group, however, to reach the apex areas over the balance, such could be easily traversed on foot.