Location & Topography
The LD property comprised of 12 twopost claims totaling 300 hectares is located
12 kms southeast of Atlin in northwestern British Columbia. It straddlles the headwaters of the McKee and Dominion Creeks, major placer gold producing creeks in the area. Dominion Creek is one of the main tributaries to Spruce Creek, a prolific placer gold producer. The main placer gold deposits on Spruce Creek lie immediately below its confluence with Dominion Creek at the site of the historic Nolan Mine in the Atlin Mining District.
The claim block covers an area of 300 hectares and is centred at latitude 59o31'N and longitude 133o28'E within mapsheets 104N.053.
Access to the property is via Surprise Lake Road for 5 kms and then Spruce Creek Road for 5 kms. An all terrain road runs parallel to Dominion Creek and provides easy access to the property.
The Atlin area is located just east of the Coast Mountains on the Teslin Plateau. The
town of Atlin lies on the eastern shore of Atlin Lake, the largest natural lake in British
Columbia, at an elevation of 670 metres. The topography in the area is moderately
rugged with slopes of up to 30o rising from the Pine Creek Valley at an elevation of
915 metres to mountains well over 1800 metres.
The immediate property area consists of short, steep hills and wide, U-shaped
valleys. Glacial retreat in Pleistocene time deposited up to 100 metres of glaciofluvial
till in the Spruce Creek Valley. Above the valley floor, till cover is thin to nonexistent,
giving way to felsenmeer and outcrop at higher elevations. The treeline is at approximately 1370 metres on north facing slopes and 1400 metres on south facing slopes. Below 1370 metres the valleys are forested with lodgepole pine, black spruce and aspen. Mountain alder and willow grow near streams and stunted buck brush covers the hills above tree line.
Daytime temperatures in summer average 20oC and there is little precipitation. Winter temperatures in January average --15oC with moderate snowfall. Total annual precipitation has been measured at 279.4 mm. "Winter" conditions can be expected from October to April.