David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Carol and I made a trip to the Yukon Territory in late May, 2010. What a beautiful place! We saw only a small portion of it. I collected minerals in the Whitehorse Copper Belt, Carol attended a speech pathology conference and we both played a benefit concert to raise money for our favourite charity ArtsCan Circle. Here is a little pictorial essay on the trip that I thought you might find interesting.

 

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Copper Nuggets recovered from placer mining operations on Burwash Creek, Yukon Territory. The largest is about 39mm long. For information only. Not for sale.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Scheelite nuggets recovered from gold placer mining operations on Burwash Creek, Yukon Territory. For information only. Not for sale.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

The same scheelite nuggets as in the previous image but viewed uder ultra-violet light. Solid! For information only. Not for sale.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Rich lense of bronzey, soft, valleriite in serpentinous skarn rock. About 7.2cm across. Not in crystals but a fairly rare mineral! For information only. Not for sale.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Valleriite in serpentinous skarn rock. About 6.2cm across. For information only. Not for sale.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

The Whitehorse area is constantly beautiful. Here is a view of one of the old Whitehores copper mines and dumps through the trees from one of the mountains across the valley.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

This is the mine throught the trees, up close! The deposits are skarn zones with associated copper and iron sulphides. The rocks are calc-silicate combinations liberally streaked with serpentine, garnet anfd other skarn-type minerals. If you are into lapidary, there are some very nice colours of serpentines, zoisite, massive sulphides and other rock-forming minerals. As far as mineral collecting goes, the only mineral really of interest on the dumps is valleriite. The area is famous for rich samples. There are also some well formed garnets in calcite but they seldom occur in good specimens.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Another super view down the valley from the Whitehorse Copper Mines' War Eagle Mine property. What a place to collect, EVEN if you don't find anything!

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Two beautiful specimens. My sweetheart Carol and a giant copper nugget. This giant copper nugget was recoved from the riverbed of the Upper White River in 1958 and dragged out of the wilderness to the road by men using an army caterpillar in 1958. The nugget was then transported to Whitehorse, 250 miles away to be displayed as a tribute to pioneers of the area. The nugget weighs 1175 kilos and is possibly a Canadian record. Smaller copper nuggets are sometimes recovered in placer gold mining operations along with scheelite pebbles.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

Paul Wray has lived in the Whitehorse area for many decades and is extremely knowledgeable about the Whitehorse Copper Belt. Paul and his wife Liz have a rock shop outside of Whitehorse, just after you turn onto the highway to Carcross. He has many interesting ore specimens and minerals from the area. Make sure you drop in and visit Paul and Liz if you are passing by?! Paul was kind enough to give Carol and me a super tour of the Whitehorse Copper Belt.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

A beautiful view of the Town of Whitehorse from the War Eagle Mine waste rock dump.

Recent Activities -Whitehorse Area, Yukon Territory Visit

A nice view of the Whitehores River just south of Whitehorse, beside the highway.