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The history of the Highland Valley properties including those now owned by Getty Copper, dates back to approximately 1898, when it was explored by surface prospecting, and underground work near high grade copper showings. In 1915, a shaft was sunk on the Glossie Zone, from which 21.8 tons of handpicked ore were shipped to the Tacoma smelter, which assayed 0.03 ounces of gold per ton, 2.96 ounces of silver per ton and 12.62% Cu.

In the early 1900’s exploration shafts and adits were developed on the Snowstorm property which 60 years later became the site of the Bethlehem Copper Mine. Little else took place until the mid-1950’s, when large tonnage disseminated mineralization became the new exploration target. Bethlehem Copper was brought into production in 1962. The same year the Lornex and Highmont orebodies were discovered, and subsequently brought into production 10 and 18 years later, respectively. In 1967, a drill hole returning a grade of 0.28% copper over 58 m (190 ft) was considered the discovery hole of the 860 million tonne Valley Copper deposit (Casselman, et al 1995), which began production in 1983.

At the same time the ground now held by Getty Copper also underwent considerable exploration, much of which was directed at the previously known Getty North (Krain) and Getty South (Trojan - South Seas) Deposits.

Getty Copper’s property covers approximately 269 sq. km (104 sq. miles) of contiguous claims in the Highland Valley adjacent to the Highland Valley Copper Mine, which is an amalgamation of the Lornex, Valley Copper, Highmont and Bethlehem Copper Mines.

The distribution of mineral deposits in the Highland Valley is related to large, through-going, north-, and east-west/ north-west-trending fault systems. The Valley and Lornex Deposits lie along the Lornex Fault and parts of the Highland Valley Fault. The J.A., Bethlehem, Getty North and Getty South Deposits, and the Getty West Zone lie within a well defined belt of dykes, tourmaline veining, brecciation and faulting which parallels the Lornex Fault approximately 4 kms to the east and stretches northward for 11 kms from the J.A. and Bethlehem Deposits to Getty North. The Alwin Deposit ties along a similar northerly trending fault system 5 kms west of the Lornex Fault. North Valley I.P. and magnetic anomalies lie along the inferred northern extension of the Alwin Fault system.