The 2017 diamond drill programme was designed so that Gitennes would be able to primarily confirm that the Snowbird project area was capable of hosting a high grade, narrow vein, gold deposit that was intimated from the bulk of the property data that had been reviewed. Gitennes was able to review historic diamond drill logs and assays but no drill core was available as it has been destroyed.
Historical North Zone diamond drilling results include:
o Hole 88-13 –16.26 g/t gold over 4.0 m, incl. 48.4 g/t gold over 1.0 m
o Hole 89-02 –11.89 g/t gold over 1.8 m , incl. 28.1 g/t gold over 0.6 m
o Hole 89-10 –9.63 g/t gold over 2.1 m, incl. 13.75 g/t gold over 1.1 m
o Hole 89-11 –7.66 g/t gold over 1.7 m, incl. 17.76 g/t gold over 0.6 m
Readers are cautioned that a “qualified person” (as defined by National Instrument 43-101) has not yet completed sufficient work to be able to verify the historical information, and therefore the information should not be relied upon.
Between October 24 and November 9, 2017 Gitennes drilled 1,212 metres of NQ2 core in 10 holes distributed between the North Zone and Main Zone.
Photo 1 – Drill set up, SB17-08, November 5, 2017
All diamond drilling sample batches included 12% QA/QC samples consisting of certified blanks, standards and field duplicates. Two certified ore assay laboratory standards and one blank standard were used in the process and were supplied by CDN Resource Laboratories Ltd., an independent laboratory located in Langley, British Columbia.
Map 1 shows the location of Gitennes’ drill holes
Key Takeaways from Phase I Drilling
- Multi-gram intervals were intersected in seven out of 10 holes, and include:
• Hole SB14-04 – 16.20 g/t gold over 1.0 metre
• Hole SB17-02 – 9.73 g/t gold over 0.8 metres
• Hole SB17-08 – 8.24 g/t gold over 0.52 metres
- Eight of the ten drill holes intersected gold grades greater than one gram/tonne (see Table 1);
- Highest grade gold intersected at relatively shallow depth, approximately 50 metres below the surface and remains open;
- High-grade gold intercepts occur within and adjacent to the 25 to 150 metre wide silica-carbonate altered ultramafic unit in areas of high deformation (faulting/shearing) and are associated with key pathfinder elements arsenic and antimony;
- Gold in quartz veins is hosted in the footwall and hanging wall of the ultramafic unit in close proximity to a thick mudstone unit. This association is contained within the 4.8 kilometre long Sowchea Fault. Elevated gold, arsenic and antimony have historically been determined to occur at several locations over 2.3 kilometres of the Sowchea Fault. This target remains to be thoroughly drill tested;
- Drill core provides better understanding on controls on mineralization, focusses planning for second phase of drilling.
** Drill intersections are core length as there is insufficient data to present true widths.
Given historical logging of the area, drill sites are relatively simple to set up given the myriad of roads and trails (Photo 2).
Photo 2 – SB17-01, October 25, 2017
Photo 3 –Logging Phase 1 drill core in 2017
Table 2 provides a summary of significant gold, arsenic and antimony assays and their respective intervals from 2017. Higher arsenic grades do appear to have a greater frequency of association with higher gold grades than antimony and gold.
Table 2 – Significant gold, arsenic and antimony intersections
The following cross sections show Gitennes’ ten drill holes from the Phase 1 2017 drilling programme and historical holes projected to each section.
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