Alaska, United States
December 21, 2004
Exploration update. Work targeted two gold and pathfinder element soil geochemical anomalies. Silt sampling identified two new anomalous drainages in the northwest corner of the property, and soil geochemical surveys over previously defined anomalies confirmed the earlier results.
July 31, 2004
Detailed soil geochemistry and follow-up prospecting was planned.
July 31, 2001
An 800 line-kilometre magnetic/radiometric survey was flown over the property as part of a 3 property program. It showed two distinct zones of magnetic character on the property, the West and Central Blocks, separated by the northwest trending Shawnee Peak Fault. The main characteristics of the Central Block are complex and high relief magnetic response whereas the West Block has a low magnetic response with minimal relief and a deep low centred over the granite intrusion southwest of Shawnee Peak. The broad magnetic high at the eastern end of the property within the West Block likely represents a deep source such as a mafic intrusive, as indicated by the diffuse character of the anomaly. The strong northwest orientation to magnetic highs in the central block is similar to granitic dykes in the area. This magnetic pattern could be contact related pyrrhotite±magnetite mineralization in gneiss along the dykes, which have a low magnetic susceptibility. The strike continuations of these northwest trending features are truncated by the Shawnee Fault. In general the Central Block has a much more complex and higher magnetic relief than the West Block. It is thought that the Central Block may have been down-dropped relative to the West Block, exposing a shallower level dyke swarm characterized by strong magnetic relief.
In 2001, soil geochemistry was carried out over three grids on the property. The Blue Grid covered an area measuring 1.6 by 1 km, with sampling on 400 m spaced lines straddling the ridge west of Beverly Creek. Two Au anomalies, defined by 10-40 ppb Au, are coincident with anomalous As±Bi-Te over an area measuring approximately 400 by 200 m. The discontinuous anomaly lies along a 1500 m long west-northwest trend, extending between a 1.0 g/t Au silt to the east and a 100 ppb Au silt to the west. The California North Grid consists of 200 m spaced lines covering an area of 1.2 by 1.0 km. A multi-element anomaly is defined by a combination of Bi, As, Ag and Au (up to 50 ppb, with widespread 15-20 ppb) over an area of approximately 600 by 800 m, focused on the Shawnee Peak Fault and an adjacent parallel structure. This anomalous trend has not been tested by soil sampling to the southeast for a distance in excess of 600 m. The Beverly grid was located over a 1.0 by 1.0 km area of weakly anomalous soil and silt geochemical results, highlighted by a rock sample with 2370 ppb Au. Results include scattered Au in the 20 ppb range, moderately associated with anomalous levels of As±Bi, Sb and Ag, all of which combine to define a weak east-west orientation. The largest coherent Au anomaly extends over an area measuring approximately 800 by 200 m. Anomalous Bi and As in soil define an anomaly around the Au-bearing rock sample but are not accompanied by anomalous Au.
1998-1999, 7 fine sediment, 7 pan concentrates and 64 conventional silts were taken from the property. California North Creek, in the centre of the property, is strongly anomalous in the pathfinder elements As-Bi-Sb-W and show a progression from moderately anomalous to strongly anomalous up stream. Two standard silts returned low values of Au coincident
with the pathfinder anomaly. In Beverly Creek, which drains the western part of the property, less intense and less consistently anomalous pathfinder elements run the entire length of the stream. Beverly Creek has returned the highest Au results in standard silt (1020 ppb Au, 890 ppb Au) and is anomalous in a fine sediment sample taken at the same location (10 ppb Au).