The earliest report on the Property dates to 1927, however earlier work probably occurred due to the fact that old caved-in trenches can be observed in the field on most of the claims. The exploration work completed on the Property is described in chronological order below.
Red Lake Centre Mines (1927-1930)
Red Lake Centre Mines completed a diamond drilling program on close to the Labow Vein showing. No
results are recorded (Mineral Deposit Inventory, Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry).
Duroc Red Lake Mines Ltd. (1947)
A geomagnetic survey was completed over the eastern claims in the Heyson township. Several anomalies were delineated and it was suggested to drill five drill holes to test these anomalies. In addition, the drilling was supposed to test the quartz granite porphyry which was suggested to be similar to the McKenzie deposit (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0220). A drill hole was performed by Duroc around 1947 in the same area of the survey totalling 115 metres, and appears to be within or in immediate proximity to claim 1248071. However, no data are available for this hole (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0215).
Bright Red Lakes Mines Ltd. (1947)
A 58 km geomagnetic survey was produced on an area immediately south of the Dome Claims Property (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0231). This survey suggested the presence of numerous dykes of quartz porphyry and quartz diorite that had shown economic mineralization in nearby areas. A recommendation for 4 drill holes was proposed to test the porphyry and diorite.
David Olson (1956, 1959)
In 1956, David Olson completed four drill holes in areas where recommendations had been made from the past geomagnetic survey. Although no assays were reported for any of the holes, the logs mention minor sulphides sometimes associated with quartz and tourmaline and altered areas in a diorite host rock (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0217). In 1959, five more holes were drilled (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0218). Assays were not provided for these holes. The holes were drilled within claim 1248398.
Lewis Red Lake Mines (1960)
Lewis Red Lake Mines completed an under water drilling program near the Labow vein. No results are recorded (Mineral Deposit Inventory, Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry).
Howey Consolidated Mines Ltd. (1961)
This small 2-hole diamond drill program was completed on claim 1234522 totalling about 224 m (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0071). During this program, sampling results reported trace gold from samples taken along the chlorite-talc-sericite altered Howey Diorite and small pyrite-bearing quartz stringers. The holes were drilled on claim 1234522.
Madsen Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. (1971)
An airborne magnetic and EM survey was completed by Siegel and Associates over 8 claim groups in Baird and Heyson townships on behalf of Madsen Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd over the Dome Claims Property. Several anomalies were reported but none fall on the Dome Property (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0216).
Dickenson Mines Ltd. (1972)
An airborne electromagnetic survey was completed over a 94 contiguous single unit claim blocks, which cover a small portion of or are immediately east of claims 1248398 and 4205246 in Byshe Township (MNDM Assessment file 52N04NW0001). Results in the northwest corner of the claim group (immediately east of the Dome Claims Property) indicate NW trending magnetic anomalies associated with the diorite and quartz diorite intrusive bodies that outcrop in the area. Detailed geological mapping and sampling were recommended as a follow-up.
C.D. Hutson (1982)
A ground geophysical survey was completed in April 1982 (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0046). It consisted of a Max-Min 11 electromagnetic, an EDA PPM 500 gradiometer and magnetometer survey, on claims 1234522 and 1185118. The grid was laid out on the ice covered Red Lake with 100 meter line spacing at a 25 m interval. Results showed high anomalous readings over the southern portion of the survey believed to be associated with the Howey Diorite intrusive body. The Howey Diorite formation was the most magnetically anomalous formation outlined by this survey. Gradient readings over Prena Island, directly north of claim 1234522, also showed a marked magnetic anomaly over a strike length of600 m, which was interpreted to be a similar type of intrusive as the diorite. A definite magnetic anomaly was reported around KRL563977 where strongly sheared and pyritized mineralization section within pillow lava formation crops out. No distinct conductive areas were found from the HLEM survey. A diamond drilling program and a geophysical IP survey were recommended on the area to attempt to outline favourable geological formations located under the waters of Red Lake.
Noranda Exploration Co. Ltd. (1984)
In 1984, C. Peterson and J. Spinelli performed 3113 m of stripping, including 4 trenches, which was reported by Noranda Exploration Co. Ltd. (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0204). Sampling was then completed on stripped areas. Only trace values of Au were reported. Some areas showed shear zones containing quartz veining and carbonate alteration in altered andesite and narrow quartz-tourmaline veins in Howey Diorite. This field work may have been performed on the south-eastern claims of the Dome Claims Property (northwest portion of claim 1248398; Leonard, 2007).
Peterson and J. Spinelli (1987/1988)
Small areas were stripped and mapped on a contiguous block of 34 claims in the Northwest corner of Byshe Township and Northeast corner of Heyson Township (roughly corresponding to claim 1248398; MNDM Assessment files 52N04SE0174 and 52N04SE0175). Host rocks were mostly the Howey diorite intrusive body and mafic volcanic host rocks. Weakly anomalous gold values of up to 0.02 oz/t (0.69 g/t) Au from grab samples were collected from the sheared contact between the Howey diorite and host mafic volcanics.
Pure Gold Resources Inc. and Noramco Exploration Inc. (1988)
A geophysical survey was conducted by Noramco on a contiguous block of 4 single unit claims roughly conforming to the outline of claim 1235422 (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0023). The survey consisted of a magnetometer and VLF surveys. The results indicate two linear magnetic features and sub-parallel conductor where the conductive features do not correspond to the magnetic highs but flank them.
A small one-hole diamond drill program totalling 224m was conducted South middle of claim 1234522 on the ice near shore (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0011). The target was a magnetic and EM anomaly within the waters of Red Lake close to shore. Traces gold values were returned from sampling throughout the hole with anomalous gold values from samples near sulphide bearing quartz veins (0.46g/t) and along the contact between a felsic intrusive unit and carbonate altered diorite (0.14 g/t).
Chevron Minerals Ltd. (1990)
A stripping and drilling program was initiated in the spring of 1990. Sixty seven rock samples were collected during the stripping. Four diamond drill holes, totalling 318 m, were drilled (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0201) and thirty-eight samples were collected from these holes. Only trace amounts of gold were observed in the drill core, however samples taken from quartz stringers with 10% mineralization (pyrite, chalcopyrite, bornite) in a feldspar porphyry unit uncovered by the stripping carried 3.6 to 1.2 g/t Au. The area of exploration by Chevron is located in the western portion of claim 1248398, which corresponds to the areas stripped and trenched by Noranda in 1984 (Leonard, 2007)
Peterson completed stripping and trenching work on claims in Heyson township (current claim 1248398) in 1991 (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0300) and found two “new occurrences” with slightly anomalous gold values. In addition, they drilled four diamond drill holes. Twenty-six samples were collected and only trace amounts of gold were assayed except one value of 0.02 oz/t Au.
Maple Minerals (1997)
Ground magnetics, VLF-EM and IP surveys were conducted on a portion of the Dome Claims Property by Maple Minerals (claims 1183430, 3004404 and 1234521; MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW0173). The magnetic survey showed that the area had a relatively high magnetic background (of 200 to 1000 nT) and a narrow, east-west anomaly. It was suggested in the assessment file report that the area was underlain by metavolcanic trending E-W and intruded by ultramafic flow or sill. Results from the VLF-EM survey indicated the presence of a linear conductor running east-west, parallel to formational contacts. The conductors were interpreted to be caused by sulphide mineralization. IP results were inconclusive because of water depth and conductive lake sediments.
It was recommended that a complete MAG-EM and IP survey with 50 m line spacing and deeper penetration for the IP should be completed over the whole property, with some geological mapping and soil geochemistry to try and identify mineralization zones.
Peterson and J. Spinelli (1997)
Peterson and Spinelli completed stripping work on their claims in Heyson and Byshe townships. Only minor quartz veins with sulfides were encountered.
Peterson, C. and Spinelli J. (1998)
A mechanical stripping and trenching program was conducted on a single unit mining claim immediately to the west of claim 1248398 (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW2005). The area that work was performed on was reported to be 155 m south and 17 m east of the #4 post of claim 1248398. Results indicated the presence of generally east-west trending, steeply north dipping shearing with minor quartz-carbonate veining, which contained tourmaline and minor sulphide mineralization in Howey Diorite host rock. No sampling or analytical work was reported.
Consolidated Global Minerals Ltd. (2002)
Prospecting and geological mapping was completed on western portion of the Dome Claims Property, in Dome Township (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW2044). Five grab samples were collected with only slightly anomalous results (best analysis was 36 ppb Au). A winter drill programme was recommended using a north-south fence of holes to provide a section of the favourable geology under the lake and the best opportunity to locate gold-bearing structures.
Aquiline Resources Ltd. (2002)
Aquiline Resources and Consolidated Global Minerals Ltd. entered a joint venture on the Dome Claims Property. In order for Aquiline to earn a 60% interest in the Dome Claims project, it would have to provide financing to produce a bankable feasibility study. Upon completion of the feasibility study, Aquiline would be required to provide 80% of the construction cost to bring the project into production.
Aquiline Resources Ltd. (2003)
A magnetic survey was performed on claims 1185118, 1234522, 1234241, 1234521, 1184340 and 1234520 for a total of 28.9 line kilometres in the central and northwest part of Dome Claim Property (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW2057). A GEM Systems GSM-19 overhauser magnetometer and EDA Omni Plus base station magnetometer was used to measure total field magnetic on a grid with 100 m line spacing and 10 m intervals. The magnetic survey was completed on the water portion of the claims located on Red Lake. Interpretation of the survey data suggested that the area is composed of two main formations: Keewatin metavolcanics and Temiskaming metasedimentary rocks in the northwest region, and Howey diorite in the southeast. Possible alteration zones were identified in the northwest area and magnetic structures were shown in the diorite that appeared separated by fault or shear structures.
Aquiline Resources Ltd. (2004)
A 2-hole diamond drilling program was completed with a total footage of 660 m on claims 1234522 and 1234520 (MNDM Assessment file 52N04SW2079). Sampling from these two holes returned nil to trace Au. Parts of the logs for the drill hole on claim 1234520 were blacked out in the assessment files.
Global Minerals Ltd. (2007)
Approximately 35 km of total field magnetics and IP surveys were completed over the Dome Claim Property by Abitibi Geophysics. The objective of the surveys was to evaluate the potential for sulphide-bearing mineralization zones. Results from the magnetics survey indicate an overall low magnetic relief, with minor east-southeast trending structures. The central portion of claim 1248398 shows the strongest magnetic feature, which is probably associated with the Howey diorite. Several strong chargeability and numerous east-southeast trending zones of high resistivity were identified over the land portion of the IP survey. These chargeability/resistivity anomalies are typical of quartz vein-style mineralization such as those found in the Red Lake area. Three targets were recommended for diamond drill testing. Results over the water portions of the claims were not as favourable. According to Abitibi Geophysics, the IP survey was unable to detect any conductive bodies due to the presence of conductive lake bottom material. Abitibi recommended additional geophysical surveys with deeper penetration (Leonard, 2007).