Red Lake Property
The Corporation has acquired two abutting properties in the Red Lake mining district of Ontario, Canada. The Dome property comprises 17 unpatented mining claims relating to 40 mining units and covering approximately 504 Hectares (1245 acres), and the McManus Claims, in which it has a 100% interest, which comprise 17 patented mining claims and 11 licenses of occupation covering approximately 331 hectares (818 acres), for a combined total of approximately 835 hectares (2063 acres). The Red Lake mining camp has been a major Canadian gold producing district since 1930, with cumulative production estimated to be in excess of 25 million ounces, with annual output by Goldcorp, the major producer, scheduled to increase for the next several years.
The oldest assemblage of rocks in the Red Lake area is the Balmer assemblage (2860-2840 Ma), which is generally comprised of primarily massive tholeiitic basalts with minor felsic volcaniclastic rocks and metasedimentary rocks (Stott and Corfu, 1991). This assemblage is unconformably overlain by the younger Confederation assemblage (2742-2732 Ma), which generally is comprised of intermediate pyroclastics with minor rhyolitic flows and tuffs built on a sequence of mafic to intermediate pillowed flows (Stott and Corfu, 1991). Outcrop exposure becomes diminished eastward as the blanket of glacial overburden increases and topography flattens; best exposures are found on lakeshores and riverbanks.
Although contiguous, the Dome property is divided between a northwestern, predominantly water based block of claims, and a southeastern, predominantly land based block of claims. The McManus property fills in and squares up the block to the north of the south-eastern and east of the north-western Dome claims.
The map below shows that the northwestern block of the Dome claims is at a projected intersection of the Flat Lake – Howey Bay deformation zone (now known as the Madsen Trend) and the Chukuni River deformation zone, and that both zones contain a fault, and that the McManus patents lie along the Chukuni River deformation zone.
The Corporation determined that it was best to explore the property initially using shallow and intermediate depth Induced Polarization (“IP”) geophysical surveys, followed by diamond drilling of selected targets identified.
The first geophysical study was done on the south-eastern, land based claims of the Dome property, the only accessible property at the time, in the summer of 2010. After the addition of the adjacent McManus patents later in 2010, a comprehensive geophysical study of the combined properties was performed in the winter of 2011. These resulted in the identification of a number of promising targets.
In the summer/autumn of 2011, the Corporation conducted a diamond drilling program on the land based claims of the combined properties which produced encouraging results, particularly on the McManus patents. These were followed up in 2012 by a winter drilling program on the lake based claims which focused first on the Dome property at the projected intersection of two deformation zones, and then on an area of interest on the McManus patents. The results are even more encouraging.
The Corporation believes that it has discovered a previously unidentified mineralized zone running parallel to the main trend defined by three historic Goldcorp mines, and approximately four kilometers south of it.