Historical exploration consists of 38 diamond drill holes totaling over 6,000 metres. This work was successful in intercepting up to 105 metres grading 0.60% Cu and 1.15 g/t gold in hole J-2010-07.
There are two main target areas on the property, the Jeanette and the Bowbyes areas. The Jeanette has been interpreted as a VMS feeder zone by Geological Survey of Canada geologists, and as low-sulfidation epithermal mineralization by exploration geologists. The most recent work by PEMC has highlighted porphyry copper potential adjacent to the Jeannette area.
Location and Access
The Kitimat project is vehicle accessible and situated 13 km by road from the port town of Kitimat where a deep-water port and hydroelectric power are located.
Geology and Mineralization
The property is underlain by Triassic to Jurassic Stikine volcanic rocks which have been juxtaposed against Late Cretaceous to Paleogene granodiorites and diorites of the Coast Plutonic Complex to the west. These units have been intruded by felsic, mafic and feldspar porphyry dikes of Late Cretaceous to Eocene age. There are two main target areas on the property, the Jeanette and the Bowbyes areas. The Jeanette has been interpreted as a VMS feeder zone by government geologist, and as low-sulfidation epithermal mineralization by exploration geologists. The most recent work by PEMC has highlighted porphyry copper potential adjacent to the Jeannette area.
Historical drilling at the Jeanette target area intersected copper-gold-silver mineralization associated with quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration that locally overprints a propylitic assemblage. Localized potassic alteration is also present, though not necessarily associated with mineralized zones. At the Bowbyes target area, a large area (2,000 x 800 m) of quartz-sericite-pyrite altered intermediate volcanic rock has been mapped by previous operators in the area of Gossan Creek, where numerous NE trending porphyry dikes exist.
Mineralization encountered to date at the Jeanette area consists of chalcopyrite-pyrite as veins, quartz vein-fill and as disseminations within silicified zones. Copper and gold values are intimately associated with historical drill intercepts highlighted by 105 m grading 0.60% Cu and 1.15 g/t Au (DDH J-2010-07, Decade Resources Ltd.). Although chalcopyrite content locally is up to 15%, the predominance of pyrite suggests that a higher temperature chalcopyrite dominant sulphide assemblage is yet to be discovered. Skarn mineralization, consisting of semi-massive chalcopyrite-pyrite-magnetite over short intervals, has been encountered in historical drilling in the southern portion of the property.
Historical exploration includes: 38 diamond drill holes totaling over 6,000 meters; soil, rock and silt surveys; airborne Mag-EM and IP surveys; trenching; and detailed mapping of over 1,000 rock exposures.