Good results continue at our Moss Mine project
- A total of 681 samples have been collected since the program began in September 2014, with a significant number returning gold mineralization with assays in excess of 1gpt in the Oatman Extension, Silver Creek Spring, Older Timer and Grapevine areas.
- Several previously identified structures have shown mineralization over significant strike lengths.
- The use of airborne geophysics and magnetic data highlighted potential structures for further exploration which also conform to previously identified aeromagnetic trends.
- Plans are underway to conduct mapping and sampling of additional veins later in 2015.
Reconnaissance mapping of vein structures and alteration mapping on the unpatented Moss claims and Silver Creek property followed by rock chip sampling resulted in a total of 681 samples which were taken to investigate a number of vein trends on unpatented claims surrounding the flagship Moss deposit. Initial coverage was focused on prominent quartz carbonate veins and breccia zones. A number of the aeromagnetic and structural trends noted in an earlier report were tested while others still remain to be sampled.
Mapping and Sampling Program
The mapping program was focused on identifying persistent epithermal veins and stockwork zones. Several vein structures have been mapped including the West Oatman ("West Oatman") and Silver Creek Spring ("Silver Creek Spring") veins and the historic Old Timer ("Old Timer") vein. Alteration mapping in the Grapevine and Florence Hill ("Grapevine and Florence Hill") areas of the Silver Creek claims has also been carried out. Sampling has concentrated on the West Oatman, Silver Creek Spring and Old Timer veins as well as some silica bodies within the Grapevine and other areas. A total of 681 composite and select rock chip samples have been collected to date.
The key target areas outlined during the program to date are:
- The West Oatman Vein System - This vein system is defined by a fault striking N70W mapped for a distance of 4.5 kilometers. Three separate sections of the vein have been identified - the West Oatman Main, the West Oatman East and the West Oatman West - for a combined strike length of 1.6 kilometers. These are similar to the Moss vein system with both well-developed veins and quartz-calcite breccia stockwork zones.
- The Silver Creek Spring Vein System - This vein system trends N80W for 1.2 kilometers and contains several historic shafts and surface diggings. Surface exposures are up to 5m wide.
- The Old Timer Vein System - This historic vein system has a strike length of 1.0 kilometers, trending S80E. It is a series of en echelon veins that appear to splay off the NNW-trending Canyon Fault similar to what is seen at the Moss deposit.
- The Grapevine and Florence Hill Area/System - The Grapevine and Florence Hill areas consist of a series of silica-capped hills underlain by strongly clay altered volcanic rocks. The silica caps are replacements of host volcanic rocks. Quartz veins are rare, but some narrow veins have highly anomalous gold values. Preliminary mapping shows that NNE to NNW-trending silicified ribs cut the strongly clay altered volcanic rocks. Anomalous gold, molybdenum and fluorine values were detected in the silica ribs in previous work. Although additional work is needed, preliminary indications are that surface alteration and mineralization is at a high level in the epithermal depositional system. The boiling or gold zone could be at some depth below the surface rock exposures.
Assay Results to Date
The systems highlighted were the subject of a 681 rock chip sampling program. The samples were collected by professional prospectors with the objective of evaluating the lithology, mineralogy and structure of the identified vein systems both along and across strike. A significant number of samples showed evidence of gold mineralization with a portion having gold grades in excess of 1 gpt. This is an indication that a number of vein exposures on the property are auriferous at surface with others showing alteration and trace elements that indicate their surface expression is above the boiling zone where gold might be found in the system.
Highlights from the significant number of samples returning gold mineralization with assays in excess of 1 gpt include:
Due to the success of the current program in outlining areas of high potential for future exploration mapping, sampling and, eventually, drilling in the Moss project area, additional plans will be developed for a further mapping and sampling program to be carried out later this year. Several target areas remain to be sampled and others require follow-up sampling to further define their potential. Once this work is complete, the prospects for a property wide drilling program to test the potential for further discoveries on the Moss and Silver Creek claims will then be determined.
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