LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc. is pleased to provide an update on the diamond drill campaign at the A-Zone area of the Ishkoday Project.
LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc. (TSXV:LME) (OTCPINK:LMEFF) (“LAURION” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide an update on the diamond drill campaign at the A-Zone area of the Ishkoday Project, located near the town of Beardmore, 220 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario, with local and project-scale considerations.
GOLD TARGET AREA SIZE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED
- Mineralized shear corridor at Ishkoday Project increased to 6 km by 1.5 km from A-Zone to Brenbar area (Figure 1);
- The Brenbar area hosts wide shear zones and veins with potential for shallow and wide gold mineralized zones; and
- Recent magnetic surveys indicate mineralized shears and 2020 IP chargeability corresponds well with zones of high sulphide content and related gold mineralization
A-ZONE GOLD MINERALIZATION
- Six gold-bearing panels within 450 m x 175 m area traced in A-Zone (Figure 2);
- Panels converge at depth with potential for increased width and grade;
- Current drill assays include:
- Hole LBX20-009: 3.77 g/t gold, 30.1 g/t silver, 10.1% zinc over 0.5 m;
- Hole LBX20-010: 15.6 g/t gold, 73 g/t silver, 14.5% zinc over 0.7 m;
- Hole LBX20-011: 6.26 g/t gold, 5.1 g/t silver over 0.75 m;
- Previous LAURION intersections:
- LBX12-010: 2.29 g/t gold, 12.99 g/t silver, 1.94 % zinc over 19.0 m
- LBX14-019: 1.38 g/t gold, 7.25 g/t silver, 1.41 % zinc over 19.5 m
- LBX20-002: 28 g/t gold, 3.2 g/t silver, 0.47 % zinc over 1.1 m
A-ZONE GOLD-ENRICHED VMS-STYLE MINERALIZATION
- A wide, gold-bearing, low-grade zinc interval has been intersected in rock setting consistent with high-grade Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS)-style mineralization;
- Open for >400 m along trend to the northeast and >700 m to the southwest (total strike length of >1.1 km) and at depth;
- Zinc-bearing stratigraphy traced between seven 2020 drill holes;
- Widths vary from 3.37 to 63.93 m (true thickness estimated at >60%); and
- Corresponds well with a chargeable Induced Polarization anomaly identified in 2020 (Figure 3);
- Intersections include:
- LBX20-003 (100 m vertical depth): 0.58 g/t gold, 6.1 g/t silver and 1.92 % zinc over 63.9 m (including 1.12 g/t gold, 16.61 g/t silver and 5.0 % zinc over 16.16 m);
- LBX20-014: 0.44 % Zinc over 32.59 m
David Lewis, P.Geo., Exploration Manager commented: “Our drilling is confirming the presence of gold and silver-bearing panels, including both veins and shear zones, that can be traced directly on surface and with oriented core measurements for 450 m along strike and within a 175 m wide corridor. Historically, the presence of several mineralized panels was generally understood, but correlation between panels was imprecise and the width of the overall zone was poorly understood. Our technical team has now defined six gold-mineralized panels within a 175 m wide trend that converges at depth, and this convergence has the potential to host wider and higher grade mineralization. These zones are offset somewhat along a moderately-dipping fault, but our exploratory drilling has identified new mineralized panels beneath this structure and away from previous drilling.”
“Furthermore, in hole LBX20-014, a wide low-grade zinc zone was intersected in a fragmental volcaniclastic rock with banded magnetite and disseminated pyrite; this rock type and mineralization style best fits with VMS (Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide) mineralization. This is the same rock type that we intersected in nearby holes LBX20-001, -002 and -003 (located approximately 450 m away), which returned wide mineralized zones. Hole LBX20-003 intersected 0.58 g/t gold, 6.1 g/t silver and 1.92% zinc over 63.9 m at a vertical depth of 100 m. This new drill hole intersected the VMS-style mineralization in a large, untested chargeable geophysical anomaly, which is 1,100 m long and open to the northeast, southwest and at depth.”
“Our phase 1 drill campaign, now complete, has helped our understanding of the A-Zone area tremendously. We are now analyzing this data and investigating other areas, such as the recently-acquired Brenbar Mine area, in anticipation for follow-up drill targeting. The Brenbar area hosts sheared, sulphidized and veined volcaniclastic rocks which have the potential for shallow and wider gold mineralized zones and which constitutes our ideal target.”
Ongoing modelling of the A-Zone (Figure 1) is encompassing both surficial mapping and oriented diamond drill core. Preliminary results suggest that six gold-bearing shear zones, striking northeast and dipping steeply, are offset along a contemporaneous, moderately southeast dipping shear zone (Figure 2). The steeply dipping shear zones converge, apparently along the plane of the primary, southeasterly shear zone, and are interpreted to form a large-scale flower structure at depth (Figure 2). The width of these mineralized shear zones is relatively narrow, generally up to 2-5 m wide, but the width (and presumably grade) is interpreted to increase at the convergent zone.
The zinc-bearing, base metal stratigraphy has now been traced between holes LBX20-001, -002, -003, -004, -005, -006, and -014 which pierced beneath the moderately-dipping shear zone. These intersections, which vary in width from 3.37 to 63.93 m (true thickness estimated at >60%) correspond well with a chargeable Induced Polarization anomaly identified in 2020 (Figure 3). S-shaped folded stratigraphy, defined by the chargeable geophysical anomalies, match well with drill intersections and the highest grades and widths of both base and precious metals are associated with interpreted fold hinges. The mineralized interval in hole LBX20-014 contains relatively minor gold, suggesting gold enrichment in more deformed areas.
On a regional scale, the geology from the A-Zone can be extrapolated for 6 km throughout the Ishkoday Project. Mapping and geophysical surveys suggest three major, anastomosing, mineralized faults or shear zones, with associated splays, that can be extended throughout the southeastern section of the Ishkoday Project within a 1.5 km corridor (Figure 4): the Marge Fault, the Sturgeon Fault, and the Coyle Fault. These contemporaneous shear zones cut or wrap the Sturgeon River stock and show that the stock was in place prior to shearing. Gold-bearing veins are commonly shear-hosted, but extensional veins, such as the mined No.3 vein at the Sturgeon Mine, are also related to shearing. The sense of motion on these faults is primarily sinistral (left-lateral), with minor conjugate (Riedel) dextral faults. The S-shaped folded VMS-style horizon at the A-Zone is also contemporaneous with this fault displacement and show that fold hinges are also likely gold-bearing.
At the recently-acquired, past-producing Brenbar Mine, the Marge and Sturgeon faults are interpreted to converge. The faults widen on surface and veining and folding becomes more abundant with enhanced chargeable sulphide mineralization (Figure 5). Upcoming exploration in this area will focus on the gold-bearing potential of the veins, folds and shear zones.
A-Zone Drilling Overview
In mid-May, LAURION initiated a 4,500 m phase 1 drill campaign designed to test historic intercepts through infill drilling, in order to understand and extend known mineralization at the A-Zone. This latest drill campaign has completed 4,975 m of oriented diamond drill core. Significant assay results from holes LBX20-007 to -014 are presented in Table 1 and core orientation data is presented in Table 2.
Table 1. Significant assay results, holes LBX20-007 to -014.
|HoleID||From (m)||To (m)||Length
|Note: Mineralization is subvertical and the true width of mineralization is estimated at >60% of the drill hole interval.|
Table 2. Collar position, orientation and depth of diamond drill holes.
|Coordinates are presented in UTM NAD83 Zone 16N.|
Mr. David Lewis, P. Geo. (PGO), LAURION ‘s Exploration Manager, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.
All core samples have been assayed by ALS Laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Samples are processed by 4-acid digestion and analyzed by fire assay on 50 g pulps and ICP-AES (Inductively-Coupled-Plasma – Atomic-Element-Spectroscopy). Over limit analyses are reprocessed with gravimetric finish. LAURION employs an industry standard QA/QC program including insertion of blanks, duplicates and standards. Samples are sawn by core saw on site (cut perpendicular to mineralization), with one-half of the core sent in secure bags to ALS Laboratories.
About LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc.
The Corporation is a junior mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSX-V under the symbol LME and on the OTCPINK under the symbol LMEFF. LAURION now has 181,685,977 outstanding shares of which approximately 59% are owned and controlled by Insiders who are eligible investors under the “Friends and Family” categories.
LAURION’s emphasis is on the development of its flagship project, the 100% owned mid-stage 47 km2 Ishkoday Project, and its gold-silver and gold-rich polymetallic mineralization with a significant upside potential. The mineralization on Ishkoday is open at depth beyond the current core-drilling limit of -200 m from surface, based on the historical mining to a -685 m depth, in the past producing Sturgeon River Mine. The recently acquired Brenbar Property, which is contiguous with the Ishkoday Property, hosts the historic Brenbar Mine and LAURION believes that the mineralization to be a direct extension of mineralization from the Ishkoday Property.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
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