Tempest Property

 

Overview

 

The Tempest Property is the northeastern-most block of claims within the Storm Claim Group. It is located approximately 15 km NE of the main Wabassi Property.

To date, 12 drill-holes have been completed on the Tempest Property over the course of three drill programs for an aggregate of 4,791 meters. All drill holes have intersected sulphides; 7 of these 12 holes intersected silver-rich VMS-type mineralization on three distinct VTEM (Versatile Time Domain Electromagnetic surveying) anomalies (Tempest 1A, 1B and 8).

VMS Mineralization – Tempest 1

A total of nine drill holes were completed on the Tempest 1 area. The compiled information from assay, geology, alteration and geophysical data strongly suggests that the drill holes completed to date intersected the flanks of a significant silver-rich VMS system

Drill hole 11TP-02 intersected 104.2 meters of silver mineralization from a down-hole depth of 59 meters to 163.2 meters. The silver interval includes a higher grade interval of 51 g/t Ag over 19.8 meters. The highest silver value from this intersection assayed 195 g/t Ag over 1 meter. Drill hole 11TP-03, located above 11TP-02, intersected generally lower amounts of silver including 15.3 g/t Ag over 24.6 meters. Minor zinc (1% Zn) in association with silver (99 g/t Ag) and hosted within a rhyolite was also encountered over a 1 meter interval near the bottom of drill hole 11TP-03. Drill hole 12TP-12, located approximately 50 m west of 11TP-02 and 11TP-03, intersected 50.43 meters of 32.6 g/t Ag, including a 1.1 meter interval assaying 537 g/t Ag and 0.82 g/t Au. 12TP-12 intersected a second 7.2 meter zone of 29.7 g/t Ag 12 meter below the first one.

The silver mineralization is associated with stringer, semi-massive and massive sulphides dominated by pyrite and pyrrhotite, and is hosted by intensely altered volcanic rocks commonly observed on the flanks of, or capping copper-zinc VMS deposits. The top portion of the target appears to have undergone supergene enrichment in a well-preserved 50 meter thick regolith directly below the overburden, a beneficial weathering process not often observed in Canada. Both Cu and Au are supergene-enriched in the regolith by a factor or 10. Gold values from unweathered rock intersected deeper in 11TP-02 range between 50 and 100 ppb; in the supergene zone, gold values up to 1,315 ppb were intersected.

The banded nature of the zinc mineralization in drill hole 11TP-03 is typical of that found on the flanks of a VMS occurrence. All holes intersected intense alteration over the entire length of the core, and assays 
received to date indicate strong sodium depletion and manganese enrichment – all of which is indicative of VMS environments. Drill hole 11TP-01 was extended a further 120 meters in the second drill program to test a down-hole geophysical target that was identified beyond the end of the hole as completed originally. The drill-hole intersected 1 meter of 3% Zn and 16.7 meters of 29.6 g/t Ag, including 66.5 g/t Ag over 5.74 meters and 157 g/t Ag over 2 meters. This intersection is located approximately 260 meters down-dip from the mineralized portion of 11TP-02 and the continuity of this zone will be further tested in future drilling.
 

Drill hole 12TP-08 and 12TP-09 were set up to test the Tempest 1B anomaly, 300 meters southeast of Tempest 1A. It intersected short intervals of significant silver mineralization and elevated zinc hosted in a thick sequence of rhyolite. Down-hole geophysics will be conducted on these holes to vector in on the target during follow-up drilling.

Gold Mineralization

Drill-hole 12TP-12 intersected a laminated quartz vein with visible gold assaying 134.5 g/t Au (4.3 ounces/tonne) from 65.45 m to 65.78 m and 58 g/t Au (1.9 ounces/tonne) from 65.78 m to 65.93 m. This very near surface gold mineralization clearly demonstrates the prospectivity for economic gold mineralization in the Tempest property.

Drill hole 12TP-07 intersected a zone of 4.4 g/t Au and 36.2 g/t Ag between 127.1 and 131.1 meters including 12.4 g/t Au and 69.4 g/t Ag over one meter, and a second zone of 3.8 g/t Au over 1.6 meters between 143.25 and 144.83 meters on the northern flank of the Tempest 1A anomaly. The gold mineralization is hosted in a silicified zone with minor quartz veining and associated with trace (less than 0.5%) sulphides.

Future drilling will test these new gold zones where it projects into the supergene cap.

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