New gold and copper discoveries
A total of ten main significant mineralized areas have been discovered to date on the Qiqavik property as follows: Esperance, Esperance West, Horizon, Aurora, Aurora West, Gerfaut, Gerfaut South, ABG Zone, Focused Intrusive and Central Qiqavik.
The results from the 2017 exploration season at Qiqavik include three new drill-supported high-grade gold discoveries and five new high-grade gold prospecting discoveries at surface that remain untested by drilling. Orford also identified a significant structural break, the Qiqavik break, across the 40 km property, a substantial portion of which is left to be explored.
The Qiqavik property sits in the volcano-sedimentary Parent Group of the Cape Smith Belt dominated by basalts and basaltic to andesitic pyroclastics interlayed with thin clastic sediment bands. Few mafic to ultramafic sills as well as dioritic to tonalitic post-tetonic intrusive intrude the volcano-sedimentary package.
The parallel ultramafic “Raglan Belt” has yielded world-class nickel/PGE deposits, but the northern volcano-sedimentary portion of the Cape Smith Belt remains virtually unexplored.
Gold districts with similar tectonic and age setting include:
- Flin Flon/Snow Lake, Canada
- Ashanti Belt, West Africa
- Tanami Goldfields, West Australia
The 2018 Qiqavik program included 8 drill holes totaling 1,211m. The highlight of the 2018 drilling program was the discovery at the Interlake Area of a thick sequence of gold mineralized quartz-carbonate veining associated with sulphidic metasediments which was intersected in three diamond drill holes (QK-18-002, -007 and -008). This is the first time that thicknesses of up to 24.6 metres (QK-18-008) of gold-bearing mineralization within a structural complex zone has been intersected on the property. The Interlake area has generated additional potential high-grade targets for 2019. A summary of the results of the 2018 work program can be accessed in Orford’s news releases dated September 12, 2018, available here, October 16, 2018, available here and January 18, 2019, available here.
The 2017 field exploration program on the Qiqavik Property consisted of diamond drilling of 2,723 metres in 23 holes, 721 line-kilometres of airborne (drone) magnetic surveying and 105.6 line-kilometres of IP surveying, prospecting, mapping, surface rock sampling, and till sampling. This work led to better understanding of the surface occurrences discovered in 2016 and to the identification of many additional mineralized occurrences on the property, including two occurrences on the property. A summary of the results of the 2017 work program can be accessed in Orford’s news releases dated October 26, 2017, available here and November 15, 2017, available here.
Drilling has supported the subsurface extent of the structures and the Au and Au-Cu-Co mineralization associated with the 2016 surface gold discoveries at Esperance, Esperance West, and Aurora. A new sulphide mineralized and silicified shear zone discovered at surface in the Central Zone was shown by drilling to extend at depth.
The Qiqavik detailed drilling results available to-date from the 2017 work program are available here.