New Gold Discoveries
The 100% owned Qiqavik gold exploration property is a camp scale property covering an area of 39,063 ha in the paleo-proterozoic Cape Smith Belt (CSB) in Nunavik, Quebec. The company has been active on the project since 2016 a year prior to going public. The property has multiple gold discoveries across the previously underexplored property. Every summer field season Orford Mining has made new gold discoveries on the Qiqavik property.
The Qiqavik gold exploration property is located in the volcano-sedimentary Parent Group in the North Domain of the CSB. The CSB is dominated by basalts and basaltic to andesitic pyroclastics interlayered with thin clastic sediment bands. Several mafic to ultramafic sills as well as dioritic to tonalitic post-tectonic intrusives intrude the volcano-sedimentary package. Historically exploration in the cape smith belt was focused on base metals as the CSB hosts the Glencore Raglan Mine and the Canadian Royalties Nunavik Nickel Mine in the South Domain of the CSB. There had been very limited gold exploration in the CSB until Orford began exploring the Parent group in 2016.
Figure 1: Regional Map of the Cape Smith Belt Showing the Qiqavik Property
In less than 20 weeks of gold exploration (field work), Orford Mining has identified over 10 high grade boulder trains and showings at surface over the 40km+ length of the property (Figure 2).
Drilling has confirmed shear-hosted gold mineralization along several trends in various structural zones on the property including Esperance, Interlake, Gerfaut and the newly discovered IP Lake Shear Corridor (IPLS). Gold has also been confirmed in drilling of structures hosted within felsic intrusives at Focused Intrusive and Aurora (Figure 3). Numerous additional targets on the property remain untested.
Figure 2: Surface Sampling Results from the Qiqavik Property
1) Note that grab samples are selective by nature and values reported may not be representative of mineralized zones
Figure 3: Drilling Highlights from the Qiqavik Property
2) All drilling intervals are down-hole lengths. True thicknesses cannot be estimated with available information.
The IPLS is one of the widest observed structures on the property, has been traced for 7km, and may be the source of several high-grade visible gold boulder trends. The shear corridor reaches widths up to 400 m and is open at both ends, to the East and West. This shear corridor sits to the north of several iron formations which in places appear structurally thickened. The IPLS is also proximal to a major deep-rooted structure, the Bergeron Fault, which separates the Parent Group from the Chukotat. Gold grain counts from heavy mineral concentrates from till samples along the IPLS are the highest observed on the property to date (Figure 4). The of morphology of gold grains suggests a proximal source. The magnitude of the gold grain counts in till anomalies in this part of the property is extremely encouraging and similar to what is observed down ice from some major operating mines.
To date Orford has only completed 6,176 metres of drilling across the 40km strike length of the Qiqavik property, while the IPSC remains virtually untested. Vast portions of the property also remain underexplored. Given the camp scale of the property which hosts many high-grade showings, the Qiqavik gold exploration property has the potential for multiple major discoveries.
Figure 4: Total Gold Grain Counts for Till Samples Taken near the IPSC