Location & Geology
The McKinnon Hemlo West property comprises 5 claim blocks covering a total of 24 claim units (384 hectares). The northern portion of the property is surrounded on the west, east and north by Barrick Gold, on strike and approximately six kilometers west of Barrick Gold Corporation's current open pit operation.
The Hemlo West property is readily accessible, traversed by the Trans-Canada Highway, the railroad and a powerline. The northern portion of the property is cut by the Hemlo Shear Zone, the major east-west trending structural feature associated with the gold mineralization. The HMZ is a structural component in all three Hemlo gold mines that have produced over 22 million ounces 1985. The northern portion of the property is on strike ~ 6 kilometers west of Barrick Gold's current open pit operation.
Hemlo Shear Zone
On the property the HMZ is defined by anomalous gold values in soil of up to 420 parts per billion (ppb) gold. Also, an outcropping exposure of sheared, altered and pyritic mafic-intermediate metavolcanic and Quartz Feldspar Porphyry (QFP) contact zone assayed 1.68 g/t Au and 1.47 g/t Au in areas 17 meters apart (Goldfields Powerline Occurrence). Assessment records indicate six (6) diamond drill holes have been completed on the northern portion of the property. Assay results reported two gold intersections greater than 1.0 g/t Au in diamond drill core. An additional 17 overburden drill holes have been conducted on the western portion of the property.
The Hemlo Camp has been heating up over the past year with numerous gold explorers staking and acquiring ground in the proximity of the Barrick Gold's mining operation. A large exploration program by Barrick has extended the mine life once again proving that undiscovered ounces still exist within this historic mining camp. The acquired Property fits into Barrick's "Go West" theme as outlined in their February 2017 Operations and Technical Update (LINK). The company refers the reader to two slides and pages of interest in the following links: (link here, slides 20 and 33; pdf report pages 23 and 36).
Assessment reports from the Property are currently being compiled and a site visit followed by a surface exploration program when weather permits is currently being planned. The exploration program will be comprised of prospecting, geological mapping and sampling followed by a drill program.