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February 26th, 2018

Emerita Resources fast-tracks high-grade zinc in Brazil and Spain

by Greg Klein

Two years of escalating prices and several years of historic work have Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO in an exceptionally sanguine mood. Following December’s oversubscribed $4.24-million cash infusion and last month’s TSXV approval to close the Brazilian acquisition, the company announced a breathtakingly ambitious timeline for its Salobro zinc project. Should all go to a very optimistic plan, the company would advance from updating an historic resource to completing pre-feas and mine permitting within two to three years.

Emerita Resources fast-tracks high-grade zinc in Brazil and Spain

Should success reward optimism, Salobro
could reach pre-feasibility next year.

The 1,210-hectare former Vale NYSE:VALE project’s located in southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, where regional infrastructure includes a zinc smelter, paved roads, rail, water and power.

Salobro comes with an historic, non-43-101 Vale-compiled resource of 8.3 million tonnes averaging 7.12% zinc-equivalent lying at shallow depth and showing expansion potential along strike and down dip. The geology suggests either a Mississippi Valley-type or sedimentary exhalative deposit, Emerita says. A standout among historic intervals assayed 10.39% zinc and 2.13% lead over 13.92 metres.

The acquisition would give Emerita a 75% stake in Salobro and the right to pick up the remaining 25% from IMS Engenharia Mineral Ltda. Vale, meanwhile, has begun the process of withdrawing a civil claim against IMS concerning ownership of the property, Emerita stated. The company expects to close the deal by the end of March.

“Ambitious” might be an understatement for such an optimistic timeline. But the project “has consistently exceeded our expectations during our scoping and analysis phase,” says newly appointed CEO Michael Timmins. The veteran of Agnico Eagle Mines’ (TSX:AEM) expansion from one to nine operations adds, “We are encouraged by the outcome of this early mine study and are very excited to have the opportunity to utilize our award-winning mine-building team in Brazil to fast-track the development of Salobro.”

With that in mind the company foresees a 43-101 technical report filed by the end of March, a 43-101 resource by the end of Q2, 3,500 metres of exploration drilling to begin in early March, a PEA complete by the end of Q3, baseline enviro studies beginning in Q3, a pre-feas finished by Q3 2019 and mine development permits in hand by Q2 2020.

Obviously such an agenda depends on favourable outcomes at every stage. The company has already been resampling historic core for the new resource, which will also include upcoming step-out holes to expand the deposit’s shallow areas. A conceptual mine plan will build on info inherited from Vale.

Emerita credits its Brazilian team with significant involvement in projects including Belo Sun Mining’s (TSX:BSX) Volta Grande gold project and Aguia Resources’ (TSXV:AGRL) Tres Estradas phosphate deposit.

The deal calls for Emerita to pay Vale an initial US$350,000 after IMS turns Salobro over to a subsidiary held 75% by Emerita and 25% by IMS. Once Vale formally withdraws its claim against IMS, Emerita pays Vale legal costs of approximately 760,000 reals, about C$297,000. Further payments to Vale would cost Emerita US$1.65 million by July 14, US$1.5 million in 2020 and another US$3 million in 2024.

Emerita may buy out the IMS 25% for C$2 million and a million shares by 2021.

Emerita Resources fast-tracks high-grade zinc in Brazil and Spain

The Plaza Norte agenda aims for a late-
2019 preliminary economic assessment.

Helping on the financial side will be December’s oversubscribed $4.24-million private placement. But some of that cash will go to another Emerita zinc project—and for that, the focus shifts to northern Spain.

Situated next to the former Reocin mine that produced about 62 million tonnes averaging 11% zinc and 1.4% lead up to 2003, the 3,600-hectare Plaza Norte property sits amid regional infrastructure including rail, road and port facilities, along with a Glencore zinc smelter about 180 road kilometres away. The project is a 50/50 JV with the Aldesa Group, a specialized construction and infrastructure firm operating in Spain and internationally.

Emerita’s Spanish team now has permitting underway for a 5,000-metre campaign anticipated to start in May. The plan is to build a 43-101 resource over an area that’s already seen more than 300 holes totalling about 73,000 metres. Some historic intercepts include 9.72% zinc and 0.09% lead over 18.96 metres, along with 7.05% zinc and 0.3% lead over 8.2 metres. The company anticipates an initial resource in Q1 next year and a PEA by 2019 year-end.

Meanwhile Emerita awaits resolution of disputed ownership concerning two other Spanish zinc properties, Paymogo and Aznalcollar. The latter’s Los Frailes deposit hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate showing 20 million tonnes averaging 6.65% zinc, 3.87% lead, 0.29% copper and 148 ppm silver. The company considers the project ready for feasibility studies.

Paymogo’s La Infanta deposit has another historic, non-43-101 estimate of 800,000 tonnes averaging 1.77% copper, 6.91% lead, 12.66% zinc and 148 g/t silver. About seven kilometres away, Paymogo’s Romanera deposit holds an historic, non-43-101 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 1.1% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

Resource update precedes PEA for Golden Dawn Minerals’ newest B.C. gold-polymetallic project

January 23rd, 2018

by Greg Klein | January 23, 2018

Update: On February 6, 2018, Golden Dawn Minerals reported that Huakan International Mining, which optioned J&L to Golden Dawn, faced a lawsuit from Armex Mining, which claims it has a valid letter of intent with Huakan concerning J&L. Huakan intends to defend the Armex action, Golden Dawn added.

Calling it one of western Canada’s “largest undeveloped gold mineral resources,” Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released a new estimate for J&L, a southern British Columbia project acquired just last month. The company now expects to finish a preliminary economic assessment within five to eight months for a project that will be developed separately from the Greenwood portfolio farther south, where Golden Dawn plans to revive three former mines and a nearby mill.

Totals for four zones at J&L showed:

  • measured and indicated: 5.16 million tonnes averaging 4.59 g/t gold and 55.6 g/t silver for 761,000 ounces gold and 9.23 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 4.8 million tonnes averaging 4.35 g/t gold and 60.6 g/t silver for 672,000 ounces gold and 9.37 million ounces silver
Resource update precedes PEA for Golden Dawn Minerals’ newest B.C. gold-polymetallic project

The highway-accessible property came with a rail siding and loading facility 35 kilometres south in Revelstoke, as well as a 40-person camp, maintenance buildings, workshops and underground mining equipment.

Incorporating lead and zinc grades, the company attributed 1.35 million gold-equivalent ounces to M&I and another 1.07 gold-equivalent ounces to the inferred category.

The four zones comprise Main, Yellowjacket, Hanging Wall and Footwall. Main extends over 1.5 kilometres along strike and 850 metres down dip, remaining open for expansion, the company stated.

Meanwhile the Greenwood revival continues as Golden Dawn prepares to begin trial mining at the Lexington gold-copper past-producer within months. The company’s busy, multi-project activities are summarized here.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

Critical Quebec commodities

January 11th, 2018

Saville Resources moves into Commerce Resources’ niobium-tantalum target

by Greg Klein

A rare metal find on a property hosting a rare earths deposit becomes a project of its own under a new agreement between two companies. With a 75% earn-in, Saville Resources TSXV:SRE can now explore the niobium claims on Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Eldor property in northern Quebec, where the latter company advances its Ashram rare earths deposit towards pre-feasibility.

Saville Resources moves into Commerce Resources’ niobium-tantalum target

A map illustrates the mineralized boulder
train’s progress, showing its presumed source.

Grab samples collected by Commerce on a boulder train about a kilometre from the deposit brought assays up to 5.9% Nb2O5. “That’s right off the charts,” enthuses Saville president Mike Hodge. “People in the niobium space hope for 1%—5.9% is excellent.”

He’s no newcomer to the space or even to the property. Hodge helped stake Commerce’s tantalum-niobium deposit on southern British Columbia’s Blue River property, which reached PEA in 2011.

“I did a lot of the groundwork for Commerce in the Valemount-Blue River area and I was one of the first guys on the ground at the camp that now supports Ashram,” he points out. “I’ve been involved with these two properties since 1999.” That’s part of a career including field experience on over 25 projects as well as raising money for junior explorers.

Miranna’s grab samples brought tantalum too, with a significant 1,220 ppm Ta2O5. Forty of the 65 samples graded over 0.5% Nb2O5, with 16 of them surpassing 1%.

The company describes the sampling area as a “strongly mineralized boulder train with a distinct geophysical anomaly at its apex.”

The 980-hectare Eldor Niobium claims have also undergone drilling on the Northwest and Southeast zones, where some wide intervals gave up 0.46% Nb2O5 over 46.88 metres and 0.55% over 26.1 metres (including 0.78% over 10.64 metres).

Samples from Miranna and the Southeast zone also show that niobium-tantalum occurs within pyrochlore, described by Saville as the dominant source mineral for niobium and tantalum in global mining. That’s the case, for example, at Quebec’s Niobec mine, one of the world’s three main niobium producers, with 8% to 10% of global production. Moreover, pyrochlore on the Saville project “is commonly visible to the naked eye, thus indicating a relatively course grain size, which is a favourable attribute for metallurgical recovery,” the company added.

Hodge already has a prospective drill target in mind. “I pulled the rig around with a Cat for a lot of the holes on Ashram itself so I’m very familiar with the ground. We’d of course do more prospecting and try to prove up some more numbers while we’re drilling.”

Saville Resources moves into Commerce Resources’ niobium-tantalum target

Should Saville find success, a ready market would be waiting. The company cites niobium demand growth forecasts of 7.66% CAGR from 2017 to 2021. A December U.S. Geological Survey report lists niobium and tantalum among 23 minerals critical to American security and well-being.

The country relies on foreign exports for its entire supply of both minerals, according to an earlier USGS study. From 2012 to 2015, 80% of America’s total niobium imports came from Brazil, where one mine alone produces 85% to 90% of global supply. Looking at tantalum imports during that period, the U.S. relied on China for 37% and Kazakhstan for another 25%. A troubling source of tantalum remains the Democratic Republic of Congo, from where conflict minerals reach Western markets through murky supply chains.

Days after the USGS released its December study, American president Donald Trump ordered a federal strategy “to ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals.” Although he emphasized the need for domestic deposits and supply chains, Trump also called for “options for accessing and developing critical minerals through investment and trade with our allies and partners.”

Meanwhile Saville also sees potential in Covette, the company’s other northern Quebec property. Historic, non-43-101 grab samples reported up to 4.7% molybdenum, with some bismuth, lead, silver and copper. A 1,402-line-kilometre VTEM survey in late 2016 found prospectivity for base and precious metals. “The VTEM and some sampling that we did indicates that drilling could find something valuable,” Hodge says. “Although it is early-stage, the Geotech guys that did the VTEM survey said they hadn’t seen targets like that all year.”

Still, “the niobium claims are my first priority,” Hodge emphasizes. “I’m very excited about this. I believe we can have a winning project here.”

Subject to approvals, a 75% interest in the new property would call for $25,000 on signing, another $225,000 on closing and $5 million in work over five years. Commerce retains a 1% or 2% NSR, depending on the claim, with Saville holding a buyback option.

Last month the company offered private placements totalling up to $500,000, with insiders intending to participate.

Read more about the U.S. critical minerals strategy.

Step-out drilling grows potential of Rockcliff Metals’ historic zinc deposit in Manitoba

December 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 20, 2017

Step-out drilling grows potential of Rockcliff Metals’ historic zinc deposit in Manitoba

A late autumn drill campaign on one of the priority properties in Rockcliff Metals’ (TSXV:RCLF) extensive Snow Lake portfolio shows potential to expand the historic Bur zinc-polymetallic deposit. Assays from 10 step-out holes totalling 3,250 metres brought zinc grades up to 3.18%, with 7.2% zinc-equivalent, over 4.85 metres. Another star result showed 1.76% zinc, with 5.9% zinc-equivalent, over 6.91 metres.

Each hole intersected the Bur VMS horizon, a potentially 8,000-metre-long mineralized area hosting the historic deposit adjacent and to the northeast of the drill targets, stated president/CEO Ken Lapierre. “The potential to identify additional resources along this important horizon is considered excellent and will be the focus of upcoming drill programs.”

Some highlights from the most recent campaign show:

Hole RBU002

  • 1.76% zinc, 0.96% copper, 0.59% lead, 0.26 g/t gold and 32.76 g/t silver, for 5.9% zinc-equivalent over 6.91 metres, starting at 269.65 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 0.99% zinc, 2% copper, 0.86% lead, 0.57 g/t gold and 56.35 g/t silver, for 9.1% zinc-equivalent over 2.43 metres)


  • 1.65% zinc, 1.84% copper, 0.15% lead, 0.05 g/t gold and 15.32 g/t silver, for 6.8% zinc-equivalent over 4.25 metres, starting at 302.82 metres
  • (including 0.5% zinc, 6.18% copper, 0.08% lead, 0.04 g/t gold and 31.31 g/t silver, for 16.9% zinc-equivalent over 0.96 metres)


  • 3.18% zinc, 1.41% copper, 0.13% lead, 0.04 g/t gold and 13.25 g/t silver, for 7.2% zinc-equivalent over 4.85 metres, starting at 231.15 metres
  • (including 5.38% zinc, 1.95% copper, 0.2% lead, 0.05 g/t gold and 15.62 g/t silver, for 10.9% zinc-equivalent over 2.85 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

Dating to 2007, Bur’s historic, non-43-101 estimate used a zinc-equivalent cutoff of 5%:

  • indicated: 1.05 million tonnes averaging 8.6% zinc, 1.9% copper, 12.1 g/t silver and 0.05 g/t gold

  • inferred: 302,000 tonnes averaging 9% zinc, 1.4% copper, 9.6 g/t silver and 0.08 g/t gold

Rockcliff’s 100% earn-in from Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM requires $3 million in spending over four years. Hudbay owns a copper-zinc concentrator about 22 kilometres by road from Bur.

Earlier this month Rockcliff released a resource update for its Talbot flagship, another VMS property in the company’s roughly 45,000-hectare central Manitoba Snow Lake portfolio. The package includes gold projects too. Last month the company reported 17 geophysical anomalies over the Laguna property, site of a former gold mine.

With three of the projects active, Rockcliff’s entire portfolio sits within trucking distance of two Hudbay processing facilities. Included are two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates, three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates, five gold projects and a non-core zinc project recently optioned to Nevada Zinc TSXV:NZN.

Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million in August.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

December 19th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 19, 2017

Update: On February 6, 2018, Golden Dawn Minerals reported that Huakan International Mining, which optioned J&L to Golden Dawn, faced a lawsuit from Armex Mining, which claims it has a valid letter of intent with Huakan concerning J&L. Huakan intends to defend the Armex action, Golden Dawn added.

Part of a strategy to gather advanced-stage to near-production properties, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM has picked up another British Columbia project. Situated 35 kilometres north of Revelstoke and 600 kilometres east of Vancouver, the 3,052-hectare J&L gold-silver-base metals property will function separately from the company’s Greenwood mining camp revival in southern B.C.

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

J&L’s infrastructure includes a 40-person camp.

J&L comes with historic resources for three zones, paved highway and forestry road access, a rail siding and loading facility in Revelstoke, a 40-person camp, maintenance buildings, workshops and a fleet of underground mining equipment.

As part of a 2012 preliminary economic assessment, Huakan International Mining compiled a resource that Golden Dawn considers historic and non-43-101:

Main zone

  • measured and indicated: 3.95 million tonnes averaging 5.68 g/t gold and 56.5 g/t silver for 722,000 ounces gold and 7.18 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 4.34 million tonnes averaging 4.16 g/t gold and 57.8 g/t silver for 580,200 ounces gold and 8.06 million ounces silver

The company also reported M&I grades of 1.94% lead and 3.56% zinc, for a gold-equivalent grade of 8.56 g/t. The inferred category shows 1.82% lead and 2.72% zinc, for 6.76 g/t gold-equivalent.

Footwall zone

  • inferred: 363,000 tonnes averaging 3.65 g/t gold and 25.4 g/t silver for 42,500 ounces gold and 296,000 ounces silver

With 0.55% lead and 0.51% zinc, the gold-equivalent grade comes to 4.49 g/t.

Yellowjacket zone

  • indicated: 1 million tonnes averaging 0.21 g/t gold and 64.1 g/t silver for 6,900 ounces gold and 2.07 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 35,000 tonnes averaging 0.35 g/t gold and 81.9 g/t silver for 400 ounces gold and 91,000 ounces silver

The indicated category also showed 2.77% lead and 9.08% zinc, while base metals inferred grades came to 3.18% lead and 6.26% zinc.

The mineralized zones have been drilled up to 1.5 kilometres along strike and as much as 850 metres down-dip, remaining open.

A three-option agreement outlines several steps of cash payments and share issues to the vendor, as well as spending and work requirements to earn an initial 51% interest and subsequently full ownership of the project.

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

Underground rehab readies the
Lexington past-producer for trial mining.

Golden Dawn plans to update the 2012 PEA and, given positive results, conduct further work including underground drilling, decline and drift development and metallurgical tests to move towards pre-feasibility.

Meanwhile work continues at the Greenwood camp 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Golden Dawn hopes to re-start a number of former mines within 15 to 20 kilometres’ radius of the company’s 212-tpd mill. Earlier this month Golden Dawn released another batch of gold-copper assays from the Golden Crown past-producer. The nearby Lexington gold-copper past-producer has dewatering and underground rehab underway, part of a plan to begin trial mining. Given the infrastructure in place, Golden Dawn proposes to re-start the former mines without de-risking at the feasibility level.

The company also announced three personnel additions this month. Geological consultant Peter Cooper’s 41-year career includes work as chief geologist and operations manager for Kinross Gold’s (TSX:K) Kettle River operations, about 40 kilometres south of the Greenwood camp. He’s helped put three gold mines into operation, including Kinross’ Buckhorn mine, 20 kilometres from Lexington.

Another consulting geologist, Serguei Soloviev has worked on a number of B.C. and Yukon gold and copper projects as well as serving as Rio Tinto Exploration’s chief geologist for Russian operations from 2010 to 2016. Soloviev has written over 50 technical papers for peer-reviewed journals.

Diana Mark joins the team as VP of corporate affairs. With over 25 years’ experience in corporate and regulatory compliance, she’s been providing consulting services to the company since January.

In September Golden Dawn closed private placements totalling $2.3 million, followed by another $2.36 million last month.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

Mountain Boy/Jayden hit 8.63 g/t over 7.72 metres in new Golden Triangle gold zone

November 28th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 28, 2017

Strong assays from a previously unexplored area 550 metres northeast of the Silver Coin deposit indicate a new gold zone on the northwestern British Columbia property, according to the JV partners. With 80% and 20% interests respectively, Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN and Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB announced the discovery from a recently completed 14-hole, 2,226-metre program.

Highlights from five holes released November 28 include:

Mountain Boy/Jayden hit 8.63 g/t over 7.72 metres in new Golden Triangle gold zone

Magnificent scenery doesn’t distract attention
from high-grade gold at Silver Coin.

Hole SC17-444

  • 8.08 g/t gold and 4.7 g/t silver over 2 metres, starting at 94.03 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 13.7 g/t gold and 5.91 g/t silver over 1 metre)


  • 5.12 g/t gold and 91.3 g/t silver over 3 metres, starting at 35 metres

  • 5.38 g/t gold and 17.07 g/t silver over 7.3 metres, starting at 146.2 metres
  • (including 6.21 g/t gold and 12.06 g/t silver over 5.37 metres)
  • (and including 15.5 g/t gold and 17.1 g/t silver over 1 metre)
  • (and including 10.7 g/t gold and 18 g/t silver over 0.5 metres)


  • 5.9 g/t gold and 45.32 g/t silver over 1.8 metres, starting at 103.6 metres
  • (including 8.62 g/t gold and 42.6 g/t silver over 0.8 metres)

  • 14.6 g/t gold and 52.5 g/t silver over 1 metre, starting at 131.2 metres


  • 8.63 g/t gold and 11.99 g/t silver over 7.72 metres, starting at 16.46 metres
  • (including 17.69 g/t gold and 23 g/t silver over 3.2 metres)

  • 4.86 g/t gold and 5.68 g/t silver over 2.5 metres, starting at 77.82 metres
  • (including 6.46 g/t gold and 6.22 g/t silver over 1.5 metres)

  • 8.25 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 88.97 metres

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%. More assays are pending.

As for the main Silver Coin deposit, using a 2 g/t gold cutoff its 2013 resource shows an inferred category of 967,000 tonnes averaging 4.39 g/t gold, 18.98 g/t silver, 0.64% zinc, 0.25% lead and 0.04% copper.

The 1,470-hectare property hosts a zone of faulting and shearing with mineralization up to 300 metres wide and 2.5 kilometres long, the JV partners stated. They consider Silver Coin to share many characteristics with the former Silbak-Premier mine five kilometres south, which produced an estimated 1.8 million ounces gold, 41 million ounces silver, 4.2 million pounds copper, 62 million pounds lead and 20 million pounds zinc.

Meanwhile Mountain Boy has been reporting high grades and visible gold from another Golden Triangle drill campaign, as the company’s 35%-held Red Cliff project advances towards its maiden resource.

A drill program on two contiguous Golden Triangle properties, Mountain Boy’s 100%-held BA and Surprise Creek silver-base metals projects, awaits analysis of results from an airborne VTEM and magnetic survey.

Having closed a $586,400 private placement in September, the company offered a $300,000 private placement last month.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Quebec acquisition brings Saville Resources precious, base and rare metals prospectivity

November 27th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 27, 2017

A flurry of updates shows a new project, new faces and new financing for a rejuvenated Saville Resources TSXV:SRE. The company now moves into Quebec’s James Bay region by taking on the 3,370-hectare Covette property. Although it’s seen limited exploration so far, Covette underwent a 1,402-line-kilometre VTEM survey late last year, along with prospecting and sampling this year. The coincidence of EM conductors with magnetic highs suggests prospectivity for base and precious metals, the company reported. This year’s field program included pegmatite sampling for evidence of lithium.

Quebec acquisition brings Saville Resources precious, base and rare metals prospectivity

Of two historic, non-43-101 grab samples, one returned 4.7% molybdenum, 0.73% bismuth, 0.09% lead and 6 g/t silver; while the other showed 1.2 g/t silver and 0.18% copper.

An underlying greenstone belt could offer base and precious metals potential as well as pegmatite-hosted lithium and tantalum. “Komatiites have also been described in the region, with such rock types known to host significant nickel-copper massive sulphide deposits at other localities globally,” the company stated.

Covette lies just 10 kilometres north of the all-weather Trans-Taiga road, which runs parallel to the LG-3 transmission line.

Pending TSXV approval, Saville gets the property by paying Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC $350,000.

Additionally, Saville announced Michael Hodge’s appointment as president/CEO/director. Having started his career in 1999 on the staking program for Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Blue River tantalum-niobium project in British Columbia, Hodge has field experience on over 25 exploration projects as well as success in raising capital for junior miners.

Jody Bellefleur joins Saville as CFO, bringing over 20 years’ experience as a corporate accountant for the sector.

Saville also announced a private placement of up to $270,000. The company closed an $857,300 placement in July. Among other updates, Saville settled $219,000 in debt by issuing shares and warrants that would represent 18.7% of the company’s outstanding shares.

Update: Mountain Boy Minerals hits visible gold, high-grade assays up to 14.93 g/t over 8.38 metres in NW B.C.

October 31st, 2017

Update: On October 31, Mountain Boy Minerals announced visible gold had been intersected on Red Cliff’s Waterpump zone, described as a faulted extension of the Montrose zone. Four holes had been completed so far at Waterpump, with at least four to six more to come. The company expects to release more Montrose assays soon.

by Greg Klein | October 26, 2017

With one of three drill campaigns vying for attention this season, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB moves the Red Cliff project in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle closer to a maiden resource. The latest assays “continue to indicate a large and extensive mineralized zone that has a length of at least 600 metres, a depth of 600 metres and widths up to 40 metres,” said president Ed Kruchkowski. Highlights included 14.93 g/t gold over 8.38 metres and 9.5 g/t over 10.98 metres.

Mountain Boy holds a 35% interest in the project through a JV that has recently acquired additional claims.

Assays for the project’s Red Cliff and Montrose zones, about 1.2 kilometres apart, were released late last month. The current batch comes from Montrose:

Hole DDH-MON-14

  • 4.95 g/t gold over 3.96 metres, starting at 81.71 metres in downhole depth
Mountain Boy Minerals hits more NW B.C. high grades with 14.93 g/t gold over 8.38 metres

A rig tests the Red Cliff project’s Montrose zone.


  • 3.8 g/t over 2.74 metres, starting at 14.63 metres

  • 3.31 g/t over 2.13 metres, starting at 21.65 metres

  • 6.12 g/t over 2.13 metres, starting at 29.7 metres


  • 6.63 g/t over 9.14 metres, starting at 5.79 metres


  • 6.21 g/t over 9.15 metres, starting at 17.38 metres

  • 7.01 g/t over 2.59 metres, starting at 28.81 metres


  • 4.95 g/t over 7.93 metres, starting at 35.98 metres

  • 14.93 g/t over 8.38 metres, starting at 49.7 metres


  • 4.93 g/t over 3.05 metres, starting at 258.54 metres


  • 9.5 g/t over 10.98 metres, starting at 290.15 metres

True widths weren’t provided.

Still to come are assays for 20 other holes. The program drilled five holes on the Red Cliff zone and 35 on Montrose, with a highlight from the latter zone showing 19.9 g/t gold over 4.12 metres. The company now has a crew building a road to move the rig to the Waterpump zone for another eight to 10 holes.

Earlier this week Mountain Boy announced metallurgical results on two composite core samples from a single Red Cliff hole produced recoveries of 94.8% and 97.6% gold, additionally showing potential for lead and copper byproducts.

Also this week Mountain Boy and 65% JV partner Decade Resources TSXV:DEC stated they would buy the Red Cliff vendor’s 1% NSR on a pro rata basis. Mountain Boy’s share will cost $3,500 and 171,428 shares.

Two weeks ago the company released assays from its 20%-held Silver Coin, another Golden Triangle project that had completed 10 holes totalling 1,616 metres out of a 2,000-metre program. Results came in as high as 22.95 g/t gold and 13.1 g/t silver over 2.5 metres; along with 31.02 g/t gold and 28.5 g/t silver over 1.5 metres.

Assays are also pending from the season’s third drill campaign, which consisted of two holes sunk on a barite-sulphide area of Mountain Boy’s 100%-held Surprise Creek project.

The company closed a $586,400 private placement last month.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Emerita Resources JVs on Spanish zinc project next to high-grade former mine

October 26th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 26, 2017

A successful public tender brings Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO an acquisition hosting extensions of an adjacent past-producer characterized as “among the richest zinc mines in the world.” Through a newly formed JV, the company gets a 50% stake in the Plaza Norte project in northern Spain’s Reocin Basin. The neighbouring Reocin mine produced about 62 million tonnes averaging 11% zinc and 1.4% lead up to 2003.

Emerita Resources JVs on Spanish zinc project next to high-grade former mine

The regional government of Cantabria tendered 13,800 hectares of claims that lapsed when Reocin shut down. “Based on a rigorous review of [historic] drilling data, we are confident that we have selected the claims with the highest potential,” said Emerita president/CEO Joaquin Merino. “We are also extremely pleased with the strong support received from the community and government to date.”

Emerita will act as project operator on behalf of JV partner the Aldesa Group, a specialized construction and infrastructure firm with international operations. The tender granted rights to Plaza Norte for three years with an option to renew.

Emerita has been studying historic data from the property since mid-2016, building a database of over 300 holes totalling approximately 73,000 metres. The Plaza Norte claims cover most of the drilling area, including those with high-grade intervals, the company stated. Some examples include 9.72% zinc over 18.96 metres and 7.05% over 8.2 metres. The core was placed under government storage.

The JV will submit exploration plans to the government within four months.

Cantabria infrastructure includes an industrial port and an excellent rail and road network, Emerita added. Glencore operates a zinc smelter about 180 kilometres by road from Plaza Norte.

Regarding its bid on another Spanish project, last month Emerita reported encouraging news about the Paymogo property in Andalusia. After a competing bid was selected, a court ruled the process invalid, ordering bids to be re-assessed. The company expressed confidence that its bid would prevail if the process “eliminates the illegal criteria and leaves the legal criteria as originally scored.”

Paymogo hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 1.1% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

In March the company announced progress on another disputed Andalusian tender, this one for the Aznalcollar zinc project.

Earlier this month the company announced conditional TSXV approval for its acquisition of the Salobro zinc project in Brazil. Salobro comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 8.3 million tonnes averaging 7.12% zinc.

In June Emerita announced an option to acquire the Falcon Litio MG project, adjacent to Brazil’s only lithium mine.

Emerita also holds the Sierra Alta gold property in northwestern Spain.

High-grade sampling adds interest to Golden Dawn Minerals’ Greenwood revival

October 19th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 19, 2017

A company hoping to restart former mines in southern British Columbia’s historic Greenwood camp, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM announced high-grade sample results from new acquisitions. The news comes as the company drills one of its properties and prepares for trial mining on another of the past-producers in a group of nearby assets that includes a 212-tpd mill.

High-grade sampling adds interest to Golden Dawn Minerals’ Greenwood revival

The Phoenix open pit lies among a group of
prospects that includes the sampling area.

Focusing on properties acquired late last year, some 86 samples were taken, most of them chip samples from outcrop. Among the highlights was a 0.4-metre interval showing 85.9 g/t gold, 29.8 g/t silver and 0.01% copper from the Summit area. The Minnie Moore area came through with 2.68 g/t gold, 1,700 g/t silver, 0.07% copper, 0.41% lead and 0.22% zinc over one metre.

Three one-metre widths from the Silvester K prospect showed:

  • 4.68 g/t gold, 3.1 g/t silver and 0.11% copper

  • 25.5 g/t gold, 7.5 g/t silver, 0.14% copper and 0.01% zinc

  • 10.9 g/t gold, 5.1 g/t silver and 0.02% copper

The most numerous high-grade gold results came from the JD area, where one-metre intervals graded as high as 15.8 g/t, 14.9 g/t, 14.3 g/t, 8.26 g/t, 5.59 g/t and 4.59 g/t gold, along with silver, copper and some lead-zinc.

A grab sample from the Bay area showed 45.1 g/t gold, 7.7 g/t silver and 0.16% copper. An interesting polymetallic chip sample from the Mavis prospect graded 3.79 g/t gold, 503 g/t silver, 0.01% copper, 17.5% lead and 0.18% zinc over one metre.

Overall, the results call for additional exploration and surface drilling on six areas covered by the program, Golden Dawn stated. Meanwhile the company has dewatering underway at Lexington, a nearby past-producer that’s slated for rehab and trial mining. Having given up 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper from April to December 2008, the mine shows potential for new production without de-risking at the feasibility stage, Golden Dawn believes. The company plans to start wet commissioning of the mill as trial mining begins.

A concurrent drill program on the Golden Crown property has sunk 19 holes totalling 1,358 metres so far, with results pending.

Last month the company closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $2.3 million.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.