Great Northern and Temex report gold news from Manitoba and Ontario
by Greg Klein
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Great Northern Gold Exploration’s TSXV:GGE Wekusko property hasn’t always delivered the grade. But four holes reported April 29 have ended a 2,133-metre Phase I program on a high-grade note, extending the McCafferty zone at depth and offering encouragement to the project in northern Manitoba’s Flin Flon greenstone belt. The results show:
- 14.6 grams per tonne gold over 1.5 metres, starting at 49 metres in vertical depth
- 1.52 g/t over 1.25 metres, starting at 92 metres
- 9.19 g/t over 1.15 metres, starting at 56 metres
- 5.98 g/t over 1.2 metres, starting at 90.5 metres.
True widths were estimated around 80%. The company labelled the second result a poor sample recovery due to broken and ground-up core.
Another five exploration holes, however, failed to find expansion potential. Of 11 previous holes reported March 13 from the same one-kilometre by three-kilometre grid, 10 didn’t show significant gold but one hole produced intervals of:
- 131.1 g/t gold over 0.3 metres, starting at 85.5 metres
- 3.73 g/t over 0.5 metres, starting at 85 metres.
True widths weren’t available.
A non-43-101 in-house estimate by a previous operator suggested McCafferty holds 16,761 tonnes averaging 13.89 g/t for 7,483 gold ounces. An historic, non-43-101 estimate for Wekusko’s Gold Dust zone suggested 58,356 tonnes averaging 14.06 g/t for 26,361 gold ounces. Another non-43-101 estimate for the project’s past-producing Ferro mine suggested 73,760 tonnes averaging 15.31 g/t for 36,111 gold ounces.
While the estimate “is modest in size,” concedes Great Northern’s May 2012 technical report, “the grade is relatively high and, in aggregate, the tonnage and contained ounces exceed [what] was mined successfully from the adjacent Rex-Laguna past-producer. It should also be noted that the erratic distribution of gold in these zones as indicated in drill intercepts makes ore resource estimation difficult.”
Summer exploration will venture beyond the McCafferty grid to include soil sampling, mapping and prospecting on other parts of the property.
The company holds an option to earn 100% of the 8,880-hectare Wekusko as well as a separate 100% option on the nearby 60-hectare Ferro mine. The package lies 23 kilometres southeast of Snow Lake, home to HudBay Minerals’ TSX:HBM Lalor mine and QMX Gold’s TSX:QMX Snow Lake mine, a past-producer that QMX plans to re-open.
Great Northern opened April 29 at $0.06, half a cent over its previous close, then ended the day at $0.065. The stock’s 52-week high and low were $0.18 and $0.05. With 20.22 million shares outstanding, the company’s market cap came to $1.31 million.
In other April 29 gold news, an option adjacent to its 100%-held Juby property allowed Temex Resources TSXV:TME to substantially increase its resource estimate.
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