Priorities Set For 2021 BC Drill Programme
Benchmark Metals Inc.(TSXV: BNCH) has defined its high-priority targets for drill testing during the 2021 exploration programme in Canada.
The company has outlined six initial drill targets that includes the Marmot, Marmot East, MGrid, Gifford’s Edge, Lala and Silver Pond zones. An additional 14+ targets will see geological work to advance them to the drill ready stage.
All new high-priority target areas have yielded significant gold-in-soil anomalies and high-grade rock samples over large areas of prospective structures, indicating the potential to discover new mineralised zones.
The Marmot Zone is the most advanced new target that yielded 101.00 metres core length of 0.82 g/t AuEq earlier this year. Marmot will see drilling to expand gold-silver mineralisation across the two km by three km surface expression.
Benchmark’s flagship Lawyers Gold-Silver Project is located in a road-accessible area of the Golden Horseshoe in north-central British Columbia.
“Over 60% of the 140 sq. km package remains unexplored and/or under-explored providing potential for additional discoveries across the +20 kilometre long, mineralised gold-silver system,” CEO, John Williamson, said.
“Testament to this are the new gold-silver targets that have provided high-grade results at surface and very encouraging drill holes at the Marmot Zone. The new high-priority targets exhibit the same types of alteration and mineralisation observed at Cliff Creek, three km to the northwest.”
The advanced targets have undergone systematic exploration to identify areas for drilling. The targets exhibit the same type of anomalous and coincident geological features that are seen at the Cliff Creek Zone. This includes:
- Radiometric geophysics that delineate areas of potassic alteration where fluids have carried and deposited gold and silver at surface along with the alteration;
- Ground magnetic geophysics that delineate fault systems, analogous with other zones on the Lawyers Trend (Cliff Creek, Dukes Ridge, AGB, Phoenix);
- Targeted mapping that identified prospective host rocks, alteration and associated silicified hydrothermal breccias and multi-generational quartz veining with sulphides, and;
- Anomalous soil and rock geochemistry that returned grab samples.