Identifies Broad Intersection Of Alteration And Mineralisation At Lawyers
Benchmark Metals Inc. (TSXV: BNCH) (OTCQX: BNCHF) has continued to develop the Marmot and Marmot East zones with ongoing exploration success at the Lawyers Gold-Silver Project in British Columbia, Canada.
The footprint for the Marmot zone now extends beyond 350m strike-length, with gold-silver mineralisation at surface supported by geophysics, geochemistry, structural mapping and shallow drilling from surface.
Drilling at the Marmot zone began in late July with initial visual results being comparable to last year’s discovery hole 20MLDD005 that returned 101.00m (core length) of 0.82 g/t AuEq (including 18.00m of 2.5 g/t Au).
New target and deposit expansion drilling continue throughout Benchmark’s flagship – Lawyers Gold-Silver Project, located within the Golden Horseshoe area of north-central British Columbia, Canada.
CEO, John Williamson, said drilling at the Marmot zone is targeting ~1,550m of a north-northwest-trending structural corridor that is interpreted as a significant control on mineralization.
Recent visual results from drill hole 21MLDD009 include an intercept from 69 to 125 metres that consists of a broad zone of intense alteration characterised by strong silicification, sericitisation, increased pyrite content, and multiphase hydrothermal breccias bound by a major mineralised fault structure.
This zone is ~350m along-strike to the northwest of last year’s discovery hole within a geochemical footprint of high-grade rock grab samples, lying on the margins of a ~400m diameter IP chargeability anomaly at the intersection with a major north-northeast-trending structure.
The chargeability anomaly was defined by ground geophysics in August 2021 and is coincident with high magnetic and resistivity signatures characteristic of massive silica and sulphide mineralisation.
“This latest intercept of visible mineralisation within a broad alteration zone in 21MLDD009 is 350m along-strike from our discovery hole at Marmot and demonstrates the developing continuity and robust nature of this system,” Mr Williamson said.
“This visual result continues to demonstrate the significant potential of the Marmot zone to generate near-surface gold and silver ounces as a potential satellite deposit within 3 kilometres of our resource zones.”
To date a total of 2,734m in nine drillholes have been completed at Marmot with an additional 488 metres in two. drillholes at Marmot East. A total of 12,500m of exploration drilling has been planned at the Marmot and Marmot East targets to follow up on the 2020 discovery hole.
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