Benchmark Metals Inc. (TSXV: BNCH) (OTCQB: CYRTF) (WKN: A2JM2X) has hit a significant high-grade gold and silver intersection while drilling success at the Duke’s Ridge Zone within the Lawyer’s Project in British Columbia.
The company’s reported results included high-grade and bulk-tonnage intercepts comprising 2.30 g/t gold and 191.88 g/t silver or 4.7 g/t AuEq across 14.46 metres core length, including 7.85 g/t gold and 830 g/t silver or 18.23 g/t AuEq across 3.34m core length.
Benchmark’s CEO John Williamson said the results have extended the known mineralisation at the Duke’s Ridge Zone from surface to over 50 metres vertical depth.
Mr Williamson said a unique aspect of the exceptional results was the intersection of a Phoenix-style vein in addition to the typical broad zones of alteration and brecciation more typical of the Duke’s Ridge zone.
He said these results underscore the potential of the Duke’s Ridge zone and the remaining four holes yet to be received from this zone.
“The discovery of Phoenix-style mineralisation at Duke’s Ridge creates significant opportunity in the Duke’s Ridge-Phoenix corridor for overlapping bonanza grade and bulk-tonnage styles,” Mr Williamson said.
“The Duke’s Ridge area was never mined and represents an area for resource growth that has mineralization at surface. It also highlights Benchmark’s belief that all of these mineralisation styles are underexplored on the Lawyers Project.”
Benchmark also drilled a similar vein 90m to the west, with the results from the two holes, extending the overlapping mineralisation styles to a strike length of at least 350m.
Mr Williamson said the Duke’s Ridge Zone is delineated by drilling, surface soil and rock sample results, potassic alteration, radiometric geophysics, and recent drill-highlights of 5.76 g/t gold and 128.65 g/t silver across 33.52m core length, including 52.02 g/t gold and 846.44 g/t silver across 3.05m core length
The company said there is a suggestion that the Duke’s Ridge zone remains open in all directions and has the potential to connect with Cliff Creek 600m to the northwest, Phoenix 150m to the southeast, and onwards to Phoenix East a further 650 along strike.
“The combined zones represent the +3 kilometre heart of the +20 kilometre Lawyers Trend,” the company reported,