Garibaldi Resources (TSXV: GGI) has received high-grade results from early-stage exploratory drill holes testing multiple mineralised veins and volcanic rock units at the Casper Quartz Gold Vein System. Drilling at Casper, 20km north of E&L in the Eskay Camp of Northwestern British Columbia, was completed in late 2021.
- Five diamond drill holes followed-up the first four holes into the Casper Discovery reported in February 2021. Eight of the nine holes have intersected significant gold mineralisation, with increasing gold grades towards the southeast.
- Drill core samples from silicified volcanic rocks containing quartz-carbonate-sulphide veins at a depth of 129.5 m returned 10.15 g/t gold over 4.5 m (CAS-21-05: 129.5-134m), including 29.94 g/t gold over 1.5 m (CAS-21-05: 129.5-131m). This intercept may be continuous with the four metre thick mineralised silicified unit containing visible gold intercepted in 2020, located approximately 65 m to the northwest. This hole validates the exploration concept that gold mineralisation is associated with a broad silicified volcanic unit rather than discrete local veins, expanding the potential for a much larger gold-bearing mineral system.
- Elevated gold abundances along a 260m strike length are confirmed by drilling, and the system remains open with increasing potential to the southeast. Previously reported surface trenching has also exposed the Casper vein for over 120m strike length and select rock samples exceeding 1.0 g/t Au occur at surface for over 330m, within a 500 m wide zone of anomalous gold concentrations in soil.
- Fine grained visible gold has been intercepted in both 2021 and 2022 drilling as well as 2022 trenching. Multiple grab samples with visible gold trenched in 2020 from the east side of the main Casper vein returned 249.0, 92.3, 75.3 and 58.4 g/t gold,
Exploration at Casper has identified a continuous zone of gold-rich quartz vein mineralisation in association with soil geochemical gold anomalies and extensive rock-chip gold anomalies both along strike and across strike indicating potential for multiple sub-parallel veins of mineralisation.
The development of silicified country rocks with elevated gold content, and the complex structural relationships evident from the LiDAR data highlight the potential that the results sit on the edge of a much larger gold-bearing mineral system where altered country rocks and quartz veins with elevated gold are controlled by NW-SE and N-S lineaments corresponding to a shear zone.
Jeremy Hanson, Garibaldi VP-Exploration, said an exciting opportunity exists to expand the footprint of the mineral zone and identify structurally-controlled blow-outs with economically interesting grade and thickness of gold-silver mineralisation.
Jeremy Hanson, Garibaldi VP-Exploration, stated: “We are very encouraged by the second round of drilling results at Casper. We are still in the very early stages of this project, but we have confirmed that gold is present in both veins and the silicified host rocks. This verifies that the Casper system could be another gold rich system in the Eskay Camp.”
“The Casper discovery continues to bolster our impressive Eskay area precious metal prospects. It is the first gold system discovered amongst our numerous gold showings which will be the focus of a separate exploration initiative along with Palm Springs during 2022,” Mr Regoci said.
“The high-grade Ni-Cu-PGE E&L system at Nickel Mountain is the primary focus along with numerous base metal targets identified from the results of the property wide ZTEM geophysical survey. These new base and precious metal targets will provide additional opportunities for significant discoveries in the Golden Triangle.”
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