Balmoral Resources Ltd. reported today that drilling and geophysical work has resumed on the Company's wholly owned Martiniere Gold Property, part of the Detour Trend Project, in Quebec.
Initial drilling will focus on the delineation and expansion of the sparsely tested southern two-thirds of the Bug Lake Gold Trend and, weather conditions permitting, will also look to expand on other recent gold discoveries within the broader Martiniere gold system.
An extensive I.P. (Induced Polarization) survey is also underway targeting the recently discovered, gold-bearing, Lac du Doigt ("LD") fault zone. This is the first ground geophysical work focused on the LD fault where reconnaissance drilling in 2015 successfully traced three sub-parallel gold zones for approximately 180 metres along strike (see Figure 1). All three zones remain open in all directions. The I.P. survey will cover a 5,000 metre long segment of the LD fault, as well as several other potential structural zones in the area. The goal is to provide targets for summer drill testing. The LD fault parallel's the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone which hosts the Detour Lake Gold Mine 45 kilometres to the west. It represents a new environment for gold mineralization on the Martiniere Property and across the broader land package held by Balmoral.
"As always, it is an exciting time for our shareholders when we have drills turning on the Martiniere Property, and in particular in the Bug Lake area which has produced some of the highest grade gold intercepts to date from the entire Detour Trend," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of Balmoral Resources. "We continue to expand both the known zones of gold mineralization on the Property and, with discoveries like those along the LD fault, the overall size of the gold mineralized system in the Martiniere area."
Bug Lake Gold Trend and Martiniere Gold System
Drilling to date has traced the Bug Lake Gold Trend south from where it intersects the LD fault for over 1,800 metres. North of the LD fault it remains open and untested, as it does to the south toward the Sunday Lake deformation zone. Gold mineralization within the Bug Lake Trend is centered around a quartz porphyry filled fault corridor with high-grade (+3 g/t, with individual intercepts to over 9,000 g/t) gold mineralization occurring in several sub-parallel zones within, and in both the hanging wall and footwall to, the fault corridor. These high-grade zones are typically surrounded by broader haloes of anomalous to low-grade gold mineralization which can range from 10's to over 130 metres in width.
Drilling to date along the Bug Lake Trend has intersected gold mineralization to vertical depths of approximately 400 metres. 97% of the drilling to date has focused on the shallow portion of the Trend, between surface and 250 vertical metres. The known gold mineralization remains open to depth on all sections.
In addition to Bug Lake, the Martiniere Property hosts the 1,000 metre long Martiniere West Gold Trend. This trend features multiple zones and occurrences of gold mineralization located along a northwest oriented shear corridor centered approximately 600 metres west of the heart of the Bug Lake Trend. High-grade gold mineralization within the Martiniere West Zone has been traced from surface to 325 vertical metres. It, and several sub-parallel gold zones along the trend, remain open for expansion.