Copper North Mining Corp. announces that it has commenced drilling of its Thor property in northwest British Columbia. Drilling will test two large targets interpreted as porphyry copper-gold mineralization (see news release of August 4, 2016).
Exploration in the 1960s to 1990s discovered porphyry copper-gold type mineralization on Thor property. The Thor Property covers approximately 20,000 hectares including the historic Thor, Marmot, Thorne and Goldvale mineralized areas. The mineral prospects follow a 20 km long mineralized zone within the central part of the porphyry copper-gold trend, from Kemess North in the north northwest and Kliyul in the south southwest, a distance of 75 kilometres.
Diamond drilling at Thor will begin with the proposed drill hole TH16-01 in the Thor East Area 3 (see Appendix A and B). The target 3 area has been defined by sparse outcrops of granodiorite with copper oxide mineralization in the lower reaches of the mountain that is capped by Takla mafic volcanic rocks that host numerous small veins with copper and gold and extensive alteration zones.
The initial drill hole will be followed by a drill hole TH16-03 in the Thor West Area. Thor West is defined by a large geophysical (Induced polarization) anomaly that covers an area of 2 km by 2.5 km, flanking the Kemess mine access road. The target area is covered by till with no outcropping rocks. A second drill hole, TH16-04, in Thor West is located 1.5 km to the northwest of TH16-03, testing the northern section of the anomaly. The drilling of other drill sites is dependent on drill results of the initial two drill holes.
The Thor Project provides Copper North an opportunity to explore for porphyry copper-gold type mineralization in the slopes and valleys adjacent to the shutdown Kemess South mine and mill complex in North Central BC. The drill holes are very widely separated and may confirm the interpreted wide spread mineral zones.