Metallic Minerals Corp. (“Metallic” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce initial results from the 2018 exploration program conducted at its 100% owned McKay Hill Project, located 50 km north of the historic Keno Hill Silver District, and adjacent to ATAC’s Rackla Property, in the Yukon Territory. Highlights include the outline of six areas of highly elevated silver, lead, zinc, copper and gold in soils of 1 to 1.5 km in length that remain open to further expansion.
Soil sampling was conducted as part of the McKay Hill Project exploration program in 2018 in order to expand the previously limited sampling. The soils program covered an area approximately 3 km long by 1.5 km wide with samples collected at approximately 50 m spacing.
Within this 3 km long area are six discrete zones of elevated soil values, consistently registering between 2 g/t to 200 g/t Ag Eq. (yellow to magenta colours) that correspond with the target areas previously identified through mapping and rock sampling, expanding these areas with more continuous coverage where outcrop exposure is limited on the property. These large areas of highly elevated metals in soils support the potential for significant scale mineralized systems in the bedrock below. The soil anomalies defined both by their strong tenor and large areal extent coincide spatially with both the historic and the new vein exposures that together outline the Central Zone and five additional newly defined target areas.
McKay Hill Central Zone
The Central Zone was the focus of historic exploration and high-grade production in the 1940s from a small area of the No. 6 Vein Corridor. The 2018 soil sampling grid was designed to expand on previous sampling that showed elevated metals in soils along the main Central Zone ridge, where most of the previously known mineralized exposures had been identified. When viewed in the context of the area’s geology, the new results from the 2018 sampling highlight that the Central Zone is one of a series of roughly 1 to 1.5 km long, east-west to northeast trending zones of mineralization on the property. The mapped mineralized structures in the Central Zone consist of: 1) thick, sub-vertical, sulfide-bearing quartz veins in three predominant orientations striking north-south, east-west and north-east; and 2) numerous parallel massive sulfide veins up to 2 m wide typically striking north-easterly with a sub-vertical dip. Together these vein sets generate the large, property-scale soil anomaly that is open in multiple directions and will be the subject of additional sampling work in future programs.
Other Target Areas at the McKay Hill Project
In addition to the significant expansion of the main Central Zone, systematic exploration on the McKay Hill Project over the last two years has also identified and refined six additional surrounding target zones: West McKay, Falls, Bella, Red, Snowdrift and Independence.
The West McKay anomaly appears to be a significant parallel zone to the Central Zone and contains some of the highest soil grades from the survey, coinciding with several newly-defined sulfide-bearing quartz veins that were located in 2018 and that have similar orientations as the vein structures seen in the Central Zone. The Red, Falls, Bella and Independence zone grids are also open to expansion in several directions and additional follow up sampling will be planned in future programs to determine the extent of the open soil anomalies and to provide expanded coverage. To date, Metallic has identified 37 vein structures at the McKay Hill Project, 18 of which were identified during the 2018 field program.
Metallic’s CEO and Chairman, Greg Johnson states, ”We are very pleased with the these initial results from the 2018 McKay Hill Project work that are outlining a number of significant mineralized systems of scale. These metal in soil anomalies, coupled with the historic and newly discovered high-grade vein occurrences only cover a portion of the McKay Hill Project but support the potential for a district scale system that is significantly larger than previously recognized. The tenor and scale of the surface anomalies indicate potential for broad zones of high-grade mineralization that warrant further investigation through additional surface sampling work and drill testing. With the successful exploration program at the McKay Hill Project, new claims have been staked to cover additional prospective ground and planning for the 2019 work program is underway. Additional results from rock sampling and initial trenching at the McKay Hill Project are pending and are expected in the coming weeks. We also anticipate providing a project update and results from our advanced Keno Silver Project in the Keno Hill Silver District.”