Midland Exploration Inc. reports that exploration work has recommenced on the Willbob gold project (solely owned by Midland), situated about 70 km west of Kuujjuaq, Quebec.
The Willbob project spans several tens of kilometers of favorable stratigraphy and structures with a robust gold prospect in the Labrador Trough. This primary exploration campaign for 2019 will comprise prospecting and geological mapping and will happen over a period of two weeks.
Ants showing area
Prospecting work conducted under this new program will concentrate on the extensions of the Ants showing discovered in 2018. The Ants gold zone is visible on an outcrop over a surface area of a minimum of 50 m long by 5 to 24 m wide. Channel samples collected in 2018 produced the following values: 1.78 g/ton Au over 23.3 m, including 3.19 g/ton Au over 10.0 m (channel ANTS-18-03); 3.33 g/ton Au over 5.0 m (channel ANTS-18-02); and 2.22 g/ton Au over 4.5 m (channel ANTS-18-04).
The Ants showing is open to the southwest (across width) and the southeast (along strike), beneath surficial deposits. It comprises a large outcropping area where disseminated pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite, along with quartz veinlets, are hosted in a diorite with robust chlorite and ankerite alteration. Keep in mind that grab samples are selective normally and are not illustrative of mineralized zones. The real thickness of mineralized zones intersected by channel samples has not been established.
New claim blocks
A new claim block northwest of the Ants showing area was map-designated by Midland. This block of 40 claims lies straight along the prospective northwest extension of the Ants showing. Diorites mapped by the MERN, airborne electromagnetic anomalies, and lake sediment anomalies are available on this new claim block.
Another block of 81 claims was map-designated in the Lac Canyon area, about 30 km to the southeast, close to the Kan showing held by Osisko Mining Inc (“Osisko”). This new claim block includes a historic gold occurrence nicknamed “Baby One More Time”, explored by Osisko in 2017 (0.76 g/ton Au over 7 m, including 3.29 g/ton Au over 1 m (GM 70728)).
The claim block also has copper occurrences, where grab samples stated by the MERN produced values of 0.65% Cu at Lac du Canyon-NE, and 0.8% Cu at Lac du Canyon-Nord. Lastly, a block of 12 claims was map-designated beside the Robelin fault, 5 k west of the Ants showing. This claim block encompasses diorites mapped by the MERN in addition to zinc and gold lake sediment anomalies.
Prospective work done in July 2019 will concentrate on the Ants showing area, besides the new recently acquired claim blocks, including the probable northwest extension of the Ants showing.
A second phase of fieldwork is scheduled for September 2019. This second phase will include additional prospecting work as well as a drilling campaign totaling about 1,000 m, concentrating mostly on the Ants showing, with a few drill holes scheduled further east on the Stars showing.
Exploration program design and interpretation of results are carried out by qualified persons using a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program in keeping with industry best practices, including the application of standards and blanks with every 20 samples. Rock samples on the project are assayed for gold by typical 30 g fire-assaying with AA (Au-AA23) or gravimetric finish (Au-GRA21) at ALS Minerals laboratories in Val d’Or, Québec.
Samples with visible gold or above 1.0 g/ton Au were additionally examined by metallic screen with fire assays (Au-SCR21); Au-SCR21 values were used to compute gold intervals when available. Each sample is also examined for multiple elements, using four-acid ICP–AES method (ME-ICP61) at ALS Minerals laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia.