Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd recently reported the results from the underground exploration drilling project underway at its 100% owned Eagle River Mine in Wawa, Ontario.
Originally discovered in 2015, Wesdome’s 303 Lens is still under development phase. This continued development has shown the good continuity of the gold mineralization up and down plunge, and draws attention to the consistent high grades and widths in the 303 Lens due to local folding.
At first, the 303 Lens was defined from the 750 m level to 1000 m level, and has currently been extended to an extra 300 m down plunge to the 1300 m level, while continuing to exhibit above-average grades and widths.
Key features of the recent drilling are mentioned below.
No. 303 Lens
- Hole 925-E-106: 70.0 g/ton Au over 11.5 m core length (48.1 g/ton Au cut, 7.4 m true width)
- Hole 925-E-104: 92.8 g/ton Au over 11.1 m core length (37.2 g/ton Au cut, 6.4 m true width)
- Hole 925-E-87: 72.2 g/ton Au over 10.8 m core length (42.8 g/ton Au cut, 5.4 m true width)
Each assay is cut to 140.0 g/ton Au. True widths are predicted.
We are pleased with our ongoing exploration efforts at the Eagle River Mine, in particular, the continued expansion of the high grade 303 Lens that has provided above average reserve grades over 2019 and planned into 2020.
Mr Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd
He added, “This additional expansion of the 303 Lens an additional 300 metres down plunge provides an opportunity to mine these high grades well into the future with additional mine development. We expect to include the results into the existing resource and reserves base at year end.”
Middlemiss continued, “Elsewhere, we are continuing to aggressively explore the Eagle River deposit with five underground and one surface drill rigs to extend the known 7 East and 311 West zones that are proximal to existing development and infrastructure and testing for parallel zones of mineralization in the eastern portion of the mine diorite.”
And on surface, we continue to test the recently discovered Falcon zones where there exists good potential to define higher grade and wider zones of gold mineralization that would be near mine infrastructure.
Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd
The sampling of, and assay data, from surface drill core is tracked through the execution of a quality assurance–quality control (QA-QC) program meant to adhere to the industry best practice. Samples are sent in sealed bags to AGAT Laboratories in Timmins Ontario for preparation.
Pulps are shipped to Mississauga, Ontario, for gold assay by fire assay with AAS finish. Samples with high-grade gold are additionally assayed with a gravimetric finish and by metallic screen assay where visible gold can be seen. Wesdome inserts certified standards and blanks in the sample sequence for quality control.
In the case of underground drilling, the sampling of, and assay data from, underground drill core is tracked through the execution of a quality assurance–quality control (QA-QC) program meant for adhering to industry best practice.
Samples are shipped to the Eagle River Mine assay office in Wawa, Ontario, in sealed bags. Analysis of the samples for gold is performed using a typical fire assay method with a gravimetric finish. As a quality control measure, Wesdome inserts blanks and certified reference standard in the sample sequence.
The technical content of this press release has been compiled, revised, and approved by Michael Michaud, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration of the company and a “Qualified Person” as stipulated in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.