Midland Exploration Inc. reports that it has started the Phase 1 exploration program on its 100% owned Komo gold project. Located in Eeyou Istchee James Bay, Quebec, the Komo project includes 393 claims covering an area of 207 km2.
As part of the summer 2020 program, a helicopter-borne prospecting campaign was performed in late August for a period of one week. Soil and rock samples will be collected over targets produced as part of a geological compilation carried out by Midland in the last few months.
The Komo project is situated close to the recent Patwon gold discovery on the Elmer project by Azimut Exploration Inc., which announced drill intercepts grading up to 3.15 g/t Au over 102 m.
This region has historically been the focus of several geological exploration programs. This exploration, mentioned on the Quebec government’s SIGEOM website, formed part of a comprehensive compilation to define the best possible targets on the project.
Mineralization that occurs at the Elmer project belonging to Azimut does not necessarily indicate mineralization that might exist on the Komo project owned by Midland.
Komo encompasses a major geological contact between the La Grande and Nemiscau subprovinces. This contact presents a majority of the known gold deposits in the James Bay region, namely, the La Pointe and Cheechoo deposits as well as the Eleonore mine (Newmont). It is possible to trace the contact over the entire south block of the Komo project, across a distance of about 30 km.
To the south of the contact, the Auclair Formation—which is made of metasediments like those that occur at the Eleonore mine—represents the Nemiscau Subprovince.
Gold-bearing veins have also been found close to the contact between the Kasapawatish Batholith and intermediate pyroclastic rocks of the Wabamisk Formation.
The geological compilation helped produce over 16 new discrete targets on the project. These targets are predominantly based on compilations of available statutory work reports; historical geophysical EM surveys; rock, soil, and sediment sample data from the MERN (SIGEOM); and associated geological settings.
In addition, the prospects of the Auclair Formation will be targeted through prospecting. A vanadium anomaly in bedrock and other electromagnetic anomalies that exist in this unit are regarded as priority targets on the project.
Mineral occurrences including quartz-feldspar-arsenopyrite veins were also targeted. The Wabamisk Formation presents historical Au-As anomalies (SIGEOM database) in soils in the eastern portion of the project. Midland has scheduled a follow-up of these anomalies.
Prospecting and Reconnaissance in August 2020
In late August, a helicopter-borne prospecting campaign was launched to test these new targets. A program spanning one week has been scheduled, with two teams with high expertise.
Apart from the follow-up prospecting, both teams will use a handheld XRF analyzer (Reflex Vanta) to perform quick ground checks of soil or bedrock samples. Soil samples from priority targets with no exposed outcrops will be collected to test their potential.