Harfang Exploration Inc. reports 90 new results from its summer 2020 till survey on its wholly owned Serpent Property situated in James Bay, Québec.
The findings define a huge (>8 km2) gold-in-till anomaly (gold grains removed from a mineralized body by the action of a glacier and currently dispersed in the soil), indicating a wide gold system on the property.
Listed below are the initial findings from the summer 2020 till survey:
- Three till samples including more than 100 gold grains (141, 308, and 432), of which 50%, 47%, and 69% of the grains, respectively, have a pristine shape
- Heavy Mineral Concentrate (HMC) from five samples returned gold values of more than 5 g/t Au (16.90, 14.50, 10.20, 9.52, 6.44 g/t Au)
- 50 till samples yielded 20 gold grains or more, currently constituting a gold-in-till anomaly that encompasses a minimum area of 8 km2.
Real-time findings indicate that the gold-in-till anomaly area is considerably expanded and stays open. Currently, the anomaly hosts a cluster of 60 till samples including ≥20 gold grains and over 25 HMC values ≥1 g/t Au encompassing an area more than 8 km2.
More till results from the summer and fall programs are still pending. The last survey uncovered 10 samples with 20 gold grains or more spread over around 4 km2.
Both gold grain counts and gold values in HMCs led to results that are more relevant. Out of the 90 new samples, 50 include 20 gold grains or more. This amount of gold grains is regarded anomalous as background in the region is anticipated to be less than 5 grains.
Three samples gathered in 2020 include more than100 gold grains, with the largest count at 432 gold grains, which includes 297 pristine grains. Pristine grains are sensitive pieces of free gold usually extracted from bedrock sources next to the sampling sites.
Such samples with over 100 gold grains and more than 47% pristine grains form a clear dispersal train lined up into the principal glacial direction. Partial HMC findings from 2020 contain 12 samples (out of 29 analyzed samples) above 1 g/t Au (anomalous threshold value)
Four adjacent samples spread over a strike length of 1.3 km yielded over 10 g/t Au (10.2, 14.5, 16.9, and 18.8 g/t Au). The high HMC as well as gold grain counts values are situated close to and down-ice of major structures and adjacent to newfound gold showings.
Several gold specks were found in a narrow (<3 cm) and intermittent quartz vein situated up-ice that graded 222.58 g/t Au. Visible gold was noticed in pyroxenites, gabbros, and quartz veins at many localities within the anomaly.
Harfang considers that the bedrock source of the gold-in-till anomaly is in the vicinity, taking into account that this anomalous cluster is characterized by high ratios of pristine gold grains, high gold grain counts, and high gold values in HMCs and that the cluster is spatially connected with several high-grade gold showings.
Over 20 surface gold showings (>1 g/t Au) were identified recently inside and around the gold-in-till anomaly, which includes at least three wide gold-bearing shear zones and related quartz veins (Sasquatch, Ana, Moby-Dick). Although surface gold showings were discovered, the source of the till anomaly continues to be unknown.
The new findings considerably improve the ability of mining exploration specifically below the huge swamps. Staff at Harfang is keen to obtain results from all kinds of samples (rock, soil, till) gathered over the last months to identify the most potential regions of this part of the property and schedule the next field operations.
The technical and scientific data in this press release has been prepared and approved by François Huot, P.Geo, Chief geologist at Harfang, a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101.
The Serpent Property, located close to the James Bay Road, is situated around 80 km to the south of Radisson. The property constitutes 552 mining claims spanning an area of 28,312 hectares.
It is proximal to the La Pointe gold deposit and the recently identified La Pointe Extension prospect that is owned by Quebec Precious Metals Corporation and is situated next to the contact between the La Grande and Opinaca subprovinces.