Musk Metals Corp. reports discoveries of gold and copper mineralization on its wholly owned Pluto properties, located adjacent to Kenorland Minerals 'Chebistuan' project.
The 'Chebistuan' project has now been optioned to Newmont Mining based in the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Quebec.
Copper and gold mineralization from a total of 88 samples collected from sub-angular and bedrock boulders across the mineralized regional structures yielded up to 0.405 g/t gold (Au) and 1,070 ppm copper (Cu).
The Kapunapotagen Shear Zone, which hosts the Lac Dolomieu Cu occurrence to the west and the Opemiska Cu/Au deposits to the east of the Pluto property, crosses through the northern border of both the East Block and West Block at the Pluto property.
Program highlights comprise the West Block, in which samples from a mineralized structure yielded grades of 0.405 g/t Au in tectonized ultramafics in bedrock, while an adjacent float from a local silicified metasediment yielded 1,070 ppm Cu.
Based on examinations across the program, deformation (and its intensity) noted inside the numerous lithologies, the extrapolated thickness, or the thickness of the deformation zone is at least 300 m, additionally denoting that this is more of a regional structure.
The gabbro-pyroxenite complex, discovered close to the highway, may signify a portion of the 'Ventures Sill. This is the same structure hosting the Opémiska Cu-Au mine in Chapais and, hence, could also be associated with the relatively closer Dolomieu Ag-Cu mineralized occurrence, located approximately 1 km east of the West Block (also nearby the highway).
With its large quantity of outcrop, this region hosted mineralization (such as both Cu and zinc sulfides) and indicated a prospective structural and strike relationship to a significant local deposit and is a top priority for upcoming exploration work.
Minroc Management Limited has recently concluded an in-depth work program and stated, “The initial prospecting program on the Pluto properties successfully found gold and copper mineralization on surface within the on-property portions of mineralized regional structures. The positive results obtained from this initial work program warrants follow-up exploration work to determine the extent and tenor of the mineralization present throughout the properties.”
We are extremely encouraged by the results of our Pluto work program and the discovery and concentration of Gold and Copper in our sampling. We are planning a follow-up program on Pluto to commence shortly to further define these discoveries and to identify high priority targets for a potential upcoming drill program.
Charn Deol, CEO and Director, Musk Metals Corp.
“With highly prospective projects in some of the most prolific mining camps throughout Canada, Musk Metal anticipates an active period with multiple work programs in close proximity to recent significant discoveries throughout British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, as well as the evaluation of additional near-term acquisitions,” Deol added.
Both Pluto properties are composed of a series of highly potential sedimentary-volcanic rock contacts and crustal-scale deformation zones. The Pluto properties are situated about 15 km west of the Chapais mining camp (6.5 M oz Au and 2.7 B lbs Cu of historic production) and 40 km west of the Chibougamau mining camp.
While the Chibougamau camp has previously been mined and examined for Cu-Au mineralization, the latest finding of the Nelligan deposit (IAMGOLD—Vanstar Resources) emphasizes the regional potential for orogenic gold mineralization, which was missed before.
Situated west of the town of Chibougamau in Quebec, the Pluto properties offer excellent infrastructure and a skilled local workforce for mining and exploration activities.
About the Pluto Properties—Chapais-Chibougamau Mining Camp, Quebec
The Pluto properties have not been extensively explored for precious and base metals, and previous assay results had yielded Cu-Zn-Au-Ag values. A few historic diamond drill holes yielded VMS showings (Dolomieu-Sud) and visible sulfide mineralization.
Till samples collected from the latest exploration work concluded at the Pluto properties yielded base metal and anomalous gold values. The exploration work also outlined three distinct anomalous zones.