Midland Exploration Inc., in collaboration with SOQUEM, has acquired 160 claims based on the most recent results of a reconnaissance campaign performed last summer under the Labrador Trough Strategic Alliance that ended in February 2021.
- Exploration of a gold-bearing boulder (40.8 g/t Au) in the Lac à Terre Rouge area
- New Zn-Cu showing (5.64% Zn, 0.14% Cu) situated 4.5 km to the northwest of the Lac Lelièvre showing
- Lac Lelièvre showing expanded 25 m to the northwest (0.17 g/t Au, 30 g/t Ag, 2.3% Zn, 472 ppm Cu, 0.6% Pb)
The new gold-bearing boulder is situated around 125 km to the south of Kuujjuaq, in the Lac à Terre Rouge area. A grab sample obtained from a meter-scale boulder provided a grade of 40.8 g/t Au. Gold seems to be linked to pyrite mineralization and quartz veins. The area up-ice from this boulder has not undergone much exploration. In total, 148 claims were obtained in this region.
Grab sample results from the Lac Lelièvre area, situated 95 km to the south of Kuujjuaq, successfully expanded the horizon that hosts the Lac Lelièvre showing (Cu-Zn) by another 25 m to the northwest.
The grab sample provided grades of 0.17 g/t Au, 30 g/t Ag, 2.3% Zn, and 0.48% Cu. A second sample gathered about 4.5 km to the northwest of the Lac Lelièvre showing yielded 0.14% Cu and 5.64% Zn.
Such samples are linked to huge to semi-huge sulfides in metasedimentary rocks. The massive sulfides are made of sphalerite, chalcopyrite, and pyrrhotite. The Zn, Au, Cu, Ag, As, Sb, Pb metal signature of these samples is characteristic of Besshi-type VMS deposits. Twelve new mining claims were included north of the Lelièvre claim block to encompass the latest results.
These results verify the outstanding potential of the Labrador Trough for several kinds of mineral deposits, such as areas that have been underexplored so far. Midland and SOQUEM are making a plan to return to the Labrador Trough for two exploration campaigns in summer 2022.
Note that grab sample grades may not be representative of mineralized zones.
Rock samples from the project are analyzed by standard fire-assay on 30-gram fractions with atomic absorption finish (Au-AA23) or gravimetric finish (Au-GRA21) at ALS Laboratories in Val-d’Or, Quebec, or Sudbury, Ontario. All samples are also analyzed for multi-elements using the four-acid ICP-MS method. Exploration programs are designed, and results are interpreted by Qualified Persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices, including the use of standards and blanks for every 20 samples.