Uranium North Resources and Diamonds North Resources have declared that the surface exploration campaign is being carried out at the Empire Creek gold project, located in Washington State. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Department of Interior, has approved a land use permit for particular drill target areas.
Geochemical sampling, geological mapping and geophysical surveys are included in the preliminary exploration campaign carried out at the Empire Creek. The 2012 program information will be utilized to reevaluate the historic data and to better outline target areas for potential drill program.
Previous reports recommend that the high-grade values of gold are related to regions that contain increased concentrations of carbonate, magnetite, silica, and sulfide. These regions and any freshly discovered zones with same attributes will be targeted during the geological and sampling stages of the campaign. The initial campaign results will be significant in specifically designing upcoming geophysical and potential drilling campaigns. Many parallel fault and splay zones have been discovered from landsat and topographic information from the property, which are same as the epithermal structures, associated with gold, in the region.
The Empire Creek property lies 10 km towards the southern part of the K2 mine and 20 km from the Kinross Kettle River Mill. The K2 gold mine and the Empire Creek are present in the Republic Graben structure.
The company encountered 39.8 g/t gold over 3 m, 12.1 g/t gold and 150 g/t silver over 18.3 m in the Empire Creek project. These occurrences are associated with mineralization that is of replacement style. Epithermal-style mineralization that is analogous to the K2 gold mine is also being targeted by the company.