Midland Exploration Inc. is pleased to report that several new drilling targets have been identified on its Laflamme property, along strike from the recent gold discovery by Maudore Minerals Ltd ("Maudore") about 12 kilometres northwest of the Comtois gold deposit.
The Laflamme project, currently a 50/50 joint venture with North American Palladium Ltd ("NAP"), consists of 724 claims totalling about 370 square kilometres and is located about 25 kilometres northwest of the town of Lebel-sur-Quévillon in Quebec.
During the fall of 2012, ground-based geophysical surveys, namely electromagnetic ("Max-Min") and induced polarization ("IP") surveys, were completed over four grids. The latter covered electromagnetic targets identified during the VTEM-type helicopter-borne survey, as well as geological and structural targets located along the strike extensions of the recent gold discovery by Maudore, less than 500 metres from the Laflamme property limits. Maudore reported drill intersections grading 71.7 g/t Au over 1.2 metres, and 0.8 g/t Au over 40.8 metres, about 12 kilometres northwest of the Comtois gold deposit (Source: Press release by Maudore dated June 6, 2012).
On Laflamme, a Max-Min electromagnetic survey was completed over the EM-16 grid about 3 kilometres northeast of the Maudore discovery, and an IP survey was carried out over the AU-11 grid located less than 1 kilometre northwest of the Maudore discovery. Two other IP surveys were completed over the TCB-1 and TCB-2 grids, respectively located 5 and 7 kilometres further west. A weak Max-Min conductor some 500 metres in length was identified on the EM-16 grid, and two 400-metre-long IP chargeability trends were defined along the edge of a folded magnetic anomaly on the AU-11 grid. On the TCB-1 grid, a northeast-trending IP chargeability anomaly some 500 metres in length was identified, whereas a 400-metre-long IP chargeability trend was detected on the TCB-2 grid.
In addition, two other anomalies (EM-15 and EM-9), respectively located 2 kilometres northeast and 1 kilometre southwest of the Maudore discovery, were modelled directly using electromagnetic responses obtained during the VTEM helicopter-borne survey; these also represent high-priority targets ready to be drill-tested.
An important drilling program designed to test these new targets is expected to begin early in 2013 and will consist of a minimum of 2,500 metres.
The Laflamme property covers more than 50 kilometres of favourable stratigraphy and structures with potential for orogenic gold, volcanogenic massive sulphides (Cu-Zn), and magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits associated with ultramafic rocks. This property was initially acquired in 2008 based on the presence of significant gold, copper and zinc anomalies in till, identified under the Octave project jointly led by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC).