Canadian Zinc Corporation ("the Company" or "Canadian Zinc") is pleased to announce the commencement of a winter diamond drill program on its wholly-owned South Tally Pond copper-lead-zinc-silver-gold project in central Newfoundland. The planned Phase 1 drill program includes 4,800 metres (in at least 17 holes) of core drilling focused on expanding South Tally Pond's presently defined Lemarchant massive sulphide deposit.
South Tally Pond Project
The South Tally Pond ("STP") project is a significant, 100%-owned land position covering 214 sq. km of a highly prospective volcanogenic massive sulphide ("VMS") geological belt in central Newfoundland. The Lemarchant Deposit, the most advanced target on the South Tally Pond property, is situated 20 km southwest of Teck Resources Limited's Duck Pond copper-zinc mine in the same geological belt.
Drilling at the Lemarchant Deposit has outlined a significant precious metal-rich copper-lead-zinc VMS deposit with excellent potential to develop into a viable economic resource. An initial National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 mineral resource estimate was completed in January 2012 on the Lemarchant Deposit and includes the following mineral resources:
- Indicated Mineral Resource: 1.24 million tonnes grading 5.38% zinc, 0.58% copper, 1.19% lead, 1.01 g/t gold and 59.17 g/t silver (15.40% ZnEQ) using a 7.5% zinc equivalent grade cut-off.
- Inferred Mineral Resource: 1.34 million tonnes grading 3.70% zinc, 0.41% copper, 0.86% lead, 1.00 g/t gold and 50.41 g/t silver (11.97% ZnEQ) using a 7.5% zinc equivalent grade cut-off.
(See Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate on the Lemarchant Deposit, South Tally Pond VMS Project, central Newfoundland, dated March 2, 2012 filed on SEDAR under Paragon Minerals Corporation.)
The Lemarchant Deposit is comprised of precious metal-rich, massive sulphide and semi-massive sulphide stockwork mineralization, which has reported drill intersections of up to 30 metres in thickness. The deposit is defined over a strike length of 350 metres and to a depth of 210 metres. The deposit remains open for expansion. The planned drill program is designed to test for additional mineralization to the north, south and at depth below the established resources. In addition, the exploration potential on STP project outside of the Lemarchant area is still relatively untapped with numerous priority VMS targets that have seen limited or no drilling.
Canadian Zinc acquired the South Tally Pond project through the acquisition of Paragon Minerals Corporation ("Paragon") completed on September 24, 2012. Paragon is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Zinc and has retained key Paragon personnel to further manage and conduct the programs on STP. Michael Vande Guchte, previously President of Paragon and now Vice President of Canadian Zinc stated, "Additional discoveries at South Tally Pond have long awaited further exploration programs which Canadian Zinc is now providing and we look forward to building onto the existing significant mineral resource base at Lemarchant."
Approval for the exploration program at STP has been received from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and a drill contract has been awarded for commencement of drilling in mid-January.
South Tally Pond History
The South Tally Pond Project is located in a proven base metal mining district, approximately 40 km south of the past-producing Buchans Mine with historic production of 16.2 million tonnes grading 14.2% zinc, 7.6% lead, 1.3% copper, 1.37 g/t gold and 126 g/t silver; and immediately adjacent to Teck Resources Limited's Duck Pond copper-zinc mine/mill complex which is presently mining at a rate of 1,800 tonnes per day and, in 2011, produced 13,200 tonnes of copper and 21,300 tonnes of zinc. Access to the project area is excellent with year-round road access to most points on the property.
The South Tally Pond Project area has been intermittently explored for base metals since the late 1960's with the majority of the work focusing on the Duck Pond and Boundary deposits. Relatively limited exploration has been undertaken outside of these two areas. To date, only 169 drillholes (43,488 metres) have been completed within the South Tally Pond Project area, including drilling by Paragon. The majority of these drillholes have targeted four areas including the Lemarchant, Rogerson Lake, Spencer's Pond and Gill's Pond prospects. Other than recent drilling at the Lemarchant Deposit, drilling in each of these areas has typically been broad spaced drilling at greater than 100 metres.
A total of 74 drillholes (24,263 metres) have now been completed at the Lemarchant Deposit. Significant drill intersections include:
- 1.65% Cu, 12.74% Zn, 3.27% Pb, 185.75 g/t Ag and 10.13 g/t Au over 7.0 metres
- 1.61% Cu, 11.83% Zn, 3.27% Pb, 528.31 g/t Ag and 3.13 g/t Au over 10.3 metres
- 1.40% Cu, 14.80% Zn, 3.56% Pb, 80.90 g/t Ag and 1.35 g/t Au over 17.05 metres