The 2016 bulk sampling program focused on two high grade shoots known as the “Hook“ and the “Blow“. After digging with an excavator, Gold-bearing quartz was dug with an excavator, passed through a jaw crusher then ground in the hammermill to a fine sand and through a 0.8 mm screen. The material was then passed over two shaker-tables.
Affter proceessing approximately 40 tonnes of vein material, the Company submitted 2.1kg of gold concentrates to General Refining Corporation of Brampton, Ontario for testing and refinement. The refinery produced 298.28 grams (9.8 oz) gold and 30.79 grams (1.0 oz) silver from the concentrates. Recovery rates were 98% and 90% for gold and silver r respectively. After deductions by the refinery, SLAM was paid a net amount of $14,541 for the contained gold.
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The initial discovery was the Maisie zone, where approximately 15 sites of visible gold were discovered along the 700 m strike length of the zone during the 2012 trenching program. Five diamond drill holes have intersected high grade gold to a depth of 30m containing up to 131 g/t gold over 0.31 m. The vein system and bonanza shoots are open at depth.
Another stage of drilling is recommended to test this gold deposit to the 100 m depth. This type of “motherlode” vein system often runs very deep and has potential for a long term mining operation.
The Maisie discovery started in spring 2012 with a prospecting expedition by SLAM’s advance scouting team. The initial discovery comprised large boulders grading up to 118 g/t gold. Trenching resulted in the discovery of the Maisie vein and the Zone 9 vein system 700m to the south.
SLAM’s 100% owned Maisie gold zone is associated with a 10 km X 3 km soil anomaly depicted as red, yellow and green contours on the map to the right. The northerly trending anomaly extends from the Zone 9 and the Maisie zone to the northern edge of the Menneval property. Its termination is spatially associated with the Grand Pabos fault, a major Appalachian structure. Since launching its initial diamond drilling program in December 2012 SLAM has put down 64 diamond drill holes for a total of 2178 m in 2 separate campaigns. The systematic drilling program traced the Maisie gold bearing vein system to a depth of 30 m. The trenching program had already established a strike length of at least 700 m. Drill locations are shown on map below. The typical drilling pattern has 3 holes drilled from each setup at angles of 45, 60 and 70 degrees respectively. Selected gold-bearing sites discovered in the trenching program are shown as green diamonds.
Gold-bearing quartz veins occur in 57 of the 64 holes over core intervals ranging from 0.1m up to 9.7 m. Visible gold was noted in 8 holes MG1201, MG1211, MG1221, MG1224, MG1225, MG1226, MG1352 and MG1363. Grades range up to 121.00 g/t gold over 0.31 m and 22.97 g/t gold over 1.9m.
Other targets include Zone 9 where a series of trenches have unearthed a swarm of crosscutting quartz veins located 700 m south of the Maisie Zone shown on the map to the right. These veins are mineralized with minor limonite, goethite, hematite and pyrite similar to accessory minerals in the Maisie vein and range up to 1.2 m in thickness.
SLAM’s Menneval property is shown on the aeromagneticmap to the left. The pink and red background areas represent magnetic highs on this aeromagnetic map. New gold-bearing boulder occurrences are shown as as green diamond symbols. The 3 green stars near the left side of the map represent skarn deposits drilled by previous workers in exploration programs dating back to 1965. The 3 zones have been tested by approximately 27 diamond drill holes for a total of 4850 m. The most significant intercept was 0.57% copper over 17.5 m drilled in 1973. Reported higher grade intercepts include 2.20% copper + 1.88 opt silver over 0.76 m and 8.86% copper + 4.15 opt silver over 0.6 m.
The photo below is a hand specimen of gold-bearing quartz from the Maisie discovery boulders with a close-up to the right showing visible gold. The photos are by Gary Tozer of Miramichi, NB.