In June 2019, Starr Peak Mining Ltd. acquired a priority land package in northwestern Quebec, directly east of Amex Exploration Inc.’s Perron Property and proximal to the past-producing Normétal Mine. The newly acquired NewMétal Property (“NewMétal” or the “Property”) consists of 53 mineral claims covering 1,420 hectares of highly prospective ground for orogenic gold and polymetallic VMS style mineralization in a region well-known for its gold occurrences and historical production. The Company plans to complete an initial program of prospecting, geological mapping, and high-resolution drone geophysics in order to prepare for an inaugural drilling campaign.
The NewMétal Property is located in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec, along the Chicobi Deformation Zone. The Property is directly adjacent to Amex Exploration Inc.’s Perron Property, from which recently announced drill results include 32.2 g/t Au over 5.90 metres and 30.98 g/t Au over 8.50 metres (see Amex Exploration news releases dated May 21st and June 3rd, 2019), and proximal to the past-producing Normétal Mine, from which approximately 10.1 million tonnes grading 2.24% Cu, 5.41% Zn, 0.526 g/t Au, and 44.45 g/t Ag were extracted periodically between 1937 and 1975, with development down to a depth of approximately 2.4 km (SIGEOM - Mine Normétal).
Figure 1: Regional Geology of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt with respect to Starr Peak’s NewMétal Property. Source: Amex Exploration. (Note: the total ounces/tonnes noted for each mining camp has not been independently verified by the QP)
The Company’s NewMétal Property in underlain by favourable geology consisting of rhyolite and mafic volcanic rocks, as well as diabase dikes and granitic intrusions. Further, the Property straddles a section of the Normetal Fault, a major structural corridor associated with significant polymetallic occurrences along strike from the Property, most notably, the past producing Normétal Mine.
Quebec’s SIGEOM database notes two historical mineral showings present on the Property; Rang I-Lots 44-57 and Perron-Desmeloizes-Nord. The Rang I-Lots 44-57 Showing was discovered by diamond drilling in 1966 with 0.02% Cu and 2.38% Zn over 0.15 metres reported (Sondage 1-66). A sample of 1.02 g/t Au over 0.3 metres was also reported from a drill hole completed in 1993 in the same area (Sondage 93-05). The Perron-Desmeloizes-Nord Showing was discovered 1952 and reported as a select surface sample of 14.5 g/t Au associated with pyrite and pyrrhotite in volcanic rocks.
Figure 2: Regional Geological Map of the NewMétal Property with respect to Amex Exploration’s Perron Property and the past producing Normétal Mine
On June 1st, 2020 Starr Peak expanded our land position at the NewMétal property. The newly expanded land position includes 11 claims covering 468 hectares, growing the NewMétal property to a total of 64 mineral claims covering 1,888 hectares of highly prospective ground. The newly acquired claims are comprised of a block directly adjacent and on trend to Amex Exploration Inc.’s Perron project. The geology underlaying the newly expanded land package is comprised of felsic and intermediate volcanic and felsic plutonic rocks of the Normétal formation and is highly prospective for gold-rich VMS mineralization and orogenic gold mineralization.
Figure 1: Regional Geology of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt and localisation of Starr Peak's NewMétal Property.
The NewMétal Property is located in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec, along the Chicobi Deformation Zone. The Property is directly adjacent to Amex Exploration Inc.’s Perron property, from which recently announced drill results include 32.2 g/t Au over 5.90 metres and 30.98 g/t Au over 8.50 metres, and the past-producing Normétal Mine, from which ~10.1M tonnes of 2.15% Cu, 5.12% Zn, 0.549 g/t Au, and 45.25 g/t Ag were extracted during the periods of 1926-1929, 1931-1933, and 1937-1975 and developed down to a depth of 2.7 km below surface.
The NewMétal Property is cross-cut by the Normetal Fault Horizon associated with gold and base metal mineralization along strike. The property is also located in the eastern extension of the Perron fault known to be a prolific gold bearing structure. Geology underlaying the Property consists of favourable rhyolite and mafic volcanic rocks, as well as diabase dikes and granitic intrusions. Two known mineral showings occur on the Property. The Rang I-Lots 44-57 showing was identified in diamond drilling in 1966, with samples reaching up to 0.02% Cu and 2.38% Zn over 0.15 metres in historical drillhole Sondage 1-66, and up to 1.02 g/t Au occurring over unknown widths in drillhole Sondage 93-05. The Perron-Desmeloizes-Nord showing is a surface showing identified in 1952 with select samples reaching up to 14.5 g/t Au.
Figure 2: Geological Map of the NewMétal Property with respect to Amex Exploration’s Perron Project and the Normétal Past-Producing Mine.