Chalice Gold Mines (ASX: CHN) has announced a positive update on its reconnaissance drilling, geophysics, and targeting activities at the East Cadillac Gold Project in Quebec, Canada.
The company said that the ~5,300m reconnaissance diamond drill programme has been completed at Legrand and Anderson prospects. Chalice reported that the drilling at Legrand uncovered the presence of a new significant fault system, the Windward Fault.
The company also announced the completion of a 3D-IP survey which highlighted multiple chargeability anomalies.
Chalice said that the new results continue to demonstrate the potential for the 233km2 East Cadillac Gold Project to host a new gold district, ~35-60km east of Val-d’Or along the prolific LLCF. The company said that the next phase of targeting and planning activities are underway on advanced prospects on the Project.
East Cadillac Gold Project
Located ~35km east of the >20Moz Val-d’Or gold camp in Quebec, Canada, the East Cadillac Gold Project covers an area of 233km2. The Project lies within the prolific Abitibi greenstone belt. Chalice’s land holdings encompass a strike length of 27km of the Larder Lake-Cadillac Fault (LLCF).
There are seven high-priority prospects identified by Chalice in the East Cadillac Gold Project, North Contact, Lac Rapides, Simon West, Nordeau West, Legrand, Anderson, and Marquise and Makwa.
Diamond Drill Programme
The company said that an 18-hole, 5,316m reconnaissance diamond drill programme was completed at two high-priority prospects, Legrand and Anderson. This includes one 3-hole fence on the Anderson Target; and three 5-hole fences on the Legrand Target. The company reported that anomalous gold was intersected at both targets, indicating the presence of a gold system.
The Windward Fault
The company said that new zones were identified at Legrand hosting anomalous gold and Timiskaming conglomerate, indicating the presence of a new significant fault system, the Windward Fault. Chalice said that the Windward Fault is untested over ~10km to the west of Legrand, parallel to the highly endowed LLCF.
3D-IP Survey Completed
The company reported that it has completed a 116.8 line km 3D-IP survey at 200m/400m line spacing, extending the current survey coverage to ~21km of the LLCF as well as ~3km over the new Windward Fault at the Legrand Prospect.
Chalice said that the survey highlighted multiple chargeability anomalies, the strongest extending ~3km to the east of the North Contact Prospect. This has now been made a high priority for follow-up work.
Chalice announced that new targeting and planning activities are currently underway on five priority Prospects on the Project – North Contact, Lac Rapides, Simon West, Nordeau West, and Legrand. The company said that all additional results from ongoing activities will be incorporated into a comprehensive targeting review to assist with prioritising work programmes over these key Prospects.
The company also reported that it is currently investigating the potential for shallow, open-pit style mineralisation at the North Contact and Simon West Prospects. This is anticipated to be completed by mid-May.
Chalice Managing Director Alex Dorsch said, “Our focus is now turning to the significant chargeability anomalies east of North Contact and the newly identified Windward Fault, where we believe there is excellent potential to discover large-scale Abitibi-style gold deposits. The shallow mineralisation intersected thus far at North Contact remains open in all directions and the next step is to assess its up-dip and along strike potential.
Many of the 5Moz+ high-grade deposits on the Cadillac trend are sub-vertically oriented, commence at depths of ~250m and can extend to depths of >2.5km. Given the complete lack of deep drilling on the Project outside of the Simon West – Chimo – Nordeau trend, we believe that testing the depth potential of several advanced prospects is also a logical next step for exploration activity.
Chalice has now essentially completed the regional scale geochemistry and geophysics work on the Project, and now the next phase of prospect scale exploration begins.”