Copper Road Resources (TSXV:CRD) has prioritized drill targets at the JR Zone of its district-scale Copper Road project in Batchewana Bay, Ontario, which it plans to explore this summer.
Th 21,000 hectare property, 80 km north of Sault St. Marie, has a proven history of copper production containing two former mines: Tribag, which produced 1.2 million tonnes grading 1.52% Cu, and Coppercorp, with historical production of 1 million tonnes @ 1.16% Cu.
The JR Zone consists of the Richards breccia, a near-surface copper target, and the Jogran surface porphyry, which has been drilled to a depth of 200m. The two targets are located 900m apart.
The company’s plan is to expand this surface exploration and drill-test the JR Zone to establish a second large-scale mineralized zone, beyond the Tribag Mine Zone, which it drilled in 2022 (3,000m in eight holes).
Due to fragmented claims ownership and regional staking closures, the JR Zone has only seen limited diamond drilling into these near-surface porphyry and breccia-hosted Cu-Mo-Au-Ag targets.
Historical exploration by Jogran Mines (1964), Phelps Dodge (1966), Duration Mines (1988) and Aurogin Resources (1997) encountered relatively broad, near-surface intersections of copper mineralization that is still untested below 150m in the porphyry, and below 75m in the breccia. Many of the historical holes were not completely assayed, nor were most holes assayed for possible byproduct credits such as gold, silver, tungsten or rhenium.
In the fall of 2022, the company completed three reconnaissance Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) soil sample lines over the JR Zone to evaluate the potential for an expanded footprint of the mineralized system in areas outside of known mineralization.
All three lines returned strongly anomalous copper and molybdenum (as well as tungsten and silver) and localized gold over the known occurrences, confirming limited drilling and trenching, but also extending the anomalies for hundreds of meters in most directions in both Cu and Mo, and discovering new Cu anomalies.
This, as Copper Road says, indicates the potential for a much larger footprint of the known mineralization, which at this point extends as much as 1.5 km along strike and up to 550m wide.
Fasting forward to this year, the company plans to drill-test the following targets at the JR Zone:
Additional holes have been designed to follow up JR Zone targets laterally and at depth based on the visual results of the three proposed holes, as well as to test two new targets, the J2 “Roof Zone” MMI anomaly at Jogran, and the Richards northwest target, a potentially larger (150 x 250m) and more intense chargeability and resistivity anomaly similar to the Richards breccia anomaly.
“The JR Zone contains lengthy intersections of near-surface breccia and porphyry-hosted mineralization that are untested at depth and untested for byproduct minerals. Confirmatory MMI lines and historical geophysics demonstrate the potential for a larger zone of mineralization at the Jogran porphyry and additional larger breccia targets to the northwest and to the south of the Richards breccia,” said Copper Road Resources President and CEO John Timmons. He added, “We are confident that our proposed summer exploration program will demonstrate the potential of the JR Zone to host a large-tonnage near-surface copper deposit containing a suite of byproduct minerals.”
Currently offering a private placement for gross proceeds up to $400,000, Copper Road Resources is in a good position to accomplish its 2023 exploration goals. Along with drilling the JR Zone, the company plans to continue exploring the Tribag Mine Zone, where in 2022 all eight holes of a 3,000m program intersected significant intervals of near-surface mineralization, proving the continuity, depth and additional mineralization outside of historical models at the Breton breccia. The 9-meter high-grade zone (1.47% CuEq) at depth also indicated potential for high-grade mineralization related to a feeder structure at the East breccia.
Between developments at the Tribag Mine and JR zones, CRD shareholders should expect a steady flow of news over the next several months.
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