As the dominant landholder in Central Newfoundland exploring over 200 km of deep regional fault structures known to host significant gold discoveries, Exploits Discovery Corp. (CSE: NFLD, OTCQB:RNRRF, FSE:634-FF) continues to generate buzz in what is one of the world’s most exciting gold area plays.
This month the company reached some key milestones regarding its 2021 exploration campaign.
In February Exploits moved one step closer to its first discovery, announcing assay results from the Dog Bay project, one of seven known prospects that it has assembled within the Exploits Subzone gold belt. Five samples, one of which contained visible gold, returned assays of 61.3, 59.0, 14.4, 14.2, and 12.6 grams per tonne gold. Samples also returned silver grades of up to 189 g/t.
These projects all have comparable geological, geochemical and structural settings to the nearby Queensway discovery held by New Found Gold Corp. (TSXV:NFG), whose exploration in 2019 yielded an “earth-shaking” drill intersection of 92.86 g/t Au over 19 meters near surface, one of the highest ever seen in the province.
Exploits is fully funded for its 12,000-meter spring and summer drill programs and has received drill permits for four out of five targets: True Grit, Schooner, Quinlan Vein and Little Joanna, with one application pending for the Jonathan’s Pond project.
On April 15 the company announced it has awarded its phase one diamond drilling contract to Majors Contracting Ltd., of Deer Lake, Newfoundland.
The contract is for 7,500 meters, with an option to extend to 13,500m.
At Quinlan Vein, drilling is expected to focus on intersecting mineralization in the subsurface coinciding with high-grade visible gold (up to 61.3 g/t Au) in several stacked 0.50 to 0.70-meter quartz veins. The visible gold is exposed at surface across a width of 25 meters and a strike length of 20 meters, before diving under overburden; it remains open in all directions.
“With the drill permit now secured for our Quinlan Vein prospect, Exploits is pleased to now have received four of its five drill applications. The Quinlan Vein prospect is an impressive piece of land with high grade, visible gold samples at surface and we are looking forward to unlocking its potential with the drill,” President and CEO Michael Collins stated in an April 21 news release. He added:
“Our 2021 exploration plans are taking shape with boots on the ground work to refine these targets, culminating in our Phase I drill campaign in May.”
Exploits is working closely with GoldSpot Discoveries (TSXV: SPOT) which is employing geophysical analysis to hone in on the best targets for drilling.
“Simply put, mineral exploration is treated as an art. Is it not time to begin treating it as a science?” states Goldspot in a two-and-half-minute video describing how the Toronto-based company uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to increase the efficiency and success rate of exploration.
“We believe mineral deposits form for a reason. Machine learning links this reason to available geoscience data to determine the relationship. With that relationship we can predict the likelihood of mineralization in new exploration regions,” the company explained.
Goldspot’s machine learning algorithm has successfully processed billions of data points in some of Canada’s most prolific mining camps, identifying staking targets and investment opportunities. In the Abitibi region alone, the algorithm found 86% of existing gold deposits, but only needed 4% of the total surface area to do so, and discovered even more target areas.
Past and current clients include Sprott Mining, Hochschild Mining, McEwen Mining, Yamana Gold, Vale and Integra Resources.
Following is a summary of the five areas to be drilled. Three of the five targets host visible gold at surface with high-grade assays up to 194 g/t Au.
To be a significant player in the Central Newfoundland gold camp, your property needs to overlie a deep-seated structure, and have a secondary structure that provides a trap for gold mineralization. Exploits has the faults, subfaults and splays necessary to replicate New Found Gold’s success in Central Newfoundland and become a winner.
The company also has a great management team capable of raising funds and moving projects forward, supported by a technical team with the expertise to judiciously spend money in the ground, to come up with something big for shareholders.
The timing couldn’t be better. The gold price has seen a healthy correction since hitting a record $2,034 an ounce last summer, but there are indications of a rebound. Investors are catching on that we are entering a period of potentially high inflation, as economies recover from the pandemic, jobless rates fall and consumers/ businesses feel more confident to spend and borrow.
Since dropping to a 10-month low on March 1 of $1,724.80, spot gold has gained nearly $60, or 3%.
Exploits is moving right along with its 2021 drilling program involving up to 13,500m of drilling at five targets — all of which are very prospective. Three of five host visible gold at surface with impressive grades up to 194 g/t Au.
The drilling contractor has been named and four of five drill permits have been issued by the Newfoundland & Labrador government.
Exploits is AOTH’s favorite gold junior in this exciting and evolving Canadian area play. I’m expecting a slew of news from NFLD, including a very good chance of a discovery hole, when the drills start turning next month.
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