DORVAL MINERAL EXPOLORATION INC. HAS ENTERED INTO AN OPTION AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE AND DEVELOP THE SOWCHEA CREEK GOLD PROJECT
Canadian Mineral Resources Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an option agreement to acquire and develop the Sowchea Creek Gold project through its Canadian subsidiary Dorval Exploration Inc. The project covers an area of approximately 1600ha, in central British Columbia, 117km northwest of the city of Prince George. The project lies on the western shore of Stuart Lake, and a short drive from the town of Fort St. James.
The Sowchea Creek Gold Project is on echelon with the Snowbird Gold deposit, which is being actively explored by Gitennes Exploration Inc. The target-type at Sowchea Creek is structurally controlled orogenic gold mineralization presenting as veins within the northwest-trending Sowchea Fault Zone and associated subsidiary structures. An examination of airborne magnetic surveys suggests that the Fault Zone extends onto the Sowchea Creek Project.
The main target zone at Snowbird is within the 4.8-kilometre-long Sowchea Fault. Elevated gold, arsenic and antimony have historically been determined to occur at several locations over 2.3 km of the Sowchea Fault. Gittennes has reported “high-grade gold intercepts occurring within and adjacent to the 25 to 150-metre-wide area of high deformation.”
Historical drilling at Snowbird include:
Hole 88-13 –16.26 g/t gold over 4.0 m, incl. 48.4 g/t gold over 1.0 m
Hole 89-02 –11.89 g/t gold over 1.8 m , incl. 28.1 g/t gold over 0.6 m
Hole 89-10 –9.63 g/t gold over 2.1 m, incl. 13.75 g/t gold over 1.1 m
Hole 89-11 –7.66 g/t gold over 1.7 m, incl. 17.76 g/t gold over 0.6 m
The Sowchea Creek Project hosts a number of placer gold bearing creeks. The upper parts of Sowchea Creek drain an area underlain by Jurassic granitic rocks. Fine placer gold occurs mainly in the lower 0.9 to 1.2 metres of gravel overlying a clay seam that acted as a false bedrock. Sampling work on the placer deposit was first performed in 1938 by H.M.N. Fraser. This work covered two leases on the upper part of the stream and returned an average of 0.65 grams per cubic metre over a possible 383,000 cubic metres In 1946, the Quebec Gold Mining Corporation performed 63 bulk pit samples. These returned an arithmetical average of 0.43 grams per cubic meter.