Aben tests Boundaries at Forrest Kerr
North of 60 Mining News – July 12, 2019
Last updated 9/25/2020 at 5:26pm
Aben Resources Ltd. July 9 announced that it has completed the 2019 drill program at its Justin gold project in southeastern Yukon and drills are now turning on its Forrest Kerr gold project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle.
Aben is starting off with a 5,000-meter drill program this year at Forrest Kerr. A second 5,000-meter phase that follows up on interesting targets turned up in the initial phase is expected to be added.
"The company looks forward to continued success as we start our fourth season of exploration and drilling at the Forrest Kerr gold project," said Aben Resources President and CEO Jim Pettit.
The initial drilling will be focused within and peripheral to the North Boundary zone, where drilling over the previous two seasons have encountered high-grade gold.
One such hole, FK18-10 cut 10 meters of 38.7 grams per metric ton (1.12 ounces per metric ton) gold from a depth of 114 meters, including one meter of 331 g/t (9.65 oz/t) gold.
This is very similar to the 326 g/t gold Noranda encountered in RG91-16, a historical hole drilled roughly 200 meters to the south.
This year's drilling at Forrest Kerr will initially test the area between these bonanza grade gold intercepts at North Boundary.
Aben said the 2018 drilling at Forrest Kerr was hampered by limited permitted pad locations as a result of extensive forest fire activity in the area.
Over the winter season, an additional 45 drill pad locations have been approved, providing the company flexibility for testing new geophysical and geochemical targets and for investigating evolving geological theories.
This year's drilling will also target polymetallic mineralization at South Boundary, a prominent gold-copper soil geochemical anomaly about 1,500 meters south of North Boundary.
Three holes drilled at South Boundary last year cut broad intercepts of gold-silver-copper-zinc mineralization in quartz veins that were discovered in three holes drilled last year. The discovery hole, FK18-21, cut 379.2 meters of 0.10 g/t gold starting at a depth of 4.8 meters.
While the mineralization in all three South Boundary holes was low grade, Aben is encouraged by the broad zones of pervasive alteration, quartz-sulfide veins and mineralized breccia zones indicative of a strong and widespread mineralizing event.
An airborne magnetic survey was completed in May over a 2,000- by 4,000-meter area that covers the entire Boundary zone.
The magnetic geophysical data has thus far correlated well with geologic surface observations and should help delineate important geologic structures that influence mineralization.
Aben's previous drilling at Boundary has targeted near-surface, high-grade precious metal mineralization. The new geophysical data, coupled with observations from past drilling, support the theory that mineralization encountered may be related to deeper-seated structurally-related systems.
Aben intends to carry out deeper drilling during the 2019 season to test for the large porphyry-style copper-gold deposit types that are common in northwestern B.C.
Aben plans to drill Forrest, a high-priority target recently identified about 13 kilometers (eight miles) south of Boundary, this year
The area of interest at Forrest zone is defined by highly anomalous gold-in-soil and gold-in-rock values coincident with a strong geophysical conductive anomaly originally reported in 2013.
A wrap to Justin drilling
The ramping up of exploration at Forrest Kerr comes on the heels of a 1,556-meter drill program at Justin, a gold exploration property adjacent to Golden Predator Mining Corp.'s 3 Aces project in the Yukon.
A diamond drill rig completed 963 meters of drilling in four holes at POW, a zone that contains gold-bearing vein, breccia and skarn replacement mineralization.
Discovery drilling carried out at POW in 2011 and 2012 cut wide zones of lower grade intrusion-related gold mineralization. Highlights from this drilling include 60 meters of 1.19 g/t gold and 46.4 meters of 1.49 g/t gold.
The four holes drilled this year at POW sought to evaluate the potential for bulk-tonnage gold mineralization and to test for the continuity of higher-grade skarn mineralization along strike.
Aben reports that all these holes encountered sulfide mineralization and assays are pending.
Four rotary air blast holes (RAB) were also completed at POW to test for subsurface extensions of semi-massive sulfide veinlets discovered on surface.
The majority of this year's RAB drilling, however, targeted Lost Ace, a high-grade gold-bearing vein system discovered by Aben in 2017.
Chip sampling of a trench dug at Lost Ace averaged 20.8 g/t gold over 4.4 meters, including 88.2 g/t gold over one meter.
This year's maiden drill program at Lost Ace included 462 meters of RAB drilling in 16 holes.
Aben said several of the holes successfully encountered the contact of rock units where visible gold was discovered in surface sampling during 2018.
Assays from all the drilling at Justin are pending and the company expects to release results in the coming weeks.