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Gladiator surveys Whitehorse Copper Belt

North of 60 Mining News - June 7, 2024

Returns numerous potential anomalies across property and more, leading company to stake additional claims.

Gladiator Metals Corp. June 3 announced that a recently completed drone magnetic geophysical survey has revealed multiple, significant, large-scale magnetic anomalies at the company's Whitehorse Copper project in the Yukon.

"With historical, economic discoveries of copper mineralization in the Whitehorse area largely driven by outcropping occurrences, this first-time survey of its size, coverage and latest technology was designed to explore prospective sections of geology for magnetite-copper skarns hidden under thin cover," said Gladiator Metals CEO Jason Bontempo. "Given the high magnetic response of previously identified bodies of magnetite-copper skarn mineralization, Gladiator is confident that this survey can act as a direct detection tool for further zones of high-grade copper mineralization."

Located in the backyard of Yukon's capital city, the Whitehorse Copper project is a 5,280-hectare (13,294 acres) copper-molybdenum-silver-gold skarn exploration project that covers a significant portion of what has historically been known as the Whitehorse Copper Belt.

This 35-kilometer (22 miles) by five-kilometer (three miles) high-grade copper belt with at least 30 known copper exploration targets historically produced approximately 267.5 million pounds copper, 225,000 ounces gold and 2.84 million oz silver from 11.1 million tons of mineralized skarn ore milled between the years 1967 and 1982.

Gladiator Metals Corp.

Recent magnetic survey highlights both existing and new targets at Whitehorse Copper.

Gladiator recently received the processed results from a high-definition drone-borne aeromagnetic survey completed over the Whitehorse Copper Belt.

Highlights of the survey include the identification of potential extensions to known mineralization; the identification of significant undrilled exploration targets associated with high-magnetic responses; and a strong correlation between occurrences of magnetite-copper skarn mineralization and reported magnetic anomalies.

The company adds that the results support its belief that a survey of this detail and extent is an effective direct detection tool of potentially mineralized bodies under cover.

Initial review of the survey identified significant new target areas associated with high magnetic responses, which has compelled Gladiator to stake an additional 54 square kilometers (21 square miles) of claims, bringing the total area of the company's holdings to 133 square kilometers (51 square miles).

In response to the acquisition of a significant quality dataset and the new staking, Gladiator is directing its summer field campaigns to immediately follow up on magnetic targets. This work includes geological mapping, rock chipping, and soil sampling, which are already underway. This work will be followed up with ground-based induced polarization and electromagnetic geophysics to further refine targets ahead of drilling.

"Multiple, new, undrilled magnetic anomalies have been identified by the survey indicating the extensive new discovery potential of high-grade copper in the Whitehorse Copper Project area," added Bontempo. "Gladiator's field crews are now active, on the ground, following up on these identified anomalies and we look forward to updating the market on the developing target areas ahead of drilling later this year."


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