Kodiak Copper (TSXV:KDK) has announced a new high-grade gold-silver discovery on surface, being called the “Beyer Zone”. The discovery was made at the company’s 100%-owned MPD copper-gold porphyry project in British Columbia, Canada.
The ongoing trenching at the Beyer Zone was part of a regional exploration program aimed at evaluating untested copper-gold targets at the MPD property. This part of the project has been completed in parallel with its full-funded 25,000-metre drill program. The program consists of multiple copper-gold porphyry targets, which the company expects to continue to report results from.
Claudia Tornquist, President and CEO of Kodiak, commented in a press release: “The Beyer gold-silver discovery is an exciting new development as it sits within a multi-kilometre, completely untested new gold-in-soil trend. It is remarkable because this is the first time sizable intervals of high-grade gold-silver mineralization have been trenched at the MPD project. Mineralization and alteration are open along strike, making extension of these trenches an obvious follow-up for 2023. The Beyer discovery is a testament to the outstanding prospectivity of the MPD Project and adds new upside and value creation potential for our shareholders.”
Highlights from the discovery are as follows:
- A 2022 surface sample taken prior to trenching the Beyer Zone assayed 14.15 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold and 9.40 g/t silver. Figure 1 and Table 1
- Trench sampling expanded this new surface gold-silver discovery to 3.02 g/t gold and 24.18 g/t silver over 12 metres, including 5.29 g/t gold and 27.70 g/t silver over 2 metres in north-south Trench 22-015. Figure 1 and Table 1
- Trench sampling east-west also assayed 9.11 g/t gold and 24.00 g/t silver over 2 metres, with a parallel zone 8 metres west assaying 2.60 g/t gold and 10.10 g/t silver over 2 metres in Trench 22-016. Figure 1 and Table 1
- Approximately 14 metres of hydrothermally altered and mineralized rock has been exposed in the two trenches excavated to date, which remains open to extension. Figure 3
- The Beyer Zone discovery was made within a 2.2 kilometre long, 750 metre wide gold-in-soil corridor discovered during Kodiak’s 2019 and 2021 soil sampling. Figure 2
- Trenching at the Beyer Zone followed up gold-in-soil anomalies and a chip sample previously reported by Kodiak that assayed 11.75 g/t and 42.5 g/t silver over 2.3 metres. See news releases dated August 29, 2019 and February 3, 2022.
- The Beyer alteration zone hosting gold and silver mineralization contains elevated pathfinder elements such as arsenic, antimony, bismuth, and tellurium, which can be used for geochemical vectoring and new target generation across the MPD property.
- Extensive drilling at the nearby Gate and Man zones have demonstrated a close association between shallow bedrock mineralization and soil geochemistry. As such, the 2.2 kilometre by 750 metre gold-in-soil trend hosting the Beyer Zone is not expected to be primarily caused by glacial transport.
- The Beyer Zone is slated for additional trenching and drilling as part of the 2023 program.
Table 1: Weighted assay intervals for 2022 Beyer Zone trench results; grab samples, trenches T-22-016 (west to east) and T-22-015 (south to north). See Figure 1
|ID||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)*||Au g/t||Ag g/t|
*Sample intervals are 1 to 2 metre trench chip samples. Trench data to date is insufficient to determine true width or orientation of mineralisation.
Table 2: 2022 MPD Beyer Zone Trench Location Information (UTM Z10)
|Trench ID||Start Easting||Start Northing||End Easting||End Northing||Orientation||Zone||Reported|
|137083||681400||5513438||Grab||Beyer Zone||Dec 5, 2022|
|137084||681400||5513438||Grab||Beyer Zone||Dec 5, 2022|
|T-22-015||681396||5513423||681399||5513451||S-N||Beyer Zone||Dec 5, 2022|
|T-22-016||681377||5513444||681413||5513440||W-E||Beyer Zone||Dec 5, 2022|