Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 28, 2021) – Canterra Minerals Corporation (TSXV: CTM) (OTCQB: CTMCF) ("Canterra" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has added 28km2 to its central Newfoundland property position by staking the Carter Lake property. These additional 112 claims increases the size of the Company's land holdings along the Valentine Lake Shear Zone from 976 to 1,088 claims in 21 Mineral Exploration Licences, over 285km2.
The staking initiative includes mineral rights in the areas adjacent to the Company's existing Wilding Gold Project ("Wilding Property") and Noel-Paul Projects. The Wilding Property lies approximately 10 km northeast of Marathon Gold's Valentine Lake Project in Central Newfoundland. Following recent exploration success, Canterra has confirmed the potential in the emerging Central Newfoundland Gold-District and has acted to secure the most prospective areas surrounding the Wilding Property.
Figure 1 – Location of newly staked claims
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Historic grab samples from float ranging from 5 ppb to 963 ppb Au
Historic 500m gold-in-soil anomaly along southern margin of acquisition property
Increases the land position by 112 claims (or 28km2) of highly prospective ground covering the Victoria Lake Shear Zone – Rogerson Structural Corridor which hosts the Valentine Lake deposits, Canterra's Wilding Lake Gold Project, TRU Precious Metals Twilight Gold Project, and Sokoman Minerals Corp. Moosehead Gold Project.
The Carter Lake and adjoining Noel Paul properties are underlain by the same geological units as Canterra's Wilding Gold Project. This geology includes the Silurian Rogerson Lake Conglomerate that is known to host gold mineralization at Wilding and at the Marathon Gold Valentine Lake Deposit. Historically, the Carter Lake area has seen primarily base-metal focused exploration, carried out by Noranda Exploration ("Noranda"), with very limited gold exploration, the results of which were not adequately followed up or explained. The area has been recently logged resulting in greatly improved access. Current logging and road construction will significantly aid exploration efforts in this area. Initial reconnaissance work will be completed in conjunction with the 2021 field season and will include a soil and till sampling program with aims to identify, delineate and potentially drill test targets on the property.
Figure 2 – Canterra's updated property position in the Valentine Lake Shear Zone
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In 2006, metre-scale angular quartz boulders were found adjacent to a new resource road in the Carter Lake area. Historic grab samples returned gold values of up to 963 ppb Au. The boulders were described as rusty and contained disseminated pyrite and trace base metals. No additional work was undertaken, and the boulders have not been sourced. Ice-movement in the Carter Lake area was to the northeast indicating a possible boulder source to the southwest. Noranda identified several northeast-trending pyritic zones and a 500m long gold-in-soil anomaly none of which have been adequately followed up. A historic diamond-drill hole (DDH4175-2) tested one of the pyritic zones and intersected 4.15 m of 30-40% pyrite containing trace base metals. None of the core was assayed for gold. Noranda drilled three short diamond-drill holes targeting potential base metal mineralization but did not intersect significant mineralization. It is believed that the core from these holes remained in the field and is presumed to have been lost.
Chris Pennimpede, CEO & President of Canterra, commented, "We are pleased to be announcing our staking of the Carter Lake claims which significantly expands Canterra's presence in one of the most prospective gold exploration regions in Newfoundland, adding more than 15km of strike length with evidence of gold mineralization."
About Canterra Minerals
Canterra is earning a 100% interest in the Wilding and Noel Paul Gold Projects, located 50km south, by logging road, from Millertown and directly northeast of Marathon Gold's Valentine Lake Gold Project in Central Newfoundland. The 285km2 property package includes 50km of the northeastern strike-extension of the Rogerson Lake Structural Corridor, which hosts Marathon Gold's Valentine Lake deposits, Matador Mining's Cape Ray deposit, Sokoman's Moosehead discovery and TRU Precious Metals' Golden Rose and Twilight discoveries. A $2.75 million exploration program is underway, focusing on drilling and surface exploration on the Wilding Gold Project. This program will include additional diamond drilling on the existing zones and follow up trenching and diamond drilling on numerous targets identified from previous soil geochemistry sampling. Canterra's team has more than 100 years of experience searching for gold and diamonds in Canada and have been involved in the discovery of the Snap Lake diamond mine, in addition to the discovery of the Blackwater Gold deposit in British Columbia, Canada.
The scientific and technical information and exploration data quality assurance and control contained in this news release were prepared under the supervision of David Evans, M.Sc., P.Geo., Manager of Exploration for Canterra. Mr. Evans is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument ("NI") 43-101.
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