Source: Gladiator Metals

Gladiator Metals (TSXV:GLAD) has announced an update on exploration at the Whitehorse Copper Project, where recently completed drone magnetic surveys have identified multiple, significant, undrilled, large-scale magnetic anomalies along strike of historical mining operations at the Cowley Park and Cub Trend deposits.

Gladiator CEO, Jason Bontempo commented in a press release: “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. 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. 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. 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.”

The processed results from the high-definition drone-borne aeromagnetic survey completed over the Whitehorse Copper Belt have successfully identified potential extensions to known mineralization, highlighted significant un-drilled exploration targets associated with high-magnetic responses, and supported a strong correlation between occurrences of magnetite-copper skarn mineralization and reported magnetic anomalies.

Gladiator believes that a survey of this detail and extent can be effectively utilized as a direct detection tool for mineralized bodies under cover. The survey results have prompted the company to stake an additional 54 km2 of claims, bringing the total area of the Whitehorse Copper Project to 133 km2.

In response to the acquisition of this significant quality data set and the new staking, Gladiator has advanced its summer field campaigns to immediately commence follow-up on magnetic targets. The company has already begun geological mapping, rock chipping, and soil sampling, with ground-based geophysics (IP and EM) set to commence shortly ahead of planned drilling.

Historical exploration of the Whitehorse Copper Belt was largely driven by the discovery of outcropping zones of copper skarn mineralization, with drilling stepping out from these initial discoveries to determine the size and potential of prospective areas. The recent survey was designed to target areas of prospective geology under the thin glacial tills and glaciofluvial sediments that cover much of the Whitehorse Copper Belt.

The drone magnetics also act as a preliminary geological tool to help map out the contact between the Cretaceous Whitehorse Batholith and the Triassic Lewes Carbonate sediments, which is the primary vector for mineralization in the district. The constraint of this prospective horizon under the thin cover sequences will help to open up multiple new areas for exploration in the coming months and focus Gladiator’s efforts on more prospective targets.

Summer field campaigns have now commenced and will follow up on all identified targets and magnetic anomalies with mapping, rock chipping, and soil sampling, to be shortly followed by ground-based geophysical surveys (IP and EM). These surveys are designed to advance and prioritize target areas ahead of planned drilling campaigns in Q3 2024.

Work completed to date, including the review of the aeromagnetic data received, has identified more than 30 drill-ready, high-grade regional targets associated with copper-rich skarns at the contact between the Cretaceous age Whitehorse Plutonic Suite and the Triassic to Jurassic Lewes River Group’s clastic and carbonate metasediments. Cumulatively, there is more than 35km of underexplored strike on the contact, which is highly prospective for high-grade copper+/-molybdenum+/-silver+/-gold.

Highlights from the results are as follows:

  • Gladiator has recently received the processed results from a high-definition drone-borne aeromagnetic survey completed over the Whitehorse Copper Belt, the survey has successfully:

    • Identified potential extensions to known mineralization;
    • Highlighted significant un-drilled exploration targets associated with high-magnetic responses; and
    • Supports a strong correlation between occurrences of magnetite-copper skarn mineralization and reported magnetic anomalies.
  • The results of the survey supports Gladiator’s belief that a survey of this detail and extent can be utilised effectively as a direct detection tool of mineralized bodies under cover.
  • An initial review of the survey has identified significant new target areas associated with high magnetic responses that has driven Gladiator to stake an additional 54 km2 of claims, bringing the total area of the Whitehorse Copper Project to 133 km2
  • In response to the acquisition of a significant quality data set and the new staking, Gladiator has advanced its summer field campaigns to immediately commence follow up on magnetic targets having already commenced geological mapping, rock chipping and soil sampling with ground-based geophysics (IP and EM) to commence shortly ahead of planned drilling.

 

 

 

 

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.
Figure 1: Plan view of recently collated Little Chief and Middle Chief drillhole data showing historic open pit as well as areas of historical production and unmined mineralization. Recent drilling highlighted showing extensions to mineralization as well as recently identified high-mag anomalies from drone magnetics (pink shading). Source: Gladiator Metals

Gladiator Metals Corp. (TSXV:GLAD) has provided an update on drilling at the Whitehorse Copper Project, targeting significant widths of unmined, copper-gold skarns over more than 700m of strike at the historic Chiefs Trend.

Assay results have been returned from 20 holes, totaling 3,581m, at the Middle Chief and Big Chief Prospects within the Chiefs Trend. These results confirm the extensive high-grade mineralization previously highlighted by Gladiator’s data compilation of historical drilling. Copper-gold mineralization remains open in all directions, with some holes finishing in high-grade mineralization due to difficult ground conditions.

Gladiator CEO, Jason Bontempo commented in a press release: “Gladiator has received further assays from its ongoing, 10,000m diamond drill program at the Chiefs Trend. These results confirm and support the significant widths of high-grade copper skarn mineralization identified from Gladiator’s data compilation of historical datasets and point to further extensions of the defined mineralised bodies. Mineralization remains open in all directions with some holes finishing in high-grade copper-gold mineralization.

These results continue to confirm the extent of unmined mineralization and highlight the near-term, high-grade copper resource potential of the Chiefs Trend. Initial step out drilling on the Chiefs Trend, 200m to the north of Middle Chief has also encountered significant widths and grades of copper mineralization pointing to the exploration potential of the trend which is being followed up by ongoing drilling.

The significant gold assays coincident with high-grade copper mineralization identified in these initial assay results point to the upside potential of the Chiefs Trend with the historic drilling only assaying for copper”.

Some of the copper-gold intercept highlights include:

  • LCG-009: 11m @ 1.67% Cu and 0.63 g/t Au from 194m
  • LCG-009D1: 20.44m @ 2.17% Cu and 0.34 g/t Au from 221.6m to end of hole
  • LCG-009D2: 8.7m @ 2.06% Cu and 0.13 g/t Au from 167m

In addition to these high-grade intercepts, significant exploration upside remains, with extensive widths of anomalous copper intersected in initial 200m spaced step-out drilling north of the known Middle Chief Mineralization. Drillhole LCG-010D1 intersected over 40m of anomalous copper (>0.1% Cu), including 1m @ 1.28% Cu and 1.61 g/t Au, which is interpreted as being immediately distal to the mineralized trend. Gladiator plans to complete Down-Hole Electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys prior to recommencing drilling targeting extensions to the known Middle Chief Mineralization.

The recent results are in addition to analytical results reported on March 5, 2024, which included:

  • LCG-003: Recovered core @ 2.71% Cu and 1.39 g/t Au within a 13.75m mineralized zone from 256m to end of hole (approximately 270 m) that failed in 0.25m @ 2.76% Cu and 0.28 g/t Au
  • LCG-001D1: 22m @ 1.41% Cu and 0.28 g/t Au from 208m
  • LCG-001: 6m @ 1.56 % Cu and 1.06 g/t Au from 213m and 16m @ 1.29% Cu and 0.61 g/t Au from 249m
  • LCG-001D2: 10m @ 0.83% Cu and 0.19 g/t Au from 62m, 4m @ 1.03 Cu and 0.19 g/t Au from 84m, and 10m @ 1.35% Cu and 0.51g/t Au from 196m

Drilling has now defined unmined, near-surface magnetite-copper skarn mineralization over more than 600m of strike north of the historical mining operations at Little Chief. The mineralization is associated with magnetite alteration, as indicated in the recently completed drone-borne magnetic survey, where magnetic anomalism is reported over 500 meters at Middle Chief extending into Big Chief.

Historical drilling at the Chiefs Trend prospects was selectively sampled for copper only. Given the recent significant gold intervals returned from these initial assay results, Gladiator intends to assay all future drilling and sampling for additional credits, including gold, silver, and molybdenum, which were proven significant contributors to the economics of historic operations at Little Chief.

Other highlights from the results are as follows: 

  • Results continue to confirm continuity of high-grade copper skarn mineralization at the Chiefs Trend with assays now received for 20 holes for 3,581m of drilling.
  • High-grade copper skarn mineralization has now been intersected over at least 600m of strike at the Chiefs Trend and remains open in all directions.
  • Assays returned significant copper and gold mineralization, including:
    • LCG-009: 11m @ 1.67% Cu and 0.63 g/t Au from 194m.
    • LCG-009D1: 20.44m @ 2.17% Cu and 0.34 g/t Au from 221.6m to EOH.
    • LCG-009D2: 8.7m @ 2.06% Cu and 0.13 g/t Au from 167m.
  • In addition, exploration upside indicated by significant widths of anomalous mineralization in initial, 200m spaced step out drilling north of Middle Chief in drillhole LCG-010D1.
  • The above results are in addition to those previously reported on March 5, 2024, including:
    • LCG-001D1: 22m @ 1.41% Cu and 0.28 g/t Au from 208m;
    • LCG-001: 16m @ 1.29% Cu and 0.61 g/t Au from 249m and 6m @ 1.56 % Cu and 1.06 g/t Au from 213m;
    • LCG-001D2: 10m @ 1.35% Cu and 0.51g/t Au from 196m, 10m @ 0.83% Cu and 0.19 g/t Au from 62m and 4m @ 1.03 Cu and 0.19 g/t Au from 84m; and
    • LCG-003: Recovered core @ 2.71% Cu and 1.39 g/t Au within a 13.75m mineralised zone from 256m to end of hole (approximately 270m) that failed in 0.25m @ 2.76% Cu and 0.28 g/t Au.
Hole ID Target Depth East North Dip Azim Note From To Interval
(m)
CuEq
(%)
Cu
(%)
Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
Mo
(ppm)
CuPCM
(Cu* Int)
Remarks
LCG-001 MC 338.33 496,665 6,722,472 -68 245 67.00 69.00 2 2.08 0.01 2.66 0 6.0 0.02
183.00 221.00 38 0.98 0.66 0.35 5.32 11.0 25.08
Incl. 185.00 193.00 8 1.64 1.16 0.51 8.63 2.0 9.28
And 213.00 219.00 6 2.51 1.56 1.06 13.47 1.0 9.36
237.00 241.00 4 0.61 0.59 0.01 1.15 34.0 2.36
249.00 273.00 24 1.41 0.99 0.44 8.33 38.0 23.76
Incl. 249.00 265.00 16 1.87 1.29 0.61 10.88 55.0 20.64
LCG-001D1 MC 273.19 496,671 6,722,474 -66 245 204.00 236.00 32 1.41 1.11 0.27 9.24 113.0 35.52
Incl. 208.00 230.00 22 1.74 1.41 0.28 11.84 21.0 31.02
LCG-001D2 MC 301.75 496,671 6,722,473 -65 275 62.00 76.00 14 0.85 0.69 0.15 5.14 179.0 9.66
Incl. 62.00 72.00 10 1.04 0.83 0.19 6.18 193.0 8.3
84.00 88.00 4 1.23 1.03 0.19 5.35 0.0 4.12
196.00 206.00 10 1.84 1.35 0.51 10 4.0 13.5
LCG-001D3 MC 215.8 496,671 6,722,473 -58 190 147.00 149.00 2 1.13 0.66 0.5 8.9 1.0 1.32 Hole Failed to reach Target
LCG-002 MC 196.6 496,621 6,722,518 -76 266 179.00 193.00 14 0.89 0.76 0.1 5.07 11.0 10.64 Hole Failed in Fault Zone, prior to target
LCG-003 MC 269.75 496,759 6,722,521 -50 270 256.00 269.75 13.75 4.04 2.71 1.39 26.9 16.0 37.26 EOH – Weighted Average Result – Calculated over the recovered Intervals, Includes 9m of core loss
Incl. 269.50 269.75 0.25 3.13 2.76 0.28 16.2 11.0 0.69 EOH Sample
LCG-003D1 MC 301.75 496,759 6,722,521 -55 271 249.00 251.00 2 0.91 0.70 0.14 10.9 7.0 1.41
LCG-003D2 MC 265.18 496,759 6,722,521 -55 262 NSA
LCG-004 MC 205.74 496,296 6,722,773 -60 155 NSA
LCG-005 BC 169.16 496,318 6,722,727 -60 165 6.10 9.00 2.9 0.95 0.54 0.51 1.83 1.0 1.57 Big Chief
57.00 62.00 5 1.02 0.76 0.31 2.54 39.0 3.80
97.00 106.00 9 0.42 0.35 0.08 1.28 431.0 3.15
LCG-006 BC 203 496,359 6,722,657 -70 65 3.6 12.5 8.90 0.48 0.32 0.20 0.65 4.0 2.81
LCG-007 BC 277.37 496,359 6,722,658 -68 283 NSA
LCG-008 MC 164.59 496,625 6,722,473 -50 235 NSA
LCG-008D1 MC 211.53 496,625 6,722,473 -65 235 50.00 52.00 2 0.93 0.72 0.22 3.95 292.0 1.43
LCG-008D2 MC 274.32 496,625 6,722,472 -75 235 177.00 201.00 24 0.45 0.33 0.13 1.66 10.0 7.82 Includes 0.3m of Core Loss
LCG-009 MC 280.72 496,658 6,722,561 -60 245 83.00 85.00 2 1.74 0.62 1.40 3.15 49.0 1.25
184.00 187.00 3 1.01 0.97 0.02 2.30 2.7 2.91
194.00 223.00 29 1.14 0.83 0.32 6.60 8.5 24.09
Incl. 194.00 205.00 11 2.29 1.67 0.63 13.98 6.0 18.36
Or 199.00 205.00 6 2.89 2.02 0.91 17.71 10.4 12.13
LCG-009D1 MC 242.04 496,659 6,722,561 -65 265 40.00 41.00 1 2.34 1.55 0.83 15.00 19.0 1.55
83.00 86.00 3 1.18 0.94 0.26 4.57 5.7 2.81
206.20 242.04 35.84 1.59 1.35 0.21 8.01 14.7 48.33 EOH
Incl. 221.60 242.04 20.44 2.55 2.17 0.34 12.84 13.3 44.41 EOH
LCG-009D2 MC 248.72 496,659 6,722,561 -55 261 65.00 67.00 2 0.76 0.66 0.09 2.8 39.0 1.32
134.70 138.00 3.3 0.62 0.50 0.13 1.6 44.0 1.64 Includes 0.3m of Lost Core
167.00 175.70 8.7 2.36 2.06 0.13 20.97 5.0 17.96 Ends in Core Loss from 175.7 to 180m
170.00 174.30 4.3 3.91 3.41 0.22 34.9 6.0 14.68
LCG-010 MC 156.06 496,514 6,722,726 -45 246 NSA
LCG-010D1 MC 198.12 496,514 6,722,726 -55 65 188.00 189.00 1 2.69 1.28 1.61 16.9 14
LCG-011 MC 86.26 496,631 6,722,678 -60 245 Assays Pending – Hole Suspended for Change of Season
3,668

Table 1: Chief’s Trend Significant Intersections (Recent Drilling)

Copper Equivalent (CuEq) was based on the following assumed metal prices on the 21 April 2024 of $US 9.876 per tonne Cu, $2,390 per Ounce Au & US$28.69 per Ounce Ag. Mo was excluded from the calculation and recovery is assumed to be 100% as no metallurgical test work has been completed.

 

 

 

 

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.
Figure 1: Plan map of the Whitehorse Copper Project showing geology and location of the newly defined Little Chief mineralized trend (please refer to Company’s news releases dated February 13, 2023, April 3, 2023, July 31st 2023,November 2nd 2023, November 16th and December 11th 2023 for details). Source: Gladiator Metals

Gladiator Metals (TSXV:GLAD) has provided a comprehensive update on its ongoing drilling programs and exploration activities at the Whitehorse Copper Project located west of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The company is targeting significant widths of unmined, high-grade copper-gold skarn mineralization along the historic Little Chief mine trend, which extends over 700 meters of strike length.

Gladiator CEO, Jason Bontempo commented in a press release: “Gladiator has commenced the first diamond drilling campaign at the Middle Chief Prospect since mine closure in 1982. The planned 10,000m diamond drilling is designed to test areas of high-grade copper skarn mineralization identified from its data compilation of historic drilling datasets at the Middle Chief target as well as near mine extensions to the historic Little Chief mine. These targets represent near surface areas of mineralization open in all directions with limited exploration or development away from historical underground infrastructure.”

The former Little Chief mining area was the largest historical producer in the Whitehorse Copper Belt, with approximately 8.54 million tons mined grading over 1.5% copper and 0.75g/t gold according to 1984 estimates by Watson. Production from the Little Chief open pit mine started in May 1967, with mining of the open pit completed by 1969. Underground mining development began in 1971 before operations ceased in 1982 due to low copper prices.

Gladiator’s review has identified excellent down-dip potential for the mineralization to continue in areas where limited or no drilling has been conducted to date. The mineralization remains open at depth and along strike from the historic Little Chief underground and open-cut mining operations.

Recent compilation of historic drilling data for the Little Chief mine has revealed a significant shallow mineralized zone measuring over 200 meters in length located only 120 meters below surface. This zone, named the Middle Chief target, appears to contain intact high-grade copper skarn mineralization based on the restricted extent of historical drilling. The compilation and 3D modelling of the Little Chief data is the first time the mineralization has been able to be visualized in three dimensions. This has provided Gladiator with clear open targets to potentially expand the known mineralization at Middle Chief and connect it to the historic Little Chief orebody which remains open in multiple directions.

Drilling commenced at Middle Chief on January 9, 2024 and will continue over the coming three months. The program consists of diamond core drilling with downhole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys to identify extensions of the mineralization into untested areas. In contrast to selective historical sampling for only copper values, Gladiator will assay drill core and samples for a fuller range of credits including gold, silver and molybdenum.

The drill holes prefixed LCU-, D- and BC2 were collared from underground drives and declines providing access to the Little Chief mine workings. Therefore the reported downhole mineralized intercept depths do not represent true depths below surface.

At the Cowley Park copper-molybdenum skarn target, final assay results have now been received from Gladiator’s recently completed 4,000-meter diamond drill program. The results continue to demonstrate continuity of broad zones of shallow copper-molybdenum mineralization while also highlighting the potential for lower-grade envelopes to significantly expand the overall resource potential. The drilling confirms the width, grades and continuity of the previously targeted high-grade zones, with results including 15 meters at 2.36% copper and 13 meters at 2.06% copper.

The Cowley Park drill program was designed to test lateral extensions of known mineralization to aid planning of upcoming resource definition drilling. Most holes stepped out to the south and southeast of previous mineralization, such as hole 19-CP-08 which intersected 43.28m at 2.24% copper. A new zone of copper skarn was discovered 50 meters south of the main Cowley Park area, with an intercept of 10 meters at 1.23% copper. This illustrates the strong potential for further increasing the footprint of mineralization. The current drill-defined copper and molybdenum mineralization at Cowley Park remains open in all directions.

In addition to the extensive drilling, Gladiator is conducting a high-resolution drone airborne magnetic survey over the Little Chief mine trend. The survey data will be processed into a detailed 3D inversion model given the direct targeting potential of the magnetite-rich copper skarn mineralization.

Work to date, including assessment of early survey data, has identified over 30 regional drill-ready targets associated with copper-rich skarns along more than 35 kilometres of the contact between the Cretaceous Whitehorse Plutonic Suite and the older metasedimentary rocks of the Lewes River Group. This contact area is considered highly prospective but underexplored for further high grade copper +/- molybdenum +/- silver +/- gold mineralization.

The Whitehorse Copper Project encompasses the multiple past-producing skarn-hosted copper-gold deposits that occur along the deep-seated intrusive contact between the Whitehorse Plutonic Suite and Lewes River Group sediments. Gladiator is fully funded to continue its extensive drill programs and systematic exploration activities aimed at developing resources and expanding the known scope of copper-gold mineralization across its significant Whitehorse land package.

Figure 2: Plan view of recently collated Little Chief and Middle Chief drillhole data showing historic open pit as well as areas of historical production and unmined mineralization. Source: Gladiator Metals
Figure 3: Isometric long section view (looking west) of recently collated Little Chief and Middle Chief drillhole data showing historic open pit and underground development as well as areas of historical production, unmined mineralization and near mine, undrilled exploration potential. Source: Gladiator Metals

Highlights from the results are as follows:

 

  • Gladiator plans to complete 10,000 metres of diamond drilling within the area, initially targeting Middle Chief, where a recent collation of historic data identified prospective unmined zones of mineralization, including:
  • LCU-009: 49.83m @ 3.06% Cu from 70.26m

  • LCU-017: 54.10m @ 2.05% Cu from 77.42m

  • LCU-023: 33.99m @ 2.10% Cu from 148.89m, Incl. 15.24m @ 3.26%Cu

  • LCU-503: 32.22m @ 2.11% Cu from 83.91m, Incl. 17.07m @ 3.47% Cu

  • LCU-543: 13.72m @ 1.28% Cu from 66.14m and 41.15m @ 2.22% Cu from 87.48m

  • LCU-610: 50.99m @ 1.87% Cu from 18.11m, Incl. 39.84m @ 2.19% Cu from 23.16m
  • Drilling is planned to test:
    • High grade copper skarn mineralization at Middle Chief that remains open in all directions. Unmined historic resources were established, and drilling completed just prior to the closure of the Little Chief mine in 1982, due to the prevailing low copper prices at the time.
    • Compiled historical drilling data is limited to selective sampling and assaying for copper only. Gladiator intends to assay all future drilling and sampling for additional credits including Molybdenum, Silver and Gold which were proven contributors to the economics of historic operations.
LCU-003: 53.56m @ 1.23% Cu from 88.54m

LCU-009: 49.83m @ 3.06% Cu from 70.26m

LCU-013 23.01m @ 2.07% Cu from 87.78m

LCU-017: 54.10m @ 2.05% Cu from 77.42m

LCU-023: 33.99m @ 2.10% Cu from 148.89m,
Incl. 15.24m @ 3.26%Cu from 167.64m

LCU-151: 32.92m @ 2.08% Cu from 86.87m

LCU-371: 9.30m @ 4.73% Cu from 0m

LCU-500: 22.52m @ 2.23% Cu from 79.86m

LCU-503: 32.22m @ 2.11% Cu from 83.91m,
Incl. 17.07m @ 3.47% Cu from 99.06m

LCU-528: 30.85m @ 1.68% Cu from 18.68m,
Incl.22.47m @ 2.06% Cu from 18.68m

LCU-542: 28.04m @ 1.84% Cu from 91.14m,
Incl. 19.81m @ 2.35% Cu 96.32m

LCU-543: 13.72m @ 1.28% Cu from 66.14m and 41.15m @ 2.22% Cu from 87.48m

LCU-550: 37.49m @ 1.90% Cu from 74.68m

LCU-551: 24.9m @ 2.27% Cu from 93.97m

LCU-571: 11.06m @ 3.79% Cu from 89.37m

LCU-578; 30.17m @ 1.97% Cu from 31.09m

LCU-580: 24.14m @ 1.86% Cu from 45.96m,
Incl. 21.10m @ 2.00% Cu from 45.96m

LCU-604: 26.21m @ 1.86% Cu from 16.46m

LCU-610: 50.99m @ 1.87% Cu from 18.11m,
Incl. 39.84m @ 2.19% Cu from 23.16mm

LCU-614: 38.22m @ 1.39% Cu from 10.24m,
Incl. 32.13m @ 1.53% Cu from 14.81m

LCU-616: 37.79m @ 1.55% Cu from 21.34m,
Incl. 28.65m @ 1.9% Cu from 30.48m

  • CPG-017:
    • 26m @ 1.49% Cu & 368 ppm Mo from 98m including 15m @ 2.36% Cu & 421ppm Mo from 104m and 4m @ 7.75% Cu & 686 ppm Mo from 110m.

  • CPG-023:
    • 13m @ 2.06% Cu and 1071 ppm Mo from 38m and
    • 8m @ 1.05% Cu 513 ppm Mo from 79 m
  • CPG-011D1:
    • 58m @ 0.74% Cu & 1,245 ppm Mo from 81m, Including:

    • 8m @ 1.65% Cu, 1,905 ppm Mo from 87m
    • 12m @ 1.12% Cu & 605ppm Mo from 105m
  • CPG-015:
    • 17m @ 0.91% Cu from 42m, Incl. 3m @ 1.71 % Cu from 42m, 7m @ 1.45% Cu from 52m & 2m @ 3.77% Cu from 55m

    • 31m @ 0.58% Cu, 642ppm Mo from 80m and
    • 10m @ 1.23% Cu & 319ppm Mo from 204m
  • CPG-016:
    • 58m @ 0.62%Cu from 57m, Incl. 7m @ 1.99 % Cu & 867 ppm Mo from 78m
  • CPG-019: 20m @ 0.82% Cu from 96m including 4m @ 2.62% Cu from 96m
  • CPG-020D1: 47.2m @ 0.67% Cu from 132m
  • CPG-026: 16m @ 1.06% Cu, 0.15ppm Au, 15.6 ppm Ag, and 487 ppm Mo from 106m

 

 

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.
Figure 1: Plan map of the Whitehorse Copper Project showing geology and location of the newly defined Little Chief mineralized trend (please refer to Company’s news releases dated February 13, 2023, April 3, 2023, July 31st 2023 and November 2nd 2023 for details). Source: Gladiator Metals

Gladiator Metals (TSXV: GLAD) has announced an update on its data compilation and exploration efforts at the Whitehorse Copper Project. This update includes the discovery of significant, unmined Copper-Gold skarns over a 700-meter strike at the historic Little Chief mine trend.

Gladiator CEO Jason Bontempo commented in a press release: “With the identification of the Middle Chief mineralization Gladiator continues to define areas of high-grade copper skarn mineralisation with significant exploration upside from its data compilation of historic drilling datasets. The Middle Chief mineralization represents a near-surface area of mineralization open in all directions with limited exploration or development away from historical underground infrastructure. Historical drilling and past production from the Little Chief mine area as a whole remains shallow, and this data compilation represents an opportunity to review the deposit in 3D for the first time to begin to appreciate the exploration potential of the high-grade copper-gold skarn, which remains open in all directions, for future resource growth. Planned diamond drilling is scheduled to commence in the coming months and will be testing the Middle Chief target as well as near mine extensions to the historic Little Chief mine.”

The Little Chief Mine, along with the Middle Chief Target, forms part of the Whitehorse Copper Belt. The Little Chief Mine, historically the largest producer in this area, yielded around 8.54 million tonnes of ore with a copper grade of over 1.5% and 0.75g/t gold, according to a 1984 report by Watson. Mining operations at Little Chief began in 1967 and concluded in 1982, influenced by the low copper prices at the time. Gladiator’s recent review suggests the potential for further mineralization at deeper levels, previously unexplored by drilling.

Gladiator has been actively compiling and reviewing historical drilling data from the Little Chief mining area. This includes a LIDAR survey, reconnaissance, and sampling around the historic mine site. The results confirmed significant mineralization, initially identified in drilling from the decline of the old Little Chief underground mine, with additional drilling occurring before the mine’s closure in 1982.

David Tenney in 1981 reported underground reserves at Little Chief and Middle Chief that had remained unexplored. Gladiator’s analysis of historical drilling data has now identified a significant body of shallow mineralization, named the Middle Chief mineralization. This body, over 200 meters in length and located 120 meters below the surface, lies beneath the decline and north of the Little Chief Open pit and underground mine. It appears largely intact, with limited drilling scope to date.

The historical drilling data, comprising 628 underground and 166 surface holes, covering a total of 68,940 meters, had not been previously reported by Gladiator. It highlights substantial unmined mineralization.

For the first time, Gladiator has been able to review and model this mineralization in three dimensions, providing a new perspective for targeting further mineralization. The company plans to utilize modern geophysics techniques, including down-hole electromagnetics (DHEM), in its exploration.

Gladiator intends to commence exploration drilling at Middle Chief in the coming months, following a recently approved Class 1 exploration notification. This will be accompanied by DHEM surveying to identify undrilled extensions to the mineralization.

At the same time, Gladiator is conducting a high-resolution drone-borne aeromagnetic survey over the Little Chief area. The company plans to process the magnetic data and complete a three-dimensional inversion model, important for targeting the Magnetite enriched Skarns associated with historical mineralization.

Gladiator also plans to broaden its assay scope in future drilling and sampling, including testing for gold, silver, and molybdenum, which were significant contributors to the economics of the historic Little Chief operations.

The historical drilling data, obtained from the Yukon Geological Survey archives, has been incorporated into an industry-standard database by Gladiator. This comprehensive compilation and analysis marks a significant step in Gladiator’s ongoing exploration and development efforts in the Whitehorse Copper Project area.

Figure 2: Plan view of recently collated Little Chief and Middle Chief drillhole data showing historic open pit as well as areas of historical production and unmined mineralization. Source: Gladiator Metals

Highlights from the results are as follows:

  • Recent collation of historic data identifies the Middle Chief prospect a significant highly prospective unmined zone of mineralisation, commencing from 120m below surface at the northern extent of the former Little Chief open cut and underground mine at the Whitehorse Copper Project, including:
  • LCU-009: 49.83m @ 3.06% Cu from 70.26m
  • LCU-017: 54.10m @ 2.05% Cu from 77.42m
  • LCU-023: 33.99m @ 2.10% Cu from 148.89m, Incl. 15.24m @ 3.26%Cu
  • LCU-503: 32.22m @ 2.11% Cu from 83.91m, Incl. 17.07m @ 3.47% Cu
  • LCU-543: 13.72m @ 1.28% Cu from 66.14m and 41.15m @ 2.22% Cu from 87.48m
  • LCU-610: 50.99m @ 1.87% Cu from 18.11m, Incl. 39.84m @ 2.19% Cu from 23.16m
  • High grade copper skarn mineralisation at Middle Chief remains open in all directions. Unmined historic resources were established, and drilling completed just prior to the closure of the Little Chief mine in 1982, due to the prevailing low copper prices at the time.
  • Approval has now received from the Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) for a Class 1 exploration permit allowing up to 10,000 metres of diamond drilling, to test the Middle Chief prospect area and extensions to mineralisation at the Little Chief historical production area.
  • Compiled historical drilling data is limited to selective sampling and assaying for copper only. Gladiator intends to assay all future drilling and sampling for additional credits including Molybdenum, Silver and Gold which were proven contributors to the economics of historic operations.

 

 

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Figure 1: Plan map of the Whitehorse Copper Project showing geology and location of key prospects with the newly defined Arctic Chief trend highlighted within the main trend please refer to the Company’s news releases dated February 13, 2023; April 3, 2023; and July 31, 2023 for details. Source: Gladiator Metals

Gladiator Metals (TSXV:GLAD) has updated shareholders on the latest developments in its exploration activities at the Whitehorse Copper Project, a site with a history of copper production. The company’s recent efforts include compiling historical drilling data, conducting a LIDAR survey, and sampling in areas around the Arctic Chief mining pits.

Gladiator CEO, Jason Bontempo commented in a press release: “The Arctic Chief Trend continues to develop as a significant exploration opportunity with outcropping copper-gold skarn mineralization now mapped by Gladiator extending for at least 2.4km of strike and external to past historical operations. Previous successful exploitation of the Arctic Chief Trend was very limited in scope and depth, with only minor amounts of drilling being undertaken outside of the past production area. Mineralization remains open in all directions (along strike and at depth) at all of the defined prospect areas. Regional programs are still active in the Whitehorse Copper belt with the results of ongoing drone borne magnetics anticipated shortly”.

The focus of the current work is the Arctic Chief Trend, where historical records indicate past production of high-grade copper ore. Gladiator Metals has charted several prospective zones extending over a 2.4km strike. The trend contains two shallow historic open pits, named East and West, which previously yielded copper ore with significant gold content.

Historical records, as cited by a report from 1984, indicate that the Arctic Chief area produced over 200,000 tonnes of copper ore with grades of 1.4% copper and 1.0 g/t gold. Despite these figures, past mining efforts were confined and shallow, with minimal drilling beyond the mined zones, suggesting the presence of unexplored mineralization along strike and at depth.

Gladiator Metals’ review of historical drilling has uncovered indications of potential mineralization extending from the small excavations. Notably, the previous drill samples were tested only for copper, despite high-grade gold being present, as recent sample analysis showing gold values reaching up to 19.9 g/t. Future assays will now also test for gold, silver, and molybdenum, recognizing their historical contribution to the site’s value.

The company has retrieved drill records from the Yukon Geological Survey and incorporated them into a database, standard within the industry. Detailed historical drilling data and rock chip sampling results have been made available for public access.

On the regional exploration front, Gladiator Metals has identified over 30 new high-grade targets suitable for drilling. These sites are linked with copper-rich skarns along the boundary where the Cretaceous Whitehorse Plutonic Suite meets the clastic and carbonate metasediments of the Triassic to Jurassic Lewes River Group. This contact zone extends over 35km and is considered underexplored but highly promising for high-grade copper and other minerals.

Gladiator Metals’ exploration efforts are facilitated by the accessible nature of the Whitehorse project, which benefits from existing infrastructure and its proximity to the city of Whitehorse. The company also notes the advantage of having an established partnership with the project’s landholders and a local drilling service provider.

Figure 2: Plan map of the Arctic Chief Area with recently identified copper-gold skarn targets identified. Recently collated historical drill results with a cumulative Copper%*m of >40 highlighted. In addition, all recent surface rock chipping completed by Gladiator geologists as part of the summer exploration campaign is shown. Source: Gladiator Metals

Highlights from the project are as follows:

Best Chance Prospect

Recently collated historic drilling (51 holes for 5,038 metres) none of which had been previously reported by the Company, highlight significant mineralization that remains unmined and extends over more than 250m with mineralization remaining open along strike and at depth. Downhole mineralization includes:

  • BCH-024: 15.94m @ 3.19% Cu from 29.96m
  • BCH-022: 16m @ 1.6% Cu from 25.15m
  • BCH-029: 14.94m @ 1.75% Cu from 27.43m
  • BCH-023: 46.27m @ 1.0% Cu from 24.38m
  • BCH-010: 20.18m @ 1.5% Cu from 88.51m including 10.36m @ 2.56% Cu from 93.09m
  • BCH-006: 51.66m @ 0.67% Cu from 12.13m
  • BCH-037: 17.07m @ 1.5% Cu from 74.37m

In conjunction to the historic drill data compilation, Gladiator undertook reconnaissance, investigation and sampling of outcropping mineralization proximal to historic drilling. Sampling identified multiple zones of outcropping mineralization in the Best Chance prospect area with results including:

  • Outcropping skarn mineralization 150m to the north of the drill area. Rock chips include:
    • 8.12% Cu and 0.2g/t Au (H678262)
    • 2.39% Cu (H678263 – No Au assay)
  • Outcropping skarn mineralization 150m to the south of the drill area. Rock chips include:
    • 3.15% Cu and 3.5g/t Au (H678352)

Verona Prospect

Undrilled high-grade copper and gold mineralization 400m to the NE of two small open cut mining pits located at Arctic Chief historic mining area defined by rock chipping with results including:

  • 6.02% Cu and 0.3g/t Au (H678347)
  • 3.86% Cu and 1g/t Au (H678349)
  • 2.55% Cu and 0.1g/t Au (H678453)

Grafter Prospect

Undrilled high-grade copper and gold mineralization defined by rock chipping around small, historic underground workings 200m to the West of the Best Chance prospect area with results including:

  • 12% Cu and 4.4g/t Au (H678356)
  • 4.09% Cu and 3.8g/t Au (H678310)

Empress of India Prospect

Undrilled high-grade copper and gold mineralization defined by rock chipping of multiple zones over more than 400m of strike with results including:

  • 23.7% Cu and 0.1g/t Au (H678385)
  • 13.4% Cu and 0.3g/t Au (H678332)
  • 12.95% Cu and 0.1g/t Au (H678332)

Arctic Chief Prospect

The results above over the various prospects comprising the Arctic Chief trend are in addition to a previously announced data compilation completed at Artic Chief Prospect (News release dated 31 July 2023) which included (refer to Figure 3 for locations):

  • Unmined Intersections:
    • AC-015: 17.1m @ 1.52% Cu from 26.49m
    • AC-013: 13.35m @ 1.42% Cu from 20.85m
    • AC-051: 6.79m @ 3.14% Cu Fr 80.47m
    • AC-035: 6.71m @ 2.24% Cu Fr 29.44m
  • Mined Intersections:
    • XAC-001 21.33m @ 1.48% Cu from 6.1m
    • XAC-002: 8.43m @ 2.31% Cu from 37.75m
    • XAC-004: 30.48m @ 1.83% Cu from 15.24m
    • AC-002: 21.03m @ 3.95% Cu from 21.34m including 9.75m @ 7.81% Cu from 29.87m
    • AC-009: 23.17m @ 1.10% Cu from 19.2m
    • AC-010: 27.09m @ 1.49% Cu from 23.2m including 9.96m @ 3.18% Cu from 40.33m
    • AC-022: 11.34m @ 2.06% Cu from 35.72m
    • AC-026: 14.2m @ 1.8% Cu from 22.04m, including 7.62m @ 3.01% Cu from 23.56m

 

 

 

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.

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