It took quite a bit of time before Gold Terra Resource (TSXV:YGT)(OTCQX:YGTFF) (FRA:TXO) released the first results of their much anticipated deeper drilling of the Campbell Shear, but on June 27, 2022 holes 029 and 037 were finally announced. The results weren’t spectacular, but CEO Gerald Panneton indicated that despite the low grades the intercepts confirmed the hitting of the Campbell Shear mineralized zone, and that was the most important. Of course they would have loved to hit high grade gold right away, but when looking at the adjacent Con Mine deposit which was also part of the Campbell Shear, mineralization was also very variable, so it could have been anything from hitting nothing to high grade intercepts. The current result is somewhere in between, and seems to confirm the company is on the right exploration path. Fifteen holes have been completed now, and more assays are expected to be returned from the labs regularly from now on.
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After announcing a series of mostly strong results on the Yellorex and Mispickel targets, Gold Terra was looking to at least equally impress the investor community with good results on the Campbell Shear at depth. As the Campbell Shear is a very large, tilted structure, as is visualized in this 3D image, provided by the company (Campbell Shear in yellow, the Con Mine deposit in red), chances to hit mineralized areas at depth seem high:
After completing 15 drill holes (holes 027-041) for 8,391m, the assays of the first two deep holes (029 and 037, for 2,833m of drilling) came back from the labs. Assays for hole 041 are pending. The locations of these holes can be seen in the map below:
Hole GTCM22-037 returned 14.57m @ 1.6g/t Au from 1263m, including 6.5m @ 1.97g/t Au and 4.5m @ 2g/t Au. Hole GTCM22-029 intersected 1m @ 3g/t Au from 1308m. Real depth is well below 1,000m now, and the company is looking to go even deeper soon. These are not stellar first drill results, but when looking at the long section below, it can be seen that most of the Con Mine deposit was visualized green, meaning mineralization with gram*metres Au of 5 to 20. The high grade zones with g*m of over 100 certainly would have more appeal to investors, and provide the most economic mineralized pockets, but don’t build the entire resource. Hole 037 hit just that, a low grade g*m of 23 so just in the yellow colored category.
CEO Gerald Panneton was pleased with the hitting of the Campbell Shear zone: “Our drilling program is getting positive results on the Campbell shear at depth, and confirming gold mineralization in the area of historical holes Y-88 and Y-86. At the past producing Con Mine (5.0 Moz @ 15 g/t Au), it was typical to go from low-grade gold (approx. 1-3 g/t Au) to high-grade in the span of 10 metres. For example, we have observed visible gold, and the Campbell shear is present and well altered and mineralized, south of the Pud fault.”
I discussed this a bit further with him, and he stressed the typical pinching and swelling, like any other shear zone. Typical alteration, shearing and sulphides were encountered, sometimes even visual gold, all of it indicating the Campbell Shear itself, and this is exactly what they are looking for. Getting high grades at this early stage is considered by him as a bonus. I was also wondering about historic holes Y86 and Y-96A were all about, as they were mentioned in the news release:
“Hole GTCM22-037 is a deep hole drilled below historical holes Y-88 (13.72 g/t Au over 5.27 metres)* and above Y-86 and Y-96A (8.32 g/t Au over 4.45 metres and 18.11 g/t Au over 0.83 metres respectively).”
Panneton provided me with a section, showing the holes Y88, Y86, Y86-A and Y97:
Also of interest were the D-holes, drilled back in the 1990’s at depth from the 4500 exploration drift, although all at lower grade, except for the surface hole Y-86 with 8.32 g/t Au over 4.45m. The underground program was shortly halted in the late 1990’s by Miramar after weak results. As mineralization seems to be lower grade the further away from Y88, I was wondering if this section is oriented east-west, and if 037 was drilled in order to better determine the limits of the high grade zone indicated by Y-88, more or less infill-drilling between Y-88 and Y-86A. CEO Panneton answered: “The plan for hole 37 was to repeat the Campbell Shear mineralization between hole Y86 and Y88, and eventually move updip from these very good intersection towards surface.”
The drilling at the Campbell Shear is well underway for quite a while now with 2 rigs aiming for about 35,000m this year. These two rigs at the Campbell Shear target are drilling south of the former high-grade Con Mine, with one big drill rig targeting the Campbell Shear at a depth of approximately 1000 metres below surface and at a 200-metre spacing. Management is also using hole 037 to set up directional drilling on 50-metre spacing. A second drill rig is allocated to test the Campbell shear north of Yellorex zone which was not part of the agreement with Newmont (September 2020).
As a reminder, management is intending to drill up to about 40,000m this year, with the objective of delineating at least a 1.0Moz high grade gold resource at the Campbell Shear at the end of 2022, and eventually a minimum of 1.5Moz high-grade gold the year after. As I have estimated the Yellorex mineralized envelope at over 600koz Au, I am curious if they will be able to delineate at least another 400koz high grade gold at the Campbell Shear.
Although the first results from deep drilling at the Campbell Shear weren’t spectacular, they did indicate the continuation of the Campbell Shear as an extension of the Con Mine mineralization. As such this was a delight to CEO Gerald Panneton, and he is eager to hit high grade mineralization by using wedges or directional drilling at a much closer spacing (25-50m) then used previously. According to him, the Campbell Shear has lenses that are 200m in strike length and have good vertical continuity, despite some very high grade, less continuous distribution of mineralization. The company expects no different by drilling this zone south of the Con Mine. As a big drill program is underway, we can expect many more results this year, and I’m curious if Gold Terra can find high grade gold at depth.
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