Willett Lens Assays – Spring 2021
The Nine Mile Brook Project consists of 93 claim units (2,046 hectares) and covers the exposed Willett VMS Lens, a high-grade Cu, Pb, Zn massive sulphide lens located approximately 10.5 kilometers southwest of the Brunswick # 12 mine, a 335 MT orebody which produced for more than 50 years. The observed mineralization is well banded and massive in character, typical of the mineralization found in the BMC. Assays from select grab samples collected under the supervision of FMC from the Willett VMS Lens were submitted by FMC to Bureau Veritas Labs based in Timmins, Ontario, are shown in Tables 1 and 2.
Table 1: Group I Grab Sample Results*, Nine Mile Brook
* Upper Assay Limit
The Silver results ranged from 4.47 oz to a prolific 25.24 oz/ton. The Gold results were 1.76 – 3.67 g/t with 6 samples reporting > 2.31 oz.
Recent sampling also included rocks from the main VMS exposure and from adjacent boulders, the samples consisting of well banded VMS with varying <1 to 1 inch + bands of visible copper, lead and zinc mineralization. Samples 20NM0200 and 20NM0201 were split in half prior submission to check on the homogeneity of the respective samples. In this sample set, the samples were either primarily high-grade copper with lead and zinc or high-grade lead-zinc with less copper. There are very good gold values ranging between 1.089 and 3.764 g/t Au, while the silver was more consistent than the results above, the results in Table 2, all over 2 oz per ton.
Table 2: Group II Grab Sample Results*, Nine Mile Brook
Both sample sets (Tables 1 & 2) demonstrate the high-grade base metal potential at the Nine Mile Brook VMS Project.
*The reader is cautioned that these grab samples characterize the higher – grade mineralization. Not all samples should be considered representative of the mineralized zones hosted within the projects, documented in part by these samples.
Willett Lens Extension Assays – September 2021
Prior to Nine Mile Metals acquiring its interest in Nine Mile Brook Project from Fiddlehead Mining Corp. (“FMC”), FMC completed a work program in September 2021 to sample sections of the VMS Lens Extension. Ten (10) samples were broken off the VMS Lens Extension for assay and submitted for analysis to Bureau Veritas Laboratories located in Timmins, Ontario (“BV Labs”). Due to the high-grade nature of the samples, analytical package AR404 was requested, the method specifically designed for high precision and accuracy required to quantify commodity elements for resource evaluation. This method had an upper limit maximum of 20% for copper, lead, and zinc. Since some values were above the maximum limit, analytical packages MA370 and GC817 were also employed by BV Labs, the latter having an upper limit of 100% Pb for lead. The results are summarized below in Table 1 below.
Table1: Willett Lens Extension Assays – September 2021
The base and precious metal values encountered in this last round of sampling are great in both grade and consistency. The assay results demonstrate the variability within the VMS sequence at Nine Mile Brook, highlighted by discreet, higher-grade sections of both base and precious metals.
In 2022, the Company’s exploration will focus on defining potential targets within and proximal to the California Lake Group Volcanics to the north of the VMS lens. To assist, high-definition UAV magnetics will be utilized to define the extent of the mineralized lens and associated geologic contacts.
Figure 1: California Lake Group Volcanics host numerous VMS Deposits in the BMC
Host to the Trevali Mining Corp’s Caribou Mine, the California Lake Group, depicted in orange on Figure 1 above, is one of the 3 major units that host VMS deposits in the BMC. The flagship Nine Mile Brook hosts a large geological section through the core of its land package. This high priority target area is up ice and may have been the potential source of the exposed VMS mineralization.