Mining News: Northern Neighbors: Aben readies Forrest Kerr for 2017 drilling
Aben Resources Ltd. Oct. 5 reported the completion of a property-wide reconnaissance and surface sampling program on its 23,000-hectare (56,800 acres) Forrest Kerr gold project in the Golden Triangle region of northwestern British Columbia. The program included the collection of 360 soil, 11 silt, and 35 rock samples to confirm historic high-grade zones and extend existing multi-element soil anomalies. The company believes the sampling will better define known mineralized trends and will assist in confirming targets for a planned drill program in 2017. The field program saw work conducted across the entire property with a focus on three specific areas where past exploration has revealed strong mineralization. In the northern portion (RDN Claims) of the amalgamated claim block, historic drilling at the Wedge zone has intersected high-grade gold-silver-copper-lead-zinc mineralization over a strike length exceeding 1,000 meters. At south Wedge, historic hole RG90-07 returned an average of 14.5 grams per metric ton gold over 7.8 meters; and RG91-21 returned 125 g/t gold over 0.8 meters and 91 g/t gold over 1.95 meters. RDN04-32, collared more than 900 meters north of those two holes, returned greater than 5 g/t gold over 1 meter with elevated silver-lead-zinc over a six-meter interval. At the Boundary Zone, situated eight kilometers (five miles) south of Wedge, Noranda reported 60 g/t gold over 5.5 meters in drill hole RG91-16. Follow-up drilling in the immediate vicinity encountered 19.2 g/t gold and 2.7 percent copper over 1.5 meters. Aben said numerous mineralized occurrences are documented throughout the Forrest Kerr gold project area and sound, systematic fieldwork conducted from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s provide a solid framework for ongoing fieldwork. With little activity in the area during the past decade, the area is ripe for modern exploration techniques. The area has recently seen major infrastructure improvements, including roads and hydro-electric facilities. In addition, rapid melting rates of glaciers in parts of the property area are expected to provide new exposures in areas that were inaccessible during previous exploration campaigns.