Through the purchase of privately-held Jack’s Fork Exploration Inc. (JFE), led by award-wining geologist Don Taylor, Aston Bay owns exclusive rights to an integrated geophysical, geochemical and geological dataset over the Blue Ridge Project area located in central Virginia, USA. The Blue Ridge Project is located within a copper-lead-zinc-gold-silver (Cu-Pb-Zn-Au-Ag) mineralized sedimentary and volcanic belt prospective for sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX) or Broken Hill (BHT) type deposits. Correlative rock units in adjacent states of North Carolina and Tennessee host historic mineralized deposits including Ducktown, Ore Knob, Gossan Lead and Haile.
Don Taylor, CEO of JFE, has joined the Aston Bay team in the position of Technical Advisor and will be directing exploration for the Blue Ridge Project. Mr. Taylor was COO of Arizona Mining Inc. and the 2018 Thayer Lindsley Award winner for his discovery of the Taylor Pb-Zn-Ag Deposit in Nevada.
The comprehensive Blue Ridge Project dataset includes:
- airborne EM/Mag survey covering approximately 50km x 100km (500,000 hectares or over 1.2 million acres).
- regional stream sediment survey coincident to the AEM survey, including:
- traditional -80 mesh survey samples analyzed for 31 elements, and
- heavy mineral concentrate sampling identifying specific minerals of interest
- multi-element soil grids over select targets
- drill hole database:
- assay data from multiple historical drill holes at area gold prospects
- archival drill core and multi-element geochemical data from 20 diamond drill holes at area Cu-Zn-Pb prospects
The Blue Ridge Project has numerous strengths that will be accretive to Aston Bay, including:
- near term discovery potential
- a target- and data-rich, under-explored project with drill-ready targets and access to a very large land position
- significant recent and historical drill intercepts with limited follow-up
- numerous base metal and gold prospects identified through geophysics, geology & geochemistry
- year-round access and well-developed infrastructure allow for steady news flow
- private land leases in advanced stages of negotiation, and
- well-established mining law and permitting process
History of the Area
Geological investigations by BHP Minerals (BHP) and joint venture partner, Cominco American Inc (CAI) in 1995 identified a geologic terrane in the Lynchburg area as a prospective belt with largely unrecognized potential for sediment-hosted base metal massive sulfide and/or gold deposits. Regional geological mapping and geochemical sampling confirmed the potential and led to land acquisition, detailed sampling, limited surface diamond drilling and an airborne geophysical survey. Exploration by BHP and CAI ended in 2000 and the total expenditures by BHP and CAI are estimated at US $4.5M.
Don Taylor, through JFE, continued with exploration, constructing a database of the available historic geological, geochemical and geophysical data and conducted significant additional work on the ground. JFE’s total expenditures was approximately US$3M, with work including reconnaissance and project-area geological work including mapping, rock and soil sampling, and ground geophysics since 2008.
Geology and Mineralization
Past exploration efforts were focused on the discovery of sedimentary-hosted Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag deposits of the sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX) or Broken Hill (BHT) type.
Historic exploration for such deposits has been limited due to rare bedrock exposure (typically ≤1%) and extensive saprolite development. Modern exploration occurred only in the middle to late 1990’s when BHP and later joint venture partner CAI, identified the south-central section of the Blue Ridge terrane as permissive to host significant massive sulfide deposits of these types.
BHP and CAI drilled 11 core holes on area properties; nine of the 11 historic holes intersected notable amounts of disseminated, vein-type, and massive base metal mineralization within marbles and schists over short sections. Significant highlights from that drilling include;
- 2.77% Cu, 0.94% Zn, 0.54% Pb, and 8.2 ppm Ag over 16.4 feet, and
- 1.17% Cu, 5.23% Zn, 0.90% Pb, and 21.3 ppm Ag over 7.4 feet in separate holes.
The historic drilling results indicate that the stratigraphy in the project area contains mineralization consistent with the SEDEX/BHT type and the potential to host significant and economic Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag deposits of this type.
Buckingham Gold Property
Historical Work Done
The previous program, completed by previous owner, consisted of three holes on the Buckingham Property, all of which intersected significant gold, including 15.57 g/t Au over 4.1m and 11.69 g/t Au over 3.1m. In addition to gold-bearing quartz veining, the previous drilling intersected a zone of sericite-pyrite alteration yielding 0.4 g/t Au over 24m including 0.71 g/t Au over 13.72m (all historic intercepts are core intervals, i.e., not true width; see March 4, 2019 Aston Bay press release).
Drill Results from Aston Bay’s April 2019 Drill Program:
Six large diameter (HQ) drill holes totaling 878 metres (m) completed, with all six drill holes intersected significant near-surface gold mineralization, either in quartz veins or in wider zones of sericite-quartz-pyrite alteration (see Table 1 below).
Figure 1: Drill hole locations with significant gold intercepts, Buckingham Gold Project, Virginia.
These drill holes intersected significant gold mineralization in quartz veins, including 35.61 g/t Au over 2.03m in hole BUCK19-001, 20.44 g/t over 3.30m and 34.25g/t over 0.5m in hole BUCK19-003, and in hole BUCK19-004 24.73 g/t over 3.57m including 62.51 g/t over 1.39m. BUCK19-005 intercepted two broad zones of gold mineralization associated with sericite-quartz-pyrite alteration: 2.16 g/t Au over 18.07m including 17.45 g/t Au over 1.57m and 1.90 g/t Au over 22.22m including 19.30 g/t Au over 1.5m. This hole is a 40 m step-out along strike from previous drilling. All mineralized intercepts are located below sub-cropping quartz containing visible gold that have yielded up to 701 g/t Au (20.4 ounces Au per short ton) in surface grab samples.
The current drill program was designed to test along strike and down dip from the northwest-southeast trending area of boulders and sub-crop of quartz veining, as well as test for zones of gold-bearing alteration. The drill hole locations with significant gold intercepts are illustrated in Figure 1; a longitudinal cross section is presented in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Longitudinal cross section with significant gold intercepts, Buckingham Gold Project, Virginia.
Red triangles represent subcropping surface quartz vein containing visible gold. View looking northeast.
For more detailed information see:
- June 5, 2019 Press Release “Aston Bay Drills 62.51 g/t Au over 1.39m and 35.61 g/t Au over 2.03m at its Buckingham Gold Property in Virginia, USA”
- June 27, 2019 Press Release “Aston Bay Adds 2.16 g/t Au over 18.07m and 1.90 g/t Au over 22.22m to Drill Results from its Buckingham Gold Property in Virginia, USA.“
LOI with Major Timber Company
- Exclusive option to lease the mineral rights on highly prospective for base and precious metals mineralization.
Qualified Person Statement:
Michael Dufresne, M.Sc. P.Geol., Consultant and Chief Geologist of Aston Bay Holdings is the “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Dufresne has supervised the preparation of the technical information contained on this website and materials herein as they relate to the Storm Copper and Seal Zinc projects.
As per National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Andrew Turner, P.Geol., a consultant to Aston Bay, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has prepared, validated and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release. The Company strictly adheres to CIM Best Practices Guidelines in conducting, documenting, and reporting its exploration activities.”
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