Ximen Mining Corp. made an announcement today that is poised to draw the attention of the big boys.
Ximen’s option partner for the Gold Drop Property, GGX Gold Corp. (TSX.V: GGX), is mobilizing to drill test a newly discovered high-priority target at a depth of at least 400 m and up to 764 m – the deepest ever to be drilled on the Gold Drop Property and, according to my research of public records, the deepest ever to be drilled in the entire Greenwood Mining Camp.
When you drill that deep, you are obviously looking for something big, such as a multi-million ounce gold deposit. Otherwise it would not make any sense as mining at such depths require large volumes of strongly mineralized material.
Since mid-April 2019, GGX completed 32 holes for a total of 1,923 m (60 m per hole on average) at the C.O.D Vein on the Gold Drop Property. Assays are pending and expected shortly, however, no matter how good the results may be, such a near-surface gold vein would likely not draw the attention of senior mining companies because really large gold deposits are most often at depth.
Don’t get me wrong! There is nothing wrong with drilling the C.O.D Vein in an effort to delineate a smaller resource near surface as they could be targeting small-scale mining in case a milling opportunity evolves at the near-by Greenwood Processing Facility (212 t/day capacity) owned by Golden Dawn Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: GOM). Such a mining venture still provides potential to create significant shareholder value along the road.
On the other hand, the proposed deep drilling at Gold Drop is a completely different ballpark. It’s going after big gold – “hunting for elephants” as they say in the exploration and mining industry.
Full size / Stargate II surveys were performed by ESSCO over the Republic Graben trend in Washington and B.C. in 2014/2015 at 1 km and 500 m line spacings. A resultant geophysical anomaly on the Gold Drop Property was supplied by Glenn Galata of ESSCO. The anomaly measures 1,834 by 1,377 m, is centered at the intersection of 3 interpreted major fault conduit structural traces and is located along strike and to the north of the C.O.D. Vein trend.
Full size / Glenn Galata of ESSCO suggested 3 holes within the anomaly as shown above. If the first hole (DH-1) is a success, he recommends to not drill more around that hole but to step out and drill test other orientations with DH-2 and DH-3, because senior mining companies want to see multiple axis orientations of gold mineralization – that’s the high criteria they have, which is somewhat different from the criteria of a junior miner.
This fairly large (1,834 x 1,377 m) geophysical anomaly was discovered using a new technology – the proprietary Stargate II Drill Target Modeling System – which incorporates Acoustic EM analysis, an enhanced, deep-penetrating ultra-sonic AMT (Audio-MagnetoTellurics) geophysical survey. It was developed by Earth Science Services Corp. (ESSCO) of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Stargate II system is in developmental / pre-commercial stage and as such the effectiveness of this technique is not fully known. For this reason, I wanted to dig deeper so I called Glenn Galata of ESSCO, who is currently in Grand Forks near Greenwood, B.C.
During the 2-hour call with Glenn, I learned about the drawbacks of conventional geophysical surveys and what sets Stargate apart, and most importantly, why Glenn strongly believes that the proposed deep drilling at Gold Drop provides tremendous potential to discover something big: e.g. the source – aka the feeder system – of the many small occurrences historically mined near surface surrounding Gold Drop.
Full size / “There are enormous volumes of data suggesting that the anomaly beneath Gold Drop is one of the primary sources of all of the widespread historical gold occurrences, which have been mined in the Greenwood Camp for hundreds of years.” (Glenn Galata of ESSCO in a phone call with Rockstone)
In essence, I can only recommend to sit tight, fasten your seatbelts and watch closely. This single hole is hoped to be a game-changer for Ximen, GGX and the entire Greenwood District.
And the beauty is that if the deep drilling is not successful in discovering high-grade mineralization over significant intercepts, Ximen and GGX can continue pursuing their mutual goal of becoming junior mining companies. The only downside of not finding an “elephant” at depth is for GGX to have wasted an estimated $250,000 for drilling this hole. However, in light of the potential to find something big, I think its well worth the bet to give Stargate II a shot.
In a few weeks, we will know how effective Stargate II really is and what difference it could make to modern exploration, and juniors deploying capital in a meaningful way. For both Ximen/GGX and Stargate, this hole could be history in the making.
According to ESSCO, one of the first test holes in Ontario by a public company using Stargate II was undertaken by St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (TSX: SAS) on their Hislop North Project. It was a deep vertical hole to test for the extension of the adjacent Primero Gold 147 Zone. St. Andrew Goldfields had drilled several unsuccessful holes in search of the elusive mineralized extension. When the Stargate II model was used, the deep vertical hole, although not drilled in exactly the recommended spot identified by Stargate II, still intercepted 10.38 g/t gold over 25 m. The hoped for results were achieved, predicted geological structures were confirmed, and the resource base was increased. Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (TSX: KL) subsequently acquired St. Andrew Goldfields.
Glenn mentioned that he also looked at the Dixie Property in the Red Lake District of Ontario owned by Great Bear Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: GBR), which company has a current market capitalization of $184 million CAD with 39.4 million shares issued. Based on the data set generated from Stargate II over the Gold Drop Property, he believes that the anomaly could be approximately twice as big as the data point volume of what was outlined over the Dixie Project. If that turns out to be true, Ximen and GGX would do very well to follow Great Bear’s success since its August 22, 2018 announcement of a significant discovery.
Full size / Stock price performance of Great Bear Resources Ltd. following its discovery hole on August 22, 2018. Note that neither Glenn nor I am saying that such a success will also happen at Gold Drop as the identified anomaly still has to be tested with drilling and is merely a theory based on a new technology still under development and as such it may not be successful.
Link to updated chart (15 min. delayed): http://schrts.co/nVvegNqV
Ximen Mining Corp.
888 Dunsmuir Street – Suite 888
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 3K4
Phone: +1 604 488 3900
Shares Issued & Outstanding: 38,008,700
Canadian Symbol (TSX.V): XIM
Current Price: $0.68 CAD (07/10/2019)
Market Capitalization: $26 Million CAD
German Symbol / WKN (Tradegate): 1XMA / A2JBKL
Current Price: €0.454 EUR (07/10/2019)
Market Capitalization: €17 Million EUR
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