Mayo Lake Claims Groups, Yukon Territory
           
   

PROJECT - CARLIN-ROOP

Carlin-Roop is composed of 186 contiguous quartz claims covering an area of 36.3 square kilometres. The property covers the eastern reaches of the Gustavus Range, which is bisected by the broad west to east flowing Granite Creek valley. Peaks are generally rounded with steep drop-offs or cliffs at the lips of valleys. Carlin-Roop lies within the Eastern Sector of the Keno Hill Silver District (KHSD) (Figure 2) where Keno Hill Style Mineralization (KHSM) high-grade silver ore.

The KHSD has produced over 200 million ounces of silver from over 5.3 million tonnes of ore with an average grade of 44 ounces/t of silver. Alexco Resource Corp., a mining company based in Vancouver, is presently mining near Keno Hill from a reserve of 1,438,349 tonnes of ore with a grade of 804g Ag/t. Other companies, such as Metallic Minerals Corp. and Alianza Minerals Ltd., are continuing with drill programs in the area to discover and define KHSM and silver ore.

Granite Creek was historically prospected for placer potential. Beginning in 2013, a placer operation has been active and pockets containing up to 300 ounces of gold have been mined. Many of the tributaries to Granite Creek have been staked for additional placer potential. The placer operation on Granite Creek and Carlin-Roop can be accessed by a road originating in Keno.

Carlin-Roop is underlain by structurally deformed and altered Keno Hill Quartzite (KHQ) interlayered with minor andesitic volcanics and intruded by Triassic gabbros silts and plugs (Greenstones) (Figure 11), near-identical to those hosting high-grade silver mineralization at the Keno Hill Silver mines. In addition contact metamorphic aureole extends up to 4 kilometres away from the Roop Lake Stock, which is present on the northeast part of the property. It impacts most units underlying the property. The property has been glaciated with glacial limits are well marked by lateral moraines and lateral meltwater channels. Above the glacial limit, the ice was probably cold-based, resulting in minimal erosion. Within the Granite Creek valley most of the terrain is now covered by variable thicknesses of till.

Airborne magnetics were flown over the large area covered by the two claim groups in 2012. Magnetic patterns clearly showed the Roop Lake Stock and mafic plugs and a broad NNW trending mag low on the west side of the Roop Lake Stock. A NW trending anticline parallel the mag low with most of the area being underlain by the KHQ and Greenstones. The airborne magnetics defines numerous parallel breaks and terminations in the magnetics (Figure 12). These lineations are related to fracturing and folding patterns, induced by the Tombstone Thrust and can serve as pathways for fluids an magma.

MAYO completed soil sampling at various scales on the property in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It delineated several geochemical targets. The geochemistry and a follow-up SGH survey has indicated potential for Au bearing veins, copper of unknown provenance and for Keno Hill type Ag ± Pb ± Zn veins. At the northern extremity an Au and Ag target plus a copper target have been defined by soil sampling and SGH (Figure 13). In the southern area soil sampling has indication Au and Ag potential at two localities; some Ag pathfinders indicate a potential for a KHSM silver mineralization in the east-central part of the property. In the western part of the property, highly anomalous Ag, Zn, Pb Sb and As are present over two segments of soil anomaly totaling 1000m in length (Figure 5 and 14). One has a length of 600m (Carlin West occurrence) and trends at an azimuth of 310° (WSW). It in turn is cut by liners trending 60° (ESE) with the same elements paralleling this trend (Figure 14). This situation is similar to that in the central KHSD where Ag fault veins are focused along the Tombstone-related fractures and faults.

In 2018, a ground magnetics survey was completed over parts of the 600m long soil anomaly to confirm and refine the position of the soil anomaly s projected by the airborne magnetics. In 2019, IP-Resistivity survey across the soil anomaly indicated the probability of a 15m wide steeply dipping high silica, mineralized zone, crossing the axis of the Ag soil anomaly at the Carlin West occurrence (Figure 5). The values associated with the geochemical and geophysical anomalies met and exceeded those values obtained by other surveys throughout much of the KHSD.

In late October of 2020, a short drill program, 2 holes totalling 205m, was completed, but was terminated prior to achieving its objectives due to severe weather. The first hole was drilled to 127.5m depth and intersected a greenstone unit (Greenstone) below the Keno Hill Quartzite (KHQ) at 93.5m downhole (Figure 6). The Greenstone is secondary to the KHQ in acting as a host to Keno Hill Style Mineralization (KHSM). Nevertheless, a classic KHS breccia, which yielded values of 6.9 g Ag/t over 1.85m, including 12.8g Ag/t over 0.85m, was cored in the Greenstone.. These breccias generally increase in widths and grades by orders of magnitude when intersected within the KHQ. Structural measurements indicate that this breccia likely intersects the KHQ 5-10m above where the drill cored into the Greenstone. N ew intervals of KHSM from the two hole collars to 20m downhole drilled through interbedded graphitic schist and quartzite. Assays from many prospective quartz vein and breccia intervals in this new zone assayed to 2.65m at 64.4 g Ag/t from 16.1m, including 0.85m at 124.4g Ag/t from 18m in the second hole; and 0.5m at 18.3g Ag/t from 21.5m and 1.0m at 33.7g Ag/t from 82.5m in the first hole. Structural measurements from the first hole indicate that the drilling did not intercept the 15m wide IP anomaly within the KHQ.

In 2021, the drill program will be completed along with other exploration activity to define and delineate trenching and drill targets holding promise for gold and KHSM and gold.

Carlin-Roop Geology (after Boyle 1964 and Green 1970). The Granodiorite is part of the Roop Lake Stock and the Quartzite. is the Keno Hill Quartzite DDH2020 is located at Carlin West. Small outcrops of the Greenstone have not been noted throughout the area mapped as KHQ.

Figure 11. Carlin-Roop Geology (after Boyle 1964 and Green 1970). The Granodiorite is part of the Roop Lake Stock and the Quartzite. is the Keno Hill Quartzite DDH2020 is located at Carlin West. Small outcrops of the Greenstone have not been noted throughout the area mapped as KHQ.


Carlin-Roop Airborne Magnetics Analytical Signal with interpretation. KHSM is commonly focused along longitudinal and transverse faults at the Keno Hill silver mines.

Figure 12. Carlin-Roop Airborne Magnetics Analytical Signal with interpretation. KHSM is commonly focused along longitudinal and transverse faults at the Keno Hill silver mines.


Au, Cu, Co, Zn and Cu, Ni, Zn, Co soil anomalies at north end of Carlin West.

Au, Cu, Co, Zn and Cu, Ni, Zn, Co soil anomalies at north end of Carlin West.

Figure 13. Au, Cu, Co, Zn and Cu, Ni, Zn, Co soil anomalies at north end of Carlin West.


Results for Ag, Pb, As and Sb in soils sampling at Carlin West.
Figure 14. Results for Ag, Pb, As and Sb in soils sampling at Carlin West.


Inverted Resistivity and IP sections at Carlin West. The quartz vein is more likely brecciated highly silicious KHQ cut by quartz veins. The “possible intrusive” is more likely permanently frozen, waekly altered or unaltered KHQ.

Figure 15. Inverted Resistivity and IP sections at Carlin West. The quartz vein is more likely brecciated highly silicious KHQ cut by quartz veins. The “possible intrusive” is more likely permanently frozen, waekly altered or unaltered KHQ.



   
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