Finlay Minerals Ltd. (TSX-V: FYL) is pleased to announce the completion and results of its 2020 exploration program.
The overarching goal for the Company’s 2020 exploration program was to leverage the compilation of the past 20 years of exploration data in the search for further Equity Silver-type (open-pittable Gold (Au)-Ag-Cu) and intrusive-hosted porphyry Cu-Molybdenum (Mo)-Au deposits. The data compilation led to soil and glacial till sampling programs over areas of prospective geology and geophysical anomalies.
Robert F. Brown, President & CEO of Finlay states:
“I am particularly excited that the 2020 data compilation, re-interpretation, and subsequent soil and till sampling have identified the “Equity East Zone” – a new area of parallel geophysical trends and associated strong soil and till geochemistry east of the MAIN – Equity Silver mineralized trend for continued exploration and advancement. As well, the 2020 oriented core drill program provided a better understanding and geological model of the mineralized structures present, allowing for the re-interpretation of +50 years of historic drilling and for the development of new drill targets along the 1.7km length of the MAIN – Equity Silver trend.”
2020 Silver Hope Drilling Program:
In late 2020, an oriented core drill program was conducted in the Gaul Zone, one of three mineralized zones along the Main Horizon – a geologically favourable trend extending southerly from the former Equity Silver Mine.
Six drill holes, totaling 1,192 m, targeted the Gaul Zone with ~50 m step-out holes north and south of former drill hole SH14-02. Holes SH20-01 & 02 were drilled on section 6004800N with historic drill hole SH14-02, while SH20-03 & 04 were drilled ~40m south on section 6004750N, and SH20-05 & 06 were drilled ~50m north on section 6004850N as show on the drill plan map below:
All drill holes intersected mineralization ranging from 0.89m to 33.14m in downhole core length. Distinct Upper and Lower Ag – Cu mineralized zones were identified.
Notable Lower zone intersections include SH20-02 with 28.02m @ 27.57g/t Ag and 0.29% Cu (including 1.28m @ 2.08g/t Au, 363.00g/t Ag and 0.25% Cu). As well hole, SH20-06 intersected 25.00m @ 10.71g/t Ag and 0.50% Cu (including 1.00m @ 4.68g/t Au, 113.00g/t Ag, 1.78% Cu and 7.04% Zn).
In the Upper zone, notable intersections included SH20-04 with 6.00m @ 57.32g/t Ag and 0.79% Cu, and SH20-06 with 10.00m @ 65.04g/t Ag and 2.33% Cu (including 2.50m @ 109.40g/t Ag and 3.87% Cu).
2020 Drill Results Table
* Intervals are core lengths. True widths are estimated to be 70-90% of true widths.
Drilling was conducted using “oriented core” equipment which aided in determining the orientation of mineralization associated with fractures, brecciation, veining, and barren dikes, all of which cut across the stratigraphy. The drill program revealed:
Silver Hope Property Exploration Programs:
Prior to the drilling program, the Company conducted geochemical and geophysical surveys.
The updated 2020 geochemical and geophysical results are depicted in the map below with the airborne magnetic survey results, the historic and new Ag geochemical soil sampling and the new Equity East Zone:
The Company will be conducting geochemical and geological surveys in the Equity East Zone to locate the source of multi-element soil anomalies discovered during the 2020 program. Glacial ice directions from a BC Geological Survey till sampling survey suggest that net ice movement was likely to the WSW to WNW. If so, this could indicate an, as yet, undiscovered mineralized source within the Equity East Zone
QA and QC:
All drill core and soil sample assay results have been monitored through a quality assurance / quality control program.
The drill core was sawn in half at Finlay Mineral’s core logging and processing facility in Houston, BC. Half the core was sampled and shipped in sealed and secure bags to the ALS Global laboratory in North Vancouver, BC. Drill core samples were crushed to 70% less than 2mm, rotary split off 250g, pulverised split to better than 85% passing 75 microns. Drill core samples were analyzed for 33 elements by HF-HNO3-HClO4 acid digestion, HCl leach and ICP-AES on a 0.25 gram sample (method ME-ICP61). Gold was analyzed by fire assay on a 30 gram sample with an AAS finish (method Au-AA23). Over limit silver and silver assays > 50 ppm were re-analyzed by fire assay using a gravimetric finish on a 30 gram sample. Over limit copper, lead and zinc were re-analyzed by four acid digestion and an ICP finish on a 0.4 gram sample.
Soil samples were shipped in sealed and secure bags to the ALS Global laboratory in North Vancouver, BC. Soil samples were dried and sieved to -180 microns. Soil samples were assayed by aqua regia digestion with ICP finish on a 25 gram sample (method AuME-TL43).
In addition to the ALS Global laboratory QA/QC protocols, Finlay Minerals implements an internal QA/QC program that includes the insertion of duplicates, standards and blanks into the drill core sample stream at a total of 8% of the total samples. Finlay Minerals inserted duplicates, standards and blanks at 2% of the total soil samples.
Warner Gruenwald, P. Geo. and Vice President, Exploration for Finlay Minerals and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical content of this news release.
About Finlay Minerals Ltd.
Finlay is a TSX Venture Exchange company focused on exploration for base and precious metal deposits in northern British Columbia.
Silver Hope 2020 Gaul Zone Drill Hole Locations Map (CNW Group/Finlay Minerals Ltd.)
Silver Hope – Silver Geochemistry in Soils over Airborne Magnetic Survey Map (CNW Group/Finlay Minerals Ltd.)
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