Kodiak Copper Corp. (TSX-V: KDK) (OTCQB: KDKCF) (Frankfurt: 5DD1) reports drill results from the 100% owned MPD copper-gold porphyry project in southern British Columbia.
Results from three new drill holes at the Gate Zone are presented in this release. Holes drilled in 2021 continue to highlight significant copper-gold grades over substantial intervals central to the Gate Zone. The Gate Zone porphyry target remains open to extension in multiple directions.
Highlights (complete results are shown in Table 1 and Figures 2 and 3):
Claudia Tornquist, President and CEO of Kodiak said, “We are very pleased with the impressive drill results that keep coming from the Gate Zone, and excited to have our first holes into the Dillard target. The progress the Company made this year, despite challenging weather and operational conditions, sets the stage for continued drilling in multiple areas and another large program in 2022. Kodiak is well funded and we will continue with our district scale exploration approach at MPD to reveal the property’s true potential for multi-centred porphyry systems.”.
Throughout Q1 2022 Kodiak will report on outstanding drill results and other 2021 field work, including;
A large exploration program is planned for 2022, with field work and drilling resuming in Q1 2022 and approximately 25,000 metres of additional drilling before year-end. Preparatory work in late 2021 involved heritage surveys in specific target areas to allow work during the winter months. The Company has a multi-year, area-based exploration permit that authorizes new drill sites and expanded exploration activity across the MPD property to 2026. The 2022 program will include assessing the three kilometre regional magnetic low between the Gate and Man target areas, follow up drilling at Dillard, testing analogous targets elsewhere across MPD and initiating work on the newly acquired Axe Property. The Axe property overlies significant geophysical targets with similar signatures to Kodiak’s Gate Zone discovery, and historical copper results in drill core, soils, and rock samples.
Dillard Target Drilling
Drilling in 2021 focused primarily on testing the northern and southern extents of the Gate Zone. In addition, drilling commenced in autumn at the Dillard target and two holes were completed. The Dillard Target area will be further tested in 2022. It has many attributes similar to the Gate Zone (see 3D model of drilling at Gate, Dillard and Man, Figure 5) including:
Mapped geology highlighting prospective volcanic and intrusive rocks displaying porphyry-style alteration (potassic and calcic) and a “pyrite-halo” associated with copper-gold mineralization
Figure 1: Gate Zone plan map showing all 2021 drilling with assay results to date. Background is contoured historic copper-in soil data. Porphyry-related mineralization at Gate has been traced down to 850 m depth, across a width of 350 m (east-west) and over 950 m in length (north-south)
Figure 2: East-West cross sections at 5515250N with new drill holes MPD-21-017 and MPD-21-018
Figure 3: East-West cross sections at 5515525mN with new drill hole MPD-21-026
Figure 4: Examples of core from 2021 Drilling at MPD: 4A) MPD-21-018: Semi massive, chalcopyrite-pyrite in quartz-carbonate stockwork/breccia hosted in altered porphyritic andesite. Core is from a 126.0 metre intercept reporting 0.72% Cu, 0.21 g/t Au and 2.95 g/t Ag from 500.0 to 626.0 metres. 4B) MPD-21-026: Chalcopyrite-pyrite (+/-bornite) mineralization with quartz within phyllic-potassic altered, crowded feldspar-hornblende diorite porphyry. Core is from a 111.0 metre intercept reporting 0.53% Cu, 0.34 g/t Au and 1.84 g/t Ag from 563.0 to 674.0 metres. 4C) MPD-21-017: Chalcopyrite-pyrite-hematite mineralization with quartz-carbonate breccia/veining in intensely altered andesite displaying local phyllic overprint. Core is from an 81.0 metre intercept reporting 0.31% Cu, 0.13 g/t Au and 1.41 g/t Ag from 257.8 to 338.0 metres. Images are of selected intervals and do not represent all mineralization on the property.
Figure 5: 3D model looking north-east showing copper in historic drill holes at the Dillard target (right), Man target (centre) and historic plus Kodiak drilling at the Gate Zone (left). Note that all areas have copper near surface, but significant grades from new drilling at Gate reside below most historic drilling at Dillard and Man (~250-350m depth). Colour contours are >0.1% Cu from previously reported downhole assays using 10m cells.
|Table 2: 2021 MPD Drill Collar Information – Gate Zone|
Drilling at the Gate Zone continued to identify strongly mineralized porphyry alteration, sulphide zoning and structurally controlled high-grade domains surrounded by lower grade shells (see Figures 1 to 3 and Table 2). To investigate the extents of the Gate Zone, new holes MPD-21-017, 018 and 026 were drilled to infill and test continuity of the higher grade mineralization from two separate set-ups 250 metres apart, and central to the one kilometre long copper in soil anomaly. Holes MPD-21-021 to 023 and MPD-21-025 were also located central to the Gate zone but encountered difficult drilling conditions. All four holes were lost before reaching target depths however the Company may assay these at a later date for geotechnical information.
MPD is a large, consolidated land package (14,716 hectares) located near several operating mines in the southern Quesnel Terrane, British Columbia’s primary copper-gold producing belt. The project is located midway between the towns of Merritt and Princeton, with year-round accessibility and excellent infrastructure nearby.
NQ size core was split and sampled over approximately three metre intervals. All core samples were sent to ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) in North Vancouver, BC for preparation and analysis. ALS meets all requirements of International Standards ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 9001:2015 for analytical procedures. Samples were analyzed using ALS’s Fire Assay Fusion method (Au-AA24) with an AA finish for gold and by a 33-element four acid digest ICP-AES analysis (ME-ICP61) with additional analysis for Ore Grade Elements (ME-OG62) and Ore Grade Cu (Cu-OG62). In addition to ALS Laboratory quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) protocols, Kodiak implements an internal QA/QC program that includes the insertion of sample blanks, duplicates, and standards in the field.
Jeff Ward, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release. Kodiak believes historic results referenced herein to be from reliable sources using industry standards at the time. However, the Company has not independently verified, or cannot guarantee, the accuracy of this historic information.
About Kodiak Copper Corp.
Kodiak is focused on its 100% owned copper porphyry projects in Canada and the USA. The Company’s most advanced asset is the MPD copper-gold porphyry project in the prolific Quesnel Trough in south-central British Columbia, Canada, where the Company made a discovery of high-grade mineralization within a wide mineralized envelope in 2020. Kodiak also holds the Mohave copper-molybdenum-silver porphyry project in Arizona, USA, near the world-class Bagdad mine. Kodiak’s porphyry projects have both been historically drilled and present known mineral discoveries with the potential to hold large-scale deposits.
Kodiak’s founder and Chairman is Chris Taylor who is well-known for his gold discovery success with Great Bear Resources. Kodiak is also part of Discovery Group led by John Robins, one of the most successful mining entrepreneurs in Canada.
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