Relevant Gold Corp. (TSX-V:RGC) (OTCQB:RGCCF) is pleased to announce that its 2023 detailed mapping and rock chip sampling program successfully identified three new district-scale gold and copper target zones on its 100% owned 2,307 hectare (ha) (5,700 acre) Bradley Peak Project, located in central Wyoming, USA. Rock chip sampling along over 30 km of newly mapped shears identified widespread gold and copper mineralization including up to 5.3 g/t gold at the Deserted Treasure Zone, and 107 g/t silver and 6.25% copper at Kortes Zone. The 2023 program was the first systematic exploration step for this project and yielded the following highlights (Figure 1):
“These gold and copper results expand our exploration footprint in Wyoming into a whole new area and strongly support our thesis that there is extensive underappreciated Abitibi-style gold mineralization in our claims,” commented Relevant Gold CXO, Brian Lentz. “We look forward to advancing these promising new targets to drilling while continuing our systematic boots on the ground exploration of our 2,307 ha Bradley Peak land package.”
The 2023 mapping and sampling program was designed to characterize the gold and pathfinder element signatures of the property’s host rock assemblages and answer important geological questions. The major observations from this initial mapping and sampling program are:
Airborne geophysics (pending USGS/WGS) will further aid in exploration targeting (See May 24, 2023 News Release).
Figure 1: Bedrock geology map of Bradley Peak project with 2023 sampling results, previous Relevant Gold samples and the three newly identified target zone areas. Subset maps are zoomed in to each target zone area.
About the Bradley Peak Project
The Bradley Peak property is located in the Seminoe Mountains in central Wyoming covered by 2,307 ha (5,700 acres) of contiguous active BLM mining claims 100% owned by Relevant Gold Corp. Multiple orogenic shear-zone hosted mineralization styles, including VMS style mineralization with increased copper grades associated with gold, have been traced across the property. Project highlights include:
Summary of 2023 Bradley Peak Work Program
Relevant Gold’s exploration thesis is based on extensive academic research that links Wyoming to the Abitibi gold belts at the time of gold mineralization (2.65 billion years ago) and shows how the two crustal blocks rifted apart (2.1 billion years ago) to where they presently reside (Relevant Gold thesis). The Company achieved strong initial proof of this concept in 2022 at the Golden Buffalo project (See Feb. 06, 2023 News Release), which provided the basis for an expanded 2023 regional exploration program designed to systematically identify new target opportunities across Relevant Gold’s portfolio of 5 district-scale assets. This year’s initial mapping & sampling program at Bradley Peak had 3 main goals:
A total of 216 rock chip samples were assayed for gold and multi-element geochemical suites. 34 samples had detectable gold (>0.01 g/t Au) including 9 samples that also carried >1% copper (Cu) (See Table 1 below). This work successfully identified 3 district-scale high-grade Au, Ag, and Cu target areas: 1) Kortes, 2) Apex, 3) Deserted Treasure. Each one of these targets displays distinct mineralization, structure, alteration, and scale and is described in more detail below.
Table 1: Highlight assay and geochemistry results from the 2023 mapping and sampling program at Bradley Peak
The Kortes target zone has at least 1.8 kilometers of mapped hydrothermally altered shear zone with up to 6.5 g/t Au, 107 g/t Ag, and 6.25% Cu in complex quartz-carbonate-chalcopyrite veins of variable widths (Figure 1). This target area lies in the northern portion of Bradley Peak where 2023 work found gold mineralization within orogenic quartz-carbonate veins, hosted in both mafic to ultramafic metavolcanics, mafic to ultramafic intrusions, and iron-formation. There is also evidence for intrusion-related vein arrays.
Mineralized shear zones are observed as Reidel P-shears reflecting progressive wrenching along the Kortes Fault. Alteration includes abundant ankerite in halos surrounding shear zones in mafic rocks and iron-formation as well as hydrothermal, retrograde alteration assemblages including chlorite-actinolite-sulfide in mafic rocks adjacent to shear zones and quartz veins.
The Apex zone is centrally located within an at least 4.5 km shear zone and hosts two historic mines including the Apex Mine and the Sunday Morning Prospect. No historic production numbers are known, but significant workings are present, and the Wyoming Geological Survey reports up to 2.1 ppm Au, 27 ppm Ag, and 5.8% Cu from the Sunday Morning Prospect (Hausel, 1994). Relevant Gold’s results appear to correlate with the historic sampling results.
Relevant Gold has recognized previously unmapped sheared and altered Quartz-Feldspar-Porphyry intrusive rocks within the larger package of mafic greenstone volcanics. Gold, copper, and base metal mineralization has been sampled throughout the Apex Zone with grades up to 1.18 g/t Au and 2.14% Cu (Figure 1). Additionally, multiple areas of quartz-sericite-pyrite altered rocks containing anomalous gold and pathfinder elements were newly identified within sheared zones to the northwest of the known historic mining corridor. This suggests the broader Apex Zone could host additional orogenic gold and/or intrusion-related vein systems.
Deserted Treasure Zone
The Deserted Treasure zone is another shear-hosted, orogenic, quartz-carbonate vein array in a broad fold hinge in altered mafic metaigneous rocks, mafic metavolcanics, and iron-formation cut by multiple NE-trending shear zones. The zone is bound by the Dewesse Fault, which is a crustal-scale fault juxtaposing the Bradley Peak Ultramafic complex with the Sunday Morning Creek Metavolcanics. This fault acted as a conduit for deeply sourced hydrothermal fluids. The area is affected by widespread chlorite-carbonate-epidote alteration associated with mylonitic to cataclastic zones hosting quartz-carbonate-chalcopyrite veins with local occurrences of visible gold. 2023 rock chip sampling returned up to 5.35 g/t Au and 1.1% Cu and Relevant Gold samples collected in 2019 returned up to 72.4 g/t Au.
Historic Sampling Data
The historic sampling data referenced in this release for the Bradley Peak Property and the Sunday Morning Prospect can be found in the following publication: Hausel, W.D., 1994, Economic geology of the Seminoe Mountains mining district, Carbon County, Wyoming: Wyoming State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 50, 31 p., 2 pls., scale 1:24,000.
Samples were submitted to the accredited MSALabs laboratory for preparation and analysis at their Val-d’Or, Quebec and Langley, B.C. facilities in Canada. Samples were prepared and analyzed for gold using PhotonAssay™ at the Val-d’Or location and multi-element geochemistry at the Lagley, B.C. location. All samples were assayed for gold using the CPA-Au1 method with a >250g sample, and separately analyzed for multi-element ICP-MS geochemistry using method IMS-230 with a 4-acid digestion. Overlimit results for copper (>10,000ppm Cu) were further analyzed with the PER-7Cu method using a sodium peroxide fusion and ICP-AES analysis. Overlimit results for silver (>100ppm Ag) were further analyzed with the CPA-Ag method with a >250g sample.
MSALabs employs an internal QA/QC to ensure proper sample preparation and equipment calibration. Additionally, Relevant Gold’s QA/QC program includes regular insertion of CRM standards, duplicates, and blanks in the sample batches to further monitor lab accuracy, precision and equipment calibration. All results and QA/QC have been reviewed by Mr. Brian Lentz, CPG, who is the Chief Exploration Officer and Qualified Person for the Company.
About Relevant Gold Corp.
Relevant Gold Corp. is a North American gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery, and development of district-scale gold projects in the state of Wyoming – one of the most mining friendly jurisdictions in the United States and globally. Founded by experienced exploration geologists, Relevant Gold is managed by a highly respected team with a proven record of significant value creation for shareholders.
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