NORTHERN QUEBEC The Midway gold property near Val d’Or is yielding information on more new gold zones for NORTHERN STAR MINING of Vancouver. Since drilling began in late 2003, six new gold zones have been discovered, bringing the total number of mineralized zones to 10. The Midway property hosts part of the past-producing Malartic Goldfields mine.
Northern Star is in the midst of a 50,000-metre drilling program looking for new gold zones and the extension of known mineralization. The most recent core assay from hole NSM 04-40 returned 0.272 opt Au over 19.3 ft. The hole also encountered anomalous gold values from 394 to 403 feet (0.04 opt), which may indicate the beginning of a new mineralized lens, according to the company.
Gold mineralization at Midway is primarily hosted in roughly ovoid-shaped gabbroic and mafic lenses within ultramafic rocks of the Cadillac Break. Gold mineralization occurs with the gabbro bodies and presents the appearance of discrete, elongate lenses. The gabbro and mafic bodies appear stacked en echelon at depth, and along strike and plunge. Gold values are consistent and are associated with pyrite content. Other mineralization encountered consists of chalcopyrite, galena, arsenopyrite and rare visible gold. Lower grade mineralization is present in porphyry intrusives, which may be controlling structures of the gold mineralization. It appears that all the mineralization is associated with the introduction of nearby porphyry-type intrusive bodies.
Northern Star has also identified the presence of a previously unknown porphyry intrusive on the property. This new porphyry and surrounding area will be targeted in future drilling.
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