White Gold District Yukon’s best hope for gold deposits

Mike Burke has been working as a geologist in the Yukon since 1990. He’s seen a lot of smaller discoveries, but says […]

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Mike Burke has been working as a geologist in the Yukon since 1990. He’s seen a lot of smaller discoveries, but says the territory still hosts company-defining gold deposits. “When you look at the [Pacific] Cordillera — whether it’s Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia or down through the U.S. — it’s a real mélange of complicated, but very prospective geology … when you look at the Yukon, which is perched in the middle of that, it is definitely the most underexplored of those regions,” he says. Burke attributes the lack of exploration mostly to the Yukon’s remote location and short summers. “Ten years in the Yukon is five years in Ontario, when it comes to exploration,” Burke says. Burke says middle Cretaceous intrusions extend across the Yukon, and some of those intrusive events are associated with gold. The first major, intrusive-hosted gold discovery along the Tintina fault was Fort Knox, 42 km northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. Continue reading at The Northern Miner.

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