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RLX is a gold exploration project encompassing a strategic land position which overlies the southeastern extension of the Red Lake greenstone belt and adjoins the Red Lake Mine property.
Red Lake has produced in excess of 20 million ounces of gold and is one of the richest gold districts in Canada with current production coming from the Red Lake Gold Mine operated by Goldcorp Inc. The RLX property covers the southeast extension of the Cochenour-Gullrock Lake Deformation Zone (the "Mine Trend Structure") which encompasses the Red Lake Mine and is underlain by Balmer-type volcanic assemblages, rock units which host the majority of the gold production from the Red Lake camp. Earlier explorers did not recognize the extension of the Mine Trend Structure and Balmer volcanic rocks and consequently the property was essentially unexplored for gold by previous workers.
Tri Origin has built up a significant geological, geophysical and geochemical database through its work programs across this large and strategic land position and diamond drilling completed by Tri Origin has identified mineral occurrences and areas of altered rock containing anomalous gold. Confirmation of the prospective, geological setting and encouragement from preliminary work warrants the continued systematic evaluation of the property. The target is discovery of a new, multi-million ounce, high-grade deposit of the Red Lake Mine type.
The project comprises 100% ownership to mineral rights of 62 adjoining mining claims consisting of 859 claim units totaling an area of 141 square kilometres (~13,810 hectares). RLX comprises one of the largest land holdings at Red Lake and is almost as large as the entire neighboring Red Lake District. Tri Origin’s claims directly adjoin the Red lake Mine claims held by Goldcorp Inc.
Even though RLX is only 15 kilometres from one of Canada’s richest gold mines, Tri Origin is the first company to conduct detailed exploration at the property. This is largely due to earlier geological interpretations which did not identify the southeastward continuation of the Red Lake greenstone belt- an interpretation which was understandable at the time due to the extensive overburden cover in the region.
Four areas of interest have been outlined by the Company’s recent field programs and recommended for detailed ground Induced Polarization geophysical surveying and geochemical sampling. A number of new targets have been identified and will continue to be prioritized based on results from upcoming ground surveying. Diamond drilling is planned in stages to test priority targets.
Tri Origin is currently searching for an earn-in partner to assist with funding the next phases of evaluation at the property.
The Red Lake Extension property (“RLX”) is located in north-western Ontario, 20 km southeast of the Town of Red Lake and approximately 400 km northwest of Thunder Bay. The property is accessible by truck from Red Lake and is crossed by a number of 4-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicle tracks and trails.The southern and eastern portions of the Red Lake greenstone belt have been the major productive centres in the District and consist of three major volcanic assemblages: the Balmer, Woman, and Confederation. The Balmer Assemblage hosts all of the major gold deposits in the Red Lake District. It consists of mafic tholeiitic to komatiitic flows, sills and sub-volcanic intrusions, with lesser iron formation, rhyolitic flows and associated pyroclastic and clastic sedimentary rocks. The RLX property is underlain by the extension of the Cochenour-Gullrock Lake Deformation Zone (the "Mine Trend Structure") which has strongly deformed the main orebody at the Red Lake Mine and is believed to be responsible for the formation of spectacular shoots of high-grade ore.
Geotechnical work completed and evaluated by Tri Origin includes results from a 1,452 line kilometre “VTEM” airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey, 115 km of ground Induced Polarization geophysical surveying, and approximately 5,500 humus and 2,300 mineral soil geochemical analyses. A total of 43 diamond drill holes investigating targets at different parts of the property have been completed by 2013. Most of these holes were successful in intersecting their targets. A large number of the drill holes intercepted volcanic rocks that contained significant alteration and sulphide mineralization which are corealated with the Balmer volcanic assemblage which hosts the nearby Red Lake Mine. Zones of strong silica and biotite alteration have returned assays of up to 2.46 grams of gold per tonne across one metre sample intervals.
Detour West is a gold exploration project covering a 16 kilometre long area immediately west of and adjoining the mining properties of Detour Gold Corp which contain the Detour Gold Mine and the recently announced Lower Detour discovery.
The Detour Lake Gold Mine hosts a reserve of 15.5 million ounces- one of Canada’s largest gold reserves. The Lower Detour discovery is comprised of a number of high-grade gold intersections announced by Detour Gold Corporation and holds the promise of becoming a new, high-grade underground gold mine. Tri Origin’s property is uniquely positioned to benefit from the growth of one of Canada’s newest gold districts.
Tri Origin believes that the opportunity exists for discovery of a multi-million ounce, high-grade gold deposit of the iron formation-related or pyritic lode gold type. The secondary target is a large tonnage, low-grade disseminated deposit associated with extensive alteration and deformation zones. Tri Origin has selected this region to initiate a new exploration project based on its lack of previous exploration, its close proximity to the Detour Lake Gold Mine and its location within the Abitibi greenstone belt, one of the world’s most prolific metal producing regions.
The project comprises 30 contiguous claims 100% owned by Tri Origin. The claims cover a prospective area of over 76 km2 (7,600 hectares), and tie onto the western-most claims held by Detour Gold Corporation.
No previous exploration work is recorded on the property due to the belief that a large portion of the Canadian Shield west of the Detour mine area is underlain predominately by granitic rocks and gneisses. This area is entirely covered by glacial overburden so this earlier belief was not established through factual data but came about due to lack of bedrock mapping. By comparison, exploration activity for over 80 kilometres east of the Detour mine area into Québec has uncovered several important new gold and base metal discoveries.
Geophysical signatures from a VTEMTM survey flown over the Detour West property by Tri Origin exhibit similarities to geophysical signatures at the Detour Mine Area. No other surveying has been conducted and Tri Origin believes that the application of modern exploration technologies, such as deep-looking EM and IP, will result in rapid delineation of prospective drill targets. No claims are held by other companies around the Tri Origin property - the region is open for exploration and expansion.
Substantial work is recommended to follow up on the VTEM survey flown by Tri Origin including overburden drilling, basal till sampling, and drift prospecting. This work is to be followed by deep-looking magnetic, EM, and IP to identify and trace lithologic units under glacial cover westward from known gold-bearing rock units of the Detour Lake Gold Mine. Targets delineated are to be tested by diamond drilling.
The Detour West property is located in east-central Ontario, 180 kilometres northeast of Timmins and 20 kilometres west of the Detour Lake Gold Mine within the northwestern portion of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. Access is provided by seasonal logging roads branching off the Detour Mine Road as well as ATV/Argo trails or snowmobile access in the winter.
Detour West covers the interpreted westward extension of the volcanic and sedimentary rocks which host both the Detour Mine and Lower Detour discovery and the extensions of the associated Sunday Lake, Massicotte, and Lower Detour deformation zones. Exploration east of the Detour Lake Mine area in Québec has been extensive; however, west of Detour Gold Corporation’s property in Ontario, exploration has been minimal and sporadic.
The westward extension of these prospective rocks was identified through detailed compilation and review of all available geological and geophysical work published by government geological surveys and the private companies which had worked in the area. Preliminary diamond drilling conducted by Dome Mines Ltd during the 1980’s at the west of Tri Origin’s current property supports Tri Origin’s conclusion that the host rocks of the Detour Lake Mine area extend westward beyond the previously mapped portions of the belt. Drill logs from this program record intersections of mafic volcanic, felsic volcanic and metasedimentary gneisses. One hole indicates that ultramafic “komatiite” was intersected and one drill hole intersected semi-massive magnetite (pyrite) rock interpreted to be iron formation. Government airborne geophysical data is limited to very widely-spaced magnetic surveying however it outlines areas of low magnetic susceptibility that correalate with sedimentary rock units and associated deformation zones and areas of higher magnetic relief that are associated with mafic volcanic rocks. A single, private company airborne survey conducted during 1989 west of Tri Origin’s current property is of sufficient detail to highlight zones of interpreted iron formation that are associated with nearby airborne electromagnetic anomalies - a similar association as that occurring at the Detour Mine.
This evidence is sufficient to justify conducting detailed and systematic exploration at a newly recognized extension to one of Canada’s important and rapidly growing gold mining districts.
The Sky Lake gold project consists of a large land holding encompassing iron-formation related and pyritic gold occurrences within the Pickle Lake greenstone belt, which is an eastward extension of the gold-rich Red Lake and Birch-Uchi greenstone belts.The Pickle Lake greenstone belt is host to the Pickle Crow, Central Patricia, Dona Lake, Golden Patricia and other past-producing gold mines with historic production exceeding 3 million ounces of gold, as well as the past-producing Thierry Copper/Nickel Mine. Sky Lake is in the middle of this prolific area within a segment of the greenstone belt that hosts a number of underexplored, historic gold occurrences. In particular, Tri Origin’s project area includes patented claims which host gold zones partially delineated by drilling during the 1950’s and 1980's.
Tri Origin is targeting along-strike extensions of the rock units which host these gold occurrences. New gold occurrences have been discovered and a number of promising drill targets remain to be tested from Tri Origin’s initial work at the property.
The project comprises 19 contiguous claims 100% owned by Tri Origin which entirely surround 30 patented mining claims optioned by Tri Origin from Barrick Gold. The claims cover a prospective area of over 44 square kilometres (4,400 hectares). The patented mining claims host partially delineated gold zones worked during the 1950’s and 1980's.
Little work has been conducted in the vicinity of Sky Lake since the 1980’s. Tri Origin has compiled and interpreted a significant amount of historic data and it has conducted programs of airborne and ground geophysical surveying, geological mapping, geochemical sampling and diamond drilling since it acquired the property in 2010.
The total extent of gold-bearing rocks on and around the Sky Lake property is unknown, however their geologic signature indicates that there is significant potential for discovery of large gold deposits in this overburden covered terrain.
Over $1.0 million has been spent on preliminary evaluation of the property to 2017. Modern exploration technlogies and diamond drilling will be utilized over the patented mining claims to define and understand the controls on gold mineralization and to work toward resource delineation. Other prospective areas are planned to be evaluated sequentially across this property, and a number of targets remain to be drill-tested.
The Sky Lake property is located in north-central Ontario, 310 kilometres north of Thunder Bay and 25 kilometres southwest of the Town of Pickle Lake. Access is provided by float plane from nearby bases at Pickle or Savant Lake and frozen lakes provide ski-plane or snowmobile access in the winter.
The project lies within the Pickle Lake and Meen-Dempster greenstone belts, which are an eastward extension of the Red Lake/Birch-Uchi belts of the Archean Uchi Subprovince. The area is underlain by a west-southwest trending, mafic volcanic rocks, iron formation and chemical sedimentary rocks, intermediate and felsic volcanic rocks, and clastic sedimentary rocks. Tri Origin’s recent programs have focused on detecting extensions to known pyritic gold zones reminiscent of the gold deposits of the Bousquet/LaRonde District in Quebec which are hosted by altered intermediate and felsic volcanic units. A number of other gold occurrences are known on the property and are associated with iron formation. These are of a type more typical of the past producing gold mines at Pickle Lake and also warrant follow-up surveying and drilling.
Compilation of previous work by Tri Origin has resulted in a substantial geotechnical database comprising over 200 diamond drill holes, geochemical analyses of over 4,200 humus and mineral soil samples, results from airborne and ground magnetic and electromagnetic surveys, and ground induced polarization surveying. Modern, high resolution heliborne electromagnetic and magnetic data were acquired by Tri Origin in 2010, and Tri Origin collected and analysed over 900 humus samples and more than 300 mineral soil samples during its first phase of work.
Detailed grid work including Induced Polarization geophysical surveying was completed at the east-central part of the property during the winter of 2011/2012 and a diamond drill program of 7 holes was completed in late 2012. This work confirmed that gold-bearing rock units continue from gold occurrences on adjacent claims onto the Sky Lake property. During the summer of 2015, Tri Origin conducted a program of geologic mapping, geochemical mineral soil and humus sampling, and ground Induced Polarization surveying. Geochemical sampling delineated areas of anomalous gold and silver in soil and humus which remain to be explained. Geologic mapping demonstrated that rock units which host gold on the patented mining claims extend to the northwest onto the Sky Lake claims and IP surveying was successful in identifying chargeability anomalies that require drill testing.
North Abitibi is a gold exploration project located within the Burntbush greenstone belt at the north-central part of the Abitibi Subprovince of the Canadian Shield. Gold has been intersected in diamond drill holes over a 7 kilometre long, highly-prospective trend and detailed drilling has outlined two zones which are open in three dimensions.
The north-central part of the Abitibi Subprovince hosts the Mattagami, Selbaie, Joutel and Casa Berardi mining camps. The North Abitibi claims cover a cluster of significant gold occurrences approximately 40 kilometres west of and along trend from the Casa Berardi Mine operated by Hecla Mining Corp.
Diamond drilling conducted by Tri Origin and previous explorers demonstrates the opportunity for discovery of a multi-million ounce, high-grade gold deposit of the pyritic lode gold type. The secondary target is a large tonnage, low-grade disseminated deposit associated with extensive alteration and deformation zones.
The property is comprised of 16 unpatented contiguous claims covering 28 square kilometres (2,864 hectares). Vista Gold Corporation transferred 100%-interest in 7 claims to Tri Origin during 2010 subject to certain exploration commitments and a back-in right held by Vista Gold. Tri Origin also holds 100%-interest in 9 claims acquired from North American Exploration Inc. which are subject to the Vista agreement.
The majority of exploration in the Burntbush greenstone belt was conducted by several major companies during the 1980’s following discovery of the Casa Berardi gold deposit and only limited and sporadic campaigns have been conducted since then. The large majority of the Burntbush area is overburden covered and this has limited the effectiveness of previous exploration campaigns. Tri Origin has compiled and interpreted a large geophysical and diamond drilling database from this previous work, including assay data from over 100 drill holes spread across the length of the property, and historical gold intercepts indicate targets for future diamond drilling. The majority of these holes were completed by Newmont, Cogema Canada and Tri Origin. Twenty-one (21) of these holes reported at least one sample of greater than 2 grams per tonne of gold across one meter sample intervals. These and other gold-bearing marker units which extend across the property provide strong evidence for the occurrence of significant, as yet undiscovered deposits of gold.
During earlier field seasons Tri Origin has completed surface geophysical and geochemical sampling and drilled over 20 exploratory diamond drill holes. The Spade Lake and Road Gold Zones have been partially delineated and are at a stage of exploration where detailed diamond drill programs and additional excavating at the Road Gold Zone are required to define the extent of these gold zones in three dimensions. Other gold occurrences have been identified by drilling elsewhere on the property and detailed geophysical surveying and drilling is warranted to advance these discoveries.
The North Abitibi claims are located in north-eastern Ontario, 20 km west of the Ontario-Quebec border, and approximately 150 km northeast and north of Timmins and Kirkland Lake, Ontario, respectively. Access to the property is by truck. A number of 4 wheel drive and all-terrain vehicle tracks and trails cross the property providing good access for exploration.
The North Abitibi property is located within the east-west trending Burntbush greenstone belt, a northwestern extension of the Abitibi Subprovince. The Burntbush belt extends for over 150 km eastward into Quebec as the Harricana-Turgeon greenstone belt, which hosts the Mattagami, Selbaie, Joutel, and Casa Berardi mining camps. The Burntbush greenstone belt consists of four distinct east-west trending assemblages. The Blakelock assemblage underlies the North Abitibi property and is the westward equivalent of volcanic and sedimentary domains which occur at the Casa Berardi mine which are composed of basaltic to komatiitic volcanic rocks and capped by pelagic sedimentary rocks and oxide facies iron formation. The geology of the North Abitibi property has largely been compiled from drill core logs, trench mapping, and geophysical interpretation, since bedrock outcrops are rare. The property is underlain by a mixed assemblage of east-west trending, north-dipping felsic, intermediate, and mafic volcanic, pyroclastic, and volcaniclastic rocks, with intercalated sedimentary units of greywacke, argillite, and oxide facies iron formation. These units are intruded by a coarse-grained to porphyritic felsic sills known as the Spade Lake porphyry.
Gold mineralization is hosted by stratabound pyritic, sericitic schists up to 20 metres thick within magnetite-bearing, volcaniclastic rocks at the Spade Lake Zone and as stratabound veins of quartz ± carbonate ± feldspar ± pyrite (± rare tourmaline) at the contact between magnetite-rich dacitic pyroclastic rocks and iron-carbonate rich mafic volcanic rocks at the Road Gold Zone.
Tri Origin is targeting along-strike and down-dip extensions of both the Spade Lake and Road Gold Zones. Spade Lake has returned gold values from drilling of up to 23.4 grams per tonne across 1.5 metres and 7.9 grams per tonne across 4.5 metres. The Road Gold Zone has returned gold values of 1.77 grams per tonne across 8.1 metres including 5.02 grams per tonne across 1.0 metre and 17.79 grams per tonne across 1.6 metres. Trenching completed by Tri Origin at the Road Gold Zone exposed the zone at surface and high-grade assays of up to 43 grams of gold and 140 grams of silver per tonne were returned from grab samples. This work extended the known limits of gold mineralization in the area to over 300 metres in length.
The North Abitibi property hosts a number of other gold occurrences which require additional geophysical surveying and drilling to evaluate their economic potential.
The South Abitibi project is an alliance between Tri Origin and Sumac Mines Ltd. a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. to explore for gold and base metals along the southern margin of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Ontario. Tri Origin is the operator of the project and Sumac is funding property acquisition and early stage exploration activities.
A large land position has been acquired in the Cobalt-Temagami region of east-central Ontario. The property overlies four target areas selected by Tri Origin that encompass covered and previously unexplored segments of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. These covered areas are regional extensions of known metalliferous districts that have yet to be explored using modern, deep-penetrating geophysical techniques.
The Alliance will focus its search on high-grade and high-value gold and gold-rich, poly-metallic sulphide deposits.
Tri Origin entered into a preliminary joint venture agreement with Sumac Mines Ltd. a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. during May of 2015 to conduct gold and base metal exploration in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Ontario (“the Sumac Alliance”). The South Abitibi project is held by the Sumac Alliance as to a 50% Sumac and 50% Tri Origin interest. Sumac is funding the initial phase of work at the Alliance properties to a maximum total expenditure of C$4.5 million. If results warrant, following the initial work the two companies will enter into specific joint venture agreements to conduct advanced exploration and project development at successful properties on a pro-rata funded basis.
Tri Origin has staked a large property holding in the Cobalt-Temagami area along the south margin of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt on behalf of the Sumac Alliance. The property consists of over 1900 claim units comprising 150 staked claims which extend along a selected geological terrain of almost 70 kilometres in length and cover an area of over 300 square kilometers.
The South Abitibi project targets a large expanse of prospective Archean-age rock of the southern Abitibi which is covered by Proterozoic-age sedimentary rocks throughout the Cobalt-Temagami region. These cover rocks precluded historic prospecting along this portion of the Abitibi and limited the effectiveness of earlier geophysical equipment which had minimal depth penetration ability. Furthermore, much of this terrain was excluded from exploration during the time period between 1970 and 2000 due to land cautions and exploration moratoriums.
Early stage prospecting and geologic mapping has been conducted by Tri Origin to verify the prospectivity of covered extensions of mapped Archean rocks which border the targeted area. A VTEM-Plus airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey over a large and detailed survey grid totaling approximately 5,000 kilometres of flight lines was commissioned to map the covered Archean rocks and identify deep electromagnetic conductors that could represent buried ore deposits. A number of EM anomalies were identified by the VTEM-plus survery, and an OreVision IP survey was conducted over selected EM anomalies in the northern extent of the claim block in order to identify zones of possible disseminated sulphide mineralization. A small diamond drilling program was conducted to test the IP chargeability anomalies in the fall of 2016 during which 7 diamond drill holes were completed. Field investigations of anomalous target areas in the southern portion of the claim block is planned for the 2017 field season.
The South Abitibi project area lies 120 km northeast of Sudbury, Ontario, between the towns of Temagami and Temiskaming Shores and west of the Town of Cobalt. The area is accessible by Highway 11 north from North Bay, and numerous roads, trails, lakes and rail lines make the area highly accessible by truck, ATV, and boat.
The towns of Temagami and Cobalt have a long history of exploration and mining dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The Sherman Mine in Temagami produced iron ore from 1965 to 1990, and the Kanichee Mine produced copper, nickel, and PGEs sporadically between 1936 and 1976. A number of small mines also produced gold, silver, copper, zinc, pyrite, and cobalt throughout the twentieth century. North of Temagami, the Northland Pyrite Mine produced sulphur from massive pyrite lenses in the Archean between 1906 and 1911. The Town of Cobalt was founded during the silver rush of 1905, and the Cobalt area was one of the most prolific silver and cobalt mining districts in Canada until the 1980s, with dozens of mines, both big and small, having been worked. Recently released government data indicates that Archean rocks of the Cobalt/Temagami region are of similar age and composition to those hosting the major gold and base metal deposits of the Bousquet/La Ronde and Noranda Mining Districts to the northeast in Quebec.
The South Abitibi property is interpreted to host the extensions of these prospective Archean-age volcanic rocks. In the Temagami-Cobalt area, most of these Archean rocks are covered by a sequence of younger Proterozoic-age sedimentary rocks of variable and largely unknown thickness. Detailed compilation and review of the substantial geotechnical database of geological and geophysical work published by government geologic surveys and private companies in the area has resulted in selection of four target areas that are prospective for new deposits and districts of gold and gold rich polymetallic deposits. Tri Origin’s work indicates that the thickness of cover rocks in these four target areas is not prohibitive to modern geophysical techniques and exploration drilling.