Transition Metals Announces the Staking of Six New Exploration Projects within Ontario
Transition Metals Corp (XTM - TSX.V), a Canadian-based, multi-commodity project generator that specializes in converting new exploration ideas into Canadian discoveries has recently completed a large staking program where six additional projects, totalling 244 cells (approximately 5,100 hectares) were added across Ontario in areas that are described as prospective for both base and precious metals.
The company CEO and President, Scott McLean, explained that in the months to come the company hopes to advance these new projects with the end goal being to find new joint venture partners. This could mean big future opportunities for the Ontario mining industry, as well as for mining equipment supply companies such as Jannatec Technologies.
The company’s award-winning team of geoscientists has extensive exploration experience in established, emerging and historic mining camps and actively develops and tests new ideas for discovering mineralization in places that others have not yet looked, which often allows the company to acquire properties inexpensively. The company has an expanding portfolio that currently includes more than 25 gold, copper, nickel and platinum projects primarily in Ontario, Nunavut, British Columbia, Minnesota and Saskatchewan.
“The acquisition of low cost exploration assets via staking is at the heart of the Project Generator model. The process allows us to use our in-house technical expertise to identify opportunities that we can acquire for a low cost thus providing an excellent return on investment when the project is optioned to a partner. In the months to come we look forward to advancing these projects with the end goal being to find new joint venture partners.”
- Company CEO and President Scott McLean
The six new exploration projects include (refer to Figure 1 for a general location map of the projects):
Empire Lake Property (V-Fe-Ti): XTM staked 95 cells (≈1986ha) in the Empire Lake Area of the Thunder Bay Mining District to cover a large (4km by 12km) regional magnetic anomaly associated with an under-explored mafic intrusion containing widespread V-Fe-Ti mineralization. Assessment work filed by HTX Minerals Corp. in 2014 reported up to 0.63% V2O5 in grab samples from a zone of wide spread oxide mineralization measuring 1800m in length and varying in width from 50 to 170m.
Revell Property (Ni-Cu-PGM): XTM staked 68 cells (≈1421ha) in Revell and Hyndman townships of the Kenora Mining District to cover series of historic Ni-Cu-PGM showings (MDI52F09SE00032 – Pidgeon Showing; MDI52F09SE00033 – Tache Showing) occurring around the margin of the Revell Batholith. Mineralization occurs as Ni-Cu-PGM bearing disseminated sulphides hosted within a marginal dioritic phase of the Revell Batholith. Historic drilling completed on the Pidgeon showing in 1967 encountered two shallow zones of Ni-Cu mineralization returning values of 10ft @ 0.64% Ni, 0.77% Cu and 12ft @ 0.68% Ni, 0.90% Cu all above 100ft vertical. No PGM or Co values were reported with the drilling, although a grab sample collected by Inco at the Pidgeon showing was reported to contain 1.28g/t Pt+Pd+Au.
Garden Lake Property (PGM-Cu-Ni): XTM staked 9 cells (≈188ha) in the Garden Lake Area of the Thunder Bay Mining District to cover an isolated mafic-ultramafic intrusion within the Garden Lake greenstone belt that the technical team feels based on geochemistry may be related to Proterozoic Midcontinental Rift (MCR) event and therefore prospective for PGM-Cu-Ni mineralization.
Island Copper Property (Cu-Au): XTM staked 8 cells (≈167ha) in Aweres Township of the Sault Ste. Marie Mining District to cover the historic Island Copper Property interpreted to have high potential for IOCG-style Cu-Au mineralization. The Island Copper mineralization is hosted in an albite-rich granite breccia that is situated at the intersection of major crustal faults thought to represent the terrain boundary between Archean and Proterozoic rocks, along the margins of a major paleo-rift setting. Copper and Au enrichment occurs within a hydrothermal Fe-oxide (hematite) chlorite and amphibolite matrix that cements fragmented and altered granite breccia. Historic drilling completed by Kennco Exploration in 1965 reported 11.59m @ 3.4% Cu and 0.9g/t Au at the main showing.
Mongowin Au Property (Au): XTM staked 32 cells (≈669ha) in Mongowin Township and the Whitefish Falls Area of the Sudbury Mining District to cover series of historic Au showing (MDI42L04NE00015 – Fox Lake Showing; MDI42L04NE00033 – Fox Lake -1 Showing) located 3.0 km NE of the past producing McMillian Mine that produced 60,000 tons @ 0.18oz/t (5.10g/t) from 1934-1937. Gold mineralization is associated with brecciated, chloritic, albitite altered quartz vein networks proximal to regional structures (Fox Lake and House Lake Faults) within the sediments of the Proterozoic aged Southern Province. Channel sampling carried out by the Canadian Nickel Company in 1981 on the Fox Lake showing returned up to 0.347oz/t (9.84g/t) over 1.8m.
Sunrise Lake Property (Au): XTM staked 32 cells (≈669ha) in Ossian and Pontiac townships of the Larder Lake Mining District to cover series of historic Au showings (MDI32D04NE00019 – Culhane Showing; MDI32D05SE00019 – Culhane-1 Showing; MDI32D05SE00020 – Culhane-2) located along the prominent NE-SW trending Mist Lake – Misena Lake Fault within the Blake River Group of the prolific Abitibi greenstone belt. Prospected completed in 1990, reported values of up to 2.86oz./t Au hosted within quartz veins located on the property.