Prospector Outlines 2022 Work Plan for Schefferville Gold Project, Quebec
April 21, 2022
Initial Trenching of High-grade Gold Targets Expected in June
Vancouver, BC – April 21, 2022, Prospector Metals Corp. ("Prospector" or the "Company") (TSXV: PPP; OTCQB: ETHOD; Frankfurt: 1ET) is pleased to provide an update on exploration plans for 2022 on the Schefferville Gold Project, focused on high-grade iron-formation hosted gold in the Archean Superior Province, comprising a total of 36,808 hectares (368.1 km2) centered 80 kilometers northwest of Schefferville, Quebec, west of the border with Labrador.
Schefferville Gold Project Highlights:
- Project wide, approximately 53 gold occurrences grading from 1 g/t Au up to 171.5 g/t Au in mineralized iron formations have been documented historically (Figure 1). Only six of these 53 prospect areas have been historically drill tested. A total of 35 short holes on these six prospects yielded results including 2.23 g/t Au over 19.55 m, 10.21 g/t over 2.03 m and 1.05 g/t Au over 12.55 m.
- The 2022 exploration program is anticipated to occur in two phases. Phase 1 has a budget of $1M and will encompass a detailed helicopter aeromagnetic survey over the central portion of the Sable claim block, covering the key target areas, followed by detailed mapping, stripping, and sampling with the goal of with the goal of vetting and prioritizing selected targets for potential Phase 2 drilling in the fall of 2022. Work will be supported by a field camp in June and July.
Stated Dr. Rob Carpenter, Co-Chairman of Prospector: "The Schefferville Gold Project represents a district scale opportunity to make a significant discovery in an area that has seen little systematic exploration to date, and we are excited to move this project to the next stage of discovery".
Planned 2022 Exploration Program
The goal of the 2022 field program is to define drill targets at a number of the presently more advanced targets in the central portion of the Sable claim block, as well as to advance newly discovered areas of iron formations with anomalous gold encountered in other targets during the 2021 field programs through more detailed prospecting, stripping, detailed mapping and detailed sampling including channel sampling
- Initial magnetic susceptibility measurements on a suite of pulps from analyzed rock samples from the 2021 field programs has indicated a good correlation of areas of magnetic iron formation with elevated gold concentrations. Therefore, all witness rock samples and pulps from analyzed rock samples collected during the 2021 field programs will be measured for magnetic susceptibility and analyzed for major and trace elements by portable XRF. Results of these measurements and analyses will provide a template for guiding more tightly focused rock sampling in the field in real time during the planned June – July 2022 Summer field program, which will be critical given the vast scale of the Project area.
- A detailed helicopter aeromagnetic survey (25m line spacings and nominal 15m terrane clearance height) is planned for Spring 2022 for the central portion of the Sable claim block, covering the Arsene, Beluga, and Baleine targets at the western extent of the planned survey, the Wolf & South Hills targets in the central portion, and the Rusty Aces, Rover Valley & Disco target areas at the eastern extent of the planned survey. This survey will provide the degree of precision necessary to better define the location and extent of iron formations for focusing stripping.
- A field camp is planned for the Summer program in the central Sable Block area to facilitate:
- Final detailed mapping at the Arsene Target in preparation for defining drilling targets for Fall 2022
- Stripping, detailed geological mapping and rock grab and saw-cut channel sampling at the Beluga, Baleine Rouge and Wolf targets to define drill targets for Fall 2022.
- Detailed work at the South Hills, Rusty Acres, Rover Valley and Disco targets comprising initial detailed follow-up of magnetic anomalies, stripping, detailed geological mapping of iron formation and rock grab and channel sampling, with the goal of vetting and prioritizing selected targets for Fall 2022 drilling.
- Summer 2022 fieldwork is planned to begin in the first week of June and continue through late July.
Schefferville Gold Project Overview
The Schefferville Gold Project is centered on a structural corridor characterized by faulted and sheared iron formation stratigraphy extending for approximately 60 km on the Sable block, and 10 km on the Hamard block. The project was acquired through staking (see Company's news release dated August 20, 2020) and three subsequent acquisition transactions (see news releases dated September 4, 2020; and October 15, 2020; and this release).
The Sable and Hamard claims cover extensive areas of the Lilois Complex, a 2.7 billion-year-old rock unit characterized by the presence of numerous iron formations, many of which locally host gold mineralization. Sable and Hamard occur within a 20 km wide (east-west) by 70 km long (north-south) corridor along the Quebec – Labrador border. In 1985, a Quebec Ministry field team discovered the Lac du Canoe gold occurrence with sample results up to 18.9 g/t Au. Between 1986 and 1997, follow up work by the Quebec Ministry and several companies resulted in the discovery of approximately 40 gold occurrences grading from 1 g/t Au to up to 40 g/t Au in mineralized iron formations with 3-20% pyrrhotite and up to 10% arsenopyrite. Subsequent drilling yielded intervals including 18.1 g/t Au over 0.7m, 5.83 g/t Au over 3.1m, and 1.05 g/t over 12.55m (Quebec Assessment Reports GM45903 & GM66613).
The primary exploration target is sulphidized iron formation, which occurs where the iron formations are cut by late, steep fault and shear structures that were pathways for hydrothermal fluids during deformation and metamorphism. This resulted in suphidization of the iron formations, with attendant gold and arsenopyrite mineralization, along and adjacent to these structures. Additionally, significant mineralization may extend into the bounding paragneisses, and also may be controlled by structures adjacent to contacts of paragneiss and iron formation with various intrusive bodies.
Figure 1. Prospects on the Sable Block; Magnetics and Geology within the Schefferville Project
1 Historical assay values have not been independently verified by the Company and a potential investor should not place undue reliance on historical results when making an investment decision, nor should they be used as the sole criterion for making investment decisions. There is no assurance that the Company can reproduce such results or that the historical results described therein will be realized. 2 "Best surface samples" are grab / select samples and not necessarily representative of mineralization hosted on the property.
All samples were sent to ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) in Val d'Or, Qc for preparation and analysis. ALS meets all requirements of International Standards ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 9001:2015 for analytical procedures. Samples were analyzed using ALS's Fire Assay and AAS, 30g method (Au-AA-25) and by a 48-element four acid digest ICP-MS analysis (ME-ICP61). In addition to ALS Laboratory quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) protocols, Prospector implements an internal QA/QC program that includes the insertion of sample blanks, duplicates and standards into the sample stream.
The technical content disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Jo Price, P.Geo., M.Sc., MBA, VP Exploration of Prospector, and Réjean Girard, P. Geo., Project Lead at IOS Services Géoscientifiques Inc., Qualified Persons as defined under National Instrument NI 43-101 ("NI 43-101").
Granting of Options
Prospector announces the grant of a total of 1,000,000 incentive stock options to directors, officers, and consultants of the Company, subject to TSX Venture Exchange acceptance. Each option is exercisable to purchase one common share of the Company for five years at a price of C$0.62 per common share in accordance with the terms of the Company's stock option plan.
About Prospector Metals Corp.
Prospector Metals Corp. is a Discovery Group Company with a business model focussed on district scale, early-stage exploration of gold and base metal prospects and create shareholder value through new discoveries. The Company's focus is to identify underexplored or overlooked mineral districts which display important structural and mineralogical similarities with well-endowed mining camps. The majority of the projects acquired by Prospector occur in Ontario, Canada, which is a tier-1 mining jurisdiction with abundant overlooked geological regions with high mineral potential. Prospector engages proactively with local and Indigenous rightsholders and seeks to develop relationships and agreements that are mutually beneficial to all stakeholders.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Prospector Metals Corp.
Alex Heath, CFA
President & CEO
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