December 3rd, 2013 - Equitas Resources Corp. (TSX-V: EQT) (“Equitas”) is pleased to announce the receipt and preliminary evaluation of geochemistry results and geological mapping from the Three Jays Area 2013 Field Program completed in October of 2013.
Jay Roberge, President & CEO of Equitas Resources Corp. states, “We are very pleased with the conclusions of this preliminary evaluation on the Three Jays Area which has added four new, non-outcropping targets to three previously known and exposed targets in the immediate area. The Three Jays Area is a priority area for exploration drilling for the Nahmint Project in 2014. This preliminary evaluation will now be integrated into a updated NI 43-101 report for the Nahmint Project to be filed upon completion.”
GPS-controlled ‘B’ horizon soil sampling was completed at 50 m intervals and 100 m line spacing, concurrently with geological mapping, rock and stream moss mat sampling over the 2 km x 1 km area of Three Jays North Grid.
Final geochemistry results were received on November 14-15, 2013 for the 6 stream moss mat, 303 soil and 35 rock samples taken during the October 2013 field program at the Three Jays North Grid on the Nahmint Property. All samples were received, prepared and analyzed by AGAT Laboratories, using their industry standard sample preparation methods for stream sediments, soils or rocks at AGAT’s Burnaby laboratory; and the 48 metal package by 4 acid digestion and ICP/ICPMS finish, and the trace gold by Fire Assay/ICP finish at their Mississauga laboratory. Geochemistry results from the 2013 program for target and indicator elements are statistically summarized as follows:
|Media (#)||Moss (6)||Soil (303)||Rock (35)|
At the Three Jays North Grid, geological mapping has identified an elongate, 1.75 km x 250 m. flat-lying basin of Quatsino limestone along the centre of the grid, overlying Karmutsen mafic volcanics, intruded by steep, narrow felsic intrusive dykes, and cut by block faulting.
Geochemistry data in the Three Jays Area from multiple soil grids completed during different field programs since 2008 has been merged and displays interesting areas and trends of elevated values for target and indicator elements, with seven (7) potential target areas identified and summarized as follows:
1. JJJ Mine Target – centered at 362300E 543900N 550 m el. – This 350 m.diameter circular polymetallic soil anomaly has co-incident elevated values in Au, Cu, Mo, Ni, Pb, Cd and As. It is centered over the workings of the former Three Jays Mine, and therefore may in part result from contamination by dispersion of mineralized rock from the mine workings. The target is situated along the northeast side of a steep canyon, probably representing a major fault. The Three Jays Mine area has not been mapped using modern geological and lithological terminology. Rock samples (11) taken from this target area, mostly float or subcrop fragments taken from the old mine dumps, have yielded highly elevated values up to 450 ppb Au, 152500 ppm (15.25%) Cu, 143 ppm Mo, 435 ppm Co, 115 ppm Ni, 58 ppm Pb, 60 ppm Cd, 3360 ppm Zn, 615 ppm As, 37 ppm Bi, 36 ppm antimony (Sb) and 5.3 ppm Te. This target area may extend northeast, northwest and/or southwest to the subsequent three target areas, respectively.
2. JJJ NE Target – centered at 362500E 5434300 600 m el. – This 500 m by 200 m polymetallic soil anomaly is elongated in a NE-SW orientation, and has co-incident elevated values in Au, Cu, Mo, Co, Ni, Cd and As. It is centered 500 m northeast of the Three Jays Mine, and follows contours along the east flank of a broad knoll. A soil sample from this target yielded elevated highly elevated values of 118 ppb Au, 148 ppm Cu, 145 ppm Mo, 754 ppm As, 752 ppm Zn, 498 ppm Ni, 2.11 ppm Cd and 3.65 ppm Te. This target area was mapped during the 2013 field program, and is underlain by the block-faulted contact between Karmutsen mafic volcanics and a small Quatsino limestone basin, both cut by a NE-trending felsic intrusive dike. This target may be controlled by stratigraphic and/or intrusive contacts. Rock samples (6) taken from this target area yielded only slightly elevated values up to 304 ppm Cu, 6.3 ppm Pb, 88 ppm Ni, 44 ppm Co and 7.5 ppm Sb. Therefore, the source of this soil geochemical anomaly is unexplained, unless it represents an extension to the NE of the mineralization at the Three Jays Mine.
3. JJJ SW – centered at 362100E 5433650N 550 m el. – This 200 m diameter circular polymetallic soil anomaly has co-incident elevated values in Au and Cd only. It is centered only 250 m.SW of the Three Jays Mine, across the steep (fault?) canyon, and along the old trail from the Alberni Inlet to the upper mine workings. This target was documented by previous workers, but has not been mapped using modern geological and lithological terminology. Rock samples (2) taken from this target area were only analyzed for Au, silver (Ag) and Cu, but yielded highly elevated values up to 280 ppb Au, 58.9 ppm Ag and 150100 ppm (15.01%) Cu. This soil geochemical anomaly may represent an extension to the SW of the mineralization at the Three Jays Mine.
4. JJJ NW – centered at 361800E 5434300N 750 m el. – This 400 m by 200 m polymetallic soil anomaly has co-incident elevated values in Ni and As, flanked by elevated values in Co to the NW and SE, and in Cu to the SE. The target is situated along the northeast side of the same steep canyon as the Three Jays Mine, and 600 m. NW of the Three Jays Mine. This target area was mapped during the 2013 field program, is underlain by a small Quatsino limestone basin covered with karst topography, and may be controlled by stratigraphy. Rock samples (3) taken from this target area yielded only slightly elevated values up to 434 ppm Cu, 128 ppm Ni and 42 ppm Co. This soil geochemical anomaly may represent an extension to the NW of the mineralization at the Three Jays Mine.
5. Beach – centered at 363400E 5433500N 100-300 m el. – This 750 m by 350 m polymetallic soil anomaly has a core zone of elevated Mo values, flanked by elevated values of Cu and Co to the north and by elevated values of Cu, Ni and Cd to the south. The target is centred 1 km. SE of the Three Jays Mine downslope from the JJJ NE Target, and was documented as an exploration target by the workers at the Three Jays Mine over 75 years ago. This area has not been mapped using modern geological and lithological terminology. Rock samples (6) taken from this target area yielded elevated highly elevated values up to 475 ppb Au, 61.8 ppm Ag, 210200 (20.02%) Cu, 186 ppm Co and 430 ppm As. This area may be open to the NW towards the proposed Three Jays East Grid.
6. Danylon – centered at 361400E 5434800N 700 m el. – This E-W elongated 1 km x 300 m. polymetallic soil anomaly has a small core of elevated Cu values, flanked by elevated Au values, and three small areas with elevated values, two with Pb and one with Co. A soil sample from this target yielded a highly elevated value of 497 ppb Au. The target follows the northern (downslope) side of the upper portion of the Danylon Road, and therefore may be in part result from contamination by dispersion of mineralized rock from blasted outcrops. This target area was mapped during the 2013 field program, and is underlain mainly by Karmutsen mafic volcanics, a small area of Quatsino limestone in the west, and is cut by a NE-trending felsic intrusive dike, and occasional, thin, quartz-calcitesulphide stockwork veins. The target is situated along the northeast side of the same steep canyon as, and 1.5 km northwest of, the Three Jays Mine. Rock samples (8) taken from this target area yielded slightly elevated values up to 58 ppb Au, 840 ppm Cu and 132 ppm Ni. The target may be open to the west, and to the north. Weakly mineralized mafic volcanics sampled in outcrop and float within this target area do not adequately explain this soil anomaly.
7. Ridge – centered at 361000E 5434300N 850 m el – This arc-shaped 600 m x 500 m polymetallic soil anomaly is dominated by a Pb-only elevated geochemistry values over its northern portion, flanked by elevated values of Mo, Zn and As to the south. The target is draped across the top of the highest ridge on the grid, and may be open to the NW and to the SW. Rock samples (7) taken from this target area yielded only slightly elevated values up to 348 ppm Cu, 134 ppm Ni, 5.1 ppm Pb, 161 ppm Zn, 0.29 ppm Bi and 2.59 ppm Antimony (Sb). Weakly mineralized mafic volcanics sampled in outcrop within this target area do not adequately explain this soil anomaly.
To summarize, the 2013 field program at the Three Jays Area of the Nahmint Property has established 4 new, non-outcropping target areas (JJJNE, JJJNW, Danylon and Ridge) to complement the 3 previously known and exposed target areas (JJJ Mine, JJJSW and Beach) in the immediate area. The combined GPS-controlled grid-based soil geochemistry and geological mapping program was very useful in establishing the 4 new target areas. The Three Jays Area of the Nahmint Property represents one of seven geophysical target areas identified by the 2012 aeromagnetic survey completed over the property, and the first of the seven targets with geological mapping and soil geochemistry completed.
Follow up work at the Three Jays area planned for 2014 includes construction of exploration trails, mechanized trenching and diamond drilling, for which a permit for 25,000m of diamond drilling, has been received from the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, pending posting of the required reclamation security. Expansion of the soil geochemistry and geological mapping program are also planned in the area. Follow up work for the rest of the Nahmint Property includes additional grid-based soil geochemistry and geological mapping over other geophysical targets, along with property scale geological mapping.
The 2013 field program was supervised by Jacques Houle, P.Eng., who is also the qualified person as defined by NI43-101 for the Company and the Property and has approved the contents of this news release.
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