Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - February 16, 2021) - Kodiak Copper Corp. (TSXV: KDK) (the "Company" or "Kodiak") today reports drill results from five further holes at its ongoing fully funded exploration program at the 100% owned MPD copper-gold porphyry project. MPD is located near producing mines in the prolific Quesnel Trough in southern British Columbia, with excellent infrastructure and year-round accessibility from paved highways.
Claudia Tornquist, President and CEO of Kodiak said, "Once again, the Gate Zone has yielded impressive copper-gold numbers over significant widths. With only a small number of holes drilled so far, we have already intersected the newly discovered high-grade zone at Gate and the surrounding larger mineralized envelope over significant dimensions. Over 90% of this kilometre-long target remains unexplored by Kodiak, with considerable discovery potential yet to be unlocked. With our expanded drill program, we anticipate drilling over four times as much as last year, with up to 30,000 metres planned and fully funded. Field crews have now been mobilized and are preparing a new dedicated core logging facility, and rigs are anticipated to be turning again shortly. Against the backdrop of the strongest copper market in a decade, Kodiak is well positioned to make 2021 its most active and exciting year yet."
The 2020 MPD drill campaign has demonstrated excellent continuity of porphyry mineralization at the Gate Zone by intersecting a large, zoned and significantly enriched copper-gold envelope.
New drill hole MPD-20-007 intersected 213 m of 0.65% Cu, 0.37 g/t Au and 2.23 g/t Ag (1.00% CuEq*) within a broader 441 m interval of 0.42% Cu, 0.22 g/t Au and 1.49 g/t Ag (0.63% CuEq*) from 279 to 720 m down hole. Table 1
New drill hole MPD-20-006 intersected 171 m of 0.62% Cu, 0.43 g/t Au and 2.55 g/t Ag (1.03% CuEq*) within a broader 449.2 m interval of 0.34% Cu, 0.21 g/t Au and 1.48 g/t Ag (0.55% CuEq*) from 183 to 633 m down hole. Table 1
New drill hole MPD-20-010 was a 290 m step-out to the west of all other Gate drilling, and successfully intersected the same mineralised system containing high-grade copper-gold vertically above, and west of previous intercepts. It also intersected the first high-grade gold intercept from Kodiak's 2020 drill program, returning 9.62 g/t Au and 2.40 g/t Ag over 3.0 m within a carbonate-sericite-pyrite breccia (phyllic zone) from 778 to 781 m downhole. The extension of the Gate zone high-grade copper zone returned 46.4 m of 0.57% copper, 0.16 g/t gold and 1.80 g/t silver (0.73% CuEq) from 269.0 to 315.4 m downhole.
Mineralization at Gate has been traced down to 800 m depth, across a width of 350 m (east-west) and over 100 m in length (north-south). However, drilling to date has tested only the northern edge of a one km long copper-in-soil target, which also lies within a larger 3 km regional magnetic low that extends south to the Man Zone. Figure 1 and 5
Results from the southern most set-ups (holes MPD-20-004 to 010) suggest a higher-grade porphyry centre is emerging as drilling moves southward, which remains open to extension. Results from the northern set-up (holes MPD-20-001 to 003) are interpreted to be within a lower temperature, lower grade propylitic envelope that surrounds the porphyry centre at Gate. Figures 2, 3 and 4
- In addition to extending the Gate Zone, drilling in 2021 will test high-priority targets elsewhere at MPD that exhibit similar regional magnetic lows, copper-in-soil anomalies, and mineralization in historic drilling. Figure 5
Table 1: Weighted assay intervals for holes MPD-20-003 and MPD-20-006 to MPD-20-010
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Interval** (m)||% Cu ||Au g/t||Ag g/t||%CuEq*|
|MPD-20-008||Drill Hole Lost in Overburden|
|MPD-20-009||Drill Hole Lost at Depth, No Significant Assays|
*Copper equivalent grades (%CuEq) are for comparative purposes only. Calculations are uncut and recovery is assumed to be 100% as no metallurgical data is available. The following metal prices were used to calculate copper equivalence: %CuEq = %Cu + ((1800/31.104)*Au g/t)/(2.90/0.454*10)) + ((19.00/31.104)*Ag g/t))/(2.90/0.454*10))
**Intervals are downhole drilled core lengths. Drilling data to date is insufficient to determine true width of mineralization.
The Gate Zone was discovered in 2019 at the north end of an approximately one kilometre long (north-south) by 300-metre-wide (east-west) copper-in-soil anomaly (Figure 1). The 2020 MPD campaign focused on determining the extent of copper-gold mineralization with a total of 6,698 metres drilled in nine holes from three set-ups. Drill holes MPD-20-001, 002, 003 were drilled westerly from the first drill set-up located 190 metres east of the original 2019 discovery hole. Holes MPD-20-004 to 007 and 009 were also inclined from a second pad 75 metres south of the first (MPD-20-008 was lost in overburden and MPD-20-009 was lost before reaching the target depth). Hole MPD-20-010 was drilled vertically from a third pad located 290 metres west of the second set up (Figures 2 and 3, Table 2).
Figure 1: Plan map of the Gate zone showing results of all 2020 drilling. Background data is contoured historic copper-in soil data that shows a 300 metre wide copper anomaly related to and extending over 1 kilometre south from the Gate Zone.
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Figure 2: Cross-section 5515650mN (southern section) and results table for drill holes MPD-20-004 to MPD-20-010, including new results for MPD-20-006 to MPD-20-010.
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Figure 3: Cross-section 5515725mN (northern section) and results table for drill holes MPD-20-001 to MPD-20-003, including new results for MPD-20-003.
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Kodiak's drilling has encountered significant copper-gold mineralization and altered porphyritic host rocks that display all the hallmarks of a well-developed alkalic porphyry system (Figure 4). Exploration in 2021 will include up to 30,000 metres, continuing with step-out drilling at Gate to evaluate the kilometre-long copper-in-soil anomaly, but also the related and larger three kilometre long magnetic low. Drilling will likewise test additional high-priority targets across the MPD property that demonstrate strong potential for copper-gold mineralization. Like Gate, the Dillard and Dillard East Zones are characterized by large regional magnetic lows, copper-in-soil anomalies and encouraging historic drill results (Figure 5). Kodiak has a multi-year, area-based exploration permit for the MPD Project to late 2021.
Figure 4: Cross-section 5515650mN (southern section), simplified geology and core photos.
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Figure 5: MPD Target Areas, 2020 ZTEM Survey - Total Magnetic Intensity (RTP) with historic Cu overlay (heat contours) (Source: 2020 Compilation and GeoInterp, Condor Consulting.
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Table 2: 2020 MPD Drill Collar Information - Gate Zone
|MPD-20-008||681703||5515625||1265||270||-45||n/a||lost in OB|
Kodiak has also granted an aggregate of 939,000 stock options to management, directors and consultants of the Company, exercisable at C$1.56 per share for a period of five years.
NQ size core was sampled over approximately three metre intervals. All core samples were sent to ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) in North Vancouver, BC 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 Fusion method (Au-AA24) with an AA finish for gold; and by a 33-element four acid digest ICP-AES analysis (ME-ICP61) with additional analysis for Ore Grade Elements (ME-OG62) and Ore Grade Cu (Cu-OG62). In addition to ALS Laboratory quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) protocols, Kodiak implements an internal QA/QC program that includes the insertion of sample blanks, duplicates and standards in the field.
Jeff Ward, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release. Kodiak believes historic results referenced herein to be from reliable sources using industry standards at the time. However, the Company has not independently verified, or cannot guarantee, the accuracy of this historic information.
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Kodiak Copper Corp.
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About Kodiak Copper Corp.
Kodiak is focused on its 100% owned copper porphyry projects in Canada and the USA. The Company's most advanced asset is the MPD copper-gold porphyry project in the prolific Quesnel Trough in south-central British Columbia, Canada, where the Company made a discovery of high-grade mineralization within a wide mineralized envelope in 2020. Kodiak also holds the Mohave copper-molybdenum-silver porphyry project in Arizona, USA, near the world-class Bagdad mine. Kodiak's porphyry projects have both been historically drilled and present known mineral discoveries with the potential to hold large-scale deposits.
The Company also holds the advanced-stage Kahuna diamond project in Nunavut, Canada. Kahuna hosts a high-grade, near surface inferred diamond resource and numerous kimberlite pipe targets.
Kodiak's founder and Chairman is Chris Taylor who is well-known for his gold discovery success with Great Bear Resources. Kodiak is also part of Discovery Group led by John Robins, one of the most successful mining entrepreneurs in Canada.
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