Ms. Sharyn Alexander reports
SUN SUMMIT DEFINES MULTIPLE HIGH-PRIORITY GOLD TARGETS AT THE CREEK ZONE, JD PROJECT IN THE TOODOGGONE DISTRICT, NORTH-CENTRAL B.C.
Based on compiled historical drill hole data, Sun Summit Minerals Corp. has identified additional high-priority gold targets at the Creek zone, a significant mineralized zone on the recently optioned JD project in the Toodoggone gold-copper mining district in north-central British Columbia.
- Multiple priority drill targets defined through extensive data review: A continuing comprehensive review and compilation of property-wide historical exploration data has resulted in the definition of multiple new target areas, including identification of extensions to previously drilled near-surface high-grade gold mineralization within the Creek zone.
- High-grade gold mineralization in historical drill holes at Creek zone: Results from limited historical drilling highlight the high-grade gold potential of structurally controlled, sulphide-rich mineralization at the Creek zone. Select drill highlights* include:
- 22 metres of 11.7 grams per tonne Au, including four m of 61.2 g/t Au (CZ97-0081);
- 21.5 m of 3.1 g/t Au, including three m of 18.7 g/t Au (CZ98-0122).
- Intermittent sampling in historic drill holes suggests further drilling is clearly warranted: Historic core sampling was locally selective and left significant gaps in assay data, which does not allow for the adequate evaluation of gold mineralization continuity or target scale potential. Drill holes that were continuously sampled, however, demonstrate the presence of previously unrecognized bulk-tonnage-style gold mineralization at the JD project.
- Follow-up drill testing and field programs planned for 2024: The structural controls on high-grade mineralization at the Creek zone remain unknown. Planned drilling, as well as surface geochemical and geophysical surveys, will aim to investigate the orientation and extent of the high-grade mineralization, evaluate the bulk-tonnage potential, as well as target high-grade veins within the Creek zone.
*Note drill intervals are downhole core lengths. True widths are unknown.
"The primary goal of our data compilation effort is to generate walk-up, high-potential drill targets," stated Sharyn Alexander, Sun Summit's president. "Numerous priority areas, based primarily on review of historical drilling, have already emerged from the Finn and Creek zones. At the Creek zone, previous drilling is limited, and it is clear that high-grade mineralization is open in all directions. Previous drill programs also identified bulk-tonnage-style mineralization, which adds to our belief that the JD project hosts significant size and scale potential. The fact that most holes were selectively sampled, leaving large gaps in assay data, limits our evaluation of the true scale and potential of these exciting targets. We therefore plan to aggressively explore the Finn and Creek zones this year with a program consisting of diamond drilling, IP geophysics and targeted mapping. Further details of the upcoming field program will be announced as the data compilation and target generation progresses."
JD project overview
The JD project comprises over 15,000 hectares of contiguous mineral claims in the prolific Toodoggone gold-copper mining district in north-central British Columbia. The project is host to high-grade, epithermal-related, gold-silver systems and porphyry-related copper-gold systems and lies just north of the Kemess Cu-Au mining camp.
A comprehensive review and compilation of historic data from across the JD project area has identified multiple high-priority drill targets at the Finn zone (see Feb. 1, 2024, news release) as well as the Creek zone. The extensive historic data, dating back to the early 1970s and reported in over 70 public assessment reports, represent a critical component to continuing target selection and exploration prioritization.
The Creek zone, centred approximately three kilometres to the west of the Finn zone, is underlain primarily by andesite flows and volcanic breccias of the Toodoggone formation. Near-surface high-grade gold mineralization is associated with replacement-style pyrite, sphalerite, galena and chalcopyrite within a broad zone of quartz-carbonate stockwork. The Creek zone was first discovered in 1997 and was followed up by drilling in 1998 where a further 11 drill holes tested an interpreted strike length of over 450 metres. The discovery hole, CZ97-008, intersected numerous zones of high-grade gold mineralization, highlighted by an interval of four metres of 61.2 g/t Au. This interval was later reanalyzed via metallic screens and returned four metres of 103.3 g/t Au. Subsequent drill holes also intersected numerous zones of strong gold mineralization (such as 21.5 metres of 3.1 g/t Au, including three metres of 18.7 g/t Au, CZ98-0122).
Although drilling, logging and surveying methods were completed to industry standards during the 1998 program, most historic holes contain broad gaps due to discontinuous sampling and assaying. Only holes CZ98-0092 (72.3 metres at 0.8 g/t Au, including 4.3 metres at 6.7 g/t Au) and CZ98-0162 (57 metres at 0.6 g/t Au, including 26 metres at one g/t Au) were subject to near-continuous sampling. These holes, located 350 metres apart, demonstrate the presence of previously unrecognized bulk-tonnage-style gold mineralization at the JD project. Additionally, the remaining holes from the 1998 drill program contain significant gaps in assay data where many higher-grade veins lack neighbouring assays, preventing adequate evaluation of gold mineralization continuity or target scale potential (such as bottom of CZ98-0152).
A full review of all Creek zone exploration data, including soil and rock geochemical sample data, trench data, and magnetic geophysical data, is continuing. However, based on compiled drill data, a systematic exploration program is being planned to include:
- Stepout drilling near the 1997 discovery hole to evaluate the orientation and extent of the high-grade mineralization while also sampling complete holes for full multielement geochemistry;
- Tight-spaced IP (induced polarization) geophysical survey to investigate the size of the largely concealed, pyrite-rich alteration zone peripheral to the high-grade veins;
- Based on structural data from surface mapping and geochemistry together with drill hole data and IP models, wider-spaced stepout drill holes along trend to evaluate the scale of the bulk-tonnage system as well as targeting higher-grade veins.
Data compilation is continuing, and the review is now primarily focused on surface geochemical, geological and geophysical data sets, including approximately 16,000 soil samples, 2,000 rock samples, 130 trenches, and numerous ground- and airborne-based geophysical data sets.
- SMCI Kelowna Capital Event, Feb. 15, 2024 (Kelowna);
- Red Cloud Live Webinar, Feb. 20, 2024, 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET (virtual);
- Red Cloud Pre-PDAC Mining Showcase, Feb. 29 to March 1, 2024 (Toronto).
National Instrument 43-101 disclosure
This news release has been reviewed and approved by Sun Summit's vice-president, exploration, Ken MacDonald, PGeo, a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators. He has not been able to verify the historical exploration data disclosed, including sampling, analytical and test data, underlying the technical information in this news release since such data are historical and the original drill core is not readily available. Technical information contained in this release is historical in nature and has been compiled from public sources believed to be accurate. The technical information has not been verified by Sun Summit and may in some instances be unverifiable dependent on the existence of historical drill core and grab samples.
Sun Summit is engaging with first nations on whose territory the company's projects are located and is discussing their interests and identifying contract and work opportunities, as well as opportunities to support community initiatives. The company looks forward to continuing to work with local and regional first nations with continuing exploration.
About the JD project
The JD project is located in the Toodoggone mining district in north-central British Columbia, a highly prospective deposit-rich mineral trend. The project covers an area of over 15,000 hectares and is in close proximity to active exploration and development projects, such as Thesis Gold's Lawyers and Ranch projects, TDG Gold's Baker-Shasta projects, Centerra's Gold's Kemess East and Underground projects, as well as the past-producing Kemess open-pit copper-gold mine.
The project is 450 kilometres northwest of the city of Prince George, and 25 kilometres north of the Sturdee airstrip. It is proximal to existing infrastructure in place to support the past-producing Kemess mine, including roads and a hydroelectric power line.
The JD project is in a favourable geological environment characterized by both high-grade epithermal gold and silver mineralization, as well as porphyry-related copper and gold mineralization. Some historic exploration, including drilling, geochemistry and geophysics, has been carried out on the property; however, the project area is largely underexplored.
About Sun Summit Minerals Corp.
Sun Summit Minerals is a mineral exploration company focused on expansion and discovery of district-scale gold and copper assets in British Columbia. The company's diverse portfolio includes the Buck project in central B.C., and the JD project in the Toodoggone region of north-central B.C.
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