Exploration on the Lawyers property and the surrounding area began in the late 1960s and peaked in the 1980s, identifying numerous showings, prospects and deposits culminating in the development of the Lawyers gold-silver mine that operated from 1989-1992 and produced 171,200 oz gold and 3.6 million oz silver over the 4-year period. The deposit was never fully mined, or the surrounding area thoroughly explored for gold-silver mineralization. An estimated $50 million in infrastructure remains on the property, including year-round road access.
1980 vs 2020
At the heart of the Laywers Trend is the structurally controlled Cliff Creek, Dukes Ridge, Phoenix, and AGB zones that are located within a large 5 km by 8 km radiometric anomaly that is coincident with potassic alteration, associated with a low-sulphidation epithermal system (Figure 3). The limited historical underground production at the AGB and Cliff Creek zones targeted the high-grade veins associated with this large epithermal system. However, recently acquired data, geological compilation, and reinterpretation has revealed significant potential to add gold and silver ounces within these zones and across the entire mineralizing system. New drill results are providing previously unrecognized bulk-tonnage, near-surface intercepts that envelope the higher-grade intervals of gold and silver mineralization. These results are from within the footprint of the historically mined areas, but also include significant gold-silver intercepts along strike, and at depth. The surface expression of the mineralization is coincident with pervasive potassic alteration, large gold-in-soil anomalies, and anomalous rock and trench results.
Select high-grade drilling intercepts from the Lawyers Trend include:
259.76 g/t Au & 3,320.3 g/t Ag over 3 m*
108.36 g/t Au & 911.2 g/t Ag over 7 m*
86.06 g/t Au & 583.83 g/t Ag over 7 m*
52.02 g/t Au & 846.44 g/t Ag over 3 m*
12.67 g/t Au & 143.39 g/t Ag over 28 m*
Select bulk-tonnage drilling intercepts from the Lawyers Trend include:
6.96 g/t Au & 254.70 g/t Ag over 57.9 m*
5.76 g/t Au & 128.65 g/t Ag over 33.53 m*
4.06 g/t Au & 409.06 g/t Ag over 40.9 m*
3.78 g/t Au & 82.40 g/t Ag over 35.0 m*
2.68 g/t Au & 82.57 g/t Ag over 36.5 m*
*Drill hole length
** Based on limited information from historical mine level plans and ore block models parts of the results above have been mined. However, both high-grade and bulk-tonnage drill intercepts and surface mineralization extend beyond the known workings and the system remains open along strike and at depth.