The Chicobi Project covers 59,356 ha and over 70 kilometers of strike along the Chicobi Deformation Zone (CDZ), a major, yet under-explored structural break transecting the Abitibi greenstone belt in Ontario and Quebec. The CDZ is analogous to the other major breaks in the Abitibi, such as the Cadillac-Larder Lake, Casa-Berardi, and Sunday Lake – Lower Detour deformation zones, and has the potential to host significant orogenic gold and VMS mineralization.
Orogenic Au, VMS
Location and Access
The project is located 30 kilometers northeast of Amos, Quebec. Infrastructure in the vicinity is excellent with a road network throughout the project area providing easy access. Power transmissions lines and a railroad also cross through the property.
Geology and Mineralization
The CDZ is a laterally extensive feature, which spans over 400km across the Abitibi greenstone belt. Reflection seismic and magnetotelluric (MT) studies suggest the CDZ could represent the surface expression of a crustal-scale to trans-lithospheric structure, which would have acted as a conduit for mineralizing fluids. The stratigraphy along the CDZ consists of volcanic rocks of the Kidd-Munro and Stoughton-Roquemaure Assemblages, which have been structurally juxtaposed against clastic sediments and iron formations of the Porcupine Assemblage. Extensive polymictic conglomerates occur along the structural corridor of the CDZ, which are analogous to other late-basin sedimentary rocks spatially associated with mineralized systems elsewhere in the Abitibi (i.e. Timiskaming, Opemisca). The crustal architecture of the CDZ combined with favorable lithological constraints places the Chicobi Project in an optimal setting to host significant orogenic gold and VMS mineralization.
In general, the CDZ has seen far less exploration than the other major deformation zones throughout the Abitibi. The majority of historic exploration conducted throughout Kenorland’s claim package consisted of the targeting of conductive bodies mapped from airborne electromagnetic surveys (INPUT) in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Although gold and base-metal mineralization was discovered during these early campaigns, the area has seen very little follow-up exploration largely due to the challenges related to extensive quaternary cover sequences. Significant occurrences associated with the CDZ include the Destiny gold deposit, which occurs seven kilometers east of the Chicobi Project as well as known VMS systems directly adjacent to the property. The Normetal mine, which is also spatially associated with the CDZ, occurs near the Quebec-Ontario border. Kenorland views these as a positive indications that this structural corridor is fertile as it has seen auriferous fluid flow and contains prospective volcanic assemblages for VMS mineralization.