> Thibert Overview
The Thibert Creek Project consists of ~12,000 ha covering 25km strike-length of a crustal scale, terrane bounding fault system within the Dease Lake placer gold camp (200,000 oz recorded placer Au production). The property encompasses numerous headwaters of productive creeks and rivers with recorded gold production of 72,000 oz within the project area.
> Location and Access
The project is located immediately west of the Cassiar-Stewart Highway (Highway 37) 40 km north of the town of Dease Lake, BC. The project area lies within the Tahltan First Nations Traditional Territory and is managed by the Kaska Dena Council. The project is road accessible for 4-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles in the northern and southern portions of property. Helicopter use would be required to access the remaining portions of the property. Active placer Au mining occurs within the project area.
> Geology and Mineralization
The Thibert Creek property straddles a crustal scale, terrane bounding fault system which juxtaposes the geological units of the Mississippian to Triassic Cache Creek Complex of the Cache Creek Terrane against the Upper Triassic Takla Group of the Quesnel Terrane. In the project area the Cache Creek Complex consists of the Kedahda Formation, made up of fine-grained sedimentary units with intercalated volcanic and ultramafic rocks. The Takla Group consists of the Shoektaw Formation, a unit of undivided volcanic rocks with minor clastic sediments and the Nazcha Formation, a coarse clastic sedimentary unit containing conglomerates of reworked volcanic stratigraphy. The Takla Group has been intruded by the late Triassic California Creek Stock, a commonly foliated hornblende diorite to granodiorite.
Within the property the Thibert Creek Fault system displays dextral offset and fault jogs with associated hydrothermal alteration along the property’s strike length. Strong shearing and folding of the Cache Creek Complex proximal to the fault is common with imbricated lenses of ultramafic rocks.
> Exploration History
Historical work in the Thibert Creek property targeted sections of the Thibert Fault with no property-wide systematic exploration activities throughout the region. The majority of data consists of surface / soil samples collected by Noranda Exploration and filed for assessment in 1984. This data suffers from poor Au detection limits of 10 ppb with minimal analysis of pathfinder elements. Despite a poor understanding of surficial conditions during the time of sampling, surface samples returned values up to 0.6 g/t Au. Additionally, Noranda Exploration drilled 5 holes totaling 800m of diamond drill core. The focus of this drilling was targeting a historic Au in bedrock showing named “The Keystone Showing” described as quartz stringers in porphyritic intrusive rocks. Although this drilling failed to identify the historic showing, assays returned up to 1 g/t Au and described alteration and veining of bedrock typical for orogenic gold systems.
> Summary of exploration activities conducted by Kenorland Minerals
The Thibert Creek project was acquired through map staking by Kenorland in May of 2019. A LIDAR survey was completed in summer of 2019 as well as reconnaissance prospecting in fall of 2019.
British Columbia, Canada