Texas Canyon, Elko County, Nevada
Texas Canyon is located in Elko County, Nevada on the northeastern margin of the Long Canyon Gold Trend, about 7 kilometers west of the Company’s Golden Trail Project, and about 55 kilometers north of Newmont’s Long Canyon Project.
Texas Canyon is comprised of an 909 acre claim package, recently acquired by staking after the Company conducted an airborne hyperspectral survey in northeastern Nevada. Texas Canyon was part of a package previously held by the Company (from 2004-2009 under prior management) and the Company possesses considerable data on the prospect.
Texas Canyon is centered on a major boundary fault between mineralized Paleozoic limestone and postmineral Tertiary geologic units which include the Jarbidge Rhyolite and tuffs and conglomerates of the Humboldt Formation. This fault and related structures are thought to be the conduit for mineralizing fluids that altered and replaced the limestone and limestone breccias. This is based on detailed geologic mapping, surface geochemistry with gold values up to 1280 ppb and molybdenum values up to 1660 ppm, a surface magnetic survey and a surface radiometric survey. The recent Peloton airborne hyperspectral survey corroborated prior data, showing broad hi AL-illite and NH3-illite anomalies at Texas Canyon.
Texas Canyon is within a broad zone of hydrothermal alteration, including decalcification and silica replacement of the limestone. Alteration and mineralization is structurally controlled and localized along numerous northeast-striking, high-angle veins, especially in bodies of clast supported polyphase hydrothermal breccia and adjacent hydrothermal replacement zones. The highest mineral values are within strongly altered limestone and clast-supported hydrothermal breccias.
Surface sampling of the Hyperspectral anomalies was conducted in late 2019 with nine (9) of the twenty-five (25) exploration grab samples anomalous in gold and also anomalous in several additional elements including Ag, As, Ba, Cd, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni, P, Pb, S, Sb, V, W, and Zn.
An NI 43-101 technical report is being prepared to compile and publish the data the Company has on Texas Canyon, and to set out recommendations going forward. This report will be published upon completion.
Project Summary – Abstract published in the 2020 Geologic Society of Nevada’s virtual symposium. Titled Gold Mineralization at the Texas Canyon Project, Northeastern Elko County, Nevada, Richard C. Capps, Paula J. Noble, and Clark Jorgensen