VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Golden Sky Minerals Corp. (AUEN.V) (the “Company” or “Golden Sky”) is pleased to provide an exploration update for the Mowich Zone of the Rayfield copper-gold property. Fieldwork completed in 2022 has successfully located a historic showing (known as the Discovery showing), with copper-rich float material (sub-mm to >5cm in size) recovered from the base of a slump. Of the mineralized fragments, Sample D00226854 (Figure 1) returned grades of 286 g/t gold (Au), 200 g/t silver (Ag) and 37.46% copper (Cu) (Table 1). Golden Sky geologists interpret these high-grade values to be associated with proximal intrusions, as there is a close correlation with bismuth (Bi). QEMSCAN studies by BaseMet Labs in Kamloops have also confirmed that the main host is highly altered and serpentinized mafic volcanic rock. These high-grade values have likely been enriched by weathering processes but remain a strong indicator of high-grade mineral potential in the area.
Figure 1: High-grade copper-gold fragments collected from slump at the Discovery showing within the Mowich Zone.
Table 1: Precious and base metal values obtained from samples collected throughout the Mowich area. Note the elevated bismuth values associated with the highest-grade material.
Tracing the slump upslope resulted in the identification of additional serpentinized fragments and the discovery of a syenitic intrusive plug exposed in outcrop at the head of the valley. This intrusion contains some quartz-calcite veining with trace malachite and chalcopyrite, and exhibits similar textures to some of the copper fragments at the Discovery showing. This intrusion is surrounded by brecciated, altered basalt and is in close proximity to conglomerates and sandstones of the Ashcroft Formation, which is typically bordering major northwest-trending faults in the area.
One kilometer to the southeast of the Discovery showing lies another historical showing (the Mowich Lake Copper showing - assays pending). Mapping in September 2022 identified large patches of abundant boulders comprising copper-rich Triassic basalt. The main minerals are azurite, malachite and chrysocolla, with a high incidence of hyalite, a type of opaline silica. The Golden Sky geological team have interpreted that these minerals may provide further evidence of a northwest-trending structure that has acted as a conduit for copper-rich hydrothermal fluids.
Following the September 2022 fieldwork, an additional ~6,400-hectares were staked to cover several interpreted northwest-trending structures and geophysical magnetic anomalies that could be the source for both the Discovery and the Mowich Lake Copper Showings (Figure 3). Significant magnetic anomalies border these major northwest-trending faults that may have concentrated magmatic activity in the area. Importantly, a past-producing placer gold creek (Criss Creek) crosscuts the southeast edge of a mapped unit of mineralized diorite/monzodiorite. A proximal source is likely, as the gold is coarse grained and has therefore not travelled far downstream. It is hypothesized that the mapped diorite/monzodiorite could be the source of this gold.
The ~30,000-hectare Rayfield Project is located in the Quesnel Trough, British Columbia’s primary copper-producing belt, which hosts Teck Resources’ Highland Valley Mine, Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine, Centerra Gold’s Mount Milligan Mine, and Kodiak Copper’s MPD Project (see Figure 4). The Rayfield copper-gold project is located approximately 20 kilometers east of the Town of 70 Mile House, British Columbia, and is accessible year-round by well-maintained service and logging roads extending from BC Highway 97.
John Newell, President and CEO of Golden Sky Minerals, states, “The Golden Sky Minerals geological team continues to do solid geological work to advance the consolidated land package known as the Rayfield Project, led by VP of Exploration Cameron Dorsey.
Rayfield has tripled in size since first staking this area 18 months ago. It now encompasses greater than 30,000 hectares and potentially hosts 4-5 solid copper-gold porphyry targets. All these well-deserved targets will get further work done over the next few months as we move towards our maiden drill campaign.
Porphyry deposits represent a dominant source of copper or ~65% of world production and also account for a significant number of valuable metals (including gold) as by-products. It has long been the belief of the management of Golden Sky Minerals that there is a tremendous need for discovery as mining depletes reserves. These depleted reserves must be replaced through discovery and development. Major mining companies know that to maintain their wealth they need to replace what they mine. They can do this through discovery or purchase the resources discovered by exploration companies like Golden Sky Minerals Corp.
The management team of Golden Sky Minerals Corp., along with the geological team, are continuously and carefully evaluating many land packages in today’s favorable environment, with the objective of exploring and developing additional targets like our Rayfield project.”
Figure 2: Location of all target zones outlined on the Rayfield Property. Also outlined are the high-grade copper-gold assay values obtained from the Mowich zone. Claims have been expanded around Mowich to cover interpreted structures and geophysical magnetic anomalies.
Figure 3: The newly expanded Mowich Zone claims overlying prospective intrusive diorites/monzodiorites and geophysical magnetic anomalies. The high-grade results from the Discovery showing are a strong indicator of the mineral potential in the area.
Figure 4: Rayfield copper-gold project in relation to major projects in the Quesnel Trough.
About Golden Sky Minerals Corp.
Golden Sky Minerals Corp. is a well-funded junior grassroots explorer engaged in the acquisition, assessment, exploration, and development of mineral properties located in highly prospective areas and mining-friendly districts. Golden Sky’s mandate is to develop its portfolio of projects to the mineral resource stage through systematic exploration.
The drill-ready projects include Hotspot, Bullseye, and Lucky Strike, all in Yukon, Canada. In addition, the recent purchases of the Rayfield Copper-Gold Project in southern British Columbia, and the staking of the Eagle Mountain Gold Project in the Cassiar Gold District in northern British Columbia, add to the company’s substantial early-stage Canadian project pipeline.
The company was incorporated in 2018 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
More information can be found at the Company’s website at www.goldenskyminerals.com
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
John Newell, President and Chief Executive Officer
Carl Schulze, P. Geo., Consulting Geologist with Aurora Geosciences Ltd, is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 for Golden Sky’s British Columbia exploration projects, and has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
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