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TI-PA-HAA-KAA-NING (TPK) Gold/Silver/Copper Property

  • Gold / Silver / Copper 
  • 100% Owned by Northern Superior Resources Inc

Project Introduction

TPK represents one of the most unique gold / silver/ copper exploration opportunities held by any mineral exploration Company active in North America. Situated in northwestern Ontario, this large property (30 x 20km) contains two regional, robust and independent mineral systems: (1) a gold-bearing shear system (at least 24km long) extending from which is thought to be at least the second, if not largest gold grain-in-till dispersal apron (6km long ), in North America; and (2) a newly discovered greenstone belt, from which mineralized boulders were glacially dispersed, assaying as high as 727 g/t gold, 111 g/t silver and 4.05% copper.

The Company is planning a two stage exploration program. The first stage involves a prospecting program during Q3-2017, focused on the second mineralized system with the intention of defining specific mineral targets. At the same time, the Company’s Rowlandson Lake camp will be upgraded to accommodate drill crews and geologists required for the second stage of exploration. The second stage will involve a core drilling program during Q1- & Q2-2018, testing key targets associated with the first mineralized system.

The purpose(s) of these two programs is to further demonstrate the upside potential of both these systems.

Much of the following summary of the TPK property has been taken from an internal technical report (Parsons, S. 2013. Technical compilation and Recommended Exploration Report for the Ti-pa- haa-kaa- ning Property, Landsowne House, Northwest Ontario [NTS 43D05, 12/ 53A08, 09]; Internal document prepared for Northern Superior Resources, 460 p).

The TPK property is a unique exploration project located in northwestern Ontario located just 15km due west of the “Ring of Fire”. Within this large property (30km by 20km) there exists 2 large and independent mineral systems: 1) a gold-bearing shear system (at least 24km long) extending from which is thought to be the second largest gold grain-in-till dispersal apron in North America; and (2) a newly discovered greenstone belt, from which mineralized boulders were glacially dispersed, assaying as high as 727 g/t gold, 111 g/t silver and 4.05% copper.

The TPK property is 100% owned by Northern Superior Resources Inc.

Highlights

  • Northern Superior and Neskantaga First Nation sign an historic Early Economic Benefits Agreement (EEBA) - see Northern Superior Resources Inc. press release, July 10th, 2008;

  • What is thought to be the second largest gold grain-in-till dispersal apron in North America defined: “gold grain anomalies of this scale are an amalgamated response from a cluster of gold zones which normally indicate a large gold district rather than a single zone” - see Northern Superior Resources Inc. press release, June 21st, 2010;

  • Reverse circulation (RC) drilling defined 8 distinct core drill targets;

  • Subsequent core drilling at Target 1 intersected 25.9 g/t gold over 13.5 m, a target considered one of the least important targets of the 8 defined - see Northern Superior Resources Inc. press release, December 13th, 2010;

  • The most important targets associated with this system on the property have never been drilled;

  • Discovery of a new greenstone belt on the NW of the property, a system separate from the one associated with the gold grain-in- till anomaly; and

  • Boulders associated with this new greenstone belt return assay values as high as 727 g/t gold, 111 g/t silver and 4.05% copper - see Northern Superior Resources Inc. press release, September 14th, 2011.

The gold grain-in-till dispersal apron defined on TPK is one, if not the largest, aprons in North America. The only comparable dispersal trains or aprons are the ones associated with the Meladine and Meadowbank deposits in Nunavut and the Rainy River deposit in northwestern Ontario.

The Property

The TPK property is located approximately 470km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and 190km northeast of Pickle Lake (Figure 1). The Property is situated within the traditional area of the First Nations community of Neskantaga, which is located about 30km southwest of the Property, on the southwest shore of Attawapiskat Lake.

The Property is 30km east to west, centered at approximately latitude 52°28’N and longitude 87° 55’W crossing the boundary between NTS areas 43D05/12 and 53A08/09. The property consists of 194 mining claims totalling 42,540 hectares (Figure 2), the property is 100% owned and operated by Northern Superior Resources Inc.

Historically, the property has been subdivided into three components to more adequately administer the area, within which exist two separate and important mineralized systems: TPK, New Growth and New Growth Annex (Figure 2). Currently, all three components are now simply referred to collectively as “TPK”.

Figure 1: Location of the TPK property relative to Thunder Bay and Pickle Lake (Morris, 2013a).

Figure 2: Current outline of the TPK property (Morris, 2013a, see text for details).

“gold grain anomalies of this scale are amalgamated responses from a cluster of gold zones, they normally indicate a large gold system or district rather than a single gold zone” (see Northern Superior Press Release, June 21, 2010).

Geology

The TPK property is in a structurally favourable geological setting where the Archean-aged Bartman Lake Greenstone Belt lies adjacent to a major bend in the regional scale Stull-Wunnummin Fault (Figure 3). The Property has been intruded by the 15km long Freure Lake Batholith. A gold grain-in-till anomaly extends southwest from the southern edge of the batholith, suggesting that the associated bend in the Stull-Wunnummin Fault propagated a series of gold-bearing splay shears, concentrated along the southern margin of the structurally resistant buttress formed by the batholith. This metallogenic model is an analogous to that for the Malartic-Val d’Or gold district in Québec, where gold deposits are controlled by splay shears related to a major bend in the Larder Lake-Cadillac Fault and are hosted by the synvolcanic Bourlamaque Batholith and several smaller granitoid and porphyry stocks.

Eastern Area of the Property:

There are only three known gold grain-in-till anomalies similar to the TPK target area in Canada. Two of these anomalies, at Meadowbank and Meliadine in Nunavut (Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited), are in areas of thin till cover and were identified by surface sampling techniques similar to those used by Northern Superior Resources to define the TPK anomaly (Figure 4). The third gold grain-in-till dispersal anomaly is in an area of thicker till cover on New Gold’s Richardson Township property, Rainy River district of Ontario, and was defined by RC drilling. Each anomaly cited was later defined to represent an amalgamated anomaly reflecting gold grain dispersal from a cluster of gold zones, most of which are either being mined or have significant gold resources, underlining the potential importance of the TPK anomaly.

Western Area of the Property:

The extension of the eastern gold-bearing shear zone onto the western part of the property was identified through Northern Superior’s exploration programs (Figure 4). Specific gold targets associated with this shear zone were also defined. Definition of these gold exploration targets is based on dispersal of anomalous gold grain and arsenic values recovered from locally-derived tills, associated with zones of structural dislocations and right-hand extensional bends as interpreted from the Company’s proprietary airborne geophysics. This area of the property also has the potential to also host copper and silver, as indicated by a 30+ cm wide bornite-chalcopyrite bearing quartz vein hosted in locally derived, moderately to strongly sheared monzonite boulder, with dimensions approximately 2.0m x 1.5m x 1.5m. This quartz vein returned values of 12.60 g/t gold, 111 g/t silver, and 4.05% copper (Photo 2).

Northern Area of the Property:

The source of gold grains composing the Keely Lake gold grain-in-till dispersal corridor are likely derived from a new greenstone belt discovered by Northern Superior in 2011, on the northern part of the property (Figure 5). The abundance of pristine and total gold grains increases with proximity to the belt. Gold grain-in-till values are as high as 1,302 gold grains, 1,295 of which are pristine. The Keely Lake gold grain-in-till dispersal corridor has a minimum width of 3.5km and a minimum length of 10km.

Prospecting on the greenstone belt recovered 100 sheared and/or mineralized boulders and outcrop samples of which 83 were anomalous in gold (>0.005 g/t Au): including 24 samples with values between 0.1 and 1.0 g/t gold and 9 samples over 1g/t gold. Sample L754014 (727 g/t Au, 48.2 g/t silver (Ag) contained visible gold observed in a quartz vein, the visible gold grains up to 2mm diameter. Sample L754025 (133 g/t Au, 4.9 g/t Ag) was recovered from a boulder 40m east of the boulder containing visible gold (L754014), and is of the same lithology, is tabular, measuring approximately 2.0m x 1.0m. The greenstone belt, consisting of a mafic volcanic unit, appears to be transected by a southwest trending, left-handed wrench fault. This fault and associated bedding-parallel shear zones splaying from it, likely provided extensional pressure gradients that permitted access through the crust for gold- bearing hydrothermal fluids at the time of deformation.

Prospecting on the newly discovered greenstone belt recovered 100 sheared and/ or mineralized boulders and outcrop samples of which 83 were anomalous- assaying as high as 727 g/ t gold, 111 g/ t Silver and 4.05% Copper.

Exploration Outlook

Exploration and related activities will be comprised of two stages. Stage 1 will consist of four components: 1) a prospecting program over the northwest part of the TPK property, completing unfinished exploration associated with the prospecting and preliminary core drill programs initiated in this area, 2011; 2) a thorough review of all data, including re-logging of drill core stored on site; 3) a detailed structural study of the area associated with the gold grain-in-till dispersal apron; and 4) camp repairs and upgrades in advance of the Stage 2 exploration program. These activities are planned for Q3 and Q4 of 2017.

Stage 2 will test key targets in the eastern part of the TPK property through a core drill program. Core drill targets will be defined from the distribution and concentration of gold grains corresponding with targets defined from structural studies. Anomalies. It is important to note that the size of the gold grain- in- till apron represents a scale of amalgamated responses from a cluster of gold zones, normally indicating a large gold system or district rather than a single gold zone (see press release, June 21, 2010, and the corporate presentation, Northern Superior web site: www.nsuperior.com). Gold grain anomalies of similar or smaller size include the discoveries made at Meliadine, (Nunavut), Rainy River (northwestern Ontario) and Meadowbank (Nunavut). Core drilling is expected to commence Q1 and Q2 of 2018.

References Cited

  • (1) Hart, T.R. and Boucher, D.R. 2010. Technical Report on the Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ing Property, Lansdowne House, Northwest Ontario, 43-101F Technical Report for Northern Superior Resources.
  • (2) Morris, T.F. 2013a. The Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning (TPK) gold grain dispersal apron, northwestern Ontario, Canada. Application of Indicator Methods to Mineral Exploration, Short Course SC07, 26th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium, p. 21- 30.
  • (3) Morris, T.F. 2013b. The Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning (TPK) gold grain dispersal apron, northwestern Ontario, Canada. Application of Indicator Methods to Mineral Exploration, Short Course SC07, 26th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium, Power Point Presentation, 32 slides.
  • (4) Northern Superior Resources Inc. 2011. Northern Superior Resources Inc. reports sample from mineralized boulder returns 12.60 g/t gold, 11 g/t silver, 4.05% copper, New Growth Property, Northwestern Ontario. Northern Superior Press Release, 3 p.
  • (5) Northern Superior Resources Inc., 2008. Northern Superior, Neskantaga First Nation sign historic early economic benefits agreement for the Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning gold project. Northern Superior Resources Press Release, 2 p.
  • (6) Northern Superior Resources Inc. and Rainy River Resources Ltd., 2010. Northern Superior Resources Inc. signs Option/ Joint Venture Agreement with Rainy River Resources Ltd. Respecting Ti-pa- haa-kaa-ning gold property. Northern Superior Resources Press Release, 4 p.
  • (7) Northern Superior Resources Inc. and Rainy River Resources Ltd., 2010. Rainy River and Northern Superior discover gold at Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning (“TPK”) project 25.9 g/t Au over 13.5 metres in TPK-10-004. Northern Superior Press Release, 4 p.
  • (8) Parsons, S., 2013. Technical compilation and Recommended Exploration Report for the Ti-pa-haa-kaa- ning Property, Landsowne House, Northwest Ontario [NTS 43D05, 12/ 53A08, 09]; Internal document prepared for Northern Superior Resources, 460 p.