The 100% owned Goldwedge property is located 54 km north-northeast of the town of Tonopah within the Manhattan Mining District of south-central Nevada. The property covers three separate claim blocks and encompasses the Goldwedge, Keystone and Jumbo gold deposits.
The northern claim block encompassing the Goldwedge deposit includes a fully permitted underground mine with over 600 m of development and a 400 tpd mill facility with gravity circuit.
The Goldwedge deposit lies within the Walker Lane Gold Belt and is situated on the southern periphery of the Manhattan Caldera, approximately 16 kilometers south of the 15 million ounce Round Mountain Mine. Historic mining in the Manhattan Mining District dates back to the 19th century, with district-wide gold production from both lode and placer deposits estimated at 566,000 ounces. The largest gold production came from the Manhattan Mine East & West pits located within a kilometer south of the Goldwedge deposit, where Echo Bay Mines reportedly produced an estimated 236,000 ounces.
A number of companies have explored the underground potential of the Goldwedge deposit, beginning in 1983 with Freeport Exploration followed by Sunshine Mining, Crown Resources, New Concepts Mining, Royal Gold and most recently, Royal Standard Minerals ("RSM").
Drilling by previous operators totals 89 surface holes and 30 underground core holes for a total of 16,994 meters. RSM undertook underground development, exploration and bulk sampling of the deposit over several campaigns from 2004 to 2012, and constructed a 400 ton per day mill facility with a gravity recovery system. Gold mineralization is outlined over a strike length of 335 meters and to a vertical depth of over 150 meters, and is open along strike, down-dip and down-plunge toward the northwest. Several resource estimates were prepared for the deposit from 1997 to 2011, none of which are NI 43-101 compliant. Scorpio Gold acquired the property from RSM in December 2012.
The Goldwedge deposit exhibits several styles of gold mineralization from fault breccia and vein hosted to stratabound replacement style in limestone and pervasive quart-sericite-pyrite alteration hosted.
Goldwedge Exploration Drilling
In 2014, Scorpio Gold drilled four oriented core holes from surface to gain further knowledge of the Goldwedge geology and controls to the mineralization. Significant results from the 2014 surface drilling are presented in the Company's April 27, 2015
In 2015, the Company drilled 21 core holes from 6 underground drill stations totalling 4,695 ft (1,431 m). The majority of holes were drilled perpendicular to N60W trending Cambrian-Ordovician aged sedimentary host rocks. Results from the underground drilling indicate that mineralization at Goldwedge is related to the N30W trending Reliance Fault Zone, with mineralization occurring within and subparallel to the fault and as dilational lenses and veins extending outward from the fault zone along fractures oriented sub-parallel to bedding.
Mineralization of interest (0.03 OPT or 1.0 g/t and greater) was intersected in all 21 underground holes drilled in 2015. Results considered of significance for this deposit (0.10 OPT or 3.3 g/t and greater) were returned in 9 of the 21 holes (see September 8, 2015
news release). Several of the holes were drilled to verify historical drilling results; however, Scorpio Gold was unable to replicate the more substantial downhole widths and grades reported in 2011-12 drilling by the project's previous operator (as presented in the Company's November 4, 2013
Goldwedge Underground Drilling - Cross Sections
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