First Class Metals PLC (“First Class Metals” “FCM” or the “Company”), the UK metals exploration company seeking large scale metal discoveries across its extensive Canadian Schreiber-Hemlo & Sunbeam land holdings, is pleased to provide an update on geochemical results from soil sampling on the Esa property.
· Total of 478 soil samples were collected from 11 predominantly subparallel, north – south soil lines in 2022.
· An intermittent 4km anomalous zone has been identified corresponding to the surface expression of the inferred shear.
· Multiple 10-95 ppb gold (Au) and key pathfinder elements including molybdenum (Mo), antimony (Sb) and arsenic (As).
· Anomalous trends identified by the soil sampling as well as the background magnetics highlighting NE structures intersecting the shear, including:
· Hemlo look alike angular boulder identified, which reported 0.7ppm Au which is considered significant.
Marc J Sale, First Class Metals CEO Commented:
“The results continue to build a picture of potential gold mineralisation associated with robust structures adding credence to the shear zone theory. We are very encouraged with the correlation between these results and the previously announced geophysical interpretation. Planned work will further aide delineation of priority targets along with the submission of an Exploration permit.”
The Esa property consists of 86 claims, covers ~20.6km², and is located approximately 11km northeast from the Barrick Hemlo gold mine, immediately south of FCM’s North Hemlo property. The property is transected by an inferred arcuate structure interpreted as a shear zone that runs roughly west to east in the central portion of the block. This structure is one of three similar structures located in the North Hemlo Limb, two of which also transect the North Hemlo block (and Magical), see figure 01.
Figure 01 the district setting of the Esa property showing the Hemlo gold mine and particularly the arcuate subparallel inferred shears to the north.
The property sits between the Cedar Lake Pluton and the Musher Lake Pluton: intrusions are considered important components driving mineral rich fluids, and economic mineralisation is often found associated with the contacts or structures associated with the intrusive event.
There is a second subparallel potentially mineralised W-E trend in the southern section. Importantly there are a number of N-S and NW-SE structures identified which Paterson Grant Watson (PGW) stated are often associated with mineralisation.
A total of 478 soil samples were collected from 11 predominantly subparallel, north – south lines in 2022 spaced on average ~400m apart and orthogonal to the inferred arcuate shear which transects the Esa property, see Figure 02.
Reconnaissance work also identified a ‘Hemlo’ look alike angular boulder which reported 0.7ppm Au which is considered significant.
Figure 02 showing the soil sample lines as well as the location of the 0.7ppm grab sample. Note the N-S and NW structures highlighted by the magnetics.
The anomalies outlined by the soil sampling confirm the potential of the shear. However, there appears to be a concentration of higher results where roughly north – south to north-northeast structures intersect the shear, the extrapolation of these northerly structures is where the boulder is located, see Figure 03.
Figure 03 showing the anomalous trends identified by the soil sampling as well as the background magnetics highlighting NE structures intersecting the shear.
Further work is warranted on the shear as well as prospecting in the area of the boulder. Initially more soil samples are being planned to better define the potential of the N-S and NE structures to contain / affect the mineralisation identified associated with the shear; as well as general geological mapping and prospecting along the shear whilst the Exploration Permit Application is reviewed by the First Nations. This would then allow stripping and trenching ahead of a scout drill programme if warranted.
For further information please contact:
James Knowles, Executive Chairman
Marc J Sale, CEO
Ayub Bodi, Executive Director
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