The Stars Project
The Stars Property's copper-gold-silver-molybdenum porphyry system was recently discovered in 2018 and is situated 58 km north of Imperials Metals Corp.’s Huckleberry Copper mine and 40 Km southwest of the Resource town of Houston, BC. The Stars project's copper porphyry system is located close to major transport routes and existing infrastructure with year round road access onto site. The Stars porphyry was discovered through glacial till cover in a flat lying area, where a large portion of the property remains hidden under cover and has yet to be tested. Additional geophysical work will help to identify additional target areas creating significant potential to increase the overall footprint of the mineralized system. The 3,716 hectare property is underlain by volcanic flows and tuffs of the Lower Jurassic Telkwa Formation and sandstones, shales and siltstones of the Lower Cretaceous Skeena Group. The volcanic units on the property have been intruded by quartz monzonite stocks, thought to belong to the Bulkley Intrusive Suite, in at least two locations which have then been intruded by at least one phase of feldspar porphyry dykes that are accompanied by copper mineralization
- Drilling to date has been successful in continuously expanding the known mineralization along strike and at depth, with many additional targets across the property that remain to be tested.
- Mineralized feldspar porphyry intrusion was intersected for the first time in Hole 10 (DD18-SS010) which intersected over 400 metres of copper mineralization extending the entire length of the hole, ending in mineralization at a final depth of 490m.
- Large historic area with boulders averaging 0.66% Cu Possibly sourced from northwest margin of the 5km magnetic ring feature on the project that has never been tested.
- The coincidence of quartz monzonite stocks, IP chargeability highs, copper-molybdenum soil geochemical anomalies, and multiple phases of mineralized porphyry dykes and crosscutting mineralized veins evident multiple pulses of copper injection that suggest the potential for multiple zones of copper± molybdenum ± gold ± silver porphyry mineralization.
- The Stars Porperty is situated on a major geological contact, similar to most major deposits/mines/past producing mines in this area.
- The property is located in proven mining district, 60 km south-southwest of Goldcorp Canada Ltd.’s past producing Equity Silver Mine and 58 kilometres to the north of Imperials Metals Corp.’s Huckleberry Copper-Gold-Silver mine.
- Airborne magnetic geophysics identified a large system with approximately 5 kilometers long axis, this system has potential to host multiple deposits.
The 3,716 hectare Stars Property is an exploration/discovery stage porphyry copper-gold-silver molybdenum project situated 40km southwest of the resource town Houston, BC. The Project is located within the prolific Stikine terrane host to numerous major deposits in BC including Goldcorp Canada Ltd.’s past producing Equity Silver Mine 60 km to the north-northwest and Imperials Metals Corp.’s Huckleberry Copper-Gold-Silver mine 58 km to the south of the Stars Property
The Stars porphyry was discovered through cover in a moderate to flat lying area, as such the ultimate extent of the mapped volcanic and intrusive units are unclear, obscured by variable thickness glacial drift.
The western two-thirds of the Copper Star property is shown as underlain by undivided Lower Jurassic, Telkwa Formation volcanic flows and pyroclastics which form the basal part of the Hazelton group. The eastern one-third of the property is underlain by Lower Cretaceous, Skeena Group sandstones, siltstones, shales and local coal measures. A major northerly-trending, normal fault separates the Skeena group from the older Hazelton group volcanics implying the Stars porphyry was em-placed along this major regional structure.
Granitic rocks, which have been mapped and observed in the limited sporadic outcrop exposures, are now known to be much more widely distributed than previously thought, based on the drill core observations made by company geologists. The intrusions identified to date include two main units: A weakly-porphyritic to equigranular quartz-monzonite intrusive suite, commonly containing large (10 cm – 1 m) xenoliths of volcanic country rock and an entirely new feldspar porphyry unit which was not seen in historic drilling. This feldspar porphyry unit is present in the Tana Zone discovery and associated with the best mineralization found to date. This unit is shown to be buff-to-pink colored, with 1-3 mm feldspar phenocrysts in an aphanitic cream-colored groundmass, highlighted by well-developed sulfide mineralization and associated alteration zonation.
Additional geophysical work will help to further identify geological units as well as help identify additional target areas creating significant potential to increase the overall footprint of the feldspar porphyry and correlated mineralized system.
The final magnetic survey data is presented in two imagery sets, corresponding to the Total Magnetic Intensity (TMI) imagery, and First Vertical Derivative imagery (shown above).
The survey data shows a prominent 6 km wide circle of strongly magnetic rocks, which are noticeably cut by major structural feature. The highly magnetic rocks are interpreted to be related magnetically enriched contact zone with the main intrusive body. Areas where there has been secondary magnetic destruction of this strongly magnetic feature appear to be related to secondary hydro-thermal alteration accompanied by copper mineralization. Additionally the prominent structural features that bisect the anomalous magnetic ring creates a corridor in which ML Gold has identified minerlaized feldspar porphyry dykes. Based on preliminary drilling these dykes appear to follow the general east-west grain of this overriding feature. As a result any magnetically destructive feature, including the entire 1.4 by 4 kilometer extent of this magnetically destructive northwest-southeast structural corridor bisecting the magnetic halo provides road map for future exploration at the Stars