VANCOUVER – American Creek Resources Ltd. (TSXV: AMK) is pleased to report final assays from high-grade gold samples that have now been received from the late fall of 2017 sampling program that was conducted at the company’s 100% owned Dunwell Mine project located in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia.
A total of 30 rock samples were collected from multiple locations on the property, both on surface and underground. Sampling targeted mineralized veins that were encountered while exploring the property and determining the location of past diamond drill holes from drilling conducted in 2010 by the previous owners. The majority of the samples contained high-grade gold including high-grade silver, zinc, and lead with some copper.
Samples were assayed by Loring Laboratories Ltd. located in Calgary, Alberta. Analysis consisted of 30 Element ICP as well as fire assay for gold. Gold samples that reached the 10 ppm fire assay detection limit were re-assayed using the gravimetric method.
CEO and President, Darren Blaney stated: “We are very pleased to see numbers like this in our initial sampling as it confirms our belief in the potential of this project. The Dunwell is an incredibly prospective property located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. It has everything going for it from amazing logistics to past high-grade production, with all indications being that there is substantive additional ore yet to be mined. A drill program to confirm and delineate the ore zone under the old workings is now being prepared.”
Through a series of strategic acquisitions American Creek was able to purchase the past-producing Dunwell Mine as well as several adjoining very prospective properties, combining them into one large land package that encompasses the best gold and silver mineral occurrences and historic workings in the Bear River valley. The amalgamated property spans 1,665 hectares covering the northern portion of the Portland Canal Fissure Zone, an area first prospected in the late 1800’s and hosting some of the earliest producing gold and silver mines in the Stewart area.
The Dunwell project is located 8 km northeast of Stewart and is road accessible with the Dunwell Mine adit itself located only 2 km from Highway 37A and a major power line. Stewart hosts a deep sea port including ore loading and shipping facilities. Unlike the majority of mineral properties located near Stewart, the Dunwell is located in low mountainous terrain (700 m and lower elevation) with moderate relief. These features allow for year-round work which typically isn’t the case for exploration programs conducted in the Stewart region where projects are typically at higher altitude, are accessible only by helicopter, and lack critical infrastructure such as roads and power. The Dunwell project may just have the best logistics of any project in the Golden Triangle.
Although there has been an extensive amount of small-scale historic work (pre-1940) in this area given its close proximity to Stewart, very little modern exploration has been conducted on the property.
The Dunwell Mine is the most significant mineral occurrence within the Portland Canal Fissure Zone. Production at the Dunwell occurred between 1926 and 1937. From historic reports, it appears that a total of 45,657 tonnes averaging 6.63 g/t gold, 223.91 g/t silver, 1.83% lead, 4.01% zinc and 0.056% copper were produced. In one such report (#23345 summary report) the Dunwell shows initial production of 4,872 oz gold, 102,855 oz silver, 1.2M lbs lead, and 1.64M lbs zinc from 27,067 tonnes of ore milled. A further 23,231 tonnes was milled in 1941 yielding 4,878 oz gold, 233,017 oz silver, 511,082 lbs lead, and 789,854 lbs zinc.
Strong potential exists to delineate additional ore zones along strike with the present workings and at depth below the No. 4 level. A small drill program conducted by the previous owners in 2010 revealed a zone at least 300 metres long and 200 metres down dip with a true thickness of 4-7 metres, suggesting an extension of the mineralization discovered in 1979. Eight holes were drilled for 150 metres below and to the north of the old underground workings resulting in the discovery of a wide quartz breccia zone with strong sphalerite, galena, pyrite and chalcopyrite.
In addition to the Dunwell mine itself, the property package also contains numerous other high-grade gold and silver occurrences and small-scale gold/silver high-grading operations along a north/south trend that correlates to the fissure zone and major faulting. These include the Sunbeam, George E., Little Wonder, Ben Ali, Lakeview, Victoria (Main Reef), Mayflower, Goldie, Mimico and Tyee.
American Creek holds a strong portfolio of gold and silver properties in British Columbia. The portfolio includes three Golden Triangle gold/silver properties; the Treaty Creek and Electrum joint ventures with Walter Storm/Tudor as well as the 100% owned past-producing Dunwell Mine. Other properties held throughout BC include the Gold Hill, Austruck-Bonanza, Ample Goldmax, Silver Side, and Glitter King.