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Importantly the drilling has not breached the carapace of such an underlying intrusion(s), where higher grade mineralization could occur as seen in similar systems such as Bald Mountain in Nevada or Ft. Location: The Buffalo Canyon property lies within the Union Mining District in northwestern Nye County, Nevada approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Fallon, and 4 to 7 kilometers (2 to 4 miles) south of the town of Ione. History: The Buffalo Canyon Project adjoins the historic mining camps of Berlin and Ione in the Union Mining District where high-grade mesothermal quartz veins and quartz--adularia veins were mined for gold and silver in the 19th and 20th centuries.Ownership: The property consists of unpatented mining claims administered by the U. Past production at the Berlin Mine, approximately 40,000 ounces of gold came from mesothermal bull quartz veins mined with underground methods.Modern exploration of the area began in 1992, when Gold Fields Mining Corp., with the use of a regional stream sediment sampling survey, discovered gold mineralization along the western flank of the Shoshone Range.Follow-up rock chip sampling and mapping identified the stockwork vein mineralization, then known as the Rich Dude prospect.In 2002, Nevada Pacific Gold re-staked the property and completed additional geologic mapping and rock chip sampling. Gold, now Mc Ewen Mining, acquired Nevada Pacific's interest in the prospect by means of a merger, but conducted little additional field work and allowed their claims to lapse in September 2012.In 2005, they drilled 23 holes, confirming the style and grade of mineralization in 16 of the holes. Of the holes completed in the three historic campaigns, half intersected more than (30 meters) 100 feet of mineralization averaging more than 0.342 g/tonne (0.010 oz/ton) gold at a cutoff of 0.171 g/tonne (0.005 oz/ton).
Several of the better intercepts are mentioned in the "Geology" section of this summary. student, Patrick Quillen, at the Mac Kay School of Earth Sciences in Reno initiated work for a thesis on this deposit and is studying the structural and stratigraphic controls on mineralization, paragenetic relationships of veins and alteration, and the ages of intrusions.Deposit Description: Mineralization styles at the Buffalo Canyon property include: 1) stockwork and sheeted gold-bearing quartz-tourmaline and quartz-actinolite-albite veins proximal to reduced oxidation-state intrusions (Figure 3), 2) mesothermal gold and base metal-bearing bull quartz veins distal to reduced oxidation-state intrusions, and 3) gold-bearing jasperoid within carbonate units, whose relationship to reduced or oxidized intrusions remains unclear.Of these styles, the stockwork veins of the Everson Deposit proximal to reduced intrusions comprise the most significant targets identified to date.Detailed mapping and sampling identified widespread gold mineralization associated with a variety of quartz vein styles (up to and exceeding 30 g/tonne, jasperoids (locally exceeding 1 g/tonne), and intrusions (locally exceeding 1 g/tonne).In 2008, a joint venture agreement was reached with Eldorado Gold, who subsequently completed additional mapping and sampling, a detailed soil survey, and a detailed ground magnetic survey.
Most of the halo has not been drilled, but strongly anomalous rock chip and soil samples indicate significant potential away from known mineralization.