Location, Infrastructure, and State of Exploration
This Project is comprised of 110 unpatented claims for a total of 890 hectares located 42 km west of Tonopah, Nevada and is accessed by a US highway and 5 miles of county-maintained dirt roads (Figure 1). A well-developed network of historic dirt roads covers most of the property.
Gilbert South lies within the Gilbert District, which has a long history of both production and recent resource drilling. Multiple small shafts and adits on the Property are developed along free gold bearing epithermal quartz veins and vein stockworks. (Figure 2 and Figure 3). The Company considers this to be one of the best epithermal prospects in the Walker Lane, which has a total gold endowment of over 53 Moz Au and 350 M oz Ag, all produced from similar epithermal occurrences.
The Property overlies a large, complex landscape of dacite and andesite flow domes and intrusions (Figure 2) that host multiple low sulfidation epithermal vein swarms (Figure 3). These volcanics are commonly altered to clay minerals of illite/smectite, typical of high-level, hot springs related, epithermal systems. High grade gold occurs at the surface in both quartz/chalcedony veins and in hydrothermal breccia: Grades locally exceed 30g/t Au (Figure 3). Historic RC drilling, which occurred before Orogen’s recent mapping and soil sampling, indicate long runs of low-grade gold mineralization, but this drilling did not test the most prospective surface geochemistry, nor the potential deeper feeder structures, which host bonanza grades in this type of system. Work by geologists specializing in epithermal systems by both the Company and by Orogen, suggest that the types of vein textures and alteration are those that typically occur near the top of these systems (Figure 4).