• White Cliff Minerals prepares a maiden drilling campaign at the Nunavut copper-gold-silver project
  • Four priority target locations present a clear starting point
  • Other exploration activities include an aerial geophysical MOBILE MT survey as well as reconnaissance works


Special Report: White Cliff Minerals is gearing up for its first field operation at the pre-discovery Nunavut project in northern Canada, where historical drilling results point to potential sedimentary-hosted copper deposits.

The Nunavut copper-gold-silver project covers 805km2 in the province of Nunavut, Canada’s largest territory.

Within the project area are numerous, historical non-JORC and ‘blue sky’ mineral estimates along a +100km long structural trend, which will form a key part of White Cliff Minerals (ASX:WCN) upcoming drilling campaign.

The explorer received regulatory approvals during the permitting process in January, paving the way for exploration to take up where state, public, and private sponsored historical work previously identified zones of outcropping occurrences of copper and silver.


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Field photographs of the Cu-TAR mineralisation (Lode No. 2) taken by the Tundra Copper Corp in 2014. This photo illustrates the 2.5m continuous chip sample which returned 2.5m at 10.3% Cu and 5g/t Ag. Pic via WCN


Priority target locations for exploration

Previously reported high-grade hits include 30.24% copper and 34 g/t silver, as well as 30.25% copper and 43 g/t silver from the Halo prospect.

Upcoming exploration field work will also be conducted at several other priority target locations including Don, within the southern extents of the mineral claims, CU-TAR, and Pickle Crow.

WCN says the Don prospect represents another cropping lode system, which has returned the highest historical copper and silver assays including 30.7% copper and 194 g/t silver.

CU-TAR, on the other hand, offers at least four copper-silver lodes within NE trending vertical structures cutting the stacked basaltic flows of the Coppermine River.

And Pickle Crow has prominent NE/SW structures with a drift covered bench ~304.8m in length.


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Map of the Cu-TAR target location with mapped lodes and results of the 2013-2014 sampling conducted by Tundra Copper Corp. This Map illustrates the projected lengths of the lodes and sparse sampling efforts by previous operators. Pic via WCN


‘District scale potential’

“The Nunavut project is a significant opportunity,” WCN managing director Troy Whittaker says.

“Previous operators proved the presence of high-grade copper veins, however there was no sufficient follow up drill testing providing us with the opportunity for considerable exploration upside.

“Despite there being inference and description of substantial strike extents across the project, only single samples were taken from limited occurrences.

“These single occurrences provide us with a substantial foundation to undertake activities looking at district scale potential.

“We look forward to over the coming months as the team deploys to the field to undertake the aerial geophysical MobileMT survey and ground reconnaissance works taking rock chip samples from outcrops channel saw sampling.”



This article was developed in collaboration with White Cliff Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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