Vancouver, June 4th, 2020 – Gaia Metals Corp. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: GMC) (OTCQB: RGDCF) (FSE: R9G) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arm’s-length, non-binding, letter of intent (the “LOI”) with DG Resource Management Ltd (“DGRM”), whereby the Company may acquire a 100% undivided interest in the Freeman Creek Property (the “Property”). The Property consists of 76 claims covering approximately 599 hectares (1,481 acres) and is located on BLM lands, outside of US Forest Service Lands and other protective areas, within the state of Idaho, USA.
The Freeman Creek Property is located approximately 15 km northwest of Salmon, Idaho, and is accessible via paved highway and a network of gravel roads and trails. The Property hosts two major advanced targets; the Gold Dyke Prospect located to the west, which is an interpreted high-sulphidation epithermal gold system related to a porphyry intrusive, and the historical Carmen Creek Mine Prospect, located approximately 3 km to the northeast (see Figures 1 and 2 below).
Gold Dyke Prospect
Gold and silver mineralization at the Gold Dyke Prospect is hosted by Precambrian Lemhi Group sediments and has seen early development and sporadic exploration from about 1910 to 1986. The base and precious metal mineralization is associated with a gossan at surface and has been traced over 1500 feet (457 m) along strike and 600 feet (183 m) vertical.
Historical exploration, circa 1910, included the completion of several open cut trenches and adits into the known mineralization. Sampling from these trenches returned 6.86 g/t Au and 199 g/t Ag over 7.0 m, 5.49 g/t Au and 130 g/t Ag over 5.8 m, and 19.9 g/t Au, 65 g/t Ag, and 1.05% Cu over 3.7 m. In addition, a grab sample collected from one of the open cuts assayed 60.0 g/t Au and 1,440 g/t Ag.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s exploration included a limited number of drill holes along two north-south orientated fences, spaced less than 200 m apart. The mineralization remains open to the east of drill holes RDH 8 and RDH 10, both reverse circulation drill holes respectively, which are the eastern most holes completed to date at the Gold Dyke Prospect. A summary of historical drill results follows:
- Hole #1 (1970’s): 0.46 g/t Au, 7.1 g/t Ag, and 0.10% Cu over 13.7 m
- RDH 8 (1980’s): 1.5 g/t Au and 12.1 g/t Ag over 44.2 m
- RDH 10 (1980’s): 1.7 g/t Au and 17.1 g/t Ag over 21.3 m
Subsequent to the drill testing in the 1980s, Cominco and BHP explored the Property in the 1990s for large-scale copper potential; however, records of this exploration have not been located.
Carmen Creek Mine Prospect
The Freeman Creek Property also hosts the past-producing Carmen Creek Mine, located approximately 3 km to the northeast of the Gold Dyke Prospect. A small mill was installed at the site in 1910 to process gold ore from the mine, initially discovered in 1904; however, few records exist detailing the Carmen Creek Mine’s development, production, or head grade. Historical samples from surface outcrop and mine workings assayed 14.15 g/t Au, 63 g/t Ag, and 1.2% Cu, and 1.8 g/t Au, 43 g/t Ag, and 1% Cu, respectively
The style of mineralization at Carmen Creek is described as “a gold and copper bearing exhalate zone, a few tens of meters thick…”. At the mine, the “gold and copper are concentrated in lenses of massive quartz and magnetite”.
Adrian Lamoureux, President, CEO, and Director of Gaia Metals Corp. comments, “The opportunity to acquire a 100% interest in a significant gold asset such as Freeman Creek at a time when precious metals are seeing near unparalleled interest, provides the Company an opportunity to advance and expand upon known mineralization through the drill bit. The historical work at Freeman Creek appears to have only scratched the surface of this project’s potential. Coupled with a relatively simple and straight forward permitting process, we are excited to aggressively pursue this opportunity”.
The nature and style of mineralization observed at Freeman Creek is characteristic of high sulfidation epithermal gold deposits and related porphyry copper-gold systems. Some notable examples of this deposit type include Yanacocha, Peru, and Pierina, Peru. Management cautions that past results or discoveries of interpreted analogous deposits (i.e. Yanacocha and Pierina) may not necessarily be indicative to the presence of mineralization on the Freeman Creek Property.
Immediate exploration plans for the Property include ground mapping and soil sampling, and potential ground geophysics, to be followed by a drill program anticipated to take place during summer months (permitting has been initiated). The objective of the work will be to verify and expand upon historical results.
Transaction Outlined by LOI
Under the terms of the LOI, the Company may acquire a 100% interest in the Property by paying a total of $90,000, issuing an aggregate 4,000,000 common shares (the “Consideration Shares”) and 2,000,000 common share purchase warrants, exercisable at $0.10 and expiring three years from issuance (the “Consideration Warrants”) as follows:
- $10,000 upon signing of an option agreement (the “Option Agreement”);
- $40,000, 2,000,000 Consideration Shares and 1,000,000 Consideration Warrants upon receipt of TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”) approval of the Option Agreement; and
- $40,000, 2,000,000 Consideration Shares and 1,000,000 Consideration Warrants on the one-year anniversary of Exchange approval of the Option Agreement.
In the event that a gold equivalent resource of more than 1 million ounces is outlined within a NI 43-101 Resource Estimate on the Property, the Company shall pay $1,000,000, payable in shares or cash or a combination of both, at the Company’s discretion. In the case of a share issuance, the shares shall be issued at a price using the average market price of the previous 30 trading days preceding the share issuance.
DGRM shall retain a 2.5% net smelter return royalty (“NSR”) on the Property, of which the Company shall have the right to purchase half (1.25%) for $1,500,000.
Figure 1: Location of the Freeman Creek Property
Figure 2: Summary of historical work at the Gold Dyke Prospect
NI 43-101 Disclosure
Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration for the Company and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.
About Gaia Metals Corp.
Gaia Metals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of mineral projects containing base and precious metals, including platinum group elements, and lithium.
The Company’s primary assets are the wholly owned Corvette Property, and the FCI Property (held under Option from O3 Mining Inc., a recent spin-out from Osisko Mining Inc., for a 75% interest) located in the James Bay Region of Quebec. The properties are contiguous and host significant gold-silver-copper-PGE-lithium potential highlighted by the Golden Gap Prospect with grab samples of 3.1 to 108.9 g/t Au from outcrop and 10.5 g/t Au over 7 m in drill hole, the Elsass and Lorraine prospects with 8.15% Cu, 1.33 g/t Au, and 171 g/t Ag in outcrop, and the CV1 Pegmatite Prospect with 2.28% Li2O over 6 m in channel.
In addition, the Company holds the Pontax Lithium-Gold Property, QC; the Golden Silica Property, BC; and the Hidden Lake Lithium Property, NWT, where the Company maintains a 40% interest, as well as several other assets in Canada.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Adrian Lamoureux, President & CEO
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Forward Looking Statements:
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