The Ecru project is located 40 kilometres southeast of Battle Mountain in Lander County, Nevada, in the heart of the highly endowed Battle Mountain-Eureka trend, adjacent to Barrick's Pipeline, Cortez Hills and Goldrush deposits which have a collective endowment of approximately 50 million ounces of gold.
The project is situated in an area covered by a veneer of transported colluvium ("pediment") and is centered on a large gravity high that is interpreted to represent an upthrown block of the same carbonate rocks that host the nearby world class deposits.
Historic drilling by third parties on adjacent parts of the same gravity high has yielded significant gold minerilization in both the favourable carbonate rocks of the less favourable overlying sequence, with one sample in excess of 1oz/t gold. Geochemical sampling has defined an anomaly within the transported colluvium overlying this gravity anomaly.
The South Roberts project is located in Eureka County, Nevada, 35 kilometres northwest of Eureka. It is located on the Battle Mountain-Eureka trend of world class gold deposits and on the western margin of the northern Nevada rift in a very similar setting to Barrick's Goldrush deposit.
The project covers the southern extension of an uplifted block containing known gold mineralization that plunges southwards beneath transported colluvium (pediment) as evidenced by a gravity anomaly and confirmed by a six hole first pass drilling program conducted in 2014.
Within this area, several targets have been defined by northwest trending structures (considered a key ingredient in the formation of Carlin-style gold deposits) with coincident Carlin-style geochemical anomalism in the overlying pediment (ie, coincident elevated gold, silver, arsenic, antimony, mercury and thallium.
Two of these holes targeted the twin gold peaks observed in partial leach geochemical sampling of the colluvium, and intersected gold both in the cap rock and in the favourable host carbonate beneath it, in a position subsequently interpreted to be on the flanks of an anticline. However, in partial leach geochemistry, anomalies classically form either side of the source, and not directly above it in a pattern known as a rabbit ear anomaly. Theoretically, the source of the anomaly (and the best part to drill) is located directly beneath the dead spot between the two flanking highs. This position coincides with the crest of an interpreted anticline in an untested position midway between these two holes, representing an obvious drill testable target.