Untested steam heated alteration cells in untested graben with historic gold intercepts below outcropping sinters on the northern margin

Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA


Intermediate to Low –Sulfidation Epithermal


Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA


The Kalium Canyon project is a large, well-preserved epithermal system in the Walker Lane of Nevada.  The target is an undrilled, 3.5 km long northeast trending structural zone on the western margin of the Silver Peak District.  Historic underground mines exploited high grade silver from 3 parallel en echelon vein zones southeast of the project, including the Nivloc, 16-1, and Mohawk mines.  Orogen’s claims control the next structural corridor to the west in the vein swarm, which cross-cuts the Silver Peak Caldera boundary and appears to be the best preserved cell in the district. 

The Kalium Canyon alteration zone includes steam heated alteration, sinters, and shallow level quartz vein stockworks.  In the southwestern portion of Orogen’s project multiple large zones of structurally controlled kaolinite-alunite alteration occur over ~1.5 km strike length.  Mercury up to 20 ppm is associated with chalcedonic silica along structures and replacing volcaniclastic units between an upper and lower latite.  Eastward, the steam-heated alteration is covered by an unreception, probably post-mineral, volcanic package for approximately 1km before exposure resumes within an incised canyon.  Here it occurs as multiple en echelon gold bearing quartz veins with chip channel samples running up to 0.9 m @ 8.9 g/t Au.  This mineralization is low in Ag and base metals, and likely represents the uppermost expressions of the precious-metal bearing portion of the system.  North of the canyon at slightly higher elevations multiple siliceous sinters crop out, indicating most of the gold bearing system is preserved at depth.  In combination these features define a 4.5 km long structurally controlled alteration cell which parallels the historic mines in the district.  Previous drilling has been focused on the outcropping gold cell and has not tested any of the clay alteration cells to the south.  

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