The Company completed a comprehensive ground magnetics survey of the Altar project area, with the purpose of understanding the structural framework and identifying the location of potential faults which management believes have important controls on the distribution of the mineralization.
Before COVID-19 measures closed the camp at the end of March 2020, the Company also completed the majority of a mapping initiative that generated the first systematic surface geological map since discovery of the deposit in the early to mid 1990's. The mapping program uncovered various new geological relationships which aid in better understanding the deposit and identified several unexplored areas exhibiting favourable geology and alteration which warrant future follow-up work. In addition, a talus-fine geochemical survey consisting of approximately 1,500 samples collected to-date has been completed over the main project area at Altar. Geological mapping and talus fine sampling in the more peripheral portions of the project area will be rescheduled for completion early in the next field season. To compliment these field activities, the Company acquired regional-scale ASTER and district/deposit-scale Worldview-3 satellite imagery and hyperspectral data that will add valuable data related to the distribution of the hydrothermal alteration associated with the Cu-Au mineralization, as well as provide insights into new target areas. A detailed structural analysis of this imagery is also in progress and will augment the geological mapping study.
These 2020 field programs have been conducted alongside the on-going re-logging program of approximately 120,000 m of drill core.