Irving Resources has reported the completion of almost 786 meters of diamond core drilling at its 100%-controlled Omu Gold Project in Hokkaido, Japan.
According to the company report, hole 19OMS-001, oriented northwest with an inclination of -45 degrees, reached a depth of 515 meters. Rhyolite and lesser andesite and volcaniclastic intervals were encountered. Rhyolite commonly displays flow-banding and spherulitic textures, with oxidation persisting to 76.5 metres.
Hole 19OMS-001 tested the full width of the targeted North-South-trending magnetic low at Omu Sinter.
“The persistent nature of alteration, silicification and sulfide mineralisation in this hole confirms the presence of a significant hydrothermal system measuring at least 350 metres wide,” said Irving Resources in a statement.
“Irving believes the intense silicification and clay alteration at the top of this hole represents a high-level expression of a feeder system at depth. Hole 19OMS-002, currently in progress, is testing deeper parts of this area.
Several small, but significant silica-pyrite veins present near the end of hole 19OMS-001 might suggest proximity to a feeder in this area. Given the length and increasing cost of this hole, the decision was made to further drill test this area from a different vantage at a later date.”
According to Irving Resources, hole 19OMS-002, collared 210 northwest of hole 19OMS-001 and oriented southeast with an inclination of -60 degrees, “is currently in progress at a depth of approximately 271 metres.
“This hole is designed to test deeper areas under a zone of intense silicification and clay alteration encountered in hole 19OMS-001,” said Irving Resources.
Drilling at Omu Sinter is expected to continue over the next few weeks. Eight holes are planned as a first test. Beyond the initial eight holes, fifteen additional drill holes have been permitted within the target area. Logging and sawing of core is underway. Because there are no rock sample preparation laboratories in Japan, all drill samples must be shipped overseas for processing resulting in additional time required to generate assays. Irving will provide further updates on progress throughout the drill program.