The Del Norte property is one of Teuton’s original claim holdings in the Golden Triangle dating back to 1983. It is located five kilometers south of the paved road linking the town of Stewart to BC’s broader highway network. Three gold-bearing streams cut through the property–Nelson, Del Norte and Willoughby—one of them the subject of a placer operation by Cominco in the 1930’s. A definitive source for the placer gold in these streams is yet to be determined.
Over the past thirty years over $4.5 million has been spent at Del Norte, mostly by three companies who previously held the property under option. During that time many holes were drilled, testing many different mineralized zones. Most of these zones lie along a 12km long, north-south trending contact between sediments on the east and volcanics on the west.
In 2018, Teuton flew a ZTEM airborne survey over the claims which resulted in the delineation of 5 gold targets (potential for mesothermal gold mineralization) and 1 porphyry target. One of the gold targets coincides with the LG vein which was drilled between 2003 and 2006 and the K zone which was drilled in 2002. The ZTEM survey indicates the favourable horizon for finding gold mineralization extends the length of the property and is much more extensive than indicated by either the LG vein or K zone occurrences. It also suggests that the hydrothermal activity to which both of these structures is related goes deep, to at least 1,000m. In addition, it shows that the center of the low resistivity anomaly which marks the “A2” target coincides with an intense EM anomaly discovered during a 2005 Aerotem survey. This target has not yet been drilled.
The ZTEM survey also discovered a large porphyry target, the “P1” lying close the western boundary and overlapping Teuton’s 100%-owned Horatio property. This porphyry target lies to the northwest of the Crackle zone (discovered in the 1990’s) and a drillsite in 2016 which returned porphyry copper-gold mineralization. The Crackle zone has not been drilled but is at the center of prominent copper soil anomaly. The deepest 2016 drill hole returned an intersection running 74.2m of 0.15% Cu and 0.27 g/t Au within a zone featuring K-spar alteration, interpreted to be in the periphery of a porphyry system.
Plans for 2019 work
Teuton plans to follow-up the most compelling of the ZTEM targets with ground-based geophysical surveys to be followed by diamond drilling. All prospective areas will be prospected and sampled. Extensive ablation of ice and snowfields since the last time the property was explored with >$1 million programs (2005-7) will hopefully lead to discoveries on virgin ground.