The Gold Mountain claims adjoin on the southeast side of Seabridge’s Red Mountain property, about 20km south-southeast of Stewart, BC. In previous years, prospecting by Teuton’s crews disclosed two areas of interest: in the first, a zone of pervasive quartz calcite veinlets, measuring 200 by 300m, was found to carry gold values from a few ppb up to 0.632oz/ton; in the second, chalcopyrite and bornite mineralization are found associated with hornblende diorite dykes.
Teuton owns the property jointly with Silver Grail Resources. Interest in the area has been spurred by IDM Mining’s efforts to place the Red Mountain property into production by 2020.
The Red Mountain gold property owned by IDM Mining is the most important prospect in the immediate area. It is has now obtained final approval from federal and provincial authorities, with a production decision anticipated in the near future.
Discovered in 1989, the Red Mountain property was explored extensively until 1996 by Lac Minerals Ltd. and Royal Oak Mines Inc., with 466 diamond drill holes and over 2,000 metres of underground development completed, along with extensive engineering and environmental baseline work. Additional studies were completed over the past 12 years by Seabridge, North American Metals Corp. and Banks Island Gold Ltd.
Red Mountain is a 14-square-kilometre hydrothermal system within the Stikine terrain. Gold mineralization is associated with and partially hosted within an early to mid-Jurassic multiphase intrusive complex, with associated volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks and sediments. Many gold mineralized zones occur on the property, including four mineralized zones with established resource estimates. Three of the four mineralized zones have been folded and are separated by dip-slip fault zones: the Marc, AV and JW zones. These mineralized zones are moderate to steeply dipping, roughly tabular and vary in widths from one to 40 metres, averaging about 15 metres in thickness. Gold and silver tellurides, and free milling mineralization are associated with stockworks, dissemination and patches of coarse-grained pyrite. Alteration facies includes strong quartz-sericite alteration.
Throughout the property, multiple high-grade areas have been identified through surface sampling and local drilling by previous explorers. Of particular significance, since the vast majority of exploration work was completed on the property during 1996, and prior glacial retreat surrounding known mineralized areas has been very extensive, with up to a kilometre at the south end of the property.
IDM Mining purchased the Red Mountain property from Seabridge Gold in 2014 and has steadily advanced the project. In 2019, IDM was taken over by Ascot Resources, owner of the Premier Mine and associated Big Missouri and Dilworth properties.