Irving Resources has commenced its 2017 field program exploring for high-grade epithermal precious metal vein mineralisation on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. Initial work is focusing on the Omui mining concession and prospecting license applications.
Irving identified high-grade gold and silver vein mineralisation at Omui through a first phase sampling program conducted shortly after acquiring the property.
To better understand the mineralised system, Irving plans a comprehensive exploration program including:
· A detailed soil grid across the mining concession and surrounding areas looking for gold, silver and pathfinder element anomalism;
· A close-spaced gravity and ground magnetics program to help identify potential mineralised faults; and
· Various ground electrical surveys to better evaluate alteration and structure. Mitsui Mineral Development Engineering Co Ltd (MINDECO) is conducting this work, which is expected to take approximately three months. Data from these surveys will drive future drill targeting.
Specialised stream sediment sampling using a technique called bulk leach extractable gold (BLEG) is being conducted over the greater prospecting licence area. BLEG sampling produces highly sensitive results that can help identify new mineralized areas.
Accompanying reconnaissance BLEG sampling, a team of Irving geologists is undertaking reconnaissance mapping and prospecting. This team has already identified several new areas of hot spring silica deposits, called sinter, and collected rock chip samples to determine if they are gold bearing.
Irving plans similar prospecting activities at its Utanobori, Rubeshibe, Eniwa and Sado projects later this year.
Irving is a junior exploration company searching for opportunities in certain countries, including Japan.
In addition to its Japanese projects, Irving holds, through a subsidiary, three Project Venture Agreements with JOGMEC for joint regional exploration programs in the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Madagascar.