Low South

Prospect, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities As; Au; Sb
Other commodities Bi; Cu; Pb; Te; Zn
Ore minerals gold
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TC
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-6
Latitude 63.1392
Longitude -143.9022
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The Low South prospect is about 6.6 miles west of the junction of the Tok and Dry Tok Rivers. It is about 2.3 miles south-southeast of VABM 7302 'White' near the center of section 28, T. 16 N., R. 8 E. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks in the area are part of the Tok Schist and consists mainly of quartz-muscovite schist with a thick layer of quartz-chlorite schist (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]). The Tok Schist is cut by several steep to vertical faults, one of which control the trend of the mineralization at the nearby Shalosky prospect (TC042). To the north across a north-dipping thrust fault, the rocks are a folded sequence of argillaceous sediments, felsic-sulphidic schist, chlorite schist, feldspar-quartz schist, banded sedimentary rocks, and gabbro. The age of the rocks is uncertain; Foster (1970) only indicates that they are Paleozoic or Mesozoic.
The mineralization in the area is sediment hosted and controlled by structure; it is associated with zones of silicification and quartz-vein stockwork (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 23]). (Unstated) sulfides vary from 1 to more than 20 percent of the mineralization. There is a strong geochemical association of the gold with arsenic and antimony; copper, lead, zinc, bismuth, tellurium, and silver are low.
From 1998 through 2001, Grayd Resources and Placer Dome Inc. explored the area (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]; 2012 [February 23]. They collected many rock and geochemical samples, trenched, and drilled 12 holes in the are totaling 1,174 meters but the data are not publicly available. It is likely that they discovered the Low South prospect. In 2009, Rhyolite Resources acquired the property and they show the Low South as a distinct prospect within the area they mapped and sampled.
Rhyolite Resources Inc. (2011 [September 7, 2011]; 2011 [November 8]; 2012 [February 18]; 2012 [February 23]) noted that a rock sample collected at the Low South prospect contained 19 grams of gold per tonne. The Tok Schist in the vicinity consists of highly altered, oxidized calcareous metasedimentary rocks intruded by mafic/intermediate dikes. The Low South prospect is probably similar to the Low prospect (TC044) about a half mile north.
Geologic map unit (-143.904438017269, 63.1388250125998)
Mineral deposit model Gold-quartz in veins and brecciated zones; lower grade disseminated mineralization (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c?).
Mineral deposit model number 22c?
Age of mineralization Unknown other than that it is younger than the Paleozoic or Mesozoic host rocks.
Alteration of deposit Not specifically noted but see the nearby Low prospect (TC044).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration From 1998 through 2001, Grayd Resources and Placer Dome Inc. explored the area (Rhyolite Resources Inc., 2012 [February 18]; 2012 [February 23]). They collected many rock and geochemical samples, trenched, and drilled 12 holes in the area totaling 1,174 meters but the data are not publicly available. It is likely that they discovered the Low South prospect. In 2009, Rhyolite Resources acquired the property and they show the Low South as one of several distinct prospects within the area. Through 2011, Rhyolite had not drilled the prospect but they mapped and sampled it.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.
Production notes None.

References

References

Rhyolite Resources Ltd. 2012, (Corporate Presentation): http://www.rhyoliteresources.com/in/pdf/CorporatePresentation.pdf (as of February 18, 2012).
Rhyolite Resources Ltd., 2012, Projects overview: http://www.rhyoliteresources.com/s/Projects.asp (as of February 23, 2012).
Reporters D.J. Grybeck (Contractor, USGS)
Last report date 4/1/2012