Metallis commences drilling at Thunder North, contiguous to Nickel Mountain Discovery

by Keith Powell
Graphic of Kirkham Property.

— Photo courtesy Metallis Resources Inc.

Metallis Resources Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commenced Phase 2 drilling at its 100%-owned Kirkham Property beginning with an expanded Thunder North target contiguous to the southern and eastern boundaries of Garibaldi Resources’ E&L Nickel Mountain Project.

Metallis’ 100 sq. km Kirkham Property, aligned on a north-south trend with the 63 sq. km E&L, features a range of potential deposit types and is strategically positioned in the heart of northwest B.C.’s prolific Eskay Camp.


  • Maiden drilling at Thunder North will test altered gabbroic units that outcrop over the central part of the target, 4 km southeast of current Nickel Mountain drilling, as disclosed in the Company’s news release September 12, 2017;
  • Mineralized mafic-ultramafic rocks (olivine gabbro) have been mapped in outcrop immediately to the south of Garibaldi’s Nickel Mountain Property in an area that’s 2 km southwest of Metallis’ first drill hole;
  • The Thunder North area of interest has expanded to the west, doubling in size to 10 sq. km, and now covers the entire southern border of Nickel Mountain in addition to part of the eastern border.

Fiore Aliperti, Metallis President and CEO, stated:  “Exceptionally good weather conditions and glacial retreat have permitted our crews to examine outcrops that have never been previously observed. The remarkable speed of work at Thunder North, where these surface expressions occur, has added a powerful new dynamic to the Kirkham Property’s potential, complementing a growing gold-copper porphyry system to the south with high-grade gold possibilities along the flank of the porphyry.

“While much work remains to be done at Thunder North at this very early exploration stage, we believe the most efficient way to exponentially increase our knowledge of this exciting area is to examine drill core,” Aliperti added.   

Phase 2 drilling at Kirkham will also test the King target, a geophysical anomaly that could be produced by an intrusion-related gold-pyrrhotite vein-type system. According to the BC Geological Survey, this deposit type is typically high-grade (15 - 30 g/t gold). The Snip mine to the northwest is one of the outstanding gold deposits of this type.

About the Kirkham Property

The 10,600 hectare Kirkham Property is located about 65 km north of Stewart within the prolific Golden Triangle. The northeast corner of Kirkham is within 12 km of the Eskay Creek mine while the eastern border is within 15 to 20 km of Seabridge Gold’s KSM deposit and Pretium Resources’ Brucejack mine which is now in commercial production.

About Metallis

Metallis Resources Inc. is a Vancouver-based company focused on the exploration of gold, copper and silver at its 100% owned Kirkham Property situated in northwest British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. Metallis trades under the symbol MTS on the TSX Venture Exchange and currently has 26,011,307 shares issued and outstanding.

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