EASTING: 450,800 NORTHING: 4,198,085
GEOLOGISTS: Jerry Baughman
STATE: Nevada COUNTY: Esmeralda
AMS 1:250k: Goldfield QUAD/1:24k: Weepah
DISTRICT: Lone Mountain
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS:
The purpose of the Weepah submittal data review
is to summarize the current project status
and find interested parties for potential
lease. New discoveries in the area similar
in mineralization to nearby Mineral Ridge
(currently in production) could potentially
be toll milled.
Further work was recommended in a January
2012 technical report that was never executed
due lack of funding for Mount Royal Resources
Corp. The filing/maintenance fees were not
paid in 2014 and were subsequently acquired
by Nevada Eagle LLC Jerry Baughman.
The unexecuted recommended work should be
followed up on with a company capable of performing
a similar Phase I exploration program as described
in the technical report. Also, available land
in the area should be determined and considered.
LOCATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION:
Much of the following is taken from
“Weepah Mine in the County of Esmeralda
Nevada – Overview – 2008):
The Weepah property lies in the west central
area of the State of Nevada southwest of the
Town of Tonopah and is accessible from Highway
95 by traveling north of the Town for 41 miles
to the Silver Peak cutoff (Nevada Highway
265). Go south for 17 miles towards Silver
Peak and turn to the east at the Weepah junction.
Travel northeast for 3.4 miles to a fork in
the road. Take the left fork and travel north
for 5 miles to the canyon and another fork
in the road.
The recorded mining history of the general
area dates from the 1860's when prospectors
passed through heading north and west. In
1986-87, Sunshine Mining produced +60,000
ounces Au at an average grade of 0.09 opt
Au and about 200,000 ounces Ag. Scorpio Mining’s
Mineral Ridge operation lies approximately
12.5 miles to the SSE where production is
stated to be 40,000 ounces Au for 2014 at
cash costs of $800-850/oz from 2,840 tons/day
of 0.061 opt Au. Columbus Gold also has an
adjacent claim block with several significant
Au intersections in relatively shallow drill
GEOLOGY: The local geology
within the Weepah area appears to be represented
by the older metasedimentary contacting with
the younger Jurassic and Cretaceous aged intrusive
rock units. The sediments are metamorphosed
to hornfels, phyllite, schist, marble and
tactite around the edges of the plutons. A
recent thesis titled Structural and stratigraphic
evolution of the Weepah Hills Area, NV - Transition
from Basin-and-Range extension to Miocene
core complex formation (Burrus, 2013) describes
how detachment faulting exposes lower-plate
granitic and metasedimentary rocks while dextral
transcurrent faults and high angle normal
faults dissect younger basin strata.
Tertiary age volcano-sediments and ash fall
tuff units are abundant on the west side of
the Weepah hills. Much of the area has very
young unconsolidated cover on the flanks of
many of the hills and older stream courses.
NE trending lamprophyre dikes fill joints
and are sericitized, epidotized and argillically
altered along fractures.
The Weepah gold deposit occurs in a shear
zone cutting Precambrian siltstones and carbonates
(Wyman Formation) that crop out in a northeast-trending
belt along the southeast contact of the Weepah
pluton (Sonderman, 1971).
The two hosts of mineralized quartz veins
• Older pre-Tertiary volcanic rocks,
i.e. Silver Peak (Mineral Ridge area), Weepah
• Tertiary rhyolite host rocks that
occur at Tonopah and other younger volcanic
rocks, i.e. Goldfield and Divide. Base metal
deposits occur as well.
Skarn hosted deposits and intrusive hosted
deposits may occur in the immediate vicinity
but most likely have not been explored for.
“Shear zone” host in main Weepah
pit, detachment faulting, dextral transcurrent
faults and high angle normal faults have been
noted in the area.
Skarn, iron oxidation, and intrusives are
sericitized, epidotized and argillically altered
Au-Ag with a generally low Silver:Gold ratio.
Drill intercepts under the historic pit report:
• 50’ of vein material that contained
0.300 opt Au” 180 feet down-dip from
• 40’ of vein with 20’ of
0.240opt Au 750 feet down-dip from the pit
A southern vein extension was noted in a
• Burris 2013 thesis: Structural and
stratigraphic evolution of the Weepah Hills
Area, NV - Transition from Basin-and-Range
extension to Miocene core complex formation
boxes of historical data, maps, plans and
sections are listed in a MS Excel file as
well as additional digital data.
Barber, J.C., 1989: Silver Peak Operations
- Resource Inventory Summary Report.
Carter: History and Potential of the Property
(Coromandel Resources Ltd).
RECOMMENDATIONS (December 22, 2014):
Further work was recommended in the January
2012 (NI43-101) technical report that was
never executed due lack of funding for Mount
Royal Resources Corp. The filing/maintenance
fees were not paid in 2014 and were subsequently
acquired by Nevada Eagle LLC.
The unexecuted recommended work included
Phase I mapping, sampling and drilling for
an estimated $230,000 followed by a Phase
II program estimated at $450,000 for follow-up
of successful Phase I work and is detailed
in the technical report. The recommended work
should be considered a detailed guide for
companies with an interest in exploring the
area. Detailed current land checks should
be performed and additional ground considered
in areas of interest.