RKG Exploration

Looking for BC's next gold mine - One Porphyry At a Time

Always Under Construction with new data and properties added often. See below for more details on some of the properties available.

Note: Red highlighted below indicates work completed by or under the supervision of Ken Galambos P. Eng.

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Troitsa (Porphyry Cu/Mo/Au) Troitsa Lake - Huckleberry mine area

5611ha (22 claims - 292 cells)

The Troitsa project is located roughly 18km southwest of the producing Huckleberry which has produced 404.2 million kilograms of copper, 3.5 million kilograms molybdenum, 4.9 million grams gold and 93.2 million grams silver from 94.4 million tonnes of ore milled to the end of 2011. The property is 20km southwest of Surge Copper Corp's Ootsa project including the Seel and Ox deposits (410.88 million tonnes of 0.31% CuEq and 52.6 million tonnes 0.32% CuEq respectively) and 32km south of Thompson Creek's Berg deposit (506 million tonnes grading 0.3% Cu, 0.037% Mo and 3.8ppm Ag).

Recent exploration includes airborne ZTEM and Magnetic surveys, 22.5 line-km of ground geophysics including IP and magnetic surveys, extensive prospecting and the core drilling of 3777.41m in 11 holes.

Wide intervals of copper mineralization were intersected in most of the drilling with highlights from TR12-10 of 309.99m grading 0.176% Cu, including 4.4m of 0.408% Cu, 0.021% Mo, 8.844ppm Ag and 169.87m averaging 0.224% Cu, 0.003% Mo, including 25.18m grading 0.807% Cu, 0.001% Mo, 4.575ppm Ag. See additional drilling results below.

Drilling to date has successfully tested only the historical "Main Zone" trend and only one of more than a dozen, large, coincident IP Chargeability/Resistivity anomalies identified from ground surveys. Historical and newly discovered areas showing precious metals enrichment have yet to see any systematic exploration.

2011 drill traces overlain on IP Chargeability (200m below surface )

2011 drill traces overlain on IP Resistivity (200m below surface)

2011 and 2012 drill traces overlain on IP Chargeability

2011 and 2012 drill traces overlain on airborne ZTEM anomalies

Sampling, Drilling and Airborne Geophysical Report on the Troitsa Project - 2013

(ARIS 33984)

Vanhall/VMS (VMS Cu/Au/Co) north central Vancouver Island

656.64ha (4 claims - 33 cells)

The Vanstone Creek drainage has been explored by a number of companies since 1969. Initial prospecting discovered crudely banded massive sulphide boulders in a small tributary that assayed up to 11.44% Cu, 43.6g/t Au, 85.8g/t Ag and 0.14% Zn. Subsequent programs located similar boulders from 10-60cm thick and assaying up to 3.8% Cu, 2.5g/t Au, 61.7g/t Ag, 1387ppm Co and 136ppb Pd in surrounding creeks. Numerous minfile showings in the area report pyrite, pyrrhotite, magnetite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite as disseminated, in lenses, veins, narrow veins, fine cross-cutting fractures, and in zones of strongly fractured and altered volcanic rocks with strike lengths over 350m. Values from bedrock sampling range up to 47% Fe, 0.9% Cu, 0.2% Zn, 0.02% Pb, 3.4g/t Au and 3.4g/t Ag. A number of soil geochemical surveys have identified numerous large multi-element anomalies in the drainage.

In 1989, a Geological Survey of Canada RGS survey identified two sample sites highly anomalous in base and precious metals on Vanstone creek. An unnamed tributary to the north returned values of 51ppb Au, 240ppm Cu, 8ppm Mo 0.7ppm Ag and 48ppm Co. The southern RGS anomaly, located immediately downstream of Harriet Creek returned 365ppb Au, 208ppm Cu, 8ppm Mo, 0.5ppm Ag and 55ppm Co. Additional silt sampling by Cominco Ltd. identified anomalous silt upstream of Harriet creek on the main Vanstone drainage (81ppb Au, 217ppm Cu, 14ppm Mo) and on Silver Creek (76ppb Au, 198ppm Cu, 5ppm Mo).

Two airborne surveys have been flown over the property. In 1980, a magnetic lineament with a strike length in excess of 1km in part underlying a geochemical anomaly was identified east of Vanstone Creek.

A second multi-parameter airborne survey was flown in 2011. The survey identified a 300m wide and 3km long 1st Vertical Derivative Magnetic anomaly between Harriet creek and the unnamed tributary to the north, on the east side of Vanstone Creek, which has seen very little exploration to date.

Prospecting in 2018 located two small cobbles of massive sulphide float in Silver Creek confirming historic discoveries of similar material. These samples returned values up to 7238ppm Cu, 0.507ppm Au, 141ppm Ag, 265ppm Pb and 831ppm Zn.

On the east side of Vanstone Creek, very angular float boulders in glacial till were discovered approximately 600m down-ice from an airborne magnetic high anomaly thought to be the source for the anomalous RGS samples collected on Vanstone and Harriet Creeks. The boulders assayed up to 3.165% Cu, 1.58ppm Au, 93ppm Ag, 0.15% Zn and 0.029% Co.

Sampling of bedrock near the centre of the magnetic anomaly returned 1.395ppm Au from andesite with pyrite veining.

Natlan/Ace (Porphyry Cu/Mo/Au) north New Hazelton area

3970.67ha (6 claims - 217 cells)

The property covers a highly mineralized, porphyry system. The claims cover two showings of note. Historic chip sampling at the Natlan showing returned values to 700ppm Cu and 1650ppm Mo over unspecified widths. At the Ace showing, historic B/C-horizon geochemical surveys returned >500ppm Cu over an area >1800m long and up to 800m wide. Noranda Exploration staked the Ace area repeatedly between 1971 and 1987, but no records of any work completed have been located in the public domain. In 1997, Teck Resources confirmed a part of the soil anomaly and identified a significant Cu/Ag porphyry system in sericite altered granodiorite. Chip sampling returned 910ppb Au, 36ppm Ag and 1169ppm Cu over 5m at the ridge top and 578ppm Ag, 1219ppm Cu and 4138ppm Pb over 10m, 400m NE and at elevation. In 2008, Paget Resources returned results of up to 0.6% Cu, 0.245% Mo, 3.27gm/t Au and 200gm/t Ag from select samples of mineralized intrusive and sedimentary rocks at the Ace.

Aster satellite imagery shows extensive areas of ferrous oxide alteration over the higher elevation on the claim group. Intense silica alteration is noted over a strike length of approximately 4500m, 1km north of the Ace showing.

C-horizon sampling over the Ace showing in 2012 returned 528ppm Cu over a width of 950m along the ridgeline. Sampling ~125m downhill to the west averaged 592ppm Cu, 200ppm As, 70.6ppm Mo, 395ppm Pb, 160ppm Sb and 651ppm Zn over its entire 700m length. Silver values in soil on this lower line averaged 15.45ppm over 250m, with peak values of 28.6ppm.

Approximately 2000m on strike and downhill to the southwest on the till covered slopes, humus-Ah sampling identified an area 1150m wide that is highly anomalous in base and precious metals. A 900m section of this anomaly averages 80ppb Au with values up to 397ppb. Response Ratios for this anomaly average 287 x background and up to 3970 x background for gold. Additional sampling in 2013 extended the multi-element anomaly present at the northern end of the line by an additional 300m with Response Ratios for gold between 6 and 13 x background. This anomaly remains open to the north.

2013 bedrock sampling in the lower Ace area returned values of 12.5% Pb, 6.6% Zn and 168ppm Ag from massive float samples and up to 1.037ppm Au, 275.6ppm Ag, 2.36% Pb and 3.96 Zn/1m from veining (similar in style to the Silver Standard mine) below the highly anomalous silver-in-soils anomaly. Six of ten bedrock intrusive samples collected in this area returned values over 100ppm and up to 502ppm Mo while all ten samples returned anomalous values between 120ppm and 1481ppm Cu.

Extensive sampling in 2013 identified numerous other areas on the property to have anomalous Ah horizon soils with gold values to 31 x background over widths between 100-400m.

Infill Ah sampling in 2016 identified three zones over a 1400m area, west of the large Ah gold anomaly discovered in 2012. The northern anomaly is 300m wide with Response Ratios for gold up to 335 x background. The zone is also anomalous in silver, arsenic, bismuth, iron, antimony tungsten. A float sample of massive sulphide collected in the middle of this zone assayed 17,952.5g/t Ag, 2.52g/t Au, 1.63% Cu, 15.8% Zn and >20% Pb. A second zone to the south on this line measures 400m wide with gold RRs up to 540 x background with minor bismuth and antimony.

2012 Sampling Program

Ah Response Ratios for gold over a 900m wide zone 

Intense Silica Alteration with a strike length of ~4500m, paralleling the 950m wide Ace soil anomaly (averaging 528ppm Cu, 70.6ppm Mo, 200ppm As, 395ppm Pb, 160ppm Sb, 651ppm Zn )


Nat (Porphyry Cu/Au) Babine - Takla Lake area

536.83ha (2 claims - 29 cells)

The Nat claims cover a km-scale porphyry target located roughly 11km NNE of the former Granisle mine. The area is mostly till covered and targets were initially identified through basal till sampling by Vic Levson as published in Bulletin 110. Well developed till dispersal plumes were identified with highly anomalous values in Zn, Pb, Cd, Hg, Fe; and moderately anomalous in As, Sb, Ag Mo. Previous exploration by Noranda located mineralized BFP float in an area measuring 1500m x 11km with values up to 6.1% Cu and 0.43ppm Au. A high-resolution airborne mag survey flown by Astorius Resources identified a mag high linear coring the NNE trending mag low anomaly identified in government surveys.

Humus-Ah transects were completed across three targets in 2012. Response Ratios were calculated as per Heberlein's methodologies in GSB 2010-03 publication, "An Assessment of Soil Geochemical Methods for Detecting Copper-Gold Porphyry Mineralization through Quaternary Glaciofluvial Sediments at the Kwanika Central Zone, Noth-Central British Columbia".

The Nat North transect returned 500m of anomalous humus with Response Ratios to background of up to 5.6 for gold, 3.5 for silver, 3.4 for copper and 6.7 for molybdenum, while indicator elements returned values of 4.7 for iron, 16.8 for arsenic, 4 for antimony, 12 for bismuth and 23 x background for lanthanum, a REE often associated with porphyry deposits.

Prospecting down-ice of the Nat North target located a number of cobble to small boulder sized mineralized float samples that assayed as high as 3390ppm Cu and 0.244ppm Au.

Follow up sampling in 2016 extended the Nat North humus line 500m to the east and identified a gold anomaly with RRs up to 164 x background with minor associated arsenic and antimony over a 200m width near the east end of the line. A second humus line 300 m to the south returned gold RRs of up to 20 x background over a width of 200m and up to 37 x background and open to the east at the end of the line. This southern line also returned highly anomalous humus over the suspected location of the Copper 1-4 Minfile showing. Lead returned RRs of 58 x background, zinc 21 x background, cadmium 16 x background and silver 5 x background over a single sample site.

Nat North Stacked Response Ratios Precious Metals

Nat North southern line, Stacked Response Ratios Base Metals

Sample 42464 - 2767ppm Cu, 0.106ppm Au

Sample 42465 - 3390ppm Cu, 0.224ppm Au

Cu 1-4 Minfile showing mineralization >20% Pb, 21.4% Zn, 939ppm Ag and 1305ppm Cu/15cm


Sylvia (Porphyry Cu/Mo/Au) Nadina Lake - Huckleberry Mine area

1756ha (5 claims - 95 cells)

The Sylvia property covers percussion hole (S-8) that averaged 0.33% Cu and 0.02% Mo over its entire 63m length, with values as high as 0.635% Cu, 0.132 Mo 15ppm Ag/3.05m. Diamond drilling of the showing returned lower grades but still highly anomalous values of 0.19% Cu, 0.004% Mo and 1.8ppm Ag/65m. Gold was not analyzed for in the initial drilling.

Quest West surveys over the area identified significant magnetic and gravity anomalies. These anomalies have a striking resemblance to those present at both the Poplar and Berg (506Mt - 0.30% Cu, 0.037% Mo) deposits.

The gravity low anomalies probably reflect the specific gravity differences between lighter intrusive bodies and areas of thicker volcanic and sedimentary rocks.

The three properties sit on the flanks of large magnetic low anomalies. The areas of higher magnetism possibly reflect pyrrhotite hornfels on the margins and possibly overlying the intrusive outlined above.

In 2011, MMI and Humus-Ah sampling were completed over the extensions to mineralization found in the percussion hole S-8. Two transects were completed to the east of the drill intercept. MMI samples were collected in the area disturbed by logging 100m east of S-8 and returned Response Ratios to of 144 for Mo, 45 for Cu, 36 for W and 6 for Au over a minimum 100m and possibly 400m width. This anomaly remains open to the north. A further 400m to the east MMI and Ah samples were collected in the undisturbed coniferous forest. MMI results returned Response Ratios to of 5.6 for Mo, 3.8 for Cu, 12 for W and 5 for Au over 100 and possibly 300m. A second narrow 50m wide anomaly was located 300m to the south on the eastern line and returned MMI Response Ratios of 3.2 for Mo, 5.7 for Cu, 7 for As and 3 for Au. Humus-Ah results confirmed the anomalous areas.

MMI Response Ratios


MMI Response Ratios


Meteor (Porphyry Cu/Mo/Au - Epithermal Au) Ootsa Lake

478.37ha (1 claim - 25 cells)

The Meteor target was identified by government airborne geophysical surveys and followed up in part by ground IP completed in 2007. Government 1st derivative magnetic surveys identified an intense magnetic low surrounded by a magnetic high halo. This is the same signature as many of the Tombstone Suite intrusives located in Alaska and Yukon. This intrusive suite is associated with significant gold deposits such as Fort Knox in Alaska (5+ million oz Au) and Dublin Gulch (2.7 million oz Au) and many more in Yukon.

3D IP surveys identified coincident chargeability and resistivity anomalies associated with the magnetic feature. The chargeability anomaly measures 1.5km in diameter from 50m through 300m i depth with readings of 5-6ms. A larger resistivity anomal with readings from 245 to > 2100 ohm-m persists from 50m - 400m depth.

Prospecting in 2010, identified epithermal style mineralization in silicified, clay altered felsic volcanics down ice from the main magnetic anomaly which is covered by glacial till. These float samples measuring from cobble to boulder (0.5m) returned results anomalous in many of the epithermal indicators such as Hg, Sb, as well as Cu to 521ppm, Mo to 124.1ppm, As to 279.7ppm, Ag to 7.657gm/t and Au to 60ppb. Limited MMI soils collected over the property returned anomalous results both over the IP and larger magnetic targets.

MMI Response Ratios of Precious Metals

MMI Response Ratios for Base and Precious metals

MMI Response Ratios for Porphyry and epithermal elements

Results from sample 42423 returned 124.1ppm Mo, as well as being anomalous in As, Ag, Sb Hg.

Results from sample 42425 returned 60ppb Au, 7.657 gm/t Ag and anomalous in Hg and Te from strongly clay altered rhyolite breccia.

Babs (Porphyry Cu/Au) Babine Lake

1321.77ha (6 claims - 72 cells)

Babs Presentation contains detailed history and targeting information.

The Babs Minfile showing (093L 325) was discovered by Ralph Keefe in 1991. Prospecting to date has located 150+ angular BFP boulders up to 1.5m in diameter, containing chalcopyrite and magnetite mineralization grading up to 10,491ppm Cu and 1.3 gm/t Au. Ice movement was from the NW to the SE. The boulders have been located over an area 150m x 300m. Drilling by Noranda, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and by Kenrich-Eskay all targeted chargeability anomalies and down ice from the boulder field and returned subeconomic results of 0.2- 0.3% Cu over widths to 85m in rhyolite tuffs. It is believed that these holes were drilled into the pyrite halo, in cover rocks, surrounding a mineralized porphyry system identified by MMI soil geochemistry in 2008.

These MMI surveys identified numerous targets without any follow up from the company. A significant Cu/Au MMI anomaly immediately up ice from the mineralized boulder train was identified, with maximum response ratios for Cu >100 x background and Au >80 x background. Other anomalous elements included Ag and Ce, both which reported response ratios >25 x background. Cerium is usually indicative of the presence of an acid intrusion at depth. This anomaly is 300-500m wide and 800m long. The area is however associated with a magnetic low anomaly and is probably not the source for the mineralized boulders.

A second area identified with widely spaced MMI lines lies immediately north of the original Babs property. A number of anomalies were discovered with response ratios >10-25 x background for Cu, Au, Ag, Zn Ce. This target is possibly the source for the boulder train as it is associated with linear magnetic high anomaly and the majority of the angular BFP boulders contained between 1 and 5% magnetite. (Property description by MacIntyre, 1995).  

2012 Ah-humus sampling program targeted the NE trending magnetic target and the possible source of Dynasty's Central Anomaly (1100m x 300m with Cu values up to 914ppm from B-horizon soils). The transects returned a multi-element anomaly over a 400m x 2250m area with Response Ratios to of up to 14 for Au, 9 for Ag, 5.8 for Cu, 5.9 for Mo, 17.7 for Fe, 11.4 for As and up to 420 x background for La, often associated with porphyry deposits. Recent logging has provided excellent access to all areas of the property.

2017 Ah-humus sampling returned anomalous Ah-humus values over 200-900m widths over a 3km strike length. New boulders found immediately down-ice of the suspected trace of the BFP dyke, returned values to 0.5% Cu and 1.07g/t Au. A reinterpretation of the 2008 MMI survey has identified three annular Cu-Au-Mo anomalies with widths of up to 1600m.

The Central, 800m x 900m Mo MMI anomaly is a potential source of Babs boulder field samples.

200m - 400m wide annular Cu MMI anomaly surrounds the Mo rich core on the Central anomaly.

200m - 300m wide annular Au MMI anomaly surrounds the Mo rich core on the Central anomaly.

Dani (VMS) Ecstall pendant - west coast

249.47ha (1 claim - 13 cells)

The Dani showing is located on Hawkesbury Island, 60km SW of Kitimat in the Douglas Channel. The property is at the south end of the Ecstall Belt which hosts several known mineral deposits including the Ecstall, Packsack and the Scotia deposits. At the Dani, the host quartz-sericite unit is 200-250m wide and at least 5km long. The showing consists of semi-massive to massive bands with zones of 5-20% pyrite-chalcopyrite mineralization in the surrounding rocks. Samples of the blasted bedrock (float) assayed up to 10.17% Zn, 5.68% Pb, 202.9gm/t Ag and 1.26gm/t Au. The showing is located at the terminus of road that ends at a deep water log landing.

Alteration minerals led BCGS geologists to conclude that the mineralization was a skarn Equity a very brief property evaluation in 2002 and recommended further work as they felt that it could very easily be VMS related (ARIS 27128). The alteration minerals in question at the Dani, magnetite, diopside, fuchsite, kyanite garnet are also present at many of the Snow Lake VMS deposits in Manitoba.

Paul Wojack examining the Dani showing.

A chip sample collected from the pit wall in 2011 assayed 0.4027% Cu and 0.12g/t Au/3m. The zone remains open in all directions.

Semi-massive sulphide

Massive sulphide mineralization from the Dani.

Rainbow (stratabound volcanic redbed Cu-Ag) Takla lake

91.31ha (2 claims - 5 cells)

The Rainbow was discovered in 1930 by prospectors from Hazelton and consists of bornite and chalcopyrite in vesicular and amygdaloidal volcanics with some mineralization on prominent fractures which cross-cut bedding. Chalcopyrite was reported in the footwall pyroclastic rocks well below the showing. Government inspectors visited and sampled the showing the same year and reported significant mineralization across the full width of the showing over a vertical distance of more than 90m. Three samples were collected from the top, middle and lower part of the showing and are reported as follows:

2.1% Cu, 27.4gm/t Ag over 10.7m

2.1% Cu, 34.3gm/t Ag over 9.5m

2.4% Cu, 20.6gm/t Ag over 9.5m

Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. held the property in 1971 and completed two drill holes 24.4m. Mines Limited ( Falconbridge) completed 34.4m3 of trenching. No other work has been recorded.

Access in the form of logging roads within 7.5km of the main showing. 

Historical chip sampling by Government Geologists circa 1930.

Exploration potential of known mineralization would yield 3 million tonnes of 2% Cu and ~ 30gm/t Ag. If one doubles the depth to 200m, this becomes 6M tonnes at 2% Cu and grade to be increasing with depth.

Bear Hill (Epithermal Ag/Cu/Au) Takla Lake

73.55ha (2 claims - 4 cells)

The Bear Hill property covers a number of silver/copper showings discovered in 1980 by BP Minerals Ltd. The company did detailed mapping and sampling the following season and optioned the ground to Placer Development Limited in late 1981. Placer conducted additional geochemical and geophysical surveys in 1982 and drilled 2 holes targeting a moderate IP anomaly without intersecting any significant mineralization. The locations and orientation of these holes did not test extensions to the Main Showing.

Bear Hill mineralization is situated in down-faulted blocks of Eocene Ootsa Lake Group volcanics. silicification and weak clay alteration are common.

Significant assays from the property include:

  • The Main Showing mineralization occurs as malachite stained dacite over a wide area. Detailed chip sampling returned 117gm/t Ag, 0.73% Cu and 5.4% Ba across 5m within a larger 15m zone that averages 77gm/t Ag and 0.52% Cu. This zone is exposed over a vertical height of ~ 60m. 2010 sampling returned 182gm/t Ag and 1.063% Cu over 2m from the lower Main Zone area. Grab samples from the upper Main Zone area returned up to 35.1 gm/t Ag and 4476ppm Cu.Sampling in 2016 collected one sample at the top of the Main Showing that returned 45.8g/t Ag and 5550ppm Cu.
  • At the West Showing, a 30m wide malachite stained rubble crop returned historical results of 32gm/t Ag and 0.28% Cu over 10m. 2016 sampling returned values of 334g/t Ag and 2.55% Cu.
  • Approximately 200m south of the West Showing, grab samples collected in 2010 returned values up to 389gm/t Ag and 1.3% Cu from malachite stained maroon-grey volcanics.

The Main Showing is reported to trend NW which is supported by the extensive surveys conducted by Placer Dome. The West Showing, the most prominent silver anomaly from these surveys, is also associated with a prominent NNE photo linear which may be the surface reflection of a fault structure. The silver geochemical anomaly has a strike length over 3500m and is at least 400m wide at the Main Showing. Humus collected during the 2016 program outlined anomalous silver and copper concentrations suggesting the Main Showing trend extends to the NW for a distance of at least 400m and encompasses mineralization present at the West Showing. The anomaly is at least 175m wide in the vicinity of the Main Showing and in excess of 100m wide at the West Showing. The geochemical survey also identified four parallel Au anomalies, flanking the Main Zone trend. These anomalies attained widths of 300m with Response Ratios of up to 200 x background with a maximum RR of 1790 x background (179ppb) located 300m SW of the Main zone. 

Main Zone mineralization is located near sample 103759. Note the lack of anomalous Au in the Main Zone trend in the stacked Response Ratios from the Ah-humus survey and the strongly anomalous Au RRs flanking this trend.

West Zone mineralization is located near sample 103774. Note the much stronger Ag, Cu and Pb signatures in Ah-humus and the continued lack of Au values in the Main Zone trend. Note also the two Au anomalies located SW (left) and the 100m wide Au anomaly NE (right) of the West Zone.

Visually weak mineralization from the lower Main Showing that assayed 1.063% Cu and 182 gm/t Ag /2m.

Banded barite/quartz veining from 200m south of the West Showing.

Ralph Keefe with historic claim posts circa 1981.

1982 Ag Soil Geochemistry from Placer Development - contoured with a NW bias to match trend of Main showing. Anomaly is 3500m long and 400m wide near the Main Showing.

Google Image showing Main Zone trend.

More to come.....