Initial prospecting at Benton’s 100% owned Armit Lake property resulted in the discovery of high-grade nickel mineralization (4.2% Ni) at the DC Creek showing. The mineralization is associated with serpentinized ultramafics and sulphide facies iron formation, a similar geological environment encountered at the Thompson nickel belt in Manitoba. A separate occurrence of gold grading 25.4 grams per tonne was also uncovered several kilometers to the northwest in chert-sulphide iron formation. Nearby boulders grading up to 1.24% Cu and 1.6gpt Au were also uncovered. A program consisting of line cutting, ground geophysics, mapping and prospecting has been completed as well as drilling of priority targets.
To date, three significant zones have been discovered in this exciting early stage project. The significant results include a mineralized zone in Hole 08 that assayed 1.57% nickel (Ni) and 0.08% cobalt (Co) over 7.8 metres (m) from 32.0m to 39.8m down hole in an altered ultramafic rock unit. Within this intersection, was a narrower but higher grading material of 3.7% Ni and 0.2% Co over 2.55m. Hole 08 was drilled under the DC Creek nickel showing where selected surface grab samples returned up to 4.17% Ni. The second significant intersection is a new gold (Au) discovery which comes from Hole 07, drilled 800m to the east of Hole 08, this zone intersected 23.03grams per tonne (gpt) Au over 1.5m at 100m down hole. The newest intersection comes from hole 12 located 1400 metres SW of hole 07 which intersected 10.58gpt gold and 0.30% copper over 0.8 metres within altered volcanics associated with quartz veining, quartz carbonate and 2-3% sulfides at 40m down hole.