Through staking, Benton acquired a 100% interest in the Iron Duke gold project located 20km east of the past producing Mattabi/Sturgeon Lake base metal deposits and 30km south of the past producing St. Anthony gold mine in Northwestern Ontario. The project is comprised of 47 units in 3 claims and covers the Quill Lake gold zone which has undergone limited exploration efforts. Historical diamond drilling (6 holes) for gold in the early 1990s by Noranda Exploration Inc. (Ontario MNDM assessment files) tested anomalous gold- and arsenic–in-soil geochemical samples and returned from trace to 2.2gpt gold over narrow widths of 0.91 metres or less. A second company, Excalibur Resources Ltd., drilled three more holes 5-6km along strike to the east from the Noranda drilling while exploring for base metals (Ontario MNDM assessment files). Excalibur’s drilling also encountered anomalous gold values, the best being 11.8 metres grading 0.19gpt gold and 0.5m grading 1.07gpt gold. Selective sampling in historical trenches by Benton has returned gold grades up to 20.4g/t. Given the widespread anomalous gold values the Company believes this to be an iron formation horizon prospect. Benton believes there is merit to follow-up previous exploration on the Quill Lake gold zone and within the immediate region.
Trench and Grab Samples