- The Tampere Schist belt hosts current and past-producing gold deposits
- Firefox has secured approximately 107 km2 in this prospective belt
- Numerous high-grade glacial erratics and gold anomalies in till or soil documented in the area, and FireFox grab samples on the property returned up to 7 g/t gold
- Firefox plans further mapping & bottom-of-till sampling to delineate these anomalies
FireFox cautions that proximity to a discovery, past-producing mine, or mineral resource, does not indicate that mineralization will occur on FireFox’s property, and if mineralization does occur, that it will occur in sufficient quantity or grade that would result in an economic extraction scenario. These facts were simply used to help prioritize the acquisition of these properties.
The Ylöjӓrvi Project is comprised of two large granted exploration reservations as well as a smaller exploration permit application, covering approximately 10,700 ha of the prospective volcano-sedimentary Tampere Schist Belt.
FireFox is earning a 100% interest in the Ylöjӓrvi properties from Magnus Minerals per the agreement described in the August 1, 2017 news release. The agreement requires a combination of common shares issuance (completed) plus $250,000 cash and $2.5M in exploration expenditures over a three-year period. Magnus Minerals retains a 1.5% NSR which may be reduced by 1% in return for the payment to Magnus of 1000 troy ounces of gold. The agreement also includes properties in the Jeesiö and Riikonkoski Projects.
Location Access & Infrastructure
The Ylöjӓrvi Project is located in southern Finland, approximately 30 kilometres on paved highway from the city of Tampere (population approximately 220,000). The Project shares its western boundary with the historic Haveri Gold Mine property. The currently operating Orivesi Gold mine, (owned by Dragon Mining), lies approximately 30km to the east.
Geology & Exploration
FireFox cautions that being near a past-producing mine, with a resource, does not indicate that mineralization will occur on FireFox’s property, and if mineralization does occur, that it will occur in sufficient quantity or grade that would result in an economic extraction scenario. These facts were used to help prioritize the acquisition of these properties.
In-house exploration targeting work emphasised the strong similarities in the chemical composition, style of alteration and structures of the volcanic sequences and soil geochemistry of the Ylöjärvi Project with those features observed near the gold mines of the region. Gold in the area is usually associated with pyrite or arsenopyrite and hosted by quartz veins in altered volcanic rocks or shear zones in granodiorite.
The prospectivity of the project is supported by the presence of high-grade glacial erratics and gold anomalies in till or soil, as reported in the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) database. Additional exploration work will have to be performed in order to ascertain whether there is continuous mineralization associated with these initial indicators.
The area of Ylöjärvi tenement has seen only minor exploration work in the past. During 2017 field season the Company conducted reconnaissance geological mapping, soil sampling and Self Potential (SP) line surveys on selected targets.