Bates Hunter Mine Assay Results
Assays Received on December 29, 2020.
500 Level Grab Samples, Laboratory Flotation Testing Samples
500 Level Samples
In early December, after dewatering and preliminary exploration for safety were completed, rehabilitation efforts commenced on the 500 level of the Bates Hunter. Multiple grab samples were collected from a stope in between the Bates Hunter and Becker-Bates shafts. These samples displayed visible “peacocking,” a rainbow-like sheen that miners in the area historically associated with high-grade ore. After collection, the samples were sliced into halves for analysis of the vein structure and mineralogy. Pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, and “grey copper” sulfosalt minerals were visually observed (Figures 1 & 2). The sulfosalt minerals are of particular interest due to their theorized association with gold in recently published research into the mineralogy of the Central City Mining District from the Colorado School of Mines (Alford, L. 2018, 2020).
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