The Newman Todd project is the principle project of the company. Confederation Minerals Ltd. has entered into an Option Agreement with Redstar Gold Corp. (TSX.V: RGC) to acquire up to 70% of the Newman Todd project, located in the highly prospective Red Lake Mining District of Northern Ontario. Work on the project has defined a gold-bearing structure – the Newman Todd Structure (NTS) – that can be traced for at least 2.2 km along strike, with extremely significant results returned from recent drilling. The NTS spans the entire length of the property and until now has been only sparsely drilled along strike, and it has not been tested at depths below 400 m. Gold mineralization has been intersected in every hole drilled in the NTS to date, and the project has excellent potential as it remains wide open along strike and to depth.
Previous drilling on the property targeted three principal gold-bearing zones (Heath Bull, Hinge, and North Breccia); however, exploration in 2011 suggests that there are over 20 individual high-grade zones along the current strike length of the NTS. These zones are interpreted as near-vertical to steeply plunging, structurally controlled bodies. Drilling has yielded numerous very high-grade intersections, many greater than 20 g/t gold, with individual values up to 343 g/t.
The NTS is a large-scale alteration/deformation zone within the Red Lake Greenstone Belt and is one of three principal areas within the Belt recognized for widespread iron-carbonate alteration. The other two principal areas exhibiting similar geological characteristics are the Red Lake Mine and the East Bay Deformation Zone – host to Rubicon's Phoenix zone. The scale and style of alteration within the NTS is considered to be associated with large, multi-stage hydrothermal systems with sources deep in the earth's crust. High-grade gold mineralization is associated with silica, sulphide minerals, and magnetite replacement of the iron-carbonate zones. These high-grade zones can often form distinct lenses or shoots of high-grade gold mineralization with extensive down-dip continuity and are often associated with wider zones of lower-grade gold mineralization.
In May 2011, the Company initiated an aggressive drill program utilizing two diamond drills to continue on from their successful winter 2010-2011 drill program, which was terminated due to snow-melt conditions. This has been the most extensive drill program on the property to date, with 24,707 meters drilled in 56 holes throughout the year. Drilling on the NTS has continued to identify zones of high-grade gold mineralization across a strike length 1.8 km of the total projected 2.2 km strike length.
The objectives of this two-drill program were to expand known mineralization along the 2.2 km strike length of the Newman Todd Structure (" NTS") , follow up on highly significant results from the winter program and to probe the down-plunge continuity of high-grade, gold-bearing structures. One drill targeted the known high-grade gold zones within the Heath-Bull and Hinge areas along strike and to depth, while a second drill focused on probing between the known areas of gold mineralization on 50 to 200 m spacings.
Geological understanding of the Newman Todd project has increased dramatically as a result of this recent drilling program. Gold mineralization is still wide open to depth and along strike, and the recent high-grade results have been successful in demonstrating excellent continuity in both the vertical and lateral dimensions.
In addition to the drilling, a geological mapping & surface sampling program was also undertaken during 2011, the results of which have led to the discovery of high-grade gold mineralization in the NTS at surface. This indicates that the gold-bearing system extends to surface and opens the possibility of discovering a near-surface resource, in addition to the multiple, high-grade zones which have open-ended down-plunge potential.
Overall the 2011 exploration program was extremely successful, with every hole intersecting the gold-bearing NTS, and results confirming the existence of a major new Red Lake-style, high-grade gold discovery.
The 2012 drill program has now begun, with a minimum 5000 metre drill program planned to follow up on significant results returned from the 2011 drill program. The majority of the 2012 program will target the Hinge Zone with hole locations designed to both fill in gaps within the existing 3D model and to optimize the geological information that may contribute to the development of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).