Ximen Mining acquires Running Wolf gold property

By Dominic Ellis
Ximen Mining Corp. has acquired the Running Wolf gold property located 20kms west of Cranbrook in the Fort Steele Mining Division in British Columbia...

Ximen Mining Corp. has acquired the Running Wolf gold property located 20kms west of Cranbrook in the Fort Steele Mining Division in southern British Columbia. 

The Running Wolf and Quartz Mountain properties lie within the Cranbrook Gold Belt (also known as the Kimberley Gold Trend), a zone that extends southwestward from the Northern Hughes Range, crossing the Rocky Mountain trench, into the western part of the Purcell Mountains. 

Alluvial gold placer mining is estimated to have recovered 10 million oz of gold from streams in the East Kootenay area centred on Quartz Mountain since discovery of gold in 1864, and mining has continued since. Exploration for lode gold sources to the alluvial placers has been ongoing for a century.

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The Running Wolf claims cover three known mineral occurrences, including Rome & Valley, Running Wolf and Gold. Historic records indicate that at Rome & Valley, two or more large quartz veins occur in a fault zone and contain pyrite and galena. 

One vein has been traced 470 metres and varies in width from 0.6 to 7.6 metres. Samples of mineralized vein material are reported to have assayed from 1.08 to 19.55 grams per tonne gold. At the Running Wolf prospect, historic workings consist of five adits. 

The main adit exposes three veins, each about 10 metres wide. Surface grab samples of the vein are reported to assay up to 35.0 grams per tonne gold. DDH 1985-8 intersected the No.1 vein in a sheared quartzite and assayed 2.0 grams per tonne gold over 2.0 metres. At the Gold prospect, an alteration zone in quartz phyllite is reported to have assayed 0.24 grams per tonne gold over 3.5 m.

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