Commodity: Copper, Gold, Silver, Zinc
Claim block number (units): 9981 (39)
NTS Location: 21 H/11
Contact Information: 506-566-1962
The Goose Creek Project is a historical Au, Cu, Ag, and Zn discovery located southwest along strike of the historical Au, Cu, and Zn Teahan Mine. It is part of the Fundy Shear Zone, a regional, deep-rooted, sparsely-explored Appalachian fault system that is becoming New Brunswick's newest emerging Gold District. This shear zone stretches along the coast of New Brunswick from St. Stephen, N.B. to Moncton, N.B., passing through the western section of these claims. This project includes two mineral occurrences, the Goose Creek – Gordon showing (URN 29) and the Goose Creek – Copp Prospect (URN 660). These both occur in mafic and felsic units of the Broad River Group that have been metamorphosed locally to chlorite and sericite schist. The intensely sheared host rock of the known mineralization is "considerably leached" (NB Mineral Report of Work 470551) and seritized. The numerous mineral showings in the area are east of a major thrust fault, known as the Cradle Brook Fault, and this area has the potential for hosting a deposit described as being "of the Teahan type" (Ruitenberg et al. 1979, p. 139). Like Teahan, disseminations and stringers of sulphides are mainly associated with quartz-filled fractures that appear structural and associated with quartz-carbonate veining occurring within the shear zones. The mineralization at the Gordon showing is mainly pyrite in both disseminated and vein deposits. Chalcopyrite is also present in ore grade with trace sphalerite. Assays returned a high of 2.7% Cu (Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd., October 1970, NB Mineral Report of Work 470551). However, the Goose Creek – Copp (also known as Delbert Copp Prospect; NB mineral occurrence URN 660) is listed as a Ag occurrence but should also be Au as well.
R.R. Potter reported pyrite, silver, and minor gold on Black Brook, a small branch flowing into Goose Creek. Detailed work by Campbell Chibougamau in the early 1980's uncovered minor base metals and traces of Au in the Neoproterozoic Broad River Group felsic and mafic tuffs and flows discovered here near a sill-like body of gabbroic rock associated with quartz-carbonate veining lying within another shear zone.
Previous Historical Work: In 1969, prospector Morton Gordon discovered Cu-Zn mineralization in the Upper Goose Creek area (Goose Creek-Gordon URN 29). Then in 1970, Falconbridge Nickel and New Jersey Zinc Exploration optioned the property and conducted geological mapping, geochemical (rock, soil, and stream sediment) sampling and geophysical (very low frequency (VLF)), electromagnetic (EM), and magnetic surveys. In 1974, exploration work in the area, conducted by J.D. Irving Ltd., identified multiple weak VLF anomalies (Peck 1974). Finally, in 1980, Campbell Chibougamau Mines Ltd./Campbell Resources Inc. added VLF survey lines to the west of the previous survey by J.D. Irving Ltd. and conducted an EM survey (Lockhart 1970, 1980a, b). Their work identified a 900 m long EM anomaly. No drilling or trenching was conducted following these surface exploration programs even though follow-up work was recommended over the EM conductor.
Insights from July 2021 Outing: The conductivity here appears to be related to sulphides discovered both in veins and as fine-grained disseminations (see Photo 2). This angular float was discovered along the main road in the center of the conductor. Of note was a zone of Goose Creek Leucotonalite with fine-grained disseminated sulphides that falls outside of the conductive zone. This style of mineralization is more consistent with porphyry type deposits. Given the strong presence of panned visible gold in one stream, 400 ppm gold (stream sediment) in another, copper grades as high as 3% and 5% in two locations (Photo 3), coupled with an extensive zinc stream sediment anomaly that overlaps the contact, the Goose Creek Leucotonalite (also referred to as the Goose Creek Trondhjemite) and the Forty-Five River Granodiorite are primary targets for the potential of hosting gold, silver, copper, and zinc porphyry style deposits.