The Thor project includes a collection of 27 contiguous Crown Grant mining claims (Fee-Simple), plus over 3,172 hectares of Mineral Tenure cells, all 100% owned by Taranis Resources Inc. Five small historic precious and base metals mines have been amalgamated into Thor; Broadview, Great Northern, True Fissure, Blue Bell, and St. Elmo. These operated between 1898 and 1973, and were handicapped by the terrain, logistical problems, and archaic metallurgy. The mines constituting Thor were classified as strategic metal reserves during WWII. It was long theorized among the original explorers of the deposit that all of the mines were situated on a single structural trend.
Exploration at Thor is now broken down into three main targets:
- The first of these are the epithermal deposits that have been the historic focus for over 120 years. These are contained within a 4km long linear trend, but have only been drilled-out for half that strike length.
- The second is the intrusive target which has been named the "Elephant" that underlies the epithermal deposits, and has been the focus of recent geophysical surveying.
- Finally, the third are a series of dissemianted-sulfide type targets that were identified in the May 2022 airborne survey, and include the Western Deeps, Thunder North and Broadview South Zones
New technologies and mining methods will enable Taranis to fully develop the Thor deposit in a way once thought to be science fiction (Newton Emmens, "The Mining World" May 7, 1910). Early and extensive test work has confirmed the effectiveness of gravity processing as a viable method of pre-concentrating ore onsite without the use of chemicals, large amounts of water, and extensive infrastructure. This process will be used to collect physical and chemical characteristics of the Mineral Resource. Compared to historical applications of hydrometallurgy being used on-site, or removal of high-grade ore for off-site processing, this relatively simple and time-honored method will allow Taranis to obtain a bulk sample for grade and metallurgical testing. This data will be incorporated into a Pre-Feasibility study.
The Thor deposit occurs within the historic Silver Cup Mining District which includes a number of other mines including the Silver Cup, the Nettie L., and other mines that were processed extensively in the early 1900's. Thor remains the only Resource that has not seen mining, and the Resource remains intact in the ground making it a very attractive near-term project. There are a number of processing opportunities in the area that are currently being evaluated.
One of the crucial aspects of any ore deposit is the continuity of the mineralization. At Thor, the sulfide mineralization is tabular in geometry and is known to extend for 2+ km. A large portion of the deposit has been drilled-off on 40 m spaced sections and constitutes all of the Resource included in the NI 43-101 completed by by RPA in 2013. This resource was updated in 2021 with an IHRE.
"Gold Trails and Ghost Towns" ran on five networks from 1986 to 1996. In this episode Bill Barlee discusses the Lardeau area mines, mentioning True Fissure and Ferguson, as well as Trout Lake City.