Pistol Bay expanded the upcoming VTEM airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey to cover almost twice the area of the original survey plan. Geotech Limited is contracted to survey the 40 km length of the Confederation Lake greenstone belt, southeast of Red Lake, Ontario.
With a larger loop, more power and better signal-to-noise resolution than earlier airborne electromagnetic systems, the current version of VTEM™, known as VTEM™ Plus, is able to resolve conductors at significantly greater depths than any previous airborne system. By flying a survey over large areas of favourable geology, Pistol Bay will be exploring a depth slice that has only been investigated in the past by large-loop ground EM systems over very limited areas. Target definition will be materially assisted by two recently acquired data sets. A whole-rock geochemical database with almost 7,000 analyses was inherited from Noranda Exploration by AurCrest Gold Inc. and delivered to Pistol Bay as part of the AurCrest Gold property acquisition (see Pistol Bay news release January 18, 2017). As well, a data set of Selco drill results, many of which were never in the public domain was supplied by the vendor of the Joy North property (see Pistol Bay news release February 22, 2017).