Independence Gold Corp. has completed two seasons of field work at
Henderson. Exploration has been focused on the southern end of the
property, in the vicinity of an active placer mining operation. Work has
included airborne geophysical surveying, geochemical soil sampling,
geological mapping and prospecting. Two diamond drill target areas have
been identified from a combination of bedrock alteration patterns, a
favourable structural setting and high concentrations of coarse placer
The Henderson Property is situated within a prolific placer mining camp.
Exploration to date has focused on discovering the bedrock source of
the abundant placer gold found along the southern stretches of North
Henderson Creek. Detailed mapping of geological structures shows a
series of inferred normal, thrust and shear faults underlying the creek
valley; these faults typically intersect at angles of 60 and 120
degrees. Fault intersections can provide excellent pathways for
gold-bearing, mineralizing fluids.
Abundant, coarse placer gold has been recovered from creek gravels that
overlie inferred fault intersections at two places on North Henderson
Creek. The Company believes that gold-bearing quartz veins may be
emplaced along some of these intersecting fault structures. Thus, these
areas are targets to be tested by future diamond drilling.
Henderson Work Summary
|Geophysics (line km)
The Henderson Property is almost entirely underlain by Devonian to
Mississippian age rocks belonging to the Simpson Range Plutonic Suite.
Granitic orthogneiss, amphibolite, granodiorite and gabbro are the most
abundant rock types within the Simpson Range Suite.
The southern portion of the property has been mapped in more detail.
Here, moderately to strongly foliated, equigranular, potassium feldspar
augen-bearing granitic orthogneiss is the most abundant rock type. The
second most abundant rock is foliated, equigranular, biotite-quartz
paragneiss. There are also smaller amounts of biotite-quartz schist and
Various structural features including faults, late igneous dykes and
sills have been identified on the southern portion of the Henderson
property. The intersections of these structures can provide excellent
pathways for mineralizing fluids.
The bedrock is intensely fractured where faults intersect along North
Henderson Creek. These fractures enhance permeability, allowing
groundwater to percolate through, and oxidize, the bedrock at the fault
intersections. These areas of oxidized and altered rock contain pyrite
and hematite, both of which are commonly associated with structurally
hosted gold mineralization throughout the White Gold Area.
The Company has a 100% interest in the Henderson Property, which was acquired by staking in 2011.