Exploring in the Paradox Copper Belt in Colorado
The Klondike Property
The Klondike Property is a copper-silver project that lies within the Paradox Copper Belt of San Miguel County, Colorado, USA.
It is comprised of 76 unpatented lode claims for a total area of 843 hectares.
The Klondike Property is located 25 km (15.6 miles) South of Naturita, Colorado and lies within the Paradox Copper Belt of San Miguel County, Colorado, USA. The operational Lisbon Valley Mine lies 50 km (approx.31 miles) to the NW. The property consists of 76 unpatented lode claims and exclusive right to a State Lease for a total property size of 843 hectares (2,083 acres).
The Klondike Property is located about 3.2 km (2 miles) off Colorado Highway 141 and accessible by an all-weather County Road and then unimproved dirt roads throughout the project. The project is expected to be accessible all year round.
Klondike is located at the southeast end of a gypsum salt anticline in a similar structural setting as Lisbon Valley. Copper mineralization occurs in bleached and altered, porous and permeable, sandstone units adjacent to small graben-bounding normal faults. Copper mineralization in outcrop includes malachite, azurite, chalcocite and black copper oxides.
Documented copper exploration in the area ceased in the 1960s with subsequent exploration targeting uranium during the 1970s. Previous work reported high-grade copper mineralization highlighted by results of 6.3% copper and 23.3 g/t silver in outcrop. In addition to its high-grade potential, disseminated copper-silver mineralization has been observed which may be amenable to modern open pit mining with Solvent Extraction Electro Winning (SXEW) processing similar to the Lisbon Valley Mine. Sedimentary-hosted copper deposits are an important contributor to world copper production, accounting for more than 20% of the world’s copper supply annually.
A recent reconnaissance program conducted by Cloudbreak/Alianza (News Release dated December 1, 2021), consisting of mapping, stream sediment sampling and rock sampling, was undertaken at the Klondike Property to help define drill targets at the West Graben Fault and East Graben Fault targets. Rock sampling and mapping successfully confirmed historic sample results and expanded the footprint of both targets and identified a new target named the Northeast Fault.