West Pickle Gold Prospect

In November 2019, Ardiden completed interpretation of an airborne geophysical survey at the West Pickle Prospect, which is part of the 100%-owned Pickle Lake Gold Project in Ontario, Canada.

The West Pickle Gold Prospect includes more than 5km of prospective geological setting directly along strike to the nearby Central Patricia underground mine, which produced more than 600,000oz of gold at 12.5g/t Au.

The survey identified several priority targets for gold mineralisation.

Figure 1: Ardiden’s 100%-owned West Pickle and South Limb Prospects at the Pickle Lake Gold Project

Despite being situated directly along strike of the high-grade Central Patricia and Pickle Crow gold mining centres, the West Pickle area has received very little exploration attention to date.

The geophysical survey undertaken by Ardiden highlighted hidden structural discontinuities and multiple possible conduits for hydrothermal fluids at West Pickle including:

  • Two large and highly conductive geophysical responses detected at West Pickle in proximity to iron formations. Strong conductors are typically associated with pyrrhotite and gold mineralisation along strike at the Central Patricia Mine.
  • Multiple magnetic lows identified at West Pickle in prospective Iron Formations. Magnetic lows can indicate that gold-mineralising fluids may have altered the rock.

The West Pickle property has been explored by previous owners for nickel and copper.  The newly completed airborne magnetic and EM survey discovered complex geological structures which will form the base of future gold exploration by Ardiden on the West Pickle property.

Figure 2/3 – Geophysical Contractor setting-up at Pickle Lake Airport


Caption: Ardiden CEO, Rob Longley examining historical core on a recent site visit to the Pickle Lake Gold Project.