I'm not much for long-form editorial about junior mining stocks these days as everything's been said before, but sometimes it's worth the effort to unpack the work history of a project. The old reports on a good project read like an adventure story, with all kinds of mystery around who came on the scene when and why they did what they. The things they left undone are often the source of great opportunities for us today.
It was my pleasure to publish an interview recently with Chris Paul from Ridgeline Exploration, which was sponsored by Jiulian Resources. It's got less views on YouTube than some of my other recent stuff, but I think you'd enjoy it. Find it here, https://youtu.be/eZDB6EzCAWc.
I'm not a geologist, but I've enjoyed learning some general information about relevant deposit types and the specifics of this prospective area on either side of a stretch of highway between Kelowna and Vancouver.
No sooner do you turn onto this section of highway then the road bends to go around a bulging hilly area. Up that hillside is where Jiulian Resources is drilling now. See it on Google here.
I look forward to learning more about the regional geology here but, for now, I will simply point out that it's a "triple fault junction". Apparently the Kentucky-Alleyne, Allison and Quilchena faults come together in various ways around here, which makes for some interesting geology and lots of targets to investigate.
The target area that seems to get the least credit is a skarn at the south end of the property. For some sense of why the skarn gets limited attention from the BC geologists who've worked this project, consider this interview I did with Matt Liard a couple years ago where we discuss Skarnaphobia. Point being, skarns form from "regional or contact metamorphism" (thanks, Wikipedia) associated with high temperature environments, which means there was something cooking around the Big Kidd project area.
It's encouraging to see highlights from 1972 drill holes in that skarn with +2% copper in several places, as that would seem to suggest there's copper in whatever hydrothermal systems may have been active in the area.
In passing, I'd note that the Dago Zone appears to be off to the west from the of the heavy faults that trace through main attraction at the Big Kidd Breccia. Being away from the action may have been a good reason for prior operators to limit attention there, but that may change with new understanding of what happened at depth associated with the Big Brother.
Before I get to all that, consider the Big Sioux. This is the kind of thing that really catches my eye. It was mined around 1910 and then metal-rich rocks were exposed in 1990s when they were making the highway. The high-grade material reported from the old mine and modern drilling makes me wonder if it could be one of those tourmaline breccia pipes like Chakana Copper has been working up at Soledad in Peru? Hard to say without some more detailed description of the mineralization at Big Sioux, but here's a couple excerpts from a 1991 assessment report following the new exposure from the road-cut:
"An other sample taken from a heavily brecciated, sulfide rich zone near road bed and analyzed by Loring Lab of Calgary, also taken at the 130m mark, gave 3.82% Cu with 42.16g/T Au (1.24 oz/T).... At deeper levels, the volcanic rocks are brecciated and faulted, contain abundant pyrite and chalcopyrite with economical amount of gold and silver, especially where strong brecciation occur." http://aris.empr.gov.bc.ca/search.asp?mode=repsum&rep_no=20834