Titan Mining has two parallel exploration strategies at the Empire State Mine (“ESM”):
- Filling the mill (5,000 tons per day) with current mineral resources and near-mine resource additions
- Finding major new deposits – targeting large high-grade deposits using new ideas and a modern approach to exploration led by an award-winning1 team
- Don Taylor is the recipient of PDAC’s 2018 Thayer Lindsley Award for the 2014 discovery of the world-class Taylor lead-zinc-silver deposit in Arizona
The exploration program includes the compiling, digitizing and modelling of 100 years of historical data in order to generate additional exploration targets.
Near-mine targets include mineralized zone extensions and remnants (historic mineralized material and pillars). The historic mineralized material was "written down" by the former owners of the mine as it was no longer considered to be economic. During previous operations, significant tonnage was left in place as pillars for structural support. The remnants were not extracted due to low commodity prices at that time, or because suitable mining methods and technologies were not yet available.
Early success from the near-mine exploration program led to an increase in the mineral resources at ESM #4 mine. As of January 31, 2018, the measured and indicated mineral resource was 2,169,600 tons with an average grade of 13.27% zinc, containing approximately 576 million pounds of zinc, and the inferred mineral resource was 5,416,100 tons with an average grade of 12.50% zinc, containing approximately 1.35 billion pounds of zinc.
Three new mineralized zones have been identified close to the existing infrastructure at ESM. The #2D (formerly #2 Deep), NE Streeter and #1D (formerly #1 Deep) zones host significant unmined historic mineralized material and are open down-plunge. Drilling has resulted in a major high-grade down-plunge expansion of the #2D zone, resulting in a new development frontier in the #2 mine.
Plan View of ESM #4 Mine and #2D Zone
Longitudinal View of ESM #4 Mine and #2D Zone (Looking Northwest)
Exploration Targets throughout Prolific Zinc District