Benchmark’s exploration programs are conducted under the direction of Dean Besserer, P.Geol, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Besserer has reviewed and approved all information posted on this page that is of a scientific or technical nature.
The James River Kimberlite Dyke, is located within the Hood River prospecting permit, was discovered during prospecting follow-up of a DIM train in 2004. The kimberlite dyke is 2m wide and outcrops at surface. The Dyke and surrounding targets will be focus to additional exploration.
From 1994 to 1999 Lytton Minerals and New Indigo Resources collected approximately 550 samples within the Hood River region, there were no anomalous values reported. In 1999 the two companies amalgamated to form Tahera and further exploration by Tahera resulted in the discovery of the Tenacity Kimberlite. Between 2000 and 2004 Ashton collected 832 heavy mineral (till) samples. In 2005 Ashton conducted a sampling program to increase sampling density on the property to identify anomalous grain counts. A total of 115 samples were collected from targeted areas within the Hood River region. Of the 115 samples, 39 were anomalous. Sampling throughout the area defined at least three anomalous kimberlite indicator mineral trains. In August of 2004 a field crew discovered a two metre wide outcropping kimberlite dyke known as the James River kimberlite dyke.
Hood Project Location
Hood – Locations of KIMS, Drill holes and Kimberlites