Benton's Prospecting and Trenching Program Returns High-Grade Copper and Gold Results at the South Pond Zone within the Great Burnt Project

2023-11-17 / @newsfile


Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 17, 2023) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ("Benton" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its first pass trenching and prospecting program has returned multiple high-grade copper and gold zones at surface up to 14km north from the Great Burnt Main Zone, all part of the Company's recently acquired Great Burnt Copper-Gold Project in Newfoundland (the "Project").

Multiple surface grab samples located on or near airborne electromagnetic (AEM) conductors have outlined three significant mineralized areas near the north end of the Project, approximately 14km north of the main Great Burnt Main Zone. The surface zones were uncovered by new trenching in the vicinity of 1970's drilling that previously identified copper mineralization. Highlights of selective individual grab samples from three zones were as follows:

  • Zone 1 graded up to 5.51% copper, 5.03g/t gold, 14.6g/t silver and 0.076% cobalt and 5.67% copper, 2.65g/t gold, 12.6g/t silver and 0.063% cobalt.
  • Zone 2, approximately 40m southeast in the same trench, graded 2.74% copper, 6.34g/t gold, 10.4g/t silver and 0.02% cobalt and 4.86% copper, 1.64g/t gold, 11.0g/t silver and 0.030% cobalt.
  • Zone 3, approximately 35m south, graded 1.64% copper, 5.92g/t gold, 2.0g/t silver and 0.023% cobalt.

Several other samples have identified highly anomalous copper zones along a 4.0km trend with grades up to 1.26% copper.

A table of the significant results (see Table 1) from the three exposed zones is shown below along with a map showing sample locations (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). The Company will proceed to enlarge the exposures of selected mineralized zones to permit geological mapping and channel sampling as much as possible as weather permits.

The Company has also increased its ongoing drill program from 4,000m to a minimum of 5,000m and continues its extensive compilation of historical data, ongoing prospecting and soil geochemical sampling to the north of the Great Burnt Main Zone.

Table 1: Samples from Prospecting/Trenching

Sample #EastingNorthingTargetZoneTypeCu (%)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)Co (%)
138772563709.0415363900.388Trench 4Zone 1outcrop2.450.052.900.008
138773563709.6715363903.619Trench 4Zone 1outcrop0.30.000.500.012
138774563715.3185363901.459Trench 4Zone 1outcrop0.10.01<0.20.002
138775563714.795363902.343Trench 4Zone 1outcrop0.190.020.300.006
138776563716.0985363897.911Trench 4Zone 1outcrop2.442.826.700.029
138777563716.3935363898.025Trench 4Zone 1outcrop0.690.621.600.015
138778563716.2455363898.024Trench 4Zone 1outcrop1.750.413.300.013
138779563721.1675363894.522Trench 4Zone 1outcrop2.391.355.500.016
138780563721.8995363895.197Trench 4Zone 1outcrop1.960.695.600.013
138781563724.155363892.443Trench 4Zone 1outcrop5.515.0314.600.076
138782563724.825363892.117Trench 4Zone 1outcrop4.932.2010.400.032
138783563724.6685363892.449Trench 4Zone 1outcrop5.672.6512.600.063
138784563725.3475363891.234Trench 4Zone 1outcrop5.811.4812.200.031
138785563725.8235363888.46Trench 4Zone 1outcrop1.460.643.500.015
138700563760.335363833.265Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.180.05<0.20.012
138752563746.1955363859.897ProspectingZone 2sub-crop2.746.3410.400.016
138753563744.9215363861.328ProspectingZone 2sub-crop4.861.6411.000.030
138787563747.9885363851.802Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.110.35<0.20.010
138788563747.5885363854.466Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.171.71<0.20.010
138789563749.6045363852.821Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.190.18<0.20.011
138794563755.8455363843.887Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.171.350.800.017
138796563758.6555363837.471Trench 4Zone 2outcrop0.
138750563716.3795363859.784ProspectingZone 3angular float1.645.922.000.023
138751563716.975363859.902ProspectingZone 3angular float1.535.170.900.021


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Figure 1: Sample Location Map 1

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Figure 2: Sample Location Map 2 (Trench 4)

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Drilling from 2016 to 2023 at Great Burnt Copper-Gold Project

The Great Burnt Main Zone has an NI 43-101 compliant resource prepared in 2022 for Spruce Ridge Resources Ltd. by P&E Mining Consultants Inc. of 667,000 Tonnes (47.2 Mlb) Cu at 3.21% (indicated) and 482,000 Tonnes (25.0 Mlb) Cu at 2.35% (inferred), contained within mining lease 211(10210M). The Copper resource remains open to the south and at depth. Highlights of the previous drill programs and previously released results from the current program include:

  • GB20-05: 27.20 m of 8.06% Cu, including 7.75 m of 16.88% Cu
  • GB20-20: 22.75 m of 6.89% Cu, including 12.55 m of 10.59% Cu
  • GB18-05: 20.94 m of 6.21% Cu, including 6.98 m of 10.71% Cu
  • GB18-06: 9.97 m of 7.45% Cu, including 5.03 m of 11.42% Cu
  • GB16-08: 7.50 m of 9.45% Cu, including 3.00 m of 19.30% Cu
  • GB16-09: 5.75 m of 6.68% Cu, including 1.50 m of 11.70% Cu
  • GB23-01: 3.25 m of 4.13% Cu and 4.30 m of 8.01% Cu (Benton 2023 drill hole)
  • GB23-02: 13.0 m of 8.31% Cu including 3.0 m of 12.80% Cu (Benton 2023 drill hole)

Exploration at the South Pond Zone has identified potential for both copper and gold along several kilometers of strike. Highlights of the 2021 drill program include:

  • SP21-01: 1.69g/t Au over 51.00 m, including 3.19g/t Au over 11.00 m, within 10 m of surface
  • SP21-03: 2.36g/t Au over 15.00 m, including 11.33g/t Au over 1.00 m
  • SP21-08: 1.75g/t Au over 21.20 m, including 2.82g/t Au over 10.20 m
  • SP21-11: 1.34g/t Au over 17.60 m, including 2.48g/t Au over 4.20 m
  • SP21-14: 2.06g/t Au over 21.00 m
  • SP21-16: 1.72g/t Au over 10.00 m

Note: Widths quoted are core length, true widths are estimated at approximately 70% of core lengths


Stephen House (P.Geo.), Vice President of Exploration for Benton Resources Inc., the 'Qualified Person' under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release and prepared or supervised it's preparation.

About Benton Resources Inc.

Benton Resources is a well-financed mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BEX. Following a project generation business model, Benton has a diversified, highly prospective property portfolio of gold, silver, nickel, copper, platinum group elements and, most recently, lithium and cesium assets. In addition, it currently holds large equity positions in other mining companies that are advancing high-quality assets. Whenever possible, BEX retains net smelter return (NSR) royalties with potential long-term cash flow.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,
"Stephen Stares"
Stephen Stares, President

Parties interested in seeking more information about properties available for option can contact Mr. Stares at the number below.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Stares, President & CEO
Phone: 807-474-9020

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