IS THIS THE LARGEST UNEXPLORED GOLD SYSTEM IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE?
Could this be the largest unexplored volcanic-hosted high sulphidation gold alteration system / lithocap in the Western Hemisphere? Discovered, mapped and quantified in 1952, this 1.6 billion ton ‘industrial minerals deposit’ (silica, alunite, clays, sericite, pyrophyllite) displays intense high sulphidation alteration over 7km x 2km (1952 map, below right, dark gray mapped unit is the surface expression of the mineral resource) and makes up this elongate mountain with 900 million tons quantified as ‘silica and alunite’ (see resource table). Gold was noted in this resource study and was described as ‘interesting’ but ‘too low grade’ … remember this was in 1952 … the high sulphidation gold model would take another 45 years to be fully developed. Hematite, goethite, native sulfur and pyrite were also reported in this lithocap. Do you see any prospect pits or drill roads on this recent oblique Google image? No, because no one is exploring it. Why? Because Puerto Rico won’t allow it. The discovery and development of this deposit could have a multi-billion dollar impact on the local economy. Will they allow it? Unfortunately, no.