The Patrie project comprises 34 mining claims covering 19.90 km2
(Figure 3). Except for two claims, these claims have been acquired on June 14, 2019 directly from the MERN through map designation. The remaining two titles were acquired after Sphinx refunded Tranchemontagne its MERN designation fees.
The Patrie project hosts an historical gold showing of the same name in which a grab
sample taken in a pit yielded 30.5 g/t Au (ref. sigeom.mines.gouv.qc.ca). While this gold
showing is located at the southwestern end of the Temiscamingue Gold Belt (Figure 1),
it is unique by being hosted by a NE-SW trending regional fault extending from the
Superior Archean geological province into Grenville geological province high-grade
metamorphic para-autochthonous Archean terranes (Figures 1 and 3). The host rocks
at Patrie are orthogneiss, amphibolites and paragneiss. It is this unique geological
setting that attracted Sphinx to the Patrie project. Sphinx contemplates to do a
geochemical survey to explore the Patrie project starting this fall. It is important to
mention that arsenic has proven to be a very efficient pathfinder for gold deposits in
Canada, not only along Cadillac Break (ref. 2) but also in the Éléonore mine region (ref.
1). Sphinx intends to pay special attention to the identification of the sources of arsenic
stream sediments anomalies along the regional fault (Figure 3).
1- Gauthier, M., Trépanier, S. and Gardoll, S. 2007: Metamorphic gradient: A regionalscale area selection criterion for gold in the northeastern Superior Province (eastern
Canadian Shield): Society of Economic Geologists Newsletter, No. 69.
2- Lasalle, Y., Lasalle, P., and Beaumier, M., 2005 : Fractions lithiques et
minéralogiques du till de base de la partie sud de l’Abitibi. Ministère des Ressources
naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, DP-2005-01 report.