Markop Lake

  • Overview

    Property Type

    •    Grass-roots exploration of a new target type adjacent to the giant Musselwhite gold-in-BIF mine.


    5860.7 Ha, 298 single cell mining claims.


    •    100% owned by Romios Gold Resources Inc.
    •    2% NSR held by 3 individuals on 140 claims.

    Exploration Stage

    •    Grass-roots exploration focussing on a new target model for this area, Timiskaming-type, basin-bounding fault- controlled gold (e.g. Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Larder Lake).


    •    500 km north of Thunder Bay and 117 km north of Pickle Lake, NW Ontario.
    •    10 km SE of the road accessible Musselwhite gold mine.

  • Geology/Exploration

    Highlights Of Key Target Areas

    Very little past work has been done in this area as previous explorers focussed on Musselwhite type magnetic highs (BIFs) which terminate near the western end of the current Romios claim block. Timiskaming ages (~2690 Ma) were discovered by Goldcorp researchers in the  basinal sedimentary and volcanic rocks in 2014, but virtually no follow-up work was done after that. These rocks include paleo fault-scarp breccias and clastic sediment textures that outline the faulted margins of basins prospective for Timiskaming (Abitibi) type gold deposits. Feldspar-phyric alkalic basalts are found in several locations in the basin, another lithology diagnostic of many Timiskaming basins. The Markop Lake area is one of 3 Timiskaming type basins known along the North Caribou Terrane’s northern boundary with the Island Lake Terrane. The other 2 have past producing gold mines (Stull Lake, Island Lake) and 1 major, as yet untapped  deposit (Yamana’s Monument Bay gold deposit). The faults along the margins of the volcano-sedimentary basins are virtually unexplored in this area and warrant a careful mapping and prospecting program based on their tectonic setting and similarity to mineralized basins elsewhere along the sutured contact between the North Caribou Terrane and the Island Lake Terrane to the north. 

    In 2022 Romios conducted an initial one-week mapping and sampling program on a portion of the western claims. A number of sheared and veined contacts were located and sampled; assays are pending. A large percentage of the property remains to be explored. 

    Prospect 1


    There is one historic gold showing in the area, located on the western end of the current Markop Lake claim block and known as Karl Zeemal Zone #3. This occurrence has been described as a stockwork quartz vein network hosted in sericitized feldspathic wacke that grades into conglomerate. It is located close to the eastern bounding fault of the Timiskaming style basin. The veins contain trace arsenopyrite and historic grab samples assayed up to 4,130 ppb Au and a 0.33 m channel sample assayed 23,905 ppb Au.

    Romios’ one-day field examination in the area of this showing in 2022 did not locate Zone #3 itself (the area was burned in a large forest fire in 2011 and is now covered with extensive deadfall). However, a number of gossanous shear zones at the contacts between gabbros and ultramafics as well as in the metasediments were located and sampled; assays are pending.