NxGold Ltd. (TSXV:NXN) is pleased to provide the final results from the 2018 work programs at the Mt. Roe Gold Project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
- Follow-up work program at Prinsep returns a high of 4.8g/t Au grab sample
- Follow-up of 500ppb soil samples results in collection of small gold nugget
- Program for recently granted tenements planned
NxGold Ltd. (TSXV:NXN) is pleased to provide the final results from the 2018 work programs at the Mt. Roe Gold Project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. A limited follow up program on previously released soil sample results and prospecting results at the Prinsep and Sholl properties is reported below and in Tables 1 and 2.
Prinsep tenements: A total of 16 rock (selective) samples were collected over a combined 500m of strike from a total 1800m potential strike length of the geological unit that returned an assay of 8.6 g/t gold previously (see News Release from December 18, 2018). A sample of jasperoid/chert, similar to the sample previously reported and approximately 300m along strike to the west returned a result of 4.8 g/t gold. Samples from this program had an assay range of detection limit to 4.8g/t gold. Other values from the unit of interest included 287ppb and 154ppb gold. Poor exposures along much of the horizon of interest prevented more systematic rock sampling; a soil grid has subsequently been proposed to better evaluate this potential target area which should identify areas to focus more advanced work such as trenching or drilling.
Sholl tenements: Follow-up work on highly anomalous soil samples from the Hawk, Eagle and Swan areas resulted in the collection of five additional grab samples and one small gold nugget was located using metal detecting. In the Swan area follow-up of a single 150ppb gold in soil anomaly resulted in a single rock sample of pyritic andesite that returned low level anomalous values of gold (66ppb), molybdenum (17ppm), lead (232ppm) and zinc (1291ppm) at the edge of the soil grid. This grid needs to be expanded eastward. In the Eagle area, no clear surface explanation for 110ppb, 140ppb and 240ppb gold in soils was observed; next step work in this area may include tighter spaced sampling or aircore (AC) or rotary air blast (RAB) drilling to sample below sections of calcrete. In the Hawk area 500ppb and 830ppb gold in soil anomalies were reviewed. The 830ppb anomaly appeared to be in a flood plain and was discounted although a follow-up stream sample collected above this area returned 16ppb gold, well above our local background of 3ppb Au. The 500ppb soil anomaly was located below a pyritic gabbroic intrusive unit that had been deformed and hosted veining in shear and fracture zones. Rock samples collected from this unit returned 19ppb and 137ppb gold and a small gold nugget was found in the immediate area using a metal detector. Additional soil sampling is required in this area to close off the anomalous zones prior to more advanced exploration activities.
Christopher McFadden, Chief Executive Officer commented, “Since acquiring the property our team has evaluated the property for different mineralisation styles and advanced to the drill target delineation stage through the systematic exploration of part of the Mt Roe tenements. This approach will now be used to evaluate the Prinsep tenements and the newly granted tenements on Mt. Roe. The identification of vein structures in the Eagle, Hawk and Swan areas among others, supports the existence of primary gold mineralisation on the property. ”
Next steps: With the recent granting of the P47/1796, 1797, and 1798 tenements (see News Release of December 12, 2018) the initial focus will be to bring these tenements to the same geological and mineral potential level of understanding as the rest of the Mt. Roe Gold Project lands (Table 3). Secondary focus will include undertaking field work to define open anomalous zones and aggressive initial evaluation of the 80oz patch and the Pineapple patch, both prolific nugget collection areas, within or immediately adjacent to the recently granted tenements. Once complete, targets will be prioritised for drill evaluation.
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NxGold is a Vancouver-based exploration company. The Company owns 80% of the Mt. Roe gold project located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Company has also entered into an earn-in agreement with Meliadine Gold Ltd. to earn up to a 70% interest in the Kuulu Project (formerly known as the Peter Lake Gold Project) in Nunavut.
The on-going sampling programs of stream sediments, soils, rocks and chip samples involve a quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) program that includes the collection of field duplicates and insertion of certified reference materials at frequency of roughly one in ten samples. Rock samples, stream samples and some chip samples are selective in nature and are not representative of mineralisation on the property. All samples have been sent to Intertek Genalysis in Perth, WA for preparation and analysis. Rock and chip samples were analysed using a 50g fire assay for gold and a 10g aqua regia, 32-element inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (‘ICP-OES’). Samples with visible gold or returning >10 g/t gold by fire assay are subject to a screen fire assay analysis. Stream sediment samples were analysed using 1000g bulk leach extractable gold analysis with Leachwell accelerant followed by ICP-MS with a 10g sample split for aqua regia 32 element ICP-OES analyses.
Stream samples were field screened fine fraction (minus 80 mesh) with a collected mass of 10-12kgs. Soil samples were field screened to minus 4mm with a collected mass of approximately 4kg. All samples were split by a two-tier riffle splitter in a secure storage facility into a laboratory sample and a retained reference sample.
Surface material was scraped away, followed by loosening of material with a prospector’s pick and lifting the material onto a sieve screen with a plastic scoop. Samples where sieved down in the field to minus 4 mm, directly into a sample bag. 4 kg of sieved material was collected for each sample. Sample depths went down to approximately 25 cm at each site. Samples were sealed in a cloth bag until split by a two-tier riffle splitter in a secure storage facility. Locations of each sample were recorded by a handheld GPS.
NxGold advises that the Mt Roe Gold project is an early stage exploration project utilising an evolving gold deposit model for a paleo-placer style of mineralisation. Abundant exploration work is required to understand the previously unrecognised sedimentary geology and confirm if the source(s) of the coarse gold is located within NxGold Ltd.’s tenements. There is no certainty of the discovery nor definition of a mineral resource.
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been prepared or approved by Darren Lindsay, P.Geo., Vice President Exploration and Development, of the Company, a “qualified person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
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