Ashanti Gold Corp. (TSX-V: AGZ) is pleased to announce additional results of seven drill holes from the recently completed 53 Reverse Circulation hole, 6073 metre drill program that tested mineralization on the Kossanto East Project (the “Property”) in western Mali (see August 2, 2017 press release) (Figure 1).
The targets Gourbassi East and Gourbassi West (Figure 2) showed mineralized areas on the Property from historical exploration and thus were the initial focus for Ashanti’s first drill campaign. At Gourbassi East, gold mineralization, as defined in historic drilling, occurs within two adjacent zones with a collective strike length of approximately 900m. The results from the first seven drill holes reported by Ashanti (see press release August 2, 2017) outlined new high grade material within the centre of the mineralized zone where it is interpreted to be 50-100m wide. The drill results reported here include intercepts along strike 100m north (GERC 108, 110, and 111) of previously reported section 3850 results, and 200 metres south (GERC114) of that section (Figure 3, section 3650). In addition, intercepts in GERC 108, 109, and 111 reveal mineralization over a wider extent than previously known.
The extent of this gold mineralization is open along strike to the northwest and to the southeast as well as down dip, where it has been tested to approximately 125m. Mineralization occurs as veins and stockwork within a zone of silicified and carbonate-altered quartz-eye rhyolite. Altered host rocks are traceable at the surface to the northwest and southeast. Multiple structural controls on mineralization are apparent.
Drilling continued to return excellent grades and widths, including (see Table 1):
Table 1: Highlights of Gold Intercepts GERC108 to GERC114
*Intervals are intercept widths in drill hole and not true widths. There is insufficient geologic information to determine true widths at this stage of the project. Drill holes are oriented to provide the best intercept for the interpreted dip direction of mineralization.
Tim McCutcheon, CEO of Ashanti, said: “Key to demonstrating the value of Kossanto East is multiple broad intercepts of mineralization along the entire strike of the mineralized zone. Following up on incomplete historical work, Ashanti is methodically demonstrating the size potential of the deposit.”
Figure 1: Regional geologic map of the Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, the most northwesterly exposure of Birimian rocks in the West African craton. The Kossanto East property lies between two regional structures, the Senegal-Mali Shear Zone and the Main Transcurrent Shear Zone both of which feature prominently in localizing mineralization for numerous gold deposits. Structural relationships on the property suggest that structures parallel to these shear zones pass through the property and control mineralization.
Figure 2: Map shows historic drilling (blue collars) and Ashanti current drilling (red collars) and Ashanti current drilling reported here (green collars).
Figure 3. Section 3650 showing drill holes, trenches, gold intercepts, and interpreted mineralized zone.
The Company advises that drill holes are oriented to intersect stratigraphy at an optimal angle, however true widths cannot be determined as detailed information on the true orientation of stratigraphy at the point of intersection of the drill hole is not available. Quality control is monitored by the insertion of blind certified standard reference material and blanks at a rate of 1/20 samples. Blind duplicate splits are inserted into the sample stream at the rate of 1/50 samples. In addition, the laboratory inserts their own certified standard and blank samples at the rate of 1/20 samples. All samples have been analyzed by SGS Laboratories in Bamako, Mali an internationally accredited testing company.
About Kossanto East Project
The Kossanto East Project is a 66.41 km2 concession in the prolific Kedougou – Kenieba Inlier, the northwestern most exposure of Birimian rocks in West Africa and host to the Loulo and Sadiola group of world class gold deposits (Figure 1). Ashanti has acquired 100% in the property from Alecto Minerals PLC (see press release of August 8, 2017). The Property hosts two principle historically drill-tested targets, Gourbassi East and Gourbassi West (Figure 2) and several surface anomalies identified in surface samples and Rotary Airblast (RAB) drill holes. Geochemical anomalies identified by previous explorers and Alecto Minerals PLC led to drill testing and successful intersection of gold mineralization. The results reported here are from Gourbassi East. Further results from Gourbassi East and Gourbassi West are anticipated in the coming weeks.
ABOUT ASHANTI GOLD
Ashanti is a gold-focused, exploration and development company with advanced projects in the northern Ashanti Belt of Ghana and the Kenieba Belt of Mali. The Company targets projects where existing work demonstrates attractive potential for near-term mine development and where it has a competitive advantage due to past work experience of the team and specific project know-how.
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