1911 Gold Corporation (TSX-V: AUMB) (OTCQX: AUMBF) is pleased to report assay results from exploration drilling at the 100%-owned Apex Property located near Snow Lake, Manitoba (Figure 1).
The Company completed six drillholes, totaling 1,642 metres, in its maiden drilling program at Apex in Q1 2022. The program was designed to test high-grade quartz vein systems exposed on surface, as well as several strong, large-scale, geophysical anomalies revealed by an induced-polarization (IP) survey in 2021, utilizing Abitibi Geophysics’ OreVision® IP system (Figure 2).
The Apex property, located 15 kilometres southeast of Snow Lake, Manitoba, has strong potential for both narrow-vein and bulk tonnage gold, as well as lithium pegmatite deposits.
2022 Exploration Drilling
Four drillholes from the 2022 program were designed to test gold showings identified from historical work and the Company’s recent mapping and prospecting programs, the latter yielding several high-grade assays, including 132.6 g/t gold, 69.1 g/t gold and 36.2 g/t gold from grab samples.
Three drillholes, totalling 604 metres, targeted the historical KK showing, located in strongly sheared and altered sedimentary rocks at the contact of a large granitic intrusion referred to as the Rex Lake pluton. Gold mineralization at KK is associated with intense biotite and sericite alteration with disseminated to fracture-controlled arsenopyrite and pyrite, and minor quartz veins. Highlights from historical shallow drilling at KK include 27.4 g/t gold over 2.1 metres, 24.7 g/t gold over 1.5 metres and 9.3 g/t gold over 1.6 metres, all within 50 metres of surface. The new drillholes tested the zone over a strike of 150 metres, targeting the down-dip extents of high-grade veins and intersections of faults that splay off the main structure.
All three drillholes at KK intersected moderate to strong, pervasive to fracture-controlled biotite and sericite alteration in the sedimentary rocks, associated with diffuse haloes containing up to 20% disseminated arsenopyrite and pyrite. Drillhole KK-22-003 yielded the most significant assay, returning 4.3 g/t gold over 1.2 metres, including 9.7 g/t gold over 0.45 metres (Table 1). The western-most drillhole (KK-22-001) intersected a thick zone of intense biotite alteration and heavily disseminated arsenopyrite that yielded strongly anomalous gold (0.2 g/t gold over 5.6 metres), indicating the zone remains open to the west.
Drillhole RX-22-002 (449 metres) targeted a number of surface showings associated with quartz vein systems in the Rex Lake pluton. This drillhole also tested an underlying strong chargeability anomaly revealed by the IP geophysical survey, suggesting the presence of sulphide mineralization at depth. From 95.45 to 163.0 metres, this drillhole intersected strongly sheared and fractured granodiorite containing moderate to strong biotite alteration, up to 50% quartz veinlets (with local visible gold), and up to 10% disseminated arsenopyrite-pyrite. A shear-hosted vein containing visible gold within this interval returned 15.3 g/t gold over 0.65 metres, within a broader interval of 0.9 g/t gold over 20.7 metres, thus demonstrating potential for both narrow-vein and bulk tonnage gold mineralization in the Rex Lake pluton. This significant zone of mineralization remains open in all directions (Figure 2).
Two additional drillholes, totalling 589 metres, targeted large-scale chargeability anomalies in areas of little to no bedrock exposure, but failed to yield significant assay results despite localized zones of mineralization and alteration similar to that observed at the KK zone and in drillhole RX-22-002. Several large-scale IP geophysical anomalies both within and external to the Rex Lake pluton remain to be tested.
Table 1: Assay results from 2022 exploration drilling at the Apex property.
|(NAD83; UTM Z14N)||(m)||(m)||(m)||(m)||(g/t Au)|
|(1) Numbering reflects order in which drillholes were planned, rather than sequence of drilling|
|(2) Represents drillcore length; true widths are presently unknown|
|(3) Weighted-average composites; NSV, no significant values|
2022 Field Exploration Program
The 2022 exploration program will include additional mapping, prospecting and surficial geochemistry to evaluate the gold potential of the Rex Lake pluton and its sedimentary host rocks, particularly in the vicinity of drillhole RX-22-002 to further evaluate the controls on mineralization and potential strike extensions.
Fieldwork in 2022 will also focus on evaluating a large-scale magnetic low feature in the southeast portion of the Apex property. This northwest-trending feature (Figure 2) extends for at least 1,200 metres on the Apex property and roughly coincides with a pronounced topographic low, with minimal bedrock exposure. Similar magnetic lows are currently the focus of intensive exploration on adjacent properties, where they have been found to coincide with lithium pegmatite dikes. These dikes are part of the larger Wekusko Lake pegmatite field, within which pegmatites tend to define clusters of northwest or northeast-trending, subvertical dikes. Fieldwork in 2022 will include mapping, prospecting, and surficial or whole-rock geochemistry to evaluate this very large-scale magnetic low for its lithium pegmatite potential.
Sample handling, preparation and analysis are monitored through the implementation of formal chain-of-custody procedures and quality assurance-quality control programs designed to follow industry best practices. Drillcore is logged and sampled in a secure facility located in Bissett, Manitoba. Drillcore samples for gold assay are cut in half using a diamond saw and are submitted to Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs) in Ancaster, Ontario, for preparation by crushing to 80% passing 2 millimetres, riffle splitting to obtain 250-gram aliquots, and pulverizing to 95% passing 106 microns. Pulps are analyzed by a 30-gram fire assay and AAS finish. For assays above 5 g/t Au, a cut of the original pulp is re-assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples with visible gold are analyzed by metallic screen assay. In addition to Actlabs’ in-house QA-QC protocols, 1911 Gold inserts certified standards, non-certified blanks and field duplicates into the sample stream at regular intervals, such that QA-QC accounts for 10% of the total samples submitted. Results are routinely evaluated for accuracy, precision and contamination.
Qualified Person Statement
Technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Scott Anderson, Ph.D., P.Geo., the Company’s Vice President, Exploration, and Qualified Person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Update From the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders
At the Company’s annual and special meeting of shareholders held on June 28, 2022, the shareholders of the Company approved a resolution confirming the implementation of a new restricted share unit plan. Under the terms of the Plan, the Company has reserved 1,500,000 shares for issuance to officers, directors, employees and bona fide consultants, subject to certain vesting conditions as more particularly described in the Plan and the Management Information Circular furnished in connection with the Meeting.
About the Apex Property
The 100%-owned Apex property consists of 12 mining claims, totalling 2,200 hectares, located 15 kilometres southeast of Snow Lake in north-central Manitoba. The property lies in the Flin Flon greenstone belt, one of the most prolific mining districts in the world, with world-class gold-rich VMS and orogenic gold deposits. Situated in a fault-block, bound on both sides by crustal-scale faults, the property lies in a highly favourable structural setting immediately north of the Laguna property, currently being explored by an affiliate of Kinross Gold Corp. The property is underlain by sedimentary rocks of the Burntwood assemblage, intruded by the Rex Lake pluton, comprised of tonalite, granodiorite, granite and quartz gabbro. Several significant historical gold occurrences on the property fall into two distinct styles: 1) broad, diffuse zones of lower-grade gold associated with arsenopyrite and scheelite in strongly fractured and altered granodiorite; 2) narrow zones of higher-grade gold associated with shear veins and pervasive sericite or biotite alteration, within the granodiorite and its host rocks. Thus, the property has potential for both high-grade narrow vein and bulk-tonnage gold deposits; it also lies adjacent to the Wekusko Lake pegmatite field, including several resource-stage lithium pegmatite projects.
About 1911 Gold Corporation
1911 Gold is a junior explorer that holds a highly prospective, consolidated land package totalling more than 58,000 hectares within and adjacent to the Rice Lake greenstone belt in Manitoba, and also owns the True North mine and mill complex at Bissett, Manitoba, where it reprocesses historic tailings on a seasonal basis. 1911 Gold believes its land package is a prime exploration opportunity, with potential to develop a mining district centred on the True North complex. The Company also owns the Apex project near Snow Lake, Manitoba and the Tully and Denton-Keefer projects near Timmins, Ontario, and intends to focus on both organic growth opportunities and accretive acquisition opportunities in North America.
Figure 1: Location map of the Apex Property, with major mineral occurrences (also shown are adjacent properties with active lithium exploration). (CNW Group/1911 Gold Corporation)
Figure 2: Apex Property showing drillhole and sample locations on RTP-1VD magnetic base. (CNW Group/1911 Gold Corporation)
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