Adyton Resources Corporation (TSX-V: ADY) is pleased to report further positive results from the recently completed diamond drilling program at its 100% owned Gameta Gold Project on Fergusson Island, located within Papua New Guinea’s renowned “Rim of Fire”.
The assay results reported in this release continue to confirm or exceed the results of historical RC drilling, increase the confidence in the existing geological model, and have extended mineralisation beyond the existing resource area :
Frank Terranova, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adyton commented “This further confirms the future production potential of Gameta and we will soon be releasing results from our short infill diamond drilling program at the nearby Wapulo resource. The Fergusson Island projects continue to exceed our expectations with the program being ahead of schedule, under budget and with better than anticipated results.”
The Company is pleased to report that results to date have returned some very significant gold intersections in terms of both Au grade and length of intersections. These results clearly support additional technical studies being carried out and the Company has commenced the review of previous technical studies earlier than previously planned.
The remaining nine holes from the Gameta program and the six holes from the Wapulo program along with substantial trenching samples are expected to be reported in the coming weeks.
Adyton plans to commence updating the existing Fergusson Island resource statements and will also commence a metallurgical test-work program in July 2021.
“We are focussed on continuing our disciplined approach to growing the resource and advancing these projects through technical studies as quickly as possible. Put simply we are continuing to do what we said we would do,” Terranova added.
Fergusson Island is one of the D’Entrecasteaux Islands, which are in the western end of the Woodlark extension (Woodlark Basin).
Adyton has three separate exploration projects on Fergusson Island:
The geological setting is dominated by Miocene-Recent crustal thinning created by extension (stretching) of the crust. This thinning has resulted in doming of metamorphic core complexes separated from an over-thrusted sub-seafloor oceanic mantle by a decollement (Detachment Fault Zone or DFZ), overlaying ultramafic rocks of the obducted block.
Gold mineralisation is hosted in the DFZ and within the footwall dioritic gneiss and appears to be both fracture- and dyke-related, plus sulphide-hosted.
The mineralisation model for Gameta and Wapolu suggests that gold is associated with hydrothermal fluids and is concentrated in shallow-dipping deposits within or immediately adjacent to the DFZ, which bounds the metamorphic core complexes. This general setting is analogous to such deposits as Misima in PNG and Mesquite and Picacho in California.
The gold occurs in association with fine sulphides as disseminations and in epithermal quartz veins in lensoid zones parallel to the DFZ. (2)
Gameta Drill Program Overview:
The diamond drilling program at the Gameta Project was designed to test the continuity of mineralisation within the DFZ and below into the gneissic footwall, and to increase confidence in historical assay results within the existing inferred resource envelope from RC drilling conducted in the mid-1990’s.
The drilling was focussed on the northern third (“the northern ore zone”) of the known resources with a strike extent of over 700m being tested (note the resource zone itself occurs over a strike interval of 2,000m).
Testing targeted the shallower open pitable material, with drilling generally less than 120m and aimed to provide confirmatory data to support the results from historical RC drilling programs ahead of an expected resource upgrade in Q3 2021.
Some extensional drilling was also part of the program, testing below and down dip from known resources.
Figure 1 is available at
The Gameta drill program concluded on June 4, 2021, seven weeks ahead of schedule. 38 diamond drill holes were completed (ADD001 to ADD038) for a total of 3,381m (Figure 1).
Results have now been returned from Holes ADD001 to 029, with significant high-grade gold intercepts being recorded in holes ADD001, 002, 003 (TSX-V Announcement 05 May 2021) and 006 ( TSX-V Announcement on 26 May 2021) and ADD010, 015, 016 and 022 (TSX-V Announcement 08 June 2021) and reported in this release ADD025, 027 and 029. This leaves holes ADD030 – 038 where the assays results are outstanding and are expected to be reported during July.
ADD025 (Az 260; -700 dip; EOH 106.7m) intersected the targeted high-grade zone of mineralisation (Figure 2), extending the mineralised area identified from previous drilling. This higher-grade zone is part of the strongly mineralised DFZ structure confirming the continuity of the high grade ore zone in this area. The higher-grade zones are related to the more vuggy siliceous breccia component of the DFZ, and as such are a target for future drilling programs.
Figure 2 is available at
Both ADD027 (Az 2200; dip -700; EOH 131m) and ADD029 (Az 2200; dip -700; EOH 120.3m) returned significant intersections of gold down dip and below the limit of previous shallower historical RC drilling (Figure 3), extending the high-grade resource in this area. The vuggy siliceous zone was recognised in the logging of these two holes, hence additional drilling was proposed in this area in holes ADD031, 034, 035, 036 and 036 (see Figure 1, drill holes in orange).
Figure 3 is available at
One of the key aspects of the drilling program is understanding the geological controls on the distribution of the higher-grade zones – and the recently completed program has provided invaluable information on this.
Multi element ICP scans are also being returned for the completed holes (48 element, 4 acid digest), and will be assessed in the coming weeks once all results are received.
As mentioned above, the Gameta resource upgrade will commence in July, as will a preliminary metallurgical test-work program. This work is part of the next phase of the project – the commencement of technical studies leading to a pre-feasibility study.
(1) Notes Regarding Inferred Mineral Resource Estimates
(2) Information regarding drill holes and exploration results reported in this release
|Hole ID||East||North||RL (m)||Length (m)||Az (deg)||Dip (deg)||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Au g/t|
(Coordinates in UTM Zone 56, Southern Hemisphere (WGS84)
(3) Information regarding QA / QC procedures in relation to exploration results reported in this release
Gold assays have been carried out by Lead collection 50g charge Fire Assay with AAS finish at Intertek Laboratories, Lae, PNG, an accredited laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 (2005) for quantitative gold determination.
All assays have been subject to quality control measures appropriate for diamond drilling where certified reference materials / standards have been included in each batch of samples submitted as part of the quality assurance / quality control process.
The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been prepared, reviewed, and approved by Rod Watt, BSc Hons (Geo), FAusIMM, Chief Geologist and a director of Adyton, who is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Adyton Resources Corp press release dated May 05, 2021: “The technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Rod Watt, who is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI43-101). Mr. Watt consents to the inclusion of his name in this release. Mr Watt verified the data disclosed in this press release in accordance with industry standard best practices, including sampling, analytical, and test data underlying the information or opinions contained therein.
ABOUT ADYTON RESOURCES CORPORATION
Adyton Resources Corporation is focused on the development of gold and copper resources in world class mineral jurisdictions. It currently has a portfolio of highly prospective mineral exploration projects in Papua New Guinea on which it is exploring for copper and gold. The Company’s mineral exploration projects are located on the Pacific Ring of Fire which hosts several world class copper and gold deposits.
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Adyton was formed by a reverse takeover transaction completed with XIB I Capital Corporation on February 17, 2021, and commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “ADY” on February 24, 2021.
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