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Almaden Infill Hole Hits 40.00 M of 4.00 g/t Gold and 35.1 g/t Silver Within the PFS Pit

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Almaden Infill Hole Hits 40.00 M of 4.00 g/t Gold and 35.1 g/t Silver Within the PFS Pit






Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX: AMM) (NYSE American: AAU) is pleased to announce assay results from infill drilling that has been part of Almaden’s feasibility study field work program carried out over the last 12 months within the resource and mine plan area at the Company’s Ixtaca project, Mexico. Results herein are from infill holes targeting high grade volcanic units at the southeast end of the deposit within the Pre-Feasibility Study pit.  The drill holes confirmed the continuation of the high-grade zone of mineralization.  Highlights include the following intercepts:



Hole TU-18-543           SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -45
127.40 meters @ 1.15 g/t Au and 17.6 g/t Ag
Including          34.50 meters @ 2.08 g/t Au and 47.4 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-544           SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -35
145.50 meters @ 1.83 g/t Au and 14.4 g/t Ag
Including          40.00 meters @ 4.00 g/t Au and 35.1 g/t Ag
Including          5.10 meters @ 11.63 g/t Au and 86.8 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-545           SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -90
15.00 meters @ 0.79 g/t Au and 6.1 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-546           SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -30
99.50 meters @ 0.68 g/t Au and 5.4 g/t Ag
Including          44.00 meters @ 1.12 g/t Au and 6.3 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-547           SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -30
174.50 meters @ 0.77 g/t Au and 7.8 g/t Ag
Including          35.85 meters @ 1.17 g/t Au and 14.1 g/t Ag
Including          18.00 meters @ 1.46 g/t Au and 7.0 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-548           SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -53
139.08 meters @ 1.58 g/t Au and 16.8 g/t Ag
Including          60.58 meters @ 2.75 g/t Au and 23.4 g/t Ag
Including          28.50 meters @ 4.33 g/t Au and 33.6 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-549           SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -90
111.50 meters @ 0.55 g/t Au and 14.8 g/t Ag
Including          37.00 meters @ 0.89 g/t Au and 11.8 g/t Ag


Hole TU-18-550           SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 330, Dip -60
131.50 meters @ 1.51 g/t Au and 49.1 g/t Ag
Including          21.00 meters @ 7.50 g/t Au and 57.0 g/t Ag
Including          9.70 meters @ 15.18 g/t Au and 103.8 g/t Ag
Including          11.50 meters @ 1.07 g/t Au and 89.4 g/t Ag



J.D. Poliquin, chairman of Almaden stated, “The infill results further confirm the continuity of the Ixtaca resource within the PFS pit and the significant grades that can be associated with mineralisation in the volcanics.  Our current focus is the completion of the feasibility study which we anticipate in 2018.”



About the Ixtaca Deposit Feasibility Program


The Company has selected independent engineers Moose Mountain Technical Services (“MMTS”) and SRK Consulting to lead the feasibility study. The FS is nearly complete and is anticipated in 2018. The FS will incorporate the positive results of ore sorting tests that were reported on July 16, 2018, as well as several other opportunities that were identified in the FS work program. As reported previously, Almaden is also in the final stage of preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment (Manifiesto de Impacto Ambiental or “MIA”) for Ixtaca, and is incorporating the most recent updates contained in the FS, into the MIA. Almaden expects to submit the MIA this year.



About the Ixtaca Drilling Program and the Ixtaca Zone


The Ixtaca Zone is a blind discovery made by the Company in 2010 on claims staked by the Company. The deposit is an epithermal gold-silver deposit, mostly hosted by veins in carbonate units and crosscutting dykes (“basement rocks”) with a minor component of disseminated mineralisation hosted in overlying volcanic rocks.



The Ixtaca deposit is located in a developed part of Mexico in Puebla State, the location of significant manufacturing investments including Volkswagen and Audi plants. The deposit is accessed by paved road and is roughly 30 kilometres from an industrial park with rail service where significant manufacturers such as Kimberly Clarke have facilities. Any potential mining operation at Ixtaca would be located in an area previously logged or cleared with negligible to no current land usage.



Qualified Person and Quality Assurance/Quality Control


Mr. Norm Dircks, P.Geo., a qualified person under the meaning of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden’s Ixtaca program and reviewed the technical information in this news release. The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption spectroscopy (“AAS”). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t gold using this technique are then re-analysed by fire assay but with a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (“ICP-AES”). Samples that return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re-analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than 1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Intervals that returned assays below detection were assigned zero values.  Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into the sample stream as part of Almaden’s quality assurance and control program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements.



About Almaden


Almaden Minerals Ltd. owns 100% of the Ixtaca project in Puebla State, Mexico, subject to a 2.0% NSR royalty held by Almadex Minerals Ltd. The Ixtaca Gold-Silver Deposit was discovered by Almaden in 2010.


Posted October 24, 2018

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