Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX-V: AOT) (OTCQX: AOTVF) is pleased to announce the third set of results from its 2019 drill program at the Premier Project located near Stewart in northwestern British Columbia.
Highlights of the most recent results include (silver assays pending):
In late April, the Company commenced its 2019 drill program and related development activities at the Premier site. This news release summarizes the third batch of results consisting of 24 drill holes. All holes in the release were drilled to the west and north of the S1 pit at the Big Missouri Ridge.
Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot Resources commented, “In this latest round of drilling we encountered some impressive, near-surface visible gold (see Figure 1) and high-grade intercepts. These intercepts are contained within broad mineralized zones of approximately 4 to 5 meters thickness. These drill results continue to confirm our belief in the high-grade nature of the Big Missouri deposit. We still have a significant amount of exploration work to do, including south of Silver Coin where we are now drilling geophysical anomalies outside of known resources. We will continue to update our shareholders with additional drill results as soon as they become available.”
This news release presents the results from 24 drill holes, comprising 3,990 metres of drilling, completed from six separate pads to the west (19BM-09, 19BM-10, 19BM-14) and north/northeast (19BM-18, 19BM-20, 19BM-27) of the historic S1 pit (see Figure 2). The results from these drill holes are summarized in Table 1 and the pad locations are listed in Table 2.
Drill holes P19-1949 and P19-1954 intersected a high-grade zone just 75m from the northern pit wall of the S1 pit at an approximate depth of 50m from surface. The zone is likely coinciding with the mineralization that was mined from the bottom of the S1 pit by Westmin in the early 1990s, and to the east of underground bulk mining by Cominco in the 1940’s. Both holes have intervals with strong visible gold, demonstrating the character of gold mineralization in the area with high grade shoots surrounded by a thicker zone of anomalous gold content.
Figure 1 Image of cut surface of drill core from hole P19-1949 showing visible gold in association with sphalerite (Zinc sulphide) and quartz.
The infill program at southern Big Missouri is now complete and drill rigs have been moved to Silver Coin to upgrade resources and to test the surrounding IP geophysical targets. Two drill rigs are now dedicated to exploration drilling.
Figure 2 Image of the S1 pit area at Big Missouri looking northwest showing the location of the drill pads discussed in this release. Hole P19-1949 is located at pad 19BM-20 and intersected 320g/t Au over 1.0m at a depth of 59m approximately 75m from the northern pit wall of the S1 pit. The drill holes for each pad are listed in Table 2.
Table 1 Summary of drill results from Big Missouri
Table 1 Continued
True width is believed to be approximately 70-90% of reported intercepts. The drill hole numbers that are missing in the sequence have been assigned to geotechnical drill holes or have assays pending. The abbreviation b.d. stands for below detection limit, which is 2g/t for silver. Top cuts have not been applied to high-grade assays.
Table 2 Drill pad locations
|Pad #||UTM N||UTM E||Elevation||Hole no.|
|19BM-09||6219375||436295||1082||1941, 1942, 1947|
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Lawrence Tsang, P. Geo, the Company’s Senior Geologist provides the field management for the Premier exploration program. John Kiernan, P. Eng., Chief Operating Officer of the Company is the Company’s Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
Analytical work is being carried out by SGS Canada Inc (“SGS”). Ascot’s quality-assurance and quality-control program includes the use of analytical blanks to monitor for cross contamination, certified reference material standards to assess analytical accuracy, and duplicate samples to quantify sampling precision. This is in addition to the internal quality assurance program employed by SGS.
Samples are dried and weighed by SGS. They are then crushed to 75% passing 2mm, with 250g split and pulverized to 85% passing 75µm. Samples are processed on site by a mobile lab supplied by SGS and run by SGS personnel. All splits are sent to SGS in Burnaby. There, all samples are digested using aqua-regia with an ICP-AES finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples over 100ppm silver are digested with aqua regia and then volumetrically diluted before an ICP-AES or AA finish (up to 1,500ppm). Samples over 1,500ppm silver are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples over 10ppm gold are fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Identified or suspected metallic gold or silver are subjected to “metallics” assays. Sampling and storage are at the Company’s secure facility in Stewart.
About Ascot Resources Ltd.
Ascot is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on re-starting the past producing historic Premier gold mine, located in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. The Company continues to define high-grade resources for underground mining with the near-term goal of converting the underground resources into reserves, while continuing to explore nearby targets on its Premier/Dilworth and Silver Coin properties (collectively referred to as the Premier project). Ascot’s acquisition of IDM Mining added the high-grade gold and silver Red Mountain project to its portfolio and positions the Company as a leading consolidator of high- quality assets in the Golden Triangle.
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