Central Iron Ore Ltd. (TSX-V:CIO) is pleased to announce that significant gold intercepts have been intersected through the Company’s latest drilling program at the Endeavour Prospect at its South Darlot Gold Project. The results from the 20 hole drill program, which included 17 reverse circulation and 3 diamond core holes, include a suite of narrow vein, high gold grades of up to 124.4 grams per tonne which supports historical and earlier work conducted on the prospect.
Significant gold intercepts
SOUTH DARLOT GOLD PROJECT (Western Australia)
The Company’s South Darlot Gold Project area is located approximately 320km northwest of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and includes:
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Red 5 JV Project (Formerly Barrick Joint Venture Project)
These tenements are situated southwest of Red 5’s Darlot gold mine. The Red 5 JV Project Tenements are detailed below.
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As at the date of this release the Company is of the view was that it has earned in excess of a 70% interest in the Red 5 JV Project Tenements having incurred the required expenditure. This is disputed by Red 5 together with other aspects of the operation of the Red 5 JV. The parties are in discussions to resolve this matter.
The drilling at the Endeavour Prospect included 20 holes for resource definition. A total 17 RC holes for 706 metres and 3 diamond core holes for 141.8 metres for a total of 757.8 metres were drilled at the Endeavour Prospect as part of this program. Twelve holes drilled into the Endeavour Prospect returned significant assays hosted in a planar, laminated quartz vein. The width of the vein ranges from 0.7 to 4.2 metres and has an average width of 1.9 metres. The strike length of the mineralisation is approximately 40 metres and is open down plunge and to the west.
The mineralisation is characterised by a planar, laminated quartz vein with minor sulphides including pyrite, galena and traces of chalcopyrite. Enveloping this is stringer mineralisation over 1 – 3 metres with grades between 0.5 – 2.0 g/t Au. This laminated vein and halo mineralisation is hosted in a highly weathered felsic volcanic. Preliminary petrology suggests the gold is secondary in nature and present as small blebs of electrum or particulate grains associated with pyrite.
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Future drilling programs at the Endeavour Prospect
A program of RC drilling comprising 20 holes for 1,024 metres has been designed at the Endeavour Prospect, targeting the laminated vein both down plunge and to the west. The purpose of the drilling is to extend the mineralisation which is open to the west and trace the down plunge depths of this high grade quartz lode.
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Summary of Drill Results
Quality Control and Analytical Procedures
The Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of drill samples. Commercial standards, blanks and duplicates were inserted in every batch of samples submitted for analysis in accordance with industry practice. Gold analysis was carried out by ALS in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, with a 50 g charge by Fire Assay with Atomic Absorption finish method. ALS are certified and registered in each region with global application of standard procedures and audits to maintain standard practice throughout the laboratory network.
Mr Darryl Mapleson who is a Fellow of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has compiled the information within this report relating to mineralisation. Mr Mapleson has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity currently being undertaken to qualify as a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
The drilling program was carried out on mining lease 37/631. The importance of the status of this being a granted mining lease should not be underestimated in a development context as it gives CIO a significant cost and time advantage of the order of 18 to 24 months.
Mr Brett Hodgins, President and CEO, said, “We are encouraged with the results from the recent drilling program at our South Darlot Gold Project. Endeavour is shaping up as a very important prospect for CIO. The high grade gold results, combined with the prospect being on a granted mining lease, allow CIO to add value to this asset.
I believe this to be an important moment for CIO with high grade gold discovered close to surface, the identification of a structure which can be extended along strike. This combined with our 24 targets provides CIO with the platform to grow our gold resources.”
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