Corvus Gold Inc. (TSX: KOR) (OTCQX: CORVF) announces it has received initial assay results from its Phase-4 Mother Lode resource expansion drilling program (Table 1). Both holes returned positive results from the southwest part of the deposit where Main Zone mineralization has now extended to the southwest part of the resource area (Figure 1). The Company believes that this Southwestern extension of higher-grade mineralization has demonstrated potential for the deposit to continue expansion in multiple directions and now at depth with hole ML19-119 intersecting 50.3m @ 1.50 g/t gold in newly identified intrusive zone.
These initial Phase-4 holes are part of a 30,000-metre drilling program (Core and RC) targeting a major increase in size of the Mother Lode deposit. Corvus expects to complete the Phase-4 program by mid-2020 with follow-up drilling as needed in the second half of next year. Phase-4 is designed to expand the current mineral resource of the deposit, test the deep “North Extension” & “Core” targets and the down faulted western extension of the main Mother Lode deposit (west of the Fluorspar Canyon Fault). In addition, Corvus plans to update its District-wide resource base and mining studies, which will incorporate 35,000 metres of the recently completed Phase-3 drill program as well as results from the ongoing Phase-4 program.
Southwest Mother Lode and New Deep Discovery
The initial two holes in the southwest area of the deposit indicates that the higher grade (+2 g/t) part of the Mother Lode system extends farther to the west than previously modeled and could link up with the zone intersected in hole ML18-073 (48.8m @ 1.19 g/t gold including 22.9m @ 1.74 g/t gold) which is approximately 100 metres to the west. In addition, a new deep intrusive related gold zone was intersected in hole ML19-119 below the main Mother Lode deposit in Paleozoic carbonates which could represent leakage up-dip along the major central dike system that may be related to the new geophysical anomaly at depth (~150m deeper).
Jeffrey Pontius, President and CEO of Corvus, said, “The new Phase-4 results at Mother Lode has begun where we left off earlier this year, by successfully expanding the deposit with thick, higher-grade Main Zone mineralization. Additionally, the discovery of a new deep intrusive related zone is exciting as it may be the first indicator of a significant new gold system below the main Mother Lode deposit as outlined by our new geophysical target. Mineralization is hosted in the favorable carbonate package and fully oxidized. Our Mother Lode Phase-4 program is the most exciting phase yet in this new and rapidly expanding gold discovery. The potential of this system is very impressive and with continued success its size could be large we believe it has the potential to deliver significant value to our shareholders.”
Mother Lode – Resource Expansion Phase-4 Results
(Reported intercepts are not true widths as there is currently insufficient data to calculate true orientation in space. Mineralized intervals are calculated using a 0.3 g/t cutoff unless otherwise indicated below)
|Drill Hole #||from
AZ 090 dip-65
|inc||184.4||202.69||18.29||1.81||n/a||1 g/t cut|
|286.51||294.13||7.62||0.60||n/a||Upper OX zone|
|306.32||356.62||50.30||1.50||n/a||New Deep Zone|
|inc||318.52||352.04||33.52||1.94||n/a||1 g/t cut|
AZ 085 dip-75
Upper OX zone
|156.97||163.07||6.10||0.40||n/a||Upper OX zone|
|inc||201.17||220.10||18.93||2.09||n/a||1 g/t cut|
|289.56||300.23||10.67||0.53||n/a||Lower OX zone|
|338.33||344.42||6.09||0.36||n/a||Lower OX zone|
Figure 1. Location of new holes at Mother Lode Project, Nevada
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
Jeffrey A. Pontius (CPG 11044), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects has supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Pontius is not independent of Corvus, as he is the CEO & President and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
Carl E. Brechtel, (Nevada PE 008744 and Registered Member 353000 of SME), a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has coordinated execution of the work outlined in this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Brechtel is not independent of Corvus, as he is the COO and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
The work program at Mother Lode was designed and supervised by Mark Reischman, Corvus Gold’s Nevada Exploration Manager, who is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project log and track all samples prior to sealing and shipping. Quality control is monitored by the insertion of blind certified standard reference materials and blanks into each sample shipment. All mineral resource sample shipments are sealed and shipped to American Assay Laboratories (AAL) in Reno, Nevada, for preparation and assaying. AAL is independent of the Company. AAL’s quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:1999. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Finally, representative blind duplicate samples are forwarded to AAL and an ISO compliant third-party laboratory for additional quality control. Mr. Pontius, a qualified person, has verified the data underlying the information disclosed herein, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information by reviewing the reports of AAL, methodologies, results and all procedures undertaken for quality assurance and quality control in a manner consistent with industry practice, and all matters were consistent and accurate according to his professional judgement. There were no limitations on the verification process.
Mr. Scott E. Wilson, CPG (10965), Registered Member of SME (4025107) and President of Resource Development Associates Inc., is an independent consulting geologist specializing in Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource calculation reporting, mining project analysis and due diligence evaluations. He is acting as the Qualified Person, as defined in NI 43-101, and is the primary author of the Technical Report for the Mineral Resource estimate and has reviewed and approved the Mineral Resource estimate and the Preliminary Economic Assessment summarized in this news release. Mr. Wilson has over 29 years of experience in surface mining, mineral resource estimation and strategic mine planning. Mr. Wilson is President of Resource Development Associates Inc. and is independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
Mr. Wilson, a qualified person, has verified the data underlying the information disclosed herein, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information by reviewing the reports of AAL, methodologies, results and all procedures undertaken for quality assurance and quality control in a manner consistent with industry practice, and all matters were consistent and accurate according to his professional judgement. There were no limitations on the verification process.
Metallurgical testing on North Bullfrog and Mother Lode samples has been performed by McClelland Analytical Services Laboratories Inc. of Sparks Nevada (“McClelland”), McClelland is an ISO 17025 accredited facility that supplies quantitative chemical analysis in support of metallurgical, exploration and environmental testing using classic methods and modern analytical instrumentation. McClelland has met the requirements of the IAS Accreditations Criteria for Testing Laboratories (AC89), has demonstrated compliance with ANS/ISO/IEC Standard 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, and has been accredited, since November 12, 2012. Hazen Research Inc. (“Hazen”), an independent laboratory, has performed flotation, AAO testing and cyanide leach testing on samples of sulphide mineralization from the YellowJacket zone and Swale area of Sierra Blanca, and roasting tests on Mother Lode flotation concentrate. Hazen holds analytical certificates from state regulatory agencies and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Hazen participates in performance evaluation studies to demonstrate competence and maintains a large stock of standard reference materials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Canadian Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET), the EPA and other sources. Hazen’s QA program has been developed for conformance to the applicable requirements and standards referenced in 10 CFR 830.120 subpart A, quality assurance requirements, January 1, 2002. Pressure oxidation test work on Mother Lode concentrate samples was performed by Resource Development Inc. of Wheatridge, CO.
For additional details, see technical report entitled “Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Integrated Mother Lode and North Bullfrog Projects, Bullfrog Mining District, Nye County, Nevada”, dated November 1, 2018 and amended on November 8, 2018, with an effective date of September 18, 2018 on the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
About the North Bullfrog & Mother Lode Projects, Nevada
Corvus controls 100% of its North Bullfrog Project, which covers approximately 90.5 km2 in southern Nevada. The property package is made up of a number of private mineral leases of patented federal mining claims and 1,134 federal unpatented mining claims. The project has excellent infrastructure, being adjacent to a major highway and power corridor as well as a large water right. The Company also controls 445 federal unpatented mining claims on the Mother Lode project which totals approximately 36.5 km2 which it owns 100%. The total Corvus 100% land ownership now covers over 127 km2, hosting two major new Nevada gold discoveries.
The combined Mother Lode and North Bullfrog Projects contains a Measured Mineral Resource for the mill of 9.3 Mt at an average grade of 1.59 g/t gold, containing 475 k ounces of gold and Indicated Mineral Resources for the mill of 18.2 Mt at an average grade of 1.68 g/t gold containing 988 k ounces of gold and an Inferred Mineral Resource for the mill of 2.3 Mt at an average grade of 1.61 g/t gold containing 118 k ounces of gold. In addition, the project contains a Measured Mineral Resource for oxide, run of mine, heap leach of 34.6 Mt at an average grade of 0.27 g/t gold containing 305 k ounces of gold and an Indicated Mineral Resource for, oxide, run of mine, heap leach of 149.4 Mt at an average grade of 0.24 g/t gold containing 1,150 k ounces of gold and an Inferred, oxide, run of mine, heap leach Mineral Resource of 78.7 Mt at an average grade of 0.26 g/t gold containing 549 k ounces of gold.
About Corvus Gold Inc.
Corvus Gold Inc. is a North American gold exploration and development company, focused on its near-term gold-silver mining project at the North Bullfrog and Mother Lode Districts in Nevada. Corvus is committed to building shareholder value through new discoveries and the expansion of its projects to maximize share price leverage in an advancing gold and silver market.
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