Equinox Gold Corp. (TSX-V: EQX) (OTC: EQXFF) is pleased to announce positive exploration drill results from the Tatajuba target (“Tatajuba”) at the Company’s 100%-owned Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil.
Tatajuba is the western extension of the main Piaba Trend that hosts Aurizona. Previous exploration work has defined a target more than 4 kilometres in length. This drill program focused on a 600-metre long portion of Tatajuba where historical drilling identified significant gold mineralization in the shallow saprolite zone. Each of the 12 drill holes (1,804 m) intersected the gold zone, extending gold mineralization to depths up to 150 m from surface and confirming continuity of mineralization into the deeper fresh rock.
Tatajuba Drill Highlights
“Tatajuba drilling has delivered excellent results with continuity and grades typical of the Piaba gold deposit,” said Scott Heffernan, EVP Exploration for Equinox Gold. “Only about 15% of the 4-kilometre-long target has been tested to date, highlighting the potential for significant resource expansion along strike from existing reserves and confirming our belief in the potential of the Aurizona camp.”
Gold mineralization at Tatajuba is characteristically the same as that at the Piaba gold deposit that is currently being mined. North-northeast crosscutting structures appear to enhance gold grades and add a new structural control in this portion of the Piaba Trend. The Aurizona exploration team is undertaking detailed surface mapping to integrate with oriented core data collected during this recent program to update the Tatajuba structural model and plan for additional exploration in 2019.
About Equinox Gold
Equinox Gold is a Canadian mining company with a multi-million-ounce gold resource base and near-term and growing gold production from two past-producing mines. Construction is well advanced at the Company’s Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil with the target of pouring gold by year-end 2018, and the Company is advancing its Castle Mountain Gold Mine in California with the objective of commissioning Stage 1 operations by the end of 2019.
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