GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V:GTT) is pleased to announce the intersection of high-grade gold in step out drilling both to the east and west of its exciting 2017 Saddle South gold discovery and, additionally, the discovery of a new and deeper high-grade trend to the south (hole TTD069).
Presented below are assay results from an initial eight holes of the company’s 2018 exploration program, which commenced in late June. Drilling is ongoing and additional assays are pending. The 2018 program is expected to encompass a minimum of 18,000 metres of diamond drilling in an estimated 40 holes, with potential for program expansion and drilling to mid-November.
Steve Burleton, President and CEO stated: “We are very pleased with the early success of the drill program at Saddle South this season. All holes have hit mineralization as we step out to the east and west, and our deep drilling encountered high grades and strong widths along a new and well-mineralized trend not far south and east of the area drilled in 2017. As per plan, we are now also underway with follow-up drilling to last year’s intriguing results at Saddle North, where our first two reconnaissance holes showed significant potential for a sizable copper-gold-silver porphyry system, perhaps like that of the Red Chris mine, which is only 20 kilometres southeast of Saddle. We look forward to further demonstrating the true potential of the Saddle discovery area – both North and South.”
The Company has extended the Saddle South Zone (the “Main Trend”) both west and east by approximately 400 metres from the area drilled in the 2017 discovery holes. Saddle South now encompasses high-grade intercepts along more than a kilometer of strike length (see plan view). All holes drilled in the 2018 program have intersected mineralized zones, with highlighted zones and subzones tabulated in the attached table and shown on the accompanying plan and section views.
The primary goal of the early 2018 drilling at Saddle South has been to test the east and west extensions and to highlight the total strike extent of relatively shallow mineralization. This goal is now well on the way to being accomplished, and the mineralized trend remains open in both directions.
 Widths reported are drilled core lengths. True widths are estimated to be approximately 80% of drilled lengths for the minus 45 to 50 degree holes in this news release, and approximately 60 to 70% for more steeply inclined holes.
The secondary goal of the early 2018 Saddle South drilling has been to test the depth extent of the mineralized system. In doing so, hole TTD069 intersected high-grade mineralization 650 metres below surface in what appears to be a new sub-parallel mineralized trend south and east of the main area of 2017 Saddle South drilling (see section XS4150). To the west, along strike from the main area of 2017 drilling, beneath the rock glacier west of Saddle ridge and toward the western limit of 2018 drilling, high grades over broad widths were returned from hole TTD076 at moderate depths approximately 235 metres vertically from surface. As drilling progresses, holes will continue to test the along-strike and down-dip extents of the Saddle South Au-Ag system, and to infill between the known mineralization of the 2017 Main Trend and the new intercepts presented here.
Drilling has just commenced at Saddle North, an exciting copper-gold-silver porphyry system intersected late in the 2017 season in the Company’s first two reconnaissance holes. Initial drill results suggest strong similarities to the nearby Red Chris deposit, and the discovery hole (TTD062) was mineralized top to bottom, with grade increasing downhole. An Induced Polarization (IP) ground geophysical survey completed in mid-July this year has confirmed that the nearer-surface geophysical signatures outlined in last year’s shallow survey extend to depths of 500 metres or more and are continuous along trend. A number of targets will be tested in the initial 3,000-5,000 metres of drilling planned for the Saddle North target area. This includes deepening TTD062.
Table 1 – Initial Saddle South 2018 Diamond Drill Program Assay Results: Significant intercepts for 8 NQ-diameter diamond drill holes are reported below. For hole locations, dips and azimuths, refer to the accompanying drilling plan view and drill sections. Widths reported are drilled core lengths. True widths are estimated as approximately 80% of drilled lengths for the minus 45 to 50 degree holes reported in this news release, and approximately 60 to 70% for more steeply inclined holes.
|Hole||Au (g/t)||Interval (m)||From (m)||To (m)||Ag (g/t)|
Table 2 – Initial Saddle South 2018 Diamond Drill Hole Details: Key information for the above 8 diamond drill holes is reported below. Refer to the accompanying drilling plan view and drill sections for hole locations.
|Hole Number||Azimuth (degrees)||Dip (degrees)||Length (m)||Elevation (m)||UTM E||UTM N||Section|
GT Gold has implemented a rigorous quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) program to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of diamond drill core, the details of which can be viewed on the Company’s website at http://www.gtgoldcorp.ca/projects/tatogga/.
All assays are performed by ALS Canada Ltd., with sample preparation carried out at the ALS facility in Terrace, BC, and assays at the North Vancouver laboratory. Assay values are uncut. Assay results presented below are fire assay results only. For gold, fire assays are performed as per ALS protocol Au-AA26 (0.01-100.00 g/t Au) using 50 grams of sample with assays equal to or greater than 5 g/t Au calculated gravimetrically, and lower-grade samples measured by (AA) atomic absorption.
Charles J. Greig, M.Sc., P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for GT Gold Corp. and a Qualified Person as defined by NI-43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.
About GT Gold
GT Gold Corp. is focused on exploring for gold in the geologically fertile terrain of British Columbia’s renowned Golden Triangle. The Company’s flagship asset is the wholly-owned, 44,206-hectare Tatogga property, located near Iskut, BC, close to roads and grid power. The Company achieved, in 2017, a major new gold-silver discovery at its Saddle prospect, located up a gentle valley only 10 kilometres off highway 37. The Saddle discovery comprises two parts: a high-grade, near surface, epithermal gold-silver vein system at Saddle South and, close by at Saddle North, a largely covered, porphyry copper-gold-silver mineralized system. Geophysical surveying suggests that both may be large in scale, and early drill results suggest that Saddle North bears similarities to the nearby Red Chris deposit. The Saddle discovery was internationally recognized for its significance in November 2017 with the Mines and Money “Exploration Discovery Award”. The Company has the backing of major institutions and key Canadian investors and is fully funded for the 18,000-metre program of expansion drilling now underway on this exciting new discovery.
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