IAMGOLD Corporation (TSX: IMG) today provided assay results from its 2019 diamond drilling program at the previously announced Gosselin Zone discovery (see news release dated March 26, 2019). The Gosselin Zone exploration program is part of the Côté Gold Joint Venture Project, a 70:30 joint venture between IAMGOLD Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd located 125 km southwest of Timmins and 175 km north of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
During the 2019 drilling program, 14 NQ-sized diamond drill holes were completed for a total of 4,848 metres drilled. Thirteen holes were completed from platforms established on the lake ice of Three Ducks Lake and one hole was land-based, drilled from a peninsula extending into the west central part of Three Ducks Lake. One hole was abandoned and re-collared due to drill hole deviation.
The assay results reported herein are provided in Table 1, below, and include the following highlights (see plan map attached to this news release):
Craig MacDougall, Senior Vice President, Exploration for IAMGOLD, stated: “The results from the 2019 exploration program continue to confirm the potential of the new Gosselin discovery. We are particularly encouraged by the continued intersection of wide intervals of intrusion-hosted mineralization, now confirmed to extend to near surface as well as along strike to the southwest towards the Young-Shannon zone. These results will be used to help design future drilling campaigns aimed at further evaluating the resource potential of this new discovery.”
The 2019 diamond drilling program was designed to evaluate the resource potential by testing the near-surface extension of the Gosselin Zone immediately beneath Three Ducks Lake, as well as evaluate the continuity of mineralization between the Gosselin Zone and the recently recognized intrusion-hosted mineralization associated with the historic Young-Shannon vein system.
The drilling program successfully confirmed both the near-surface extension beneath Three Ducks Lake and mineralized continuity towards Young-Shannon. Eight drill holes returned wide mineralized intervals starting at the bedrock-lake bottom interface and, along strike to the southwest, three drill holes (GOS19-24, GOS19-28 and GOS19-29) returned significant mineralization in close proximity to the Young-Shannon Gold Zone (refer to results from drill holes YS89-110, YS89-116, and YS89-181 reported in the March 26, 2019 News Release). Additional drilling is required to fully delineate the extent of the Gosselin discovery and support a maiden resource estimate.
The 2019 drill results, together with additional ICP analyses, will be incorporated into a preliminary geologic model for the Gosselin and Young-Shannon zones. In addition, a summer field program consisting of mapping and surface channel sampling is underway which will further support the development and refinement of the geologic model, which when completed, will be used to guide future drilling campaigns with the goal of completing an initial resource estimate in the future.
Technical Information and Quality Control Notes
The drilling results contained in this news release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
The “Qualified Person” responsible for the supervision of the preparation, verification and review of the technical information in this release is Al Smith, P. Geo, District Manager – Exploration for IAMGOLD in the Ontario Côte District. He is considered a “Qualified Person” for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 with respect to the technical information being reported on. The “Qualified Person” responsible for the planning, supervision and execution of the diamond drilling program is Brad McKinley, P. Geo, Senior Geologist for IAMGOLD in the Ontario Côte District. The technical information has been included herein with the consent and prior review of the above noted Qualified Persons.
The information in this news release was reviewed and approved by Craig MacDougall, P.Geo., Senior Vice President, Exploration for IAMGOLD. Mr. MacDougall is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
The sampling of, and assay data from, the drill core is monitored through the implementation of a quality assurance – quality control program designed to follow industry best practice. Drill core (NQ size) samples are selected by the IAMGOLD geologists and sawn in half with a diamond saw at the project site. Half of the core is retained at the site for reference purposes. Sample intervals may vary from half a metre to one and a half metres in length depending on the geological observations. Samples were stored in sealed plastic bags and packed into fiber backs onto a pallet where they were shrink wrapped for transport. A formal chain-of-custody procedure was adopted for security of samples until their delivery at the laboratory.
Activation Laboratories Limited (ACTLABS – located in Timmins, Ontario) was utilized for assay analyses, performing crushing, pulverizing, and fire assay in Timmins Ontario. Activation Laboratories completed the following laboratory procedure: Samples are coarse crushed to 90% passing 2.0 mm screen (10 mesh screen), riffle split (250 gram) and (mild steel) to 95% passing 105µm. Cleaner sand is included. Samples were analyzed using a standard 30 gram fire assay (30 g aliquot) with an Atomic Absorption (AA) finish. For samples that returned assay values over 3.0 grams per tonne (g/t), another cut is taken from the original pulp and fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. For samples showing visible gold (VG) or samples which have returned values greater than 5.0 g/t, these were re-analyzed by pulp metallic analysis. IAMGOLD inserts blanks and certified reference standards in the sample sequence for quality control.
In accordance with recommendations from our on-going QA-QC program, additional check analyses are underway at ACTLABS.
IAMGOLD is a mid-tier mining company with four operating gold mines on three continents. A solid base of strategic assets in North and South America and West Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD is in a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.
|Table 1 Gosselin Project Drilling Results – 2019 Drilling program|
|Hole No.||UTM NAD83 Zone17||AZ||DIP||EOH||From||To||Core Interval(1)||Au (2)|
Figure 1 – Gosselin Drill Hole Plan Map
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