K2 Gold Corporation (TSX-V: KTO) (OTCQB: KTGDF) (FRANKFURT: 23K) is pleased to announce that significant high-grade oxide gold has been intercepted in the first three of the recently completed 17 hole, 2,540-meter program at the Company’s 100% owned Mojave property Southern California. Drill hole DF20-002 (located 96 meters from the nearest previous drill hole) intercepted 86.9 meters of 4.0 g/t gold, including 45.7 meters of 6.7 g/t gold from surface. The gold mineralization shares characteristics of both Carlin and epithermal type systems and is hosted within fractured, silicified and altered Triassic age calcareous siltstone, sandstones and shales.
Note: the spatial distribution is not well understood at this time and the true width is unknown.
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John Robins, Chairman of K2 commented, “We are very encouraged by these preliminary drill results from the Phase 1 program at Mojave which confirm the presence of wide intercepts of high-grade oxide gold starting at surface. Multiple targets have been identified over a large area at Mojave, and we look forward to reporting the balance of our Phase 1 results and to planning the second phase of drilling.”
Stephen Swatton, President and CEO of K2 added, “Our drilling has expanded upon the work completed by BHP in 1997, with this first set of drill holes positioned 96 meters from the nearest historical drill hole. The initial drill holes of this campaign were targeted beneath a historical trench that returned 4.2 g/t gold over 42.7 meters. In addition to the pending assay results from the remaining fourteen drill holes, K2 is awaiting results from regional exploration sampling at Upland Valley, Gold Valley, and Broken Hill.”
Phase 1 Drill Results
Assay results have been received for the first three RC holes on the Dragonfly target (DF20-001 to 003). All three holes were drilled from Site DF-1 and were collared approximately 96m south of historic BHP holes CM97 3 & 4. DF20-001, 002, and 003 were drilled beneath and adjacent to a historic BHP trench that returned 4.2 g/t Au over 42.7m. This drill pad was located beside an outcrop of strongly silicified conglomerate with stockwork quartz veining with historic chip samples up to 22.53 g/t Au. Hole DF20-001 & 002 were drilled at 70o azimuth and dips of -50o and -80o, respectively. Hole DF20-003 was drilled at a 25o azimuth and -65o dip to provide additional information on the geometry of mineralization for modelling efforts. A fourth hole (DF20-004) was also drilled from the site and assays are currently pending but expected within the next 2 weeks.
All three holes intersected a broad zone of strong to moderate alteration starting at or near surface. Multiple zones of mineralization occur within the alteration envelope with additional, discreet, zones of mineralization occurring further down hole. Assay values for individual samples ranged from trace to 28.3 g/t Au. The reported intervals are drilled widths and there is not currently enough data to accurately determine true thickness.
A summary of the intercepts is below:
Table 1: Dragonfly Significant Intercepts
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Au (g/t)|
|Envelope of Alt.||0.00||51.82||51.82||1.23|
|Envelope of Alt.||0.00||86.87||86.87||4.02|
|Envelope of Alt.||3.05||65.53||62.48||1.40|
Table 2: Drill hole locations
|Hole ID||Drill Site||UTM_E||UTM_N||Elv (m)||Azimuth||Dip||Depth(m)|
|DF20-001||DF – 1||433014||4039153||2200||70||-50||196.60|
Hole DF20—001 returned 3.10 g/t Au over 18.29m from surface and 0.70 g/t Au over 9.14m from 42.67m depth. Both these intercepts occur within the broader envelope of alteration that averaged 1.23 g/t Au over 51.82m. An additional zone of 1.11 g/t Au over 6.10m from 102.11m depth was also intercepted and is interpreted as a subparallel zone/splay.
Hole DF20—002 returned 6.68 g/t Au over 45.72m from surface, including 10.93 g/t Au over 24.38m from 9.14m depth, and 2.18 g/t Au over 19.81m from 67.06m depth. Both these intercepts occur within the broader envelope of alteration that averaged 4.02 g/t Au over 86.87m. An additional zone of 1.02 g/t Au over 3.05m from 161.54m depth was also intercepted and is interpreted as a subparallel zone/splay.
Hole DF20—003 returned 3.21 g/t Au over 18.29m from 3.05m depth and 2.29 g/t Au over 12.19m from 53.34m depth. Both these occur within the broader envelope of alteration that averaged 1.40 g/t Au over 62.48m. Additional zones of 0.86 g/t Au over 10.67m from 109.73m depth and 1.24 g/t Au over 12.19m from 134.11m depth were also intercepted and are interpreted as subparallel zones/splays.
The mineralization occurs within zones of strong quartz-sericite alteration within a sequence of calcareous conglomerate, siltstone, and sandstone and is associated with elevated As, Hg, Pb, Sb, Se, Te, & Tl (+/- Cu & Zn). The strongest intervals are associated with decalcification, silicification, quartz veining, and strong iron oxide development (limonite-hematite), and the current interpretation is that the mineralization occurs along a series north trending, west dipping, extensional fault-fracture zones between the East and West Conglomerate Mesa faults.
The drilling confirms the historic mineralization reported by BHP; demonstrates strong continuity of the mineralization along strike; and confirms the potential for high-grade (>5 g/t Au) mineralization on the target. It should be noted, that this interpretation indicates that mineralization intersected in historic drilling on CM97-1 & 2 to the south of Site DF-1 and in rock samples to the north of CM97-3 & 4 are along, separate, en echelon, extensional zones.
The drill results reported in this news release and those that will be reported in subsequent releases will be from an area of known high grade mineralization that was partially drilled (35 RC holes) by BHP and Newmont in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The area of interest in this drill program is approximately 3km by 1km. The geology and geochemistry of the area indicate gold mineralization developed in a high-level setting and displays characteristics of both Carlin and epithermal type systems.
The project is located on lands believed to have been used by families and bands of the Paiute and Shoshone people for hunting and gathering. As the area is at approximately 7000-ft in elevation, the nature of high altitude use of the Inyo Mountains by these people was studied. Based on the results of these studies, reports, field surveys and inventories, the site is considered to have low archaeological sensitivity (Class III Inventory, May 2016, as amended). However, as part of K2’s voluntary program of engaging and informing neighboring tribes of the activities at the site, K2 engaged tribal historic and cultural professionals from the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the Timbisha (Shoshone) Tribe to actively monitor the drilling project.
The Company has engaged third party biological consultants to review the Eastern project area under consideration for the second phase of drilling. There are no known floral or faunal species that have been identified in the area of proposed drilling that could prevent K2 from continuing its exploration program.
K2 expects to release further news in the coming weeks on the Mojave project, including:
K2 wishes to acknowledge the support of local businesses and their employees from the town of Lone Pine which greatly assisted the smooth running of the project. The Company remains committed to operating safely and making a positive impact on the communities in which it operates.
Assay Methodology & QA/QC
The analytical work on the Mojave project is being performed by MSALABS an internationally recognized analytical services provider, at its laboratory in Langley, British Columbia. All rock and drilling samples will be prepared using procedure PRP-910 (dry, crush to 70% passing 2mm, riffle split off 250g, pulverize split to better than 85% passing 75 microns) and analyzed by method FAS-111 (30g fire assay with AAS finish) and IMS-130 (0.5g, aqua regia digestion and ICP-AES/MS analysis). Any samples containing >10g/t Au will be reanalyzed using method FAS-415 (30g Fire Assay with gravimetric finish). Samples containing >100 ppm Ag and/or >1% Cu, Pb, & Zn will be reanalyzed using method ICF-6 (0.2g, 4-acid digest and ore grade ICP-AES analysis).
The reported work was completed using industry standard procedures, including a quality assurance/quality control program consisting of the insertion of certified standard, blanks and duplicates into the sample stream.
Jodie Gibson, Vice President of Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
K2 is a well-financed gold and silver exploration company with approximately C$2M and projects in SW USA and the Yukon. In the USA, the Company is represented by its 100% subsidiary, Mojave Precious Metals Inc. The Company is focused on the Mojave property in California, a 5,830 hectare oxide gold project with base metal targets. The location of Mojave enables the Company to have year-round news flow on multiple previously recognized surface gold targets that have been successfully drilled in the past by majors BHP and Newmont. Besides affording immediate drill targets based on the Company’s soil data integrated with LiDAR and Worldview-3 data, the property also has undrilled locations with gold enriched historical trench results including one at the East zone which recorded 8.4 g/t gold over 25.6m (see October 30, 2013 news release from Great Bear Resources Ltd.).
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