Liberty Gold Corp. (TSX:LGD) is pleased to announce results from its ongoing Reverse Circulation drilling at the Goldstrike Project, the flagship of its three principal gold projects located in the prolific Great Basin of the United States. Located in southwestern Utah, Goldstrike is a past-producing, oxide-heap leach gold mine that contains a large, shallow, district-scale, Carlin-style gold system.
In 2018, The Southwest Goldstrike Trend (Beavertail Area) was drill-tested both within and outside of gold resources1 contained within the Preliminary Economic Assessment2 pit. Results have been received for 19 holes to date, with additional results pending.
To the west of the resource area and PEA pit, drilling targeted a large area with surface gold-in-soil anomalies and associated jasperoid alteration (West Beavertail). Shallow oxide gold mineralization was encountered in multiple drill holes, extending drill-tested gold mineralization over 300 metres from the Main Beavertail area. The mineralized zone remains open for extension to the south and west. Future drilling will focus on bringing the new extension into the existing resource model.
Drill Highlights include:
GOLDSTRIKE DEPOSIT (BEAVERTAIL MAIN) – INFILL AND STEP-OUT WITHIN AND ADJACENT TO CURRENT RESOURCE AREA
|Hole ID (Az, Dip)
|Au (g/t)||Au C
|Target||Comments||g/t x m|
|PGS589 (230, -65)||7.6||36.6||29.0||0.56||0.2||202.7||Western||Beavertail||30.2|
|PGS591 (145, -65)||0.0||76.2||76.2||0.72||0.2||135.6||Western||Beavertail||55.1|
|PGS594 (40, -70)||9.1||24.4||15.2||0.98||0.2||105.2||Western||Beavertail||37.3|
|PGS596 (60, -55)||0.0||21.3||21.3||0.79||0.2||196.6||Western||Beavertail||26.5|
|PGS655 (325, -69)||3.0||35.1||32.0||0.44||0.2||141.7||Western||Beavertail||32.6|
|PGS656 (67, -65)||3.0||15.2||12.2||0.35||0.2||147.8||Western||Beavertail||29.0|
|PGS657 (235, -65)||0.0||27.4||27.4||0.38||0.2||105.2||Western||Beavertail||26.1|
|PGS660 (180, -50)||0.0||15.2||15.2||0.39||0.2||129.5||Western||Beavertail||42.6|
|PGS661 (65, -45)||0.0||13.7||13.7||0.49||0.2||99.1||Western||Beavertail||37.5|
Defined terms: grams per tonne (“g/t”), gold (“Au”), Azimuth (“Az”), metres (“m”)
|Hole ID (Az, Dip)
|Target||Comments||g/t x m|
|PGS648 (0, -65)||7.6||27.4||19.8||0.46||0.2||138.7||Western||West Beavertail||9.2|
|PGS649 (180, -65)||0.0||10.7||10.7||0.40||0.2||134.1||Western||West Beavertail||12.5|
|PGS650 (180, -65)||6.1||24.4||18.3||1.24||0.2||123.4||Western||West Beavertail||26.8|
SOUTHWEST EXTENSION (BEAVERTAIL AND WEST BEAVERTAIL) KEY POINTS
GOLDSTRIKE GRABEN (CONDEMNATION DRILLING FOR HEAP LEACH PAD SITE)
The Goldstrike Graben area in the Western Zone was subject to condemnation drilling to assess suitability for location of a heap leach pad. Results ranged from No Significant Results to a high of 0.35 g/t Au over 6.1 m and 1.03 g/t Au over 3.0 m and 0.39 g/t Au over 3.0 m in PGS606. Combined with drilling from previous years, it is clear that there may be areas of gold mineralization inside the proposed PEA heap leach pad footprint that could warrant some follow-up work but, at present, most of the area appears to be better suited for location of infrastructure.
For a complete table of drill results from the current holes, please click here:
For a map of drill collars and traces for the current release, please click here:
Liberty Gold continues to meet its project enhancement goals in 2018, commencing with a maiden resource estimate released in February3. The PEA 4, published in July 2018, is based on a resource that includes drill results through the end of 2017 (1730 holes). 2018 drilling was focused on 1) infill and expansion of the resource; 2) testing of the historic heap-leach, stockpile and waste dump areas that are largely situated within the PEA pit and counted as waste in the PEA pit model (see August 16, 2018 press release); and 3) testing of new targets property-wide. An amendment to the current Plan of Operations to grant access to an additional >878 acres in and adjacent to the resource area is expected in the final quarter of 2018.
Goldstrike is located in the eastern Great Basin, immediately adjacent to the Utah/Nevada border, and is a Carlin-style gold system, similar in many ways to the prolific deposits located along Nevada’s Carlin trend. Like Kinsley Mountain and Newmont’s Long Canyon deposit, Goldstrike represents part of a growing number of Carlin-style gold systems located off the main Carlin and Cortez trends in underexplored parts of the Great Basin. The historic Goldstrike Mine produced gold at an average head grade of 1.2 g/t Au and an average recovery of approximately 75%.
Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration and Geoscience, Liberty Gold, is the Company’s designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and validated that the information contained in the release is accurate. Drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.20 g/t. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals vary between 30 and 100% of the reported lengths due to varying drill hole orientations, but are typically in the range of 60 to 80% of true width. Drill samples were assayed by ALS Limited in Reno, Nevada for gold by Fire Assay of a 30 gram (1 assay ton) charge with an AA finish, or if over 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. For these samples, the gravimetric data were utilized in calculating gold intersections. For any samples assaying over 0.200 ppm an additional cyanide leach analysis is done where the sample is treated with a 0.25% NaCN solution and rolled for an hour. An aliquot of the final leach solution is then centrifuged and analyzed by AAS. QA/QC for all drill samples consists of the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream, and the collection of duplicate samples at random intervals within each batch. Selected holes are also analyzed for a 51 multi-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. ALS Geochemistry-Reno is ISO 17025:2005 Accredited, with the Elko prep lab listed on the scope of accreditation.
ABOUT LIBERTY GOLD
Liberty Gold is focused on exploring the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining. This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah. We know the Great Basin and are driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open-pit scenarios. Our flagship projects are Goldstrike, Black Pine and Kinsley Mountain, all of which are past producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface.
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