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Mandalay Intercepts Gold at Two Highly Prospective Targets Near the Björkdal Mine, Sweden

 

 

 

 

 

Mandalay Resources Corporation (TSX: MND) (OTCQB: MNDJF) announces successful results from its regional target testing drill campaigns approximately 6 km to the southwest of the Björkdal Mine. This press release is the third and final in a series of updates on our recent regional exploration programs at Björkdal.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Drilled 26 holes and 6,295 meters of diamond drilling to test high priority regional targets near the Björkdal Mine;
  • Intercepted high-grade gold in multiple holes at Lapptjärn including one long interval;
  • Returned encouraging results and high-grade gold assay from Granholm; and
  • Identified semi-massive sulphide within Tarsnäs with elevated zinc and copper assays.

 

Assay Highlights

 

Lapptjärn

  • 5.3 g/t gold over 7.05 m (ETW 5.40m) in LP-6; and
  • 8.6 g/t gold over 0.70 m (ETW 0.35m) in LP-12.

 

Granholm

  • 14.9 g/t gold over 0.5 m (ETW 0.38m) in GH-2.

 

Note: Further intercept details including significant intercepts within composite intervals can be found in the appendix to this press release.

 

Chris Davis, VP of Exploration and Operational Geology commented:

 

“Mandalay has ramped up its regional exploration efforts at Björkdal with exciting results across three highly prospective areas: the Northern, Eastern, and Southwestern Prospects. This third and final report focuses on drilling within the southwest of the tenement package situated 5 km from, and in a geological setting similar to, the world class Boliden deposit (8.3 Mt at 15.9 g/t gold and 1.42% copper) mined between 1924 and 1966.

 

“During the recent campaign from 2022 to 2023, four areas were advanced through to drill testing stage. Over the two summer periods, 26 holes were drilled into the targets. Early success was achieved at Lapptjärn, with an intercept of 5.3 g/t gold over 7.05 m, exhibiting characteristics similar to the gold mineralization found at Boliden. Subsequent drilling confirmed the continuity of the mineralization to a depth of 120 m, which remains open. At Granholm, further drilling intercepted similar mineralization with 14.9 g/t gold over 0.5 m.  Finally, drilling further south at Tarsnäs intercepted gold mineralization along with intervals of semi-massive sulphide with anomalous zinc and copper.

 

“While the Storheden and Norrberget deposits (press released May 14, 2024 and April 24, 2024) remain the focus for 2024, the encouraging results announced today will be followed up with targeted geophysical surveys at Lapptjärn and Tarsnäs including induced polarization and electromagnetic surveys.”

 

Highly Prospective Ground

 

The Björkdal mine is located within the well-endowed Skellefteå mining district in Northern Sweden, which is characterized by its extensive mineralization and diverse geological features. The region hosts several world-class Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) and orogenic gold deposits, that have been actively mined for over a century (Figure 1).

Geologically, the district spans a 120 by 30 km ore-bearing belt dominated by Paleoproterozoic volcanic rocks. This belt is part of a larger volcanic arc formation that emerged between the Bothnian basin to the south and the volcanic rocks of the Arvidsjaur group to the north.

 

Southwestern Prospects

 

During 2022 and 2023, diamond drilling targeted four prospects located approximately 7 km southwest of the Björkdal mine site. The prospects Lapptjärn, Granholm, Tarsnäs and Nyholm are located along a 5 km long, NW-SE striking fold structure that is overprinted by later shear systems. In the southeast, this mineralized corridor terminates against the stratigraphic contact between the regional Skellefte and Vargfors Groups. The prospects are largely hosted within mafic to felsic volcanics of the Upper Skellefte Group, close to the contact with the Vargfors Group. The presence of marble lenses also indicate that they are located in the same stratigraphic interval as the Björkdal, Storheden and Norrberget deposits.

 

Three major gold deposits are located within a 10 km radius of the southwestern prospects (refer to regional geology map in Figure 1), including the Björkdal mine site, as well as the past-producing Boliden mine (Boliden AB, historical production of 8.3 Mt @ 15.9 g/t Au, 50 g/t Ag, 1.42 wt.% Cu, 0.9 wt.% Zn, 0.3 wt.% Pb, and 6.8 wt.% As[1]) and the active Kankberg mine (Boliden AB Summary Report 2023, current proved and probable reserves of 3,760 Kt @ 3.8 g/t Au, 10 g/t Ag, 180 g/t Te and 97 g/t Bi).

 

Furthermore, the contact between the Skellefte and Vargfors Groups has been shown to host significant polymetallic Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag-Au deposits, including the historic Långdal and Långsele deposits, as well as the recently discovered Strömfors deposit (Boliden AB Summary Report 2023, inferred resource of 2,590 Kt @ 2.95 g/t Au, 81 g/t Ag, 4.44 wt.% Zn, 0.75 wt.% Pb, and 0.16 wt.% Cu). Notably, the latter is located at a distance of less than 4 km from the Lapptjärn, Granholm, Tarsnäs and Nyholm prospects (Figure 3).

 

The southwestern prospects are located within a geologically favourable setting, with potential for both precious and base metal mineralization. The initial drill campaigns of 2022-2023 focused on testing known mineralized zones and constraining their style and extent, with future efforts aiming to build on this information to generate new targets.2

 

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1 Mercier-Langevin P, McNicoll V, Allen RL, Blight JHS, Dubé B (2012) The Boliden gold-rich volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit, Skellefte district, Sweden: new U-Pb age constraints and implications at deposit and district scale. Mineral Deposita 48: 485–504.
2 Mercier-Langevin P, McNicoll V, Allen RL, Blight JHS, Dubé B (2012) The Boliden gold-rich volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit, Skellefte district, Sweden: new U-Pb age constraints and implications at deposit and district scale. Mineral Deposita 48: 485–504.

 

Lapptjärn

 

In 2022 and 2023, Mandalay targeted Lapptjärn with two successive diamond drill campaigns, totaling 3,347 m across 13 drill holes, focusing on gold-in-till anomalies initially discovered by Terra Mining AB in 1986 (“Kalkberget project”) and previously only tested with reconnaissance percussion drilling between 1986-1988 (Figure 4).

 

Mineralization at Lapptjärn is associated with structurally controlled lodes of disseminated arsenopyrite or irregular, arsenopyrite-bearing, Quartz-Carbonate veins. The mineralized zone is associated with silica-sericite-chlorite alteration and hosted within a folded sequence of felsic to mafic volcaniclastics belonging to the Skellefte Group, with interbedded marble lenses and graphitic shale.

 

Several drill holes at Lapptjärn intercepted mineralized intervals, which appear to form a network of lodes over a strike length of 200 m, centered on high-grade intercepts in holes LP-3 and LP-6. Although the high-grade intervals appear to have relatively limited strike and dip extent, the down-dip continuation of mineralization was confirmed by hole LP-12, leaving the system open at depth (Figure 4).

 

 

 

Granholm

 

During the summer of 2022, Mandalay Resources targeted Granholm with a diamond drill campaign totaling 1,016 m across 5 holes (Figure 7). The campaign aimed to verify and extend upon historical drilling from 1994-1995 by a joint venture between Boliden AB and COGEMA, which targeted an outcropping system of quartz veins associated with arsenopyrite, rare visible gold and zones of moderate to intense sericite alteration. The mineralization is hosted in folded and sheared rhyolitic to andesitic volcanic successions belonging to the Skellefte Group.

 

Holes GH-1, GH-2 and GH-3 intercepted mineralized quartz veins, with the highest grades occurring in veins containing a core of massive arsenopyrite (Figure 8). Lower grades were observed in veins in which arsenopyrite typically occurs as a dissemination in the adjacent wall rock or along the contact of the vein. No visible gold was observed in drill core, however, grab samples from an outcropping Quartz vein include rare 1 mm grains of visible gold, demonstrating the potential for free-milling gold within the system.

 

Holes GH-1 and GH-4 intercepted broad intervals of sericite schist that is crosscut by the later veins. The sericite schist itself is not mineralized but is indicative of a significant hydrothermal system within the prospect. Strong sericite alteration has been reported from the nearby Boliden deposit1 and the nature of the alteration system at Granholm is the subject of ongoing investigation.

 

Tarsnäs

 

Mandalay targeted Tarsnäs with two successive drill campaigns in 2022 and 2023, totaling 1,493 m across 5 drill holes, focusing on an untested section of the Skellefte-Vargfors contact to the south of historical drill sites by Boliden AB and COGEMA in 1994-1995 and Eagle Mining AB in 2007-2008. These had previously intercepted auriferous arsenopyrite-bearing Quartz veins situated along the deformed and sericite-chlorite-silica altered contact between the Skellefte and Vargfors Groups.

 

Highlights from the 2022-2023 drilling include an approximately 4 m wide zone (true width) of shear-hosted, arsenopyrite-rich quartz veins within the Vargfors Group, while arsenopyrite-bearing quartz veins also extends into felsic-intermediate volcanics of the underlying Skellefte Group. In addition, intervals with semi-massive sulphide (pyrrhotite-pyrite) with anomalous Zn-Cu and quartz veinlets with rare sphalerite were also intersected within shales belonging to the lower Vargfors Group (Figure 9).

 

The drilling at Tarsnäs did not return any significant mineralized intercepts. However, Tarsnäs remains an area of interest due to the frequent appearance of sulphides, including arsenopyrite with anomalous gold, and its proximity to the Skellefte-Vargfors contact.

 

Nyholm

 

Nyholm is located approximately 8 km southwest of the Björkdal mine site, along a segment of the Skellefte-Vargfors contact which has historically been reported as hosting arsenopyrite-bearing quartz veins with anomalous gold.

 

In the summer of 2022, Mandalay drilled two diamond drill holes across this contact, totalling 500 m. The drill holes intercepted minor intervals of shear-hosted arsenopyrite, occurring either as a weak dissemination or in small stringers. No significant assays were returned from these intervals.

 

Drilling and Assaying

 

At Björkdal, all diamond drill core was logged and sampled by Björkdal geologists. Exploration drill hole samples were sent to CRS Laboratories Oy in Kempele, Finland for sample preparation and assaying.

 

Assaying was primarily conducted utilizing the Pal1000 cyanide leaching processes. For sulphide -rich samples, Fire-Assaying conducted at MSALABS (FAS-221, 50 g charge) in Canada, following sample preparations (crushing, pulverizing) at CRS Kempele. Mandalay’s rigorous QA/QC program included the use of standard reference samples, blanks, duplicates, repeats, and internal laboratory quality assurance procedures. (see March 31, 2023, Technical Report entitled “Technical Report on the Björkdal Gold Mine, Sweden”, available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), which contains a complete description of drilling, sampling, and assaying procedures).

 

Qualified Person:

 

Chris Davis, Vice President of Operational Geology and Exploration at Mandalay Resources, is a Chartered Professional of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM CP(Geo)), as well as a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG) and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information provided in this release.

 

About Mandalay Resources Corporation

 

Mandalay Resources is a Canadian-based natural resource company with producing assets in Australia (Costerfield gold-antimony mine) and Sweden (Björkdal gold mine). The Company is focused on growing its production and reducing costs to generate significant positive cashflow. Mandalay is committed to operating safely and in an environmentally responsible manner, while developing a high level of community and employee engagement.

 

Mandalay’s mission is to create shareholder value through the profitable operation and continuing the regional exploration program, at both its Costerfield and Björkdal mines. Currently, the Company’s main objectives are to continue mining the high-grade Youle vein at Costerfield, ramping up production from deeper Shepherd veins, both of which will continue to supply high-quality ore to the processing plant, and to extend Mineral Reserves. At Björkdal, the Company will continue to produce from the Aurora zone and other higher-grade areas in the coming years, in order to maximize profit margins from the mine.

 

Appendix

 

Table 1. Drilling Composites

 

HOLE ID FROM (M) TO (M) INTERVAL (M) ESTIMATED
TRUE WIDTH
(M)
GOLD
GRADE (G/T)
GOLD
GRADE
DILUTED TO
1 M (G/T)
GH-1 60.00 60.40 0.40 0.31 2.1 0.7
GH-2 106.70 107.20 0.50 0.38 14.9 5.7
GH-2 115.60 116.20 0.60 0.39 2.2 0.9
GH-2 142.00 142.45 0.45 0.32 2.5 0.8
GH-3 23.75 24.30 0.55 0.35 5.4 1.9
GH-3 32.05 32.40 0.35 0.27 3.1 0.8
LP-1 82.60 84.35 1.75 0.88 1.0 0.9
LP-1 83.45 84.35 0.90 0.78 1.1 0.8
LP-11 18.30 18.90 0.60 0.59 4.5 2.6
LP-12 180.90 181.60 0.70 0.66 8.7 5.7
LP-12 201.90 202.50 0.60 0.30 2.7 0.8
LP-2 118.45 119.10 0.65 0.61 3.4 2.1
LP-3 35.25 36.50 1.25 1.08 4.5 4.5
LP-4 13.90 14.40 0.50 0.32 2.5 0.8
LP-4 98.30 98.80 0.50 0.38 1.3 0.5
LP-6 27.00 27.65 0.65 0.61 4.2 2.5
LP-6 78.35 78.80 0.45 0.42 3.7 1.6
LP-6 79.80 86.85 7.05 5.40 5.3 5.3
LP-6 128.55 129.35 0.80 0.51 1.8 0.9
LP-9 26.00 26.60 0.60 0.46 1.4 0.7
TN-2 44.80 45.20 0.40 0.35 1.4 0.5
TN-2 48.50 49.05 0.55 0.48 1.7 0.8

 

Notes
1.  Where true widths are greater than 1m, grades are not diluted and are presented as the grade over the composite true width.
2.  Composites that are below 0.5 g/t Au when diluted to 1 m are not reported in this table.

 

Table 2. Drill Hole Collar Details

 

HOLE ID SWEREF
NORTH
SWEREF
EAST
SWEREF
ELEVATION
DEPTH AZIMUTH
(SWEREF)
DIP DATE
FINISHED
GH-1 7206791 759799 193 199.1 170 -45 28/08/2022
GH-2 7206778 759681 188 199.9 170 -45 29/08/2022
GH-3 7206906 759636 186 200 170 -45 31/08/2022
GH-4 7206658 759926 173 192.9 354 -45 02/09/2022
GH-5 7206743 759524 182 226 165 -45 08/10/2022
LP-1 7208500 757994 217 250.05 75 -46 13/08/2022
LP-10 7208563 758132 215 209.75 175 -45 10/08/2023
LP-11 7208723 758098 217 201.5 235 -46 11/08/2023
LP-12 7208765 758179 199 281.9 220 -45 15/08/2023
LP-13 7208742 758179 200 301.1 190 -44 19/08/2023
LP-2 7208511 757909 210 254.4 65 -46 16/08/2022
LP-3 7208622 758209 216 250.35 230 -45 19/08/2022
LP-4 7208619 758267 206 251 205 -44 21/08/2022
LP-5 7208761 758091 211 200 235 -45 23/08/2022
LP-6 7208670 758140 214 200.2 230 -45 24/08/2022
LP-7 7208673 758361 199 348.95 235 -49 24/10/2022
LP-8 7209266 758212 198 300.4 220 -61 27/10/2022
LP-9 7209201 758289 197 233.4 215 -60 29/10/2022
NH-1 7205124 759213 200 249.3 345 -44 10/10/2022
NH-2 7205275 759400 203 250.4 345 -45 21/10/2022
TN-1 7205943 760760 203 249.9 330 -51 16/10/2022
TN-2 7205902 760659 194 250.65 305 -45 14/10/2022
TN-3 7205815 760546 204 275 305 -45 18/10/2022
TN-4 7205831 760667 207 107.9 305 -60 25/08/2023
TN-5 7205783 760613 203 350 305 -59 27/08/2023
TN-6 7205831 760667 207 261 305 -44 24/08/2023

 

 


Figure 1. Metallogenic Map of northern Sweden highlighting the location of the Skellefte district (A) and the Geological map of the Skellefte District displaying Mineral Deposits (B) as described in the Fennoscandian Ore Deposit Database (FODD, Eilu 2012). (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 2. Geological Map centred on Mandalay exploration tenement holdings highlighting the location of exploration drilling described in this release. Highlighted assays results are annotated. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 3. Geological map showing the geographic relationship between recently drilled targets and identified VMS mineralisation in the area. Mercier-Langevin et al. (2012). Strömfors after Boliden AB 2023 summary report. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 4. Plan view overview displaying recent drilling at Lapptjärn. Composited intercepts that, when diluted to 1m, grade above 2g/t are annotated. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 5. Cross Section+/- 10 m, along LP-2, LP-6 and LP-12. See figure 4 for location. Composited intercepts that, when diluted to 1m, grade above 2g/t are annotated. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 6. Drill core photos from LP-6 showing 5.3 g/t gold over 7.05 m (ETW 5.40m) intercept (A). Close up of arsenopyrite rich horizon with 53.27 g/t Au (B). (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 7. Plan view overview showing recent drilling at Granholm and Tarsnäs. Composited intercepts that, when diluted to 1 m, grade above 2 g/t are annotated. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 8. Drill core photos from GH-2 showing 14.9 g/t gold over 0.50 m (ETW 0.38 m) intercept (A). Close up of Arsenopyrite rich quartz vein (B). (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 9. Drill core photos from TN-3 showing intervals with semi-massive sulphide (pyrrhotite-pyrite) with anomalous zinc and copper. (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

 

 


Figure 10. Drill core photos from TN-2 showing 1.74 g/t gold over 0.55 m (ETW 0.48 m) intercept (A). Close-up of arsenopyrite rich quartz vein (B). (CNW Group/Mandalay Resources Corporation)

 

Posted June 5, 2024

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