Maple Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX-V: MGM) (OTCQB: MGMLF) (FSE: M3G) is pleased to report complete gold assay results from the first phase of deep drilling at the Douay Gold Project located in Québec, Canada, which is held by a 50/50 joint venture between the Company and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited. The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Jocelyn Pelletier, M.Sc., P.geo. as its Chief Geologist. Mr. Pelletier is both a structural geologist and a specialist in metallogeny who brings more than 20 years of progressive exploration experience primarily focused on the formation of gold deposits and porphyry copper-gold systems. The Company also announces that Joness Lang and Fred Speidel have left the Company to pursue other opportunities.
At Douay, the JV completed a total of 5,793 metres in three new holes and two extension holes during the first half of 2023. Four drill holes were designed as deep conceptual exploration holes to test for mineralization extensions at greater depths (up to ~1,600 m vertical depth) beneath Douay’s currently defined Mineral Resources, and the fifth drill hole was a shallower step-out hole to the east of the NW Zone (see Figure 1 for a plan view map depicting drill hole locations and key results, Figure 2 for a composite longitudinal section and Table 1 for a detailed summary of assay results). This first phase of widely spaced (from ~500 m to ~3,000 m between holes) deep drilling returned 10 separate intercepts >2.5 gold grams per tonne (“g/t Au”) and four broad intervals (from ~59 to ~221 m in length) of low-grade (mostly >0.1 g/t Au) gold mineralization, demonstrating that a deep-rooted gold system is present to the current limits of drilling. Pending multi-element assays from the first phase of deep drilling will be incorporated into ongoing vectoring efforts to develop follow up targets to continue testing the depth potential at Douay from successful proof-of-concept towards potentially economic gold intercepts in undrilled zones over more than six kilometers of strike length.
Highlighted Results and Key Takeaways:
“This deep drilling program was developed to test the potential for a much larger gold system at Douay while also demonstrating continuity of mineralization beneath currently defined Mineral Resources,” stated Matthew Hornor, President and CEO of Maple Gold. “The average vertical depth of all previous drilling at Douay is roughly 300 m, with limited data below 500 m, so this first pass of deeper drilling was discovery-focused with the aim of bringing us one step closer to uncovering a new zone at depth. The program was successful from a proof-of-concept standpoint in demonstrating mineralization continuity up to four times deeper than Douay’s currently defined Mineral Resources. Given what we’ve encountered in the JV’s first deep drill holes, the Company remains highly encouraged and confident that our detailed interpretation and vectoring work will lead to promising follow-up targets to incorporate into future drill campaigns at Douay. To support these ongoing initiatives, I am delighted to welcome Josh Pelletier as the Company’s new Chief Geologist and believe that his strong structural geology and metallogeny background will help unlock value at our strategically located and district-scale project portfolio within Quebec’s Abitibi greenstone belt.”
Technical Observations, Key Takeaways and Next Steps
The JV’s first phase deep drilling program delivered several key geological findings related to the potential depth continuity of gold mineralization at Douay:
At Douay, two types of gold mineralization have been recognized: 1) gold that is spatially associated with porphyritic intrusive phases and 2) gold that is spatially associated with shear zones in the CBDZ. Both styles of mineralization may have formed in different conditions and time frames. The porphyry-style gold displays similarities to low-grade gold zones formed in magmatic-hydrothermal systems, while the gold related to shear zones is similar to other orogenic gold deposits that represent the majority of gold mines in the Abitibi gold belt. Therefore, it is important to distinguish both mineralization events, and to define their spatial distributions and orientations. The JV will be completing additional metallogenic interpretations and analysis to generate optimal targeting at Douay for future drill testing.
Figure 1: Plan view showing completed 2023 drill traces at Douay. Note DO-23-332 was drilled to 1,453 m but appears shorter due to subvertical inclination.
Figure 2: Composite long section showing completed 2023 deep holes at Douay and key assay results.
Figure 3: Cross-section (100 m corridor width) showing the location of DO-23-326X, key intercepts and interpreted lithologic and structural elements.
The next steps at Douay include:
The Company will continue its vectoring work to refine the next set of priority drill targets at Douay, including follow-up on the first phase of deep drilling, as well as revisiting areas where the JV previously had successes (e.g. 531 and Western Porphyry zones). The Company is concurrently refining targets along its 100%-controlled Eagle Mine Project and in the Telbel Mine area within the JV’s Joutel Gold Project in preparation for anticipated fall and winter drilling campaigns, which are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The Company’s VMS-focused exploration work is also ongoing with the aim of defining new drill targets, which are anticipated to be tested in early 2024.
Table 1: Complete Assay Results from the First Phase of Deep Drilling at Douay
|Hole||UTME||UTMN||Azimuth||Plunge||Length (m)||From||To||Interval||Au g/t|
|DO-22-326||706400||5491650||172||-54||98||Master hole – reported on 11/30/22|
Note: All reported intercepts are downhole core lengths. Estimated true widths are unknown at this time due to the limited data at the depths drilled.
Maple Gold is pleased to announce the appointment of Jocelyn Pelletier as the Company’s new Chief Geologist. Mr. Pelletier is a structural geologist and a specialist in metallogeny with over 20 years of exploration experience primarily focused on the formation of gold deposits and porphyry copper-gold systems. He holds an M.Sc. degree in geology (UQAM – Montreal), a BSc in management and is a Fellow of the SEG as a Professional Geologist (OGQ). Mr. Pelletier has significant experience exploring Canada’s greenstone belts, including the Abitibi, Timmins, Red Lake, Beardmore and Rankin Inlet. He will work closely with the Company’s geological team, highly experienced Technical Committee and the JV to support the next phase of drill targets across the Company’s project portfolio.
The Company also announces that Joness Lang and Fred Speidel have left the Company to pursue other opportunities. The Company wishes both Mr. Lang and Mr. Speidel every success in their future endeavors.
The Company has approved the grant to an employee and officer of stock options to purchase an aggregate of 400,000 common shares of the Company at an exercise price of $0.17 per common share. The Options have a 5-year term and vest 1/3 immediately, 1/3 in 12 months and 1/3 in 24 months from the date of grant until fully vested.
The scientific and technical data contained in this press release was reviewed and prepared under the supervision of Jocelyn Pelletier, M.Sc., P.geo., Chief Geologist of Maple Gold. Mr. Pelletier has verified the data related to the exploration information disclosed in this press release through his direct participation in the work performed. Mr. Pelletier is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
The Company implements strict Quality Assurance and Quality Control protocols at Douay and Telbel covering the planning and placing of drill holes in the field; drilling and retrieving the NQ-sized drill core; drill hole surveying; core transport; core logging by qualified personnel; sampling and bagging of core for analysis; transport of core from site to the Val d’Or, Québec ALS laboratory; sample preparation for assaying; and analysis, recording and final statistical vetting of results. Check assays for gold will be done on a sample subset at AGAT laboratory in Val d’Or.
About Maple Gold
Maple Gold Mines Ltd. is a Canadian advanced exploration company in a 50/50 joint venture with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited to jointly advance the district-scale Douay and Joutel gold projects located in Québec’s prolific Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt. The projects benefit from exceptional infrastructure access and boast ~400 km2 of highly prospective ground including an established gold resource at Douay (SLR 2022) that holds significant expansion potential as well as the past-producing Eagle, Telbel and Eagle West mines at Joutel. In addition, the Company holds an exclusive option to acquire 100% of the Eagle Mine Property.
The district-scale property package also hosts a significant number of regional exploration targets along a 55 km strike length of the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone that have yet to be tested through drilling, making the project ripe for new gold and polymetallic discoveries. The Company is well capitalized and is currently focused on carrying out exploration and drill programs to grow resources and make new discoveries to establish an exciting new gold district in the heart of the Abitibi.
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