Marathon Gold Corporation (TSX: MOZ) is pleased to report additional drill results from recent exploration drilling at the Valentine Gold Project, central Newfoundland. These latest results represent fire assay data from fifteen drill holes located within the new Berry Zone which were completed as part of the ongoing Berry infill drill program. Highlights include:
All quoted intersections comprise uncut gold assays in core lengths. All significant assay intervals are reported in Table 1.
Matt Manson, President & CEO commented: “These latest results from the new Berry Zone continue to demonstrate long intersections of Quartz-Tourmaline-Pyrite-Gold mineralization in characteristic “Main Zone” configurations within our in-fill drill area. By the end of this month we expect to have completed our 52,000 metre 2020 exploration drill program at the Valentine Gold project, including the 8,000 metres of infill drilling at Berry. Assay results from this drilling are expected to be released in batches through the end of the year and into January. These will include assay results from Berry, the Sprite Corridor between Berry and the Frozen Ear Pond (FEP) Road, the FEP Road to the Marathon Deposit, and the Narrows area located northeast of the Marathon Deposit. The results of the Berry drilling will then be incorporated in a new Mineral Resource estimate. Given the success of our 2020 exploration drilling, and the scale of mineralization we are seeing at Berry, we anticipate an equally vigorous exploration program in 2021.”
Gold mineralization at the Valentine Gold Project is contained predominantly within shallowly southwest dipping, en-echelon stacked Quartz-Tourmaline-Pyrite-Gold veins. At the Leprechaun and Marathon Deposits, as well as at the new Berry Zone, these QTP-Au veins form densely stacked and northwest plunging “Main Zone” envelopes within intrusive host rocks on the hanging wall (northwest) side of the Valentine Lake Shear Zone. The extent of mineralization appears related to the size and frequency of sheared mafic dykes which extend northeast-southwest within the hanging wall, parallel to the shear zone. Exploration drilling is generally undertaken in two orientations: down steeply towards the northwest at a high angle to the individual veins and down-plunge of the Main Zone stacking, or obliquely towards the southeast sub-parallel to the individual veins and across the strike of Main Zone mineralization.
The results released are derived from fourteen drillholes located between sections 13400E and 13650E at the western end of the Berry in-fill area (VL-20-877, 878, 880, 881, 883, 884, 885, 886, 887, 888, 889, 890, 891 and 894), and one hole at section 13970E close to the eastern end (VL-20-893; Figures 2 and 3). All holes were oriented steeply down to the northwest.
Overall, fourteen of the fifteen drill holes returned “significant” drill intersections of greater than 0.7 g/t Au (Table 1). Each of these fourteen holes returned additional intersections with gold grades above the 0.3 g/t Au cut-off used in the January 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Project. No economic mineralization was encountered in drill hole VL-20-878 which stayed within footwall sedimentary rocks.
Table 1: Significant assay intervals, Sprite Corridor, Valentine Gold Project
|DDH||Section||Az||Dip||From||To||Core Length (m)||True Thickness (m)||Gold g/t||Gold g/t (cut)|
Notes on the Calculation of Assay Intervals
Figure 1: Location Map, Valentine Gold Project. (See News Release Dated February 3, 2020 for a Description of the 2020 Exploration Drill Program) is available at
Figure 2: Location of Berry Zone Exploration Drill Hole Collars VL-20-877 to VL-20-894 is available at
Figure 3: Cross section 13580E (View NE) Sprite Corridor, Valentine Gold Project is available at
Disclosure of a scientific or technical nature in this news release was prepared under the supervision of Nicholas Capps, P.Geo. (NL), Project Manager for exploration at the Valentine Gold Project. Exploration data quality assurance and control for Marathon is under the supervision of Jessica Borysenko, P.Geo (NL), GIS Manager for Marathon Gold Corporation. Both Mr. Capps and Ms. Borysenko are qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101.
Quality Assurance-Quality Control
QA/QC protocols followed at the Valentine Gold Project include the insertion of blanks and standards at regular intervals in each sample batch. Drill core is cut in half with one half retained at site, the other half tagged and sent to Eastern Analytical Limited in Springdale, NL. All reported core samples are analyzed for Au by fire assay (30g) with AA finish. All samples above 0.30 g/t Au in economically interesting intervals are further assayed using metallic screen to mitigate the presence of coarse gold. Significant mineralized intervals are reported in Table 1 as core lengths and estimated true thickness (70 – 95% of core length), and reported with and without a top-cut of 30 g/t Au applied.
Marathon acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Marathon is a Toronto based gold company advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Project located in the central region of Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. The Project comprises a series of four mineralized deposits along a 20-kilometre system. An April 2020 Pre-Feasibility Study outlined an open pit mining and conventional milling operation over a twelve-year mine life with a 36% after-tax rate of return. The Project has estimated Proven Mineral Reserves of 1.3 Moz (26.3 Mt at 1.52 g/t) and Probable Mineral Reserves of 0.6 Moz (14.8 Mt at 1.23 g/t). Total Measured Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) comprise 1.9 Moz (31.7 Mt at 1.86 g/t) with Indicated Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) of 1.19 Moz (23.2 Mt at 1.60 g/t). Additional Inferred Mineral Resources are 0.96 Moz (16.77 Mt at 1.78 g/t Au). Please see the Technical Report dated April 21, 2020 for further details and assumptions relating to the Valentine Gold Project.
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