MONARCH MINING CORPORATION (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) is pleased to report additional results from the 2022 drilling program on its wholly owned McKenzie Break gold project, located 25 kilometres north of the Corporation’s Beacon mill with a design capacity of 750 tpd.
The 2022 drilling program began in April and 53 holes have been drilled for a total of 16,104 metres. The program aimed at expanding the size of the 2021 MRE pit shell in the up-dip direction (to the west), increasing the current underground resource to the east and north and testing additional exploration targets along the volcanic-intrusive contact to the south.
This press release relates to newly received assay results for 12 holes, namely holes MK-22-334 to 338, MK-22-343 to 344, MK-22-352 to 354 and MK-22-356 to 357 (see table 2 at the end of this release). The results for the holes drilled at the northern edge of the deposit include 35.9 g/t Au over 0.5 m and 11.05 g/t Au over 1.3 m, indicating that the mineralization remains open to the north. Drilling in the southwestern part of the deposit returned best intersections of 12.65 g/t Au over 1.5 m and 28.2 g/t Au over 0.66 m, showing that the mineralization also extends in the up-dip direction, thus confirming that the pit shell can be expanded to the west. The three holes drilled within the pit shell limits to fill in larger gaps in earlier drilling returned a best intersection of 17.20 g/t Au over 0.9 m (see Figure 1). Results are pending for the remaining 30 holes.
Since the publication of the 2021 MRE by Geologica and GoldMinds, Monarch has completed a total of 41,424 m of drilling in 121 drill holes. The holes are relatively shallow and were primarily drilled at the outer edge of the proposed pit shell limits and in the area of the underground mineral resource blocks. This drilling has confirmed that the pit shell and underground mineral resource can be expanded beyond the limits defined in the 2021 MRE.
“Our primary aim is to continue to expand the footprint of the mineral resource estimate, including the proposed pitshell,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch. “The McKenzie Break mineralization remains open in all directions, and the near-surface intersections we are seeing confirm that the current pit shell limits and underground resource can still be expanded in several directions.”
About McKenzie Break
Gold mineralization occurs in an elongated diorite unit or lens within a shallow embayment of the Pascalis Batholith. Monarch continues to have drilling success beyond the limits of the current resource envelope (see Table 1). Based on the results obtained from the MRE and drilling to date, the mineralized envelope currently measures 1,100 metres by 600 metres and has been tested down to a vertical depth of 400 metres.
The table below shows the combined MRE for the McKenzie Break deposit. The McKenzie Break assay results and significant intervals and drill hole locations, as well as Monarch’s combined gold resources, can be found in tables at the end of this press release.
Table 1: 2021 MRE for the McKenzie Break deposit
|Area (cut-off grade)||Indicated resource||Inferred resource|
|Pit-constrained (0.50 g/t Au)||1,441,377||1.80||83,305||2,243,562||1.44||104,038|
|Underground (2.38 g/t Au)||387,720||5.03||62,677||1,083,503||4.21||146,555|
2. The database used for this mineral estimate includes drill results obtained from historical records and up to the recent 2018-2020 drill program.
The NI 43-101 Technical Evaluation Report on the McKenzie Break Property, October 14, 2021, was prepared by Alain-Jean Beauregard, P.Geo., Daniel Gaudreault, P.Eng. of Geologica Groupe-Conseil Inc., and Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Claude Duplessis, P.Eng. of GoldMinds GeoServices, all qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101.
Drill results are obtained by sawing the drill core into equal halves along its main axis and shipping one of the halves to ALS Canada in Val-d’Or, Québec, for assaying. The samples are crushed, pulverized and assayed by fire assay, with an atomic absorption finish. Samples exceeding 3 g/t Au are re-assayed using the gravity method and samples containing visible gold are assayed using the metallic screen method. Monarch uses a comprehensive QA/QC protocol, including the insertion of standards, blanks and duplicates.
The technical and scientific content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Louis Martin, P.Geo., the Corporation’s qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.
Monarch Mining Corporation is a gold mining company that owns four projects, including the Beaufor Mine, which is currently on care and maintenance and has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned Beacon Mill with a design capacity of 750 tpd. Monarch owns 29,504 hectares (295 km2) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host a combined measured and indicated gold resource of 666,882 ounces and a combined inferred resource of 423,193 ounces.
Table 2: McKenzie Break assay results
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Width (m)*||Au (g/t)|
*The width shown is the core length. True width is estimated to be between 60% and 70% of core length.
Table 3: McKenzie Break drill hole locations
|Hole||UTM_E (m)||UTM_N (m)||Azimut (°)||Dip (°)||Length (m)|
Table 4: Monarch combined gold resources
|Mineral resource estimates||Tonnes
|Total Measured and Indicated||1,284,900||5.3||219,200|
|Total Measured and Indicated||903,600||6.47||187,900|
|Measured and Indicated Resources||666,882|
|1 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Beaufor Mine Project, October 13, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Charlotte Athurion, P. Geo., Pierre-Luc Richard, P. Geo., and Dario Evangelista, P. Eng., BBA Inc.
2 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Croinor Gold Project, June 17, 2022, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Olivier Vadnais-Leblanc, P.Geo., Carl Pelletier, P.Geo. and Eric Lecomte, P.Eng., InnovExplo Inc.
3 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Evaluation Report on the McKenzie Break Property, October 14, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Alain-Jean Beauregard, P.Geo., Daniel Gaudreault, P.Eng., of Geologica Groupe-Conseil Inc., and Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Claude Duplessis, P.Eng., of GoldMinds GeoServices Inc.
4 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Swanson Project, January 22, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Christine Beausoleil, P. Geo. and Alain Carrier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc.
5 Numbers may not add due to rounding.
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