Nevada King Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NKG) (OTCQX: NKGFF) is pleased to announce results from three core holes drilled at the Company’s 100% owned Atlanta Gold Mine, located 264km northeast of Las Vegas at the southern end of the Battle Mountain Trend.
Exploration Manager Cal Herron stated: “Hole AT21-068C is very significant in demonstrating the extent of the known zone of high-grade gold mineralization present at the bottom of the Atlanta Pit. Consequently, the Company’s 2022 drilling program will extend northward and southeastward from AT21-068C along the wide gaps that exist between holes drilled in 2021 and the historical drill coverage, as seen in Figure 1. This will tie together the high grade mineralization encountered in AT21-062 to the shallow mineralization seen in the 2021 holes drilled along the southern end of the open pit, filling a highly prospective, glaring gap in the historical drill pattern that was caused by very poor access. This poor access zone overlies areas mined in the late 1800s to early 1900s via underground methods. Nevada King is currently improving access roads and pads within both gap areas to allow for vertical pre-collar and core drilling. Core twin holes AT21-002C and AT21-003C confirmed gold intercept lengths in their respective RC holes AT21-002 and AT21-003 and reasonably confirmed gold grades as well. More twin core holes are planned in 2022, but these initial twin tests tell us the 2021 RC results agree well with the core results. We see no evidence of downhole contamination in the RC holes that could lead to either upgrading or downgrading of gold values.”
Table 1. Gold intercepts for NKG’s vertical core holes drilled in 2021, one located at the southwestern end of the historical Atlanta open pit and the other two drilled 500m north of the pit. True thickness of mineralization is currently unknown and must be determined with additional drilling.
*AT21-003C lost at 163.9m in open void.
2021 Core Drilling Summary
The 2021 core drilling program utilized a track-mounted Maxi Drill operated by Harris Exploration Drilling out of Fallon, Nevada. RC pre-collars penetrated the Tertiary sediments and volcanics overlying the mineralization and coring was initiated 10m to 15m above the anticipated contact with mineralized collapse breccia hosted by Ordovician-age carbonates. The HQ size core was transported by Nevada King staff to the Company’s secure warehouse in Winnemucca, NV, where it was photographed, logged, sawn in half and sampled. Samples were placed in tagged, heavy cloth bags and transported by staff to American Assay Lab’s facility in Sparks, Nevada. Pulp standards and coarse blank samples were inserted into the sample stream on a 1-in-20 sample basis. At American Assay Lab the samples were analyzed for gold via 30gm fire assay.
Holes AT21-002C and AT21-068C drilled well and recovery within the gold zones averaged greater than 90%. The collapse breccia was strongly fractured but core recovery remained stable throughout. In stark contrast, AT21-003C penetrated the upper collapse breccia contact without difficulty but encountered open voids immediately above the high grade zone. The drill was able to negotiate a 1.2m open void at 161m depth, but the hole was ultimately lost in high-grade material with the final interval running 19.5 g/t at 163.5m within a much larger void.
The recovery problems in AT21-003C are not unusual at Atlanta. Based on an examination of existing historical core and drill logs, numerous historical RC and core holes experienced similar low recoveries within the higher grade portions of the deposit. In order to avoid the difficult recovery issues experienced in AT21-003C, the Company will be using PQ size core to do much of the high-grade definition drilling. This will hopefully eliminate some of the recovery problems, plus it allows for hole reduction down through lost circulation zones. Compared to historical drill results, there is good chance of seeing higher grades and thicknesses in the 2022 drill holes due simply to improved recovery and full penetration of the mineralized zones.
2022 Drilling Plan
Based on Nevada King’s experience gained at Atlanta in 2021, the 2022 drilling program will incorporate a high percentage of PQ and HQ core holes in the higher-grade portions of the deposit in order to ensure better recovery and accurate gold assay results. RC drilling will be used both for pre-collars and for definition of the lower grade mineralization peripheral to major structures, such as seen in AT21-002C. The total 2022 program currently anticipates a 100-hole drill program totaling 13,100m (43,000ft), comprising 10,000m of combined pre-collar and exploratory RC drilling and 3,100m of core drilling. Most of the meterage will focus on expanding the high grade zones along the Atlanta Mine Fault zone northward and to depth in order to increase both tonnage and grade.
Granting of Options
The Company has granted 3,750,000 stock options to consultants of the Company with each stock option exercisable into a common share of the Company at a price of $0.60 for a period of five years and 12,500,000 stock options to certain directors and officers of the Company with each stock option exercisable into a Share at a price of $0.60 for a period of five years.
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Calvin R. Herron, P.Geo., who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
About Nevada King Gold Corp.
Nevada King is the third largest mineral claim holder in the State of Nevada, behind Nevada Gold Mines (Barrick/Newmont) and Kinross Gold. Starting in 2016 through to the present day the Company has staked large project areas hosting significant historical exploration work along the Battle Mountain trend located close to current or former producing gold mines. These project areas were initially targeted based on their potential for hosting multi-million ounce gold deposits and were subsequently staked following a detailed geological evaluation. District-scale projects in Nevada King’s portfolio include (1) the 100% owned Atlanta Mine, located 100km southeast of Ely, (2) the Lewis and Horse Mountain-Mill Creek projects, both located between Nevada Gold Mines’ large Phoenix and Pipeline mines, and (3) the Iron Point project, located 35km east of Winnemucca, Nevada.
The Atlanta Mine is a historical gold-silver producer with a NI 43-101 compliant pit-constrained resource of 460,000 oz Au in the measured and indicated category (11.0M tonnes at 1.3 g/t) plus an inferred resource of 142,000 oz Au (5.3M tonnes at 0.83 g/t). See the NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources titled “Atlanta Property, Lincoln County, NV” with an effective date of October 6, 2020, and a report date of December 22, 2020, as prepared by Gustavson Associates and filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
Tabulation of NI 43-101 Mineral Resources at the Atlanta Mine
Figure 1. Location of 2021 core holes (blue diamonds) relative to 2021 RC holes (red dots) and historical holes (white dots). Black faults show surface trace of strands comprising the Atlanta Mine Fault zone. (CNW Group/Nevada King Gold Corp.)
Figure 2. Cross section J-J’ showing gold distribution in the Nevada King core hole drilled at the southwest corner of the pit and RC hole drilled at the bottom of the pit. The Mineralized horizon is sharply down-dropped to the west along the Atlanta Mine Fault zone. (CNW Group/Nevada King Gold Corp.)
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