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New Found Intercepts 47.82 g/t Au Over 9.75m at Keats Main, Extends High-Grade Zone to Surface With Interval of 55.61 g/t Au Over 3.20m

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New Found Intercepts 47.82 g/t Au Over 9.75m at Keats Main, Extends High-Grade Zone to Surface With Interval of 55.61 g/t Au Over 3.20m

 

 

 

 

 

New Found Gold Corp.  (TSX-V: NFG) (NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce assay results from 17 diamond drill holes targeting expansion of the Keats Zone. These holes were drilled as part of the Company’s ongoing 400,000m diamond drill program at its 100%-owned Queensway Project, located on the Trans-Canada Highway 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland.

 

Keats Drill Result Highlights

  • Highlight intervals from this drilling are summarized below. Additional results are provided in Table 2.

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m)1 Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-21-256A 127.15 129.40 2.25 15.07 Keats Main
And 157.00 166.75 9.75 47.82
Including 158.00 161.65 3.65 125.49
NFGC-21-306 113.85 117.00 3.15 10.66 Keats Main
NFGC-21-376 191.00 193.05 2.05 13.65 Keats Main
NFGC-21-385 69.60 72.80 3.20 55.61 Keats Main
Table 1: Highlight results from the Keats Zone
1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Intervals are calculated at a 1 g/t Au cut-off grade; grades have not been capped in the averaging.

 

  • The interval of 47.82 g/t Au over 9.75m in NFGC-21-256A provides further definition of a south-plunging zone of significant thickening of high-grade gold mineralization within the Keats-Baseline Fault interpreted to be hosted in a zone of dilation (Figures 1 and 2).
  • The intercept of 55.61 g/t Au over 3.20m in NFGC-21-385 is shallow – at approximately 45m vertical depth – and is located approximately 425m south-west of where the south-plunging dilation zone is projected to subcrop at surface beneath a thin blanket of glacial till. This high-grade interval is approximately 200m vertically above the dilation zone on this section line clearly demonstrating the significant extension of high-grade gold outside the dilation zone and towards surface within the Keats-Baseline Fault.
  • Similarly, the intercept of 10.66 g/t Au over 3.15m in NFGC-21-306 is approximately 75m up-dip of intervals interpreted to be in the dilation zone including NFGC-21-104 which returned 29.10 g/t Au over 11.4m (previously reported, see March 1, 2021, news release).

 

Greg Matheson P.Geo., Chief Operating Officer for New Found, stated: “These impressive high-grade drill intervals at Keats continue to extend and add definition to the Keats discovery. The intercept of high-grade near surface (45m depth) gold mineralization at a location over 400m south-west from where the thickened dilation zone of high-grade gold is projected to reach surface further demonstrates the broader extent of high-grade gold mineralization hosted within the Keats-Baseline Fault. At Keats, high-grade gold mineralization has now been intercepted in drilling over approximately 800m of strike and from surface to nearly 400m of vertical depth. The three drills operating at Keats continue to step out in all directions. As an orogenic gold system there is good potential to extend this system to multiples of the depth tested so far, and our ongoing drilling will continue to chase this high-grade zone to depth.”

 

Drillhole Details

 

Recent reinterpretation of previously reported Footwall Zone intercepts 88.53 g/t Au over 3.35m in NFGC-21-238 (see October 13, 202,1 news release), 56.69 g/t Au over 2.45m in NFGC-21-407 (see January 13, 2022, news release) and 28.20 g/t Au over 4.50m in NFGC-21-413A (see January 26, 2022, news release) suggest these may occur within an area of the Keats Main Zone that has been offset by an east-west trending fault zone. The Keats long section has been updated to reflect this change in interpretation (Figure 2).

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m)1 Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-21-151 47.00 49.45 2.45 1.44 Keats Main
And 54.00 56.00 2.00 6.20
NFGC-21-248A 39.30 43.20 3.90 1.15 Keats HW
And No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-251 10.90 13.45 2.55 1.78 Keats HW
And 174.50 176.55 2.05 1.20 Keats Main
And 177.30 179.40 2.10 1.04
And 186.00 188.00 2.00 1.38
And 206.00 210.25 4.25 3.74
Including 207.85 210.25 2.40 5.42
And 221.50 224.00 2.50 1.30
And 2 227.00 229.00 2.00 137.49
NFGC-21-256A 127.15 129.40 2.25 15.07 Keats Main
And 143.00 145.10 2.10 1.43
And 157.00 166.75 9.75 47.82
Including 158.00 161.65 3.65 125.49
And 170.80 173.00 2.20 1.13
NFGC-21-257 8.35 11.00 2.65 1.11 Keats HW
And 11.85 16.10 4.25 1.77
And2 62.30 65.00 2.70 9.18
And 176.40 179.00 2.60 1.83 Keats Main
And2 229.50 236.00 6.50 16.04
Including2 229.50 232.55 3.05 24.12
NFGC-21-282 99.85 101.85 2.00 1.81 Keats Main
And 106.45 111.00 4.55 2.68
Including 106.45 108.60 2.15 4.37
NFGC-21-305 124.70 126.70 2.00 1.49 Keats HW
And 236.40 238.50 2.10 3.90 Keats Main
NFGC-21-306 68.30 70.45 2.15 1.70 Keats Main
And 113.85 117.00 3.15 10.66
And 120.75 123.00 2.25 1.89
NFGC-21-310 164.00 166.00 2.00 1.33 Keats HW
And2 279.25 281.45 2.20 104.59 Keats Main
NFGC-21-315 302.70 307.50 4.80 1.16 Keats Main
NFGC-21-337 215.00 218.80 3.80 2.28 Keats Main
And 227.70 230.00 2.30 1.15
NFGC-21-361 82.50 85.30 2.80 1.07 Keats Main
And 87.25 89.25 2.00 1.29
NFGC-21-376 178.65 180.65 2.00 1.65 Keats Main
And 191.00 193.05 2.05 13.65
And 196.00 198.15 2.15 2.46
NFGC-21-380 96.40 98.75 2.35 1.39 Keats HW
And 158.20 160.25 2.05 8.54 Keats Main
And 175.30 177.95 2.65 1.14
And 234.30 236.50 2.20 1.12
NFGC-21-384 213.25 216.50 3.25 1.47 Keats Main
And 219.00 221.00 2.00 1.01
And 238.90 243.00 4.10 1.82
And 265.00 267.00 2.00 1.22
NFGC-21-385 69.60 72.80 3.20 55.61 Keats Main
NFGC-21-400 No Significant Values Keats Main
 

Table 2: Summary of results reported in this release for Keats Zone

1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional variability in true width. Intervals are calculated at a 1 g/t Au cut-off grade; grades have not been capped in the averaging. 2Assays have been previously reported.

 

Hole No. Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Length (m) UTM E UTM N
NFGC-21-151 300 -45 203 658031 5427399
NFGC-21-248A 117 -75 372 657930 5427271
NFGC-21-251 118 -75 334 657951 5427310
NFGC-21-256A 299 -46 257 658197 5427374
NFGC-21-257 118 -78 346 657951 5427310
NFGC-21-282 299 -46 222 658287 5427481
NFGC-21-305 299 -46 321 658081 5427225
NFGC-21-306 299 -46 179 658100 5427358
NFGC-21-310 300 -45 386 658112 5427179
NFGC-21-315 300 -45 428 658111 5427150
NFGC-21-337 299 -46 266 658059 5427238
NFGC-21-361 299 -46 218 658055 5427326
NFGC-21-376 120 -72 351 657972 5427337
NFGC-21-380 300 -45 308 657965 5427205
NFGC-21-384 299 -46 317 658139 5427249
NFGC-21-385 299 -46 290 657961 5427265
NFGC-21-400 299 -46 93 658096 5427274
Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this release

 

Queensway 400,000m Drill Program Update

 

Approximately 37% of the planned 400,000m program at Queensway has been drilled to date with approximately 25,400m of the core with pending assay results. Eleven core rigs are currently operating and New Found is targeting an increase in the drill count to 14 rigs by the end of Q1 2022.

 

Sampling, Sub-sampling, Laboratory and Discussion

 

True widths of the intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported core lengths. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional variability in true width. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cut-off of 1.0 g/t Au. All HQ split core assays reported were obtained by either complete sample metallic screen/fire assay or standard 30-gram fire-assaying with ICP finish at ALS Minerals in Vancouver, British Columbia, or by entire sample screened metallic screen fire assay at Eastern Analytical in Springdale, Newfoundland. The complete sample metallic screen assay method is selected by the geologist when samples contain coarse gold or any samples displaying gold initial fire assay values greater than 1.0 g/t Au. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with National Instrument 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are included with every 20 samples for Quality Assurance/Quality Control purposes by the Company as well as the lab. Approximately 3% of sample pulps are sent to secondary laboratories for check assays.

 

Qualified Person

 

The technical content disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this news release dated March 2, 2022, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this news release fairly and accurately represents the information for which he is responsible.

 

About New Found Gold Corp.

 

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland, and just 18km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. The Company is currently undertaking a 400,000m drill program at Queensway, now approximately 37% complete. The Company is well funded for this program with a current working capital balance of approximately $116 million.

 

 

Figure 1: Left: Photo of mineralization from NFGC-21-256A approximately 161.2 m down hole depth and Right: NFGC-21-285 approximately 70.28m down hole depth. Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in hole NFGC-21-256A and NFGC-21-385. (Photo: Business Wire)

 

 

Figure 2. Keats Main Zone long-section (Graphic: Business Wire)

 

Figure 3. Keats Zone plan view map (Graphic: Business Wire)

Posted March 2, 2022

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