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New Found Intersects 21.12 g/t Au Over 7.20m, 79.81 g/t Au Over 3.00m & 119.45 g/t Over 2.40m at Keats Zone & Identifies New High-Grade Near Surface Mineralization

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New Found Intersects 21.12 g/t Au Over 7.20m, 79.81 g/t Au Over 3.00m & 119.45 g/t Over 2.40m at Keats Zone & Identifies New High-Grade Near Surface Mineralization

 

 

 

 

 

New Found Gold Corp.  (TSX-V: NFG) (NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce assay results from 45 diamond drill holes designed to expand the high-grade gold mineralization at the Keats discovery located within a 9.45km segment of the +100km regional-scale Appleton Fault Zone on the northern portion of Queensway project that New Found is targeting with a 400,000m drill campaign. The Queensway project comprises an approximately +1500km2 area with initial exploration focus in areas accessed via the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland.

 

Keats Highlights

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m)1 Au (g/t)
         
KEATS HW        
NFGC-21-254 136.85 139.55 2.70 9.35
Including 138.60 139.55 0.95 22.70
NFGC-21-392 47.15 52.90 5.75 7.21
Including 47.15 48.70 1.55 20.59
KEATS MAIN        
NFGC-21-318 141.00 143.00 2.00 16.03
Including 141.00 142.00 1.00 31.60
NFGC-21-464 138.00 145.20 7.20 21.12
Including 139.55 141.80 2.25 61.36
NFGC-22-491 92.00 95.00 3.00 79.81
Including 92.45 94.35 1.90 124.56
KEATS FW        
NFGC-21-342 138.65 144.55 5.90 6.66
Including 142.00 143.00 1.00 30.60
NFGC-21-375 181.60 184.00 2.40 119.45
Including 182.20 182.70 0.50 570.71
421        
NFGC-21-421 19.00 22.55 3.55 4.49
And 26.30 31.15 4.85 7.85
Including 28.60 29.50 0.90 35.51
NFGC-21-467 66.15 68.40 2.25 4.31
Including 67.00 67.60 0.60 13.85
And 70.00 80.40 10.40 2.58

 

Table 1: Keats Drilling Highlights

 

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. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness. All composited intervals are provided in Table 2.

  • Reconnaissance drilling designed to test a possible southern extension of the Keats Main Zone intersected gold mineralization near surface including 4.49 g/t Au over 3.55m and 7.85 g/t Au over 4.85m in NFGC-21-421. This new discovery has been named the “421 Zone”. Step-out drilling from these initial holes returned intervals of 4.31 g/t Au over 2.25mand 2.58 g/t Au over 10.40m in NFGC-21-467 confirming that this fault zone dips southwest at approximately 50° and is host to high-grade gold. Drilling will continue to step-out on this structure and importantly, will also target its intersection along strike with the Keats Main Zone and the AFZ (Figures 1, 2, and 3).
  • Drilling into the footwall area located between the AFZ and the Keats-Baseline Fault continues to identify new veins and associated structures that contain high-grade gold, and this is well demonstrated by intercepts 119.45 g/t Au over 2.40m in NFGC-21-375 and 6.66 g/t Au over 5.90m in NFGC-21-342. The gold mineralization is hosted within a vein breccia and stockwork domain that trends approximately parallel to and is within the immediate footwall of the AFZ and appears to be spatially associated with the contact of a greywacke unit (Figures 3 and 7).
  • Significant high-grade gold mineralization identified in a region previously interpreted to form the hanging wall to the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone produces an important exploration target and also further advances the structural understanding of the Keats Zone. Highlight intercepts of 9.35 g/t Au over 2.70m in NFGC-21-254 and 7.21 g/t Au over 5.75m in NFGC-21-392 occur within two distinct structures that are adjacent to and crosscut the Keats Main Zone and are interpreted to be constituents of the broader damage zone associated with the Keats-Baseline Fault and appear to control domains of high-grade gold mineralization (Figures 3 and 7).
  • At the north end of Keats, recent drilling intersected a significant vein grading 79.81 g/t Au over 3.00m in NFGC-22-491 approximately 52m down-dip of NFGC-21-90 which previously reported 24.50 g/t Au over 3.85m (see March 16, 2021, news release). Follow-up drilling is underway to expand on this discovery (Figures 1, 2, 3 and 5).
  • A massive interval of brecciated, stylolitic and stockwork vein phases occurring within the dilational core of the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone was intersected by NFGC-21-464 and contained a grade of 21.12 g/t Au over 7.20m. The characteristics of this zone demonstrate that the south-west plunging, thickened and continuous domain of high-grade gold exists within a portion of the Keats Baseline Fault Zone that experienced significant volumes of gold mineralizing fluid flow. The intercept of 62.30 g/t Au over 2.00m in NFGC-21-387 (see February 24, 2022, news release) has traced this corridor over a length of 845m in a down-plunge direction. Exploration is currently working to expand this domain south (Figures 2, 3 and 6).

 

Melissa Render, P.Geo., VP Exploration for New Found, stated: “Significant model advancements have been made recently following the addition of a senior geologist to our New Found exploration team, with wizardry 3D-modelling skills that have greatly increased our understanding of the Keats Zone. This work has identified a multitude of high-priority target areas that will be the focus of upcoming drilling. The strength of the mineralizing system along the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone is exceptional based on the extensive amount of veining, alteration, brittle deformation and high-grade gold mineralization. Drills are working aggressively to continue to extend the Keats Main high-grade domain down plunge which now extends a length of approximately 845m. Drills are also turning to test for new structures and high-grade intersections like the 421 Zone in addition to the very underexplored west side of the AFZ that is also known to host high-grade gold mineralization. As noted previously, other orogenic deposit analogues with mineralizing systems adjacent to these deep crustal-scale structures such as the AFZ can extend to depths of +2km. Our drilling to date has focused above 300m vertical depth, with the deepest high-grade intercept to date at approximately 375m. Exploration along this 9.45 km segment of the +100km strike of the AFZ that New Found controls continues to build the evidence that a camp is emerging (Figure 4).”

 

Discussion

 

Mineralization at the Queensway Project is hosted by a fold-thrust sequence of northeast-striking, steeply dipping turbiditic sedimentary rocks deposited and deformed during the closure of the Iapetus Ocean and subsequent continent-continent collision. During this prolonged period of continued shortening, at least two regional-deformation zones developed and include the Appleton and JBP fault zones. The AFZ is interpreted to be a significant, deep-seated thrust fault, that strikes southwest across the full 100km+ length of the property and is likely the main conduit for the gold mineralizing fluids, much like the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault Zone in the Abitibi.

 

As a result of progressive deformation, the brittle host stratigraphy developed an extensive network of gold-bearing fault zones enveloping the AFZ, the extents of which are not yet known. This structural relationship is well illustrated in Figure 4 and demonstrates the currently defined vein and associated fault orientations based on structural interpretation and drilling to date along the 2.6km corridor from Keats to Lotto. Higher-grades and widths of gold mineralization occur in areas where there was greater mineralizing fluid flow such as at structural intersections, at dilational openings within fault structures, and along lithological contacts where breakage occurs due to rheological differences in the compressional strength of contrasting sedimentary rock units.

 

The Company’s current interpretation is that the high-grade gold mineralization being drilled at Queensway was deposited by gold mineralizing fluids penetrating this highly fractured and deformed meta-sedimentary sequence forming an extensive mineralized corridor surrounding the deep crustal-scale fault network that forms the Appleton Fault Zone. A significant amount of the high-grade gold mineralization is interpreted to be epizonal in nature, having been emplaced when tectonic movements resulted in the explosive tapping of deep gold-rich magmatic fluids that rapidly precipitated gold as they migrated towards surface.

 

Keats

 

Mineralization at Keats is associated with a significant east-northeast striking and moderately southeast dipping brittle fault zone that developed adjacent to and trends at an oblique angle to the AFZ. Situated approximately 1.8km south of Lotto and 1.2km south of the Golden Joint discoveries, this fault forms an extensive damage zone that is discordant to the northeast striking and steeply dipping stratigraphy and controls the development of a complex network of high-grade gold vein arrays that are epizonal in character and exhibit breccia, stylolitic, and vuggy textures. The host rock units are comprised of an interbedded sequence of turbiditic shales and greywackes where lithological contrasts in part control domains of high-grade gold, however model advancements suggest the larger underlying control are dilational settings that experienced increased fluid flow that typically develop at structural intersections such as intersecting fault or vein segments. The Keats-Baseline Fault Zone expresses itself as a topographic low and interpretation of this low has traced it over approximately +2km strike length. At this stage, exploration has been largely focused within close proximity to the AFZ and has delineated a high-grade gold segment of the Keats-Baseline Fault over a strike length of approximately 660m, the high-grade southwest plunging dilational zone to approximately 845m while the deepest high-grade gold intercept to date is at a vertical depth of 375m.

 

Drillhole Details

 

Hole number From (m) To (m) Interval (m)1 Au (g/t) Zone
NFGC-21-216 27.75 30.30 2.55 1.48 Keats Main
And 44.35 46.50 2.15 1.40
NFGC-21-254 136.85 139.55 2.70 9.35 Keats HW
Including 138.60 139.55 0.95 22.70
And 182.95 185.00 2.05 1.19 Keats Main
And 205.40 207.50 2.10 8.18
Including 206.25 207.10 0.85 19.45
And 238.70 242.00 3.30 1.47 Keats FW
NFGC-21-269 379.40 381.85 2.45 2.38 Keats FW
NFGC-21-275 211.00 216.00 5.00 1.36 Keats Main
And 325.30 328.50 3.20 1.83 Keats FW
NFGC-21-2832 235.40 237.55 2.15 1.05 Keats Main
And2 239.30 246.85 7.55 1.21
And 253.40 255.45 2.05 1.08
And2 268.55 270.95 2.40 1.10
And* 272.35 274.55 2.20 6.96
Including 272.35 273.10 0.75 17.34
And 358.00 360.00 2.00 1.37 Keats FW
NFGC-21-300 264.00 266.00 2.00 1.15 Keats Main
NFGC-21-312 113.60 115.65 2.05 2.28 Keats Main
And2 150.10 156.60 6.50 17.59
Including 155.60 156.60 1.00 105.38
And2 160.00 163.20 3.20 1.14
NFGC-21-314A 254.40 256.70 2.30 1.50 Keats Main
NFGC-21-317 324.70 328.50 3.80 1.30 Keats Main
NFGC-21-318 101.05 103.25 2.20 1.48 Keats Main
And 141.00 143.00 2.00 16.03
Including 141.00 142.00 1.00 31.60
NFGC-21-323 177.55 181.00 3.45 2.70 Keats Main
And 280.00 282.55 2.55 1.08 Keats FW
NFGC-21-327 No Significant Values Keats Main
And 393.00 395.00 2.00 1.04 Keats FW
NFGC-21-328 32.00 35.70 3.70 2.44 Keats Main
Including 35.20 35.70 0.50 13.30
And 65.35 67.65 2.30 1.04
And 141.05 143.40 2.35 2.36 Keats FW
And 149.00 151.25 2.25 1.19
NFGC-21-329 309.10 312.00 2.90 1.18 Keats Main
And 391.00 393.50 2.50 1.90 Keats FW
And 484.00 486.30 2.30 1.19
NFGC-21-342 53.95 56.00 2.05 2.63 Keats Main
And 138.65 144.55 5.90 6.66 Keats FW
Including 142.00 143.00 1.00 30.60
NFGC-21-346 133.40 135.40 2.00 1.11 Keats HW
NFGC-21-350 106.70 109.45 2.75 1.15 Keats HW
And 276.60 278.85 2.25 1.52 Keats Main
And 280.35 282.75 2.40 1.97
And 285.00 287.00 2.00 3.10
NFGC-21-354 119.85 122.45 2.60 1.13 Keats Main
And 141.75 143.85 2.10 3.86
And 159.60 161.60 2.00 6.18
Including 161.15 161.60 0.45 26.90
And 166.65 168.75 2.10 1.59
NFGC-21-356 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-363 227.00 229.25 2.25 1.12 Keats Main
NFGC-21-368 227.55 235.05 7.50 2.00 Keats Main
And 256.00 258.75 2.75 1.71
And 306.00 308.20 2.20 1.49 Keats FW
NFGC-21-369 220.70 223.35 2.65 1.24 Keats Main
NFGC-21-375 181.60 184.00 2.40 119.45 Keats FW
Including 182.20 182.70 0.50 570.71
NFGC-21-3782 84.80 87.00 2.20 1.68 Keats Main
And2 143.00 145.60 2.60 1.46
And 211.50 214.05 2.55 1.21 Keats FW
NFGC-21-383 41.00 44.00 3.00 2.03 Keats Main
And 67.15 70.00 2.85 1.10
And 104.45 115.15 10.70 1.25
And 204.25 206.45 2.20 3.83 Keats FW
Including 204.60 205.05 0.45 16.30
NFGC-21-392 43.20 45.50 2.30 1.10 Keats HW
And 47.15 52.90 5.75 7.21
Including 47.15 48.70 1.55 20.59
NFGC-21-393 193.80 196.05 2.25 1.28 Keats Main
And 241.60 244.55 2.95 1.19
NFGC-21-395 19.60 27.00 7.40 1.44 Keats Main
And 65.00 67.40 2.40 1.24
And 71.30 77.20 5.90 1.44
And 186.00 188.00 2.00 4.01 Keats FW
Including 186.00 186.70 0.70 10.60
NFGC-21-396 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-397 341.85 347.00 5.15 1.23 Keats Main
And 389.00 392.00 3.00 1.02
NFGC-21-412 41.65 44.90 3.25 1.58 Keats HW
NFGC-21-418 65.95 68.00 2.05 1.10 Keats HW
And 153.80 156.00 2.20 2.32 Keats Main
NFGC-21-419 259.60 262.00 2.40 2.65 Keats Main
NFGC-21-421 19.00 22.55 3.55 4.49 Keats HW
And 26.30 31.15 4.85 7.85
Including 28.60 29.50 0.90 35.51
And 32.95 37.00 4.05 1.21
And 39.30 41.65 2.35 3.85
And 51.00 53.65 2.65 1.36
And 116.60 120.00 3.40 1.13
NFGC-21-423 384.60 387.10 2.50 1.21 Keats FW
And 402.00 404.80 2.80 5.82
Including 403.00 404.00 1.00 12.85
NFGC-21-432 308.65 311.00 2.35 1.68 Keats Main
NFGC-21-439 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-444A 199.55 201.70 2.15 1.80 Keats HW
And 295.00 297.00 2.00 1.86 Keats Main
NFGC-21-457 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-464 138.00 145.20 7.20 21.12 Keats Main
Including 139.55 141.80 2.25 61.36
NFGC-21-465 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-21-467 66.15 68.40 2.25 4.31 Keats HW
Including 67.00 67.60 0.60 13.85
And 70.00 80.40 10.40 2.58
And 306.00 308.00 2.00 1.70 Keats FW
NFGC-21-469 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-22-477 No Significant Values Keats Main
NFGC-22-491 92.00 95.00 3.00 79.81 Keats Main
Including 92.45 94.35 1.90 124.56
And 168.80 171.85 3.05 2.82 Keats FW

 

Table 2: Summary of composite 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 uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.2Composite intervals previously reported.

 

 

Hole No. Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Length (m) UTM E UTM N
NFGC-21-216 299 -46 251 658051 5427416
NFGC-21-254 299 -46 293 658119 5427290
NFGC-21-269 297 -56 425 658109 5427141
NFGC-21-275 299 -46 380 658159 5427260
NFGC-21-283 300 -45 392 658148 5427216
NFGC-21-300 299 -46 386 658091 5427191
NFGC-21-312 299 -47 209 658110 5427324
NFGC-21-314A 300 -45 332 658068 5427204
NFGC-21-317 300 -45 377 658132 5427138
NFGC-21-318 300 -45 200 658089 5427335
NFGC-21-323 300 -45 308 658156 5427305
NFGC-21-327 299 -46 425 658109 5427123
NFGC-21-328 298 -46 267 658045 5427361
NFGC-21-329 298.5 -46 505 658066 5427148
NFGC-21-342 300 -45 260 658018 5427377
NFGC-21-346 300 -45 401 658054 5427126
NFGC-21-350 300 -45 467 658032 5427167
NFGC-21-354 299 -46 215 658077 5427314
NFGC-21-356 299 -46 410 658096 5427102
NFGC-21-363 300 -45 284 658026 5427229
NFGC-21-368 299 -46 335 658209 5427273
NFGC-21-369 300 -45 320 657993 5427190
NFGC-21-375 300 -45 278 658011 5427352
NFGC-21-378 300 -45 330 657982 5427254
NFGC-21-383 120 -80 284 657987 5427371
NFGC-21-392 300 -42 281 657939 5427279
NFGC-21-393 299 -46 300 658119 5427261
NFGC-21-395 300 -42 248 657988 5427368
NFGC-21-396 300 -45 347 658078 5427169
NFGC-21-397 296 -57 488 658136 5427126
NFGC-21-412 325 -56 486 657887 5427017
NFGC-21-418 299 -46 287 658053 5427299
NFGC-21-419 300 -45 530 658035 5427195
NFGC-21-421 325 -56 452 657830 5427099
NFGC-21-423 298 -57 527 658107 5427094
NFGC-21-432 63 -85 380 657901 5427212
NFGC-21-439 298 -57 380 658349 5427388
NFGC-21-444A 325 -56 446 657799 5427004
NFGC-21-457 299 -47 379 658368 5427320
NFGC-21-464 299 -46 320 658193 5427391
NFGC-21-465 298 -57 371 658299 5427302
NFGC-21-467 325 -56 494 657825 5427070
NFGC-21-469 298 -57 428 658318 5427234
NFGC-22-477 299 -46 555 658138 5427048
NFGC-22-491 299 -46 206 658300 5427503

 

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this release

 

Queensway 400,000m Drill Program Update

 

Approximately 40% of the planned 400,000m program at Queensway has been drilled to date with approximately 19,120m 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.

 

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 composite intervals are calculated using a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 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, except for drill hole NFGC-21-421 where whole core samples were submitted to Intertek Australia Perth for Chrysos PhotonAssayTM method as part of a test program; all three laboratories operate under a commercial contract with New Found. A selection of Chrysos PhotoAssayTM method samples are currently being assayed to extinction using traditional fire assay method for QC purposes, the results of this work will be reported once available. 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 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. The company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed. The assay data disclosed in this news release has been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates. The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

 

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 April 11, 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 40% complete. The Company is well funded for this program with a current working capital balance of approximately $106 million.

 

 

Figure 1: Left: Photo of mineralization from NFGC-22-491 at approximately 93m down hole depth. Right: Photo of mineralization from NFGC-21-421 at approximately 21m down hole depth. Note that these photos are not intended to be representative of gold mineralization in hole NFGC-22-491 and NFGC-21-421 (Photo: Business Wire)

 

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

 

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

 

Figure 4. Keats – Lotto plan view map (Graphic: Business Wire)

Posted April 11, 2022

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