Relevant Gold Corp. (CSE:RGC) is pleased to announce the results of its initial 3,500m drilling exploration program on its Golden Buffalo Project, located in the Company’s 15,095 hectare land package in the South Pass Gold Field, Wyoming, USA. Highlights of the program include 1 metre of 83.8 g/ton Au in Hole 22GB-012 and 14 of 26 holes reporting anomalous gold (>0.1 g/ton Au). The results indicate that the Golden Buffalo Shear is a fertile orogenic gold structure and provides initial proof of concept that large scale Abitibi-style mineralization may exist in central Wyoming (See Press Release 11/07/2022). Drilling Highlights include:
The holes reported here from the 2022 Golden Buffalo exploration program are the first efforts to identify district-scale orogenic gold opportunities in the long underexplored central Wyoming Gold Belt. High-grade gold has long been known from the region, but only recently have a series of major Archean shear zones been recognized as hosting this gold. This indicates modern exploration concepts of “orogenic gold”, such as those developed in the prolific Canadian Abitibi Gold Belt (>200 million ounces of gold production) can be applied in the region. Importantly, recent plate tectonic studies suggest that Wyoming was connected to the Abitibi Gold Belt at the time of mineralization and was later rifted apart to its present position. This increases the potential that the multiple shears identified to date in the Company’s 15,095 hectare land package should have excellent potential for a major gold discovery. These shears are being systematically mapped and sampled, with initial results expected soon.
“These exciting results confirm gold mineralization and Abitibi-style alteration are indeed associated with large-scale shear structures cutting the property. The high-grade gold in 22GB-012 proves that gold mineralization continues to depth, confirming that our Abitibi-style gold mineralization model is appropriate for the project,” said Robert Bergmann, CEO of Relevant Gold. “We are very excited with these results and look forward to combining them with our regional mapping and sampling to target the multiple Golden Buffalo-style shear zones we’ve mapped traversing the claim package. We eagerly anticipate drilling some of these shears in our 2023 work program.”
Key Observations from Drill Core
The Company’s primary focus for this drilling program was to test the continuation of the Golden Buffalo Shear Zone to depth, along strike and begin to define the subsurface geology, architecture, alteration and pathfinder geochemistry. The following key observations were made:
Twenty-six holes were completed, totaling 3,478m, of HQ and PQ oriented diamond core drilling (Figure 1). Hole 22GB-012 intersected 1m (core length) of 83.8 g/ton Au from 170m – 171m within a discrete 3m wide mineralized shear strand averaging 28 g/t gold, which importantly correlates as the downdip extension of the surface trace of the Golden Buffalo Shear Zone (Figure 2). Hole 22GB-013 was drilled from the same pad (different azimuth) and intersected 1.29m of 0.62 g/ton Au from 104.32m – 105.61m and 0.84m of 1.16 g/ton Au from 134m – 134.85m within the Golden Buffalo Shear Zone (see core photos).
Surface trenching and drilling has begun to define the Golden Buffalo Shear Zone as a series of anastomosing shear strands within an overall zone ranging from <1m to >150m wide. Both the high-grade mineralization cut in drill core and surface trench data shows that gold mineralization occurs along the contact margins of the Golden Buffalo Shear Zone within a heavily sheared and compositionally banded schist subunit of the regionally productive Miner’s Delight Formation.
The gold-bearing intercepts lie in similar shear “strands” within the overall shear zone, indicating at least one fertile gold mineralization stage. The 83.8 g/t gold interval lies within a 3m mineralized shear strand, which fits with the style of high-grade coarse gold found variably distributed within the 20m+ wide shear zone historically mined at Golden Buffalo. This suggests the entire 3m wide strand could intermittently contain similar coarse gold along strike and dip.
The Company understands that orogenic gold systems display coarse gold biases (“nugget effects”) in assay results, so the Company uses a rigorous analytical process and has submitted samples to ALS for reruns and additional analysis to further understand the variability of high-grade coarse gold at the Golden Buffalo project and the best protocols for accurately determining gold contents.
“Our experience in these systems predicted this issue, which is why we are refining our analytical process to understand the distribution of coarse gold within the broader shear zone,” stated Brian Lentz, CXO. “The super high-grade result in Hole 12, plus seeing visible gold in the cuttings from intervals that did not report appreciable grades, has stimulated re-assaying larger bulk samples from several intervals to determine if coarse gold was not adequately captured by the protocols used initially. Those results will be reported once in hand”.
Figure 1. Plan view map of drill hole traces with downhole lithology and gold assays (100ppb = 0.1 g/ton).
Figure 2. Cross section of holes 22GB-012 and 22GB-013.
Highlighted Drilling Results:
Table 1. Highlight intercepts of gold assay results from initial 2022 drilling at Golden Buffalo. This table shows all the anomalous gold assay results of >/= 0.1 g/ton Au with results of >0.25 g/ton as bolded text. All intervals shown above are core length intervals.
Samples were submitted to the certified laboratory ALS Minerals, Inc for preparation and assaying at their Twin Falls, Idaho; Reno, NV; Loas, PDR; Hermosillo and Zacatecas, Mexico facilities; additional assaying and analysis was performed at their Reno, USA, Mexico, Loas and North Vancouver, Canada facilities (ALS facility info here). Most samples were fire assayed for gold with the Au-AA24 method using a 50g sample and atomic absorption finish, and some samples were analyzed with the Au-AA23 method using a 30g sample, also with the atomic absorption finish. Additional assay methods included metallic screen fire (Au-SCR24) and gravimetric assays (Au-GRA22). Furthermore, some samples were analyzed for multi-element geochemistry using method ME-MS61 with a 4-acid digestion.
ALS employs an internal QA/QC to ensure proper sample preparation and equipment calibration. Additionally, Relevant Gold’s QA/QC program includes regular insertion of CRM standards, duplicates, and blanks into the sample batches to further monitor lab accuracy, precision, and equipment calibration.
All results and QA/QC have been reviewed by Mr. Brian Lentz, CPG, who is the Chief Exploration Officer and Qualified Person for the Company.
About Relevant Gold Corp.
Relevant Gold Corp. is a North American gold exploration company founded by experienced exploration geologists and operated by a highly respected team with a proven record of significant value creation for shareholders. Relevant Gold is focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery, and development of district-scale gold projects in the state of Wyoming – one of the most mining friendly jurisdictions in the United States and globally.
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