Corvus Gold – New Drill Results from LMS Project, Alaska Expands Down-dip Gold Zone to +800 metres
Vancouver, B.C……..Corvus Gold Inc. (“Corvus” or the “Company”) - (TSX: KOR, OTCQX: CORVF) is pleased to announce the results from the drilling undertaken by First Star Resources Inc. (“First Star”) on the LMS property in Alaska in 2011 prior to returning the property 100% to Corvus. The First Star drilling has confirmed at least 800 metres of down-dip continuity on the Camp Breccia, an extensive, well mineralized, stratiform black breccia body which dips gently to the west from the 300 metre long surface outcrops. LMS has features in common with other Tintina Gold Belt deposits including Kinross Gold’s, White Gold project in the Yukon, where stratiform breccias are an important control, and the high-grade vein hosted Pogo Mine, located 40 kilometres to the northeast of LMS, operated by Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC which is characterized by vein mineralization on a low angle shear structure. The Camp Breccia is one of several surface gold targets on the LMS property which Corvus intends to explore in 2012 with the goal of producing a 43-101 resource estimate.
Key intervals from the First Star drilling are (Table 1):
- Hole LM-10-38: Intercepted multiple higher grade zones including 2.9 metres at 12.5 g/t gold in the black breccia. (Previously reported in NR10-07, November 17, 2010)
- Hole LM-10-39: Intercepted 13.4 metres at 2.5 g/t gold and 12.4 g/t silver in the black breccia. (Previously reported in NR10-07, November 17, 2010)
- Hole LM-11-40: Intercepted 23.3 metres at 5.2 g/t gold and 11.9 g/t silver in the black breccias and feeder vein system. (Previously reported in NR 11-10, June 9, 2011)
- Hole LM-11-42: Intercepted 1.8 metres at 2.7 g/t gold and 17.7 g/t silver in the black breccia.
- Hole LM-11-43: Intercepted 1.8 metres at 2.7 g/t gold and 41.7 g/t silver in the black breccia.
These results continue to expand on earlier drilling by Corvus’ predecessor-in-title, International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., whose drill program in 2006 returned 15 intercepts greater than 10 g/t gold from the black breccia target, including 0.8 metres of 1540 g/t gold in hole LM-06-29 (the 15 intercepts range in gold grade from 1540 g/t to 10.1 g/t and width from 0.3 to 5.1 metres). The First Star drilling has significantly expanded the gold bearing, black breccia horizon in the Camp target to nearly a kilometre down dip and 200 to 400 metres in width with the zone remaining open (Figure 1). Gold within the host horizon appears structurally controlled and related to a large through going shear zone with similarities to the structural controls on the shallowly dipping high-grade ore zones of the Pogo Mine, 40 kilometres to the northeast, which has now become Alaska’s largest producing gold mine. Recognition of this district-scale structural zone highlights the potential of a number of other targets on the LMS property package which have yet to be tested and will be explored by Corvus in the 2012 exploration program.
Jeff Pontius, CEO of Corvus, stated: “The lateral continuity of the mineralization at LMS is impressive, as is the number of high-grade gold intersections. The LMS project represents a significant gold discovery in the greater Pogo Mining District and a very attractive exploration target for Corvus. The property’s favourable location near infrastructure and its proximity to the Pogo Gold Mine significantly enhances its development potential. Corvus is excited about the potential of expanding the Camp Breccia and new discoveries on the other untested, high priority targets in this large and highly favourable gold system.”
About the LMS Project
The LMS claim block is located in the Goodpaster/Pogo Mining District of Alaska and consists of 92 State of Alaska mining claims covering 61 square kilometres. Gold mineralization at LMS is believed to be intrusive related, similar to the Pogo Gold Mine located 40 kilometres to the northeast. The property is accessed by the Pogo mine winter road and is within 5 kilometres of a paved road and 10 kilometres of grid power.
The primary target at LMS is a stratiform breccia horizon hosted in a sequence of high-grade metamorphic rocks. The host breccia has formed in an interval of highly fractured graphitic quartzite which has focused gold rich fluid flow. The matrix to the breccias is a dark fine-grained mixture of silica and pyrite, which together with the graphite, leads to the term “black breccia”. In addition to the stratiform black breccia mineralization there are a number of high-grade gold-silver veins and stockwork zones cutting through the entire system which can produce spectacular grades. Initial metallurgical test work on the project indicated high gold recoveries (95%) can be obtained with simple gravity separation followed by cyanidation, similar to the process used at the Pogo Mine to the north.
The bulk of the LMS target area is covered by a thin veneer of windblown sand obscuring its potential until Corvus’ predecessor-in-title conducted deep basal soil sampling which revealed a number of strong gold in soil anomalies (Figure 2). These anomalies have many geochemical features in common with the Camp Breccia and represent high priority, new discovery targets for the 2012 exploration program.
Figure 1: Map showing the locations of new core holes drilled at LMS in 2011. These holes represent a significant expansion of the area of mineralization and confirm the structural continuity of the deposit.
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
Jeffrey A. Pontius (CPG 11044), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Pontius is not independent of Corvus, as he is the CEO and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
All of the foregoing information is based on data provided by First Star Resources Inc., which was the operator of the joint venture on the LMS Project in 2011. Russell Myers (CPG 11433), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and independently verified the LMS information that forms the basis for this news release. Mr. Myers is not independent of the Company, as he is the President and holds common shares and incentive stock options.
About Corvus Gold Inc.
Corvus Gold Inc. is a resource exploration company, focused in Alaska and Nevada, which controls a number of exploration projects representing a spectrum of early-stage to advanced gold projects. Corvus is committed to building shareholder value through new discoveries and leveraging those discoveries via partner funded exploration work into carried and or royalty interests that provide shareholders with exposure to gold production.
On behalf of
Corvus Gold Inc.
(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius
Jeffrey A. Pontius,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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