The final DDH’s from the winter 2019 drilling campaign at the Leprechaun Deposit have continued to intersect additional significant new high-grade gold mineralization with abundant visible gold in the Main Zone corridor. This drilling has defined a continuous, 30 to > 80-meter wide corridor of high-grade gold that extends from surface for more than 300 meters to the bottom of the open pit and beyond and extends along strike for more than 400 meters (refer to Figures 1, 2 and 3). Drilling downward at high-angle to and through the shallow SW dipping en-echelon stacked QTP-Au veining has also shown the continuity of the high-grade gold from surface to depths beyond the bottom of the open pit, particularly significant in areas of limited previous drilling along the southwestern portion of the Main Zone gold corridor.
- Main Zone: VL-19-695 intersected 2.41 g/t Au over 98.0 meters including 7.62 g/t Au over 5.0 meters, 11.82 g/t Au over 3.0 meters and 7.15 g/t Au over 2.0 meters, 4.42 g/t Au over 15.0 meters including 10.48 g/t Au over 3.0 meters, and 2.72 g/t Au over 21.0 meters (Figure 3).
- Main Zone: VL-19-697 intersected 5.45 g/t Au over 36.0 meters including 8.05 g/t Au over 8.0 meters and 12.47 g/t Au over 2.0 meters, and 2.02 g/t Au over 18.0 meters (Figure 2).
- Main Zone: VL-19-693 intersected 3.96 g/t Au over 28.0 meters including 8.60 g/t Au over 3.0 meters and 40.34 g/t Au over 1.0 meter, and 2.74 g/t Au over 12.0 meters (Figure 2).
- Main Zone: VL-19-700, collared further northeast along the Main Zone corridor intersected 4.39 g/t Au over 29.0 meters including 11.49 g/t Au over 7.0 meters, and 4.29 g/t Au over 8.0 meters (Figure 1).
- Hanging Wall: DDH’s, drilled towards the southeast, intersected significant gold mineralization in both the hanging wall and at deeper levels of the Main Zone corridor including 2.36 g/t Au over 17.0 meters in VL-19-694, 2.47 g/t Au over 4.0 meters in VL-19-696, 6.80 g/t Au over 4.0 meters in VL-19-698, and 7.08 g/t Au over 3.0 meters and 2.16 g/t Au over 5.0 meters in VL-19-701.
- The high-grade gold core of the Main Zone corridor of the Leprechaun Deposit now extends continuously for more than 400 meters along strike, extends from surface to a depth of more than 300 meters, and has a true width that ranges from 30 meters to more than 80 meters. Additional planned drilling is expected to increase the strike length of the high-grade core of the Main Zone corridor towards both the northeast and southwest.
- Drilling has resumed at the Leprechaun Deposit after a brief 2-week break, with 2 rigs focused on the infill drilling along the Main Zone corridor and a 3rd rig drilling through the hanging wall into and crossing the deeper areas of the Main Zone corridor.
TORONTO, June 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marathon Gold Corporation (“Marathon” or the “Company”) (TSX: MOZ) is pleased to announce the continued excellent results from the infill drilling along the Main Zone corridor of the Leprechaun Deposit. The drill holes in this release, as well as the previously released 2019 drill holes collared along the upper edge of the Main Zone corridor (refer to Figure1), are part of a series of planned infill drill holes that will cover a more than 800-meter strike length of the Main Zone corridor. These drill holes are designed to penetrate down through the shallow SW dipping, stacked gold-bearing QTP veins which form the dominant vein orientation within the Main Zone corridor of the Leprechaun Deposit, providing increased width to the Main Zone corridor and increased continuity the high-grade mineralization extending from surface to the bottom of the open pit and beyond into potential future underground resource development. The current drilling program is designed to both further confirm the geological model for the Leprechaun Deposit and to continue to upgrade Inferred resource material into the Measured and Indicated resource categories.
“The drilling at Leprechaun continues to be very successful at expanding the high-grade Main Zone as well as confirming lower grade zones in the hanging wall of the Main Zone which is important in reducing the overall strip ratio. The high-grade Main Zone mineralization extends further to the south west than previously modeled.” said Phillip Walford, President and CEO of Marathon Gold. “The Leprechaun drilling program is exceeding expectations and that will have a positive impact on the new resource estimation due in September.”
TABLE 1: Significant assay intervals, Leprechaun Deposit, Valentine Gold Camp
Figure 1: Location of Main Zone corridor, drill hole collars VL-19-690 to VL19-701 and cross sections 9940E and 10020E, Leprechaun Gold Deposit.
Figure 2: Cross-section 9940E, Leprechaun Deposit, showing the 30 to >80 meter-wide, moderately NW dipping Main Zone corridor composed of thick and laterally extensive high-grade gold mineralization within en-echelon, shallow SW dipping QTP-Au veining. Note the fire assay intervals of 3.96 g/t Au over 28.0 meters and 2.74 g/t Au over 12.0 meters in VL-19-693 and 5.45 g/t Au over 36.0 meters and 2.02 g/t Au over 18.0 meters in VL-19-697.
Figure 3: Cross-section 10020E, Leprechaun Deposit, showing the 30 to >80 meter-wide, moderately NW dipping Main Zone corridor composed of thick and laterally extensive high-grade gold mineralization within en-echelon, shallow SW dipping QTP-Au veining. Note the fire assay intervals of 2.41 g/t Au over 98.0 meters, 4.42 g./t Au over 15.0 meters, 2.72 g/t Au over 21.0 meters and 1.77 g/t Au over 22.0 meters in VL-19-695.
Please view the new video posted on our website www.marathon-gold.com showing layout plan for future mine site.
Marathon acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Quality Assurance-Quality Control (“QA/QC”)
Sherry Dunsworth, M.Sc., P. Geo., Senior VP of Exploration, Marathon’s Qualified Person, has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press release on behalf of Marathon. Thorough QA/QC protocols are followed including the insertion of blanks and standards at regular intervals in each sample batch. Drill core is cut in half with one half retained at site, the other half tagged and sent to Eastern Analytical Limited in Springdale, Newfoundland. All reported core samples are analyzed for Au by fire assay (30g) with AA finish. All samples above 0.10 g/t Au in economically interesting intervals are further assayed using metallic screen to mitigate the presence of coarse gold. Significant mineralized intervals are reported in Table 1 as core lengths and estimated true thickness (80% – 90% of core length).
Marathon is a Toronto based gold company rapidly advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Camp located in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. Marathon has confirmed the feasibility of the Valentine Gold Camp, which currently hosts four near-surface, mainly pit-shell constrained, deposits with measured resources totaling 1,166,500 oz. of gold at 2.18 g/t, indicated resources totaling 1.524,900 oz. of gold at 1.66 g/t and inferred resources totaling 1,531,600 oz. of gold at 1.77 g/t. The majority of the resources occur in the Marathon and Leprechaun deposits, which also have resources below the current open pit shell. Both deposits are open at depth and on strike. Gold mineralization has been traced down almost a kilometer vertically at Marathon and over 350 meters at Leprechaun. The four deposits identified to date occur over a 20-kilometer system of gold bearing veins, with much of the 24,000-hectare property having had only minimal exploration activity to date.
The Valentine Gold Camp is accessible by year-round road and is in close proximity to the provincial electrical grid. Marathon maintains a 50-person all-season camp at the property. Recent metallurgical tests have demonstrated 93% to 98% recoveries via conventional milling and an average of 65 to 72% extraction rates for 23 mm (1/2 inch) material via lower cost heap leaching at the Marathon and Leprechaun Deposits respectively.
To find out more information on the Valentine Gold Camp project, please visit www.marathon-gold.com.
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