April 7, 2022 – Gold79 Mines Ltd. (TSX-V:AUU) (OTCQB:AUSVF) (“Gold79” or the “Company”) has recently obtained additional historical drill hole data for its Jefferson Canyon project in Nevada. These newly acquired results confirm the current geologic model. In addition, Gold79 is pleased to provide an update on the current permitting program for the Company’s maiden drill program at Jefferson Canyon.
“New” Historical Drill Hole Highlights:
- Angled drill holes across the B Zone are highlighted by:
- JDD-10 – 36.6m at 1.0 g/t Au
- RMJ-108 – 1.5m at 6.8 g/t Au
- RMJ-109 – 12.2m at 2.1 g/t Au
- The new data confirms Gold79’s view that Jefferson Canyon has the potential to be a large disseminated mineralized system containing some higher-grade zones
- Permits tracking to be completed in Q3-2022, with most of the necessary documentation (baseline studies, finalized application) submitted to the USFS
- The block coverage of baseline surveys will allow for flexibility in locations of surface disturbance in the current permit application and future permitting efforts.
- Target drill readiness in late Q3-2022
Derek Macpherson, President and CEO, stated, “We recently were granted access to some new historical data from Jefferson Canyon which included the drill holes announced today. Importantly, when the work at Jefferson Canyon was done in the late 1980’s, it was viewed as a silver project, in a low silver-price environment. However, we believe that all the evidence to date points to this being a gold-silver project with significant scale potential. We look forward to drilling Jefferson Canyon later this year.”
“New” Historical Drill Holes at Jefferson Canyon
Recently Gold79 was granted access to a number of paper documents related to the exploration and project development work completed at Jefferson Canyon in the late 1980’s. The documentation included: exploration results, detailed drill logs for all known holes, preliminary metallurgical work, a small-scale development plan, detailed sections and maps, historical surface sampling, etc. The key takeaway from this data was the addition of 11 historical drill holes to our database, increasing our database to 145 drill holes.
The “new” historical holes appear to be the last holes drilled at the project and were a series of angle holes drilled into the ‘B’ zone where prior drilling was highlighted by hole GJ-81 which returned 167m at 1.9 g/t Au and 145 g/t Ag, including 41.2m of 6.4 g/t Au and 402 g/t Ag. As seen in Figure 1, these shallow angle holes returned grades and widths indicative of a disseminated gold system (Table 1).
Figure 1: Section looking North through the ‘B’ Zone at Jefferson Canyon showing new Historical Drill Holes
Table 1: Select Intercepts from the “New” Historical Holes
The addition of these holes to our data base has allowed us to produce an updated long-section with the 0.3 g/t AuEq grade shell (Figure 2). The project continues to be open both along strike, given the small footprint of the historical drilling and at depth, given the shallow depths of historical holes.
Figure 2: Long-Section of Jefferson Canyon Project Looking North-Northeast along the Jefferson Canyon Fault
Figure 3: Cross Section of Jefferson Canyon Project Through the “B” Zone showing the the Jefferson Canyon Fault
Link to Updated Jefferson Canyon Video: https://youtu.be/oNAP3s7eIZ4
Gary Thompson, Chairman, stated, “While the permitting process has been long, we believe the potential prize at Jefferson Canyon will be worth both the time and expense. The large conductive feature down plunge along the Jefferson Canyon fault below the surface gold anomalies has not been tested because of shallow prior drilling. Please see the updated video of the Jefferson Canyon model at the link above. We look forward to drilling deeper on this target in 2022.”
Jefferson Canyon Permitting Update
The permitting of the Jefferson Canyon project for a maiden drill program is progressing towards completion. The biological and cultural surveys have been completed. The block coverage of baseline surveys will allow for flexibility in locations of surface disturbance in the current permit application and future permitting efforts. The biological survey has been submitted to the United States Forest Service (USFS) for review along with the final application for the Plan of Operations, which has been amended based on prior USFS comments. The final application contains locations for 23 drill pads from which multiple holes can be drilled along with the associated roads to access them. The cultural survey is expected to be submitted shortly.
Assuming that no new concerns are raised by the USFS and the USFS has the human resources to meet the statutory review timelines, we anticipate the document review and granting of permits is likely to occur between 90 and 120 days.
Qualified Person / Quality Control and Quality Assurance
Robert Johansing, M.Sc. Econ. Geol., P. Geo., the Company’s Vice President, Exploration is a qualified person (“QP”) as defined by NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release. The QP has not completed sufficient work to verify the historical information on the properties, particularly in regard to historical drill results. However, the QP believes that prior drilling and analytical results were completed to industry standard practices.
About Gold79 Mines Ltd.
Gold79 Mines Ltd. is a TSX Venture listed company focused on building ounces in the Southwest USA. Gold79 holds 100% earn-in option to purchase agreements on three gold projects: the Jefferson Canyon Gold Project and the Tip Top Gold Project both located in Nevada, USA, and, the Gold Chain Project located in Arizona, USA. In addition, Gold79 holds two projects with minority interest being a 36.6% interest in the Greyhound Project, Nunavut, Canada under JV by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and a 20% carried interest in the Taviche Project in Oaxaca, Mexico now under option to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
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