ETHOS IDENTIFIES NEW MASCOT CREEK GOLD SOIL ANOMALY NEAR THE COFFEE FAULT, BETTY PROPERTY,WHITE GOLD DISTRICT, YUKON


Ethos Capital Corp. has gold analyses from soil samples up to 277 parts per billion gold. It also has provided an update on the continuing exploration at the Betty property located southeast along strike of Kaminak Gold Corporation’s Coffee discovery in the White Gold district, west-central Yukon Territory, Canada, and just one of the five properties that Ethos owns in the area.

Ethos is currently exploring 4,963 claims covering an area of 1,038 square kilometres in the emerging White Gold district. Ethos’s Betty property, comprising 730 claims covering 152 square kilometres, is situated immediately east of Kaminak’s Coffee property. Gold mineralization at Kaminak’s flagship Coffee property is associated with a regional-scale structural corridor termed the Coffee fault. The Coffee fault is defined by a pronounced east-west-trending topographic and magnetic lineament that transects Ethos’s Betty property. The Coffee fault and subordinate structures are the focus of Ethos’s Betty property exploration program.

A total of 3,875 reconnaissance ridge-and-spur soil samples representing 194 line kilometres of soil data have been collected. Results have now been received for 2,354 samples representing 60 per cent of the total collected at the Betty property. Remaining samples have been delivered to the analytical lab for processing.

A previously reported ridge-and-spur soil result of 597 parts per billion gold (see July 12, 2011, news release) led to the discovery of 2.1 grams per tonne gold in rock at the Buck zone (see July 25, 2011, news release). At present, the Buck zone is defined by trenching to occupy a 250-metre-by-250-metre area of alteration, as described in more detail below. The nearest adjacent ridge-and-spur soil lines are 700 metres away, also with anomalous gold and arsenic geochemistry.

Numerous other gold anomalous soil sites have now been identified. These are all in the process of being field-checked. A gold-in-soil map of results received to date has been posted on the company’s website.

New Mascot Creek soil anomaly

New results reveal significant gold-anomalous soils in the area of Mascot Creek located south of the main Coffee fault. A line of reconnaissance ridge-and-spur soils collected at 50-metre intervals above the west bank along Mascot Creek returned a continuous gold-in-soil anomaly above 10 ppb gold that is 2,500 metres long, then a 650-metre interval gap not anomalous, then an additional 650-metre-long gold-in-soil anomaly. The entire soil line ranges in value from 10 ppb, with the numeric average of 34 ppb gold, and with multiple sites above 100 ppb gold to a maximum of 277 ppb Au. Soil values above 14 ppb Au are statistically anomalous above the 95th percentile for Ethos’s soil sample database. These gold-anomalous sites are also uniformly highly anomalous in arsenic with many values above 250 ppm and six values between 505 ppm to 1,611 ppm As. These Au and As values are consistent with results reported by Kaminak from soils in proximity to gold-mineralized zones.

A second line of reconnaissance ridge-and-spur soils was collected at 50-metre intervals along the ridge top 900 metres west of the line in Mascot Creek with similar results. There is a 1,400-metre-long gold-in-soil anomaly above 10 ppb, then a 500-metre interval gap not anomalous, then an additional 450-metre-long gold-in-soil anomaly. The anomalous values begin at 10 ppb and reach a maximum of 134 ppb Au along this line, with a numeric average of 34 ppb Au. These gold-anomalous sites are also uniformly anomalous in arsenic with several values above 250 ppm As and one value of 501 ppm As.

Samples from adjacent soil lines which would help refine the geographic extent of this anomalous area are still in the lab with analytical results pending.

The Mascot Creek area is now a priority area for follow-up. Prospecting surveys have begun. Trenching of the anomalous gold-in-soil line along the ridge top is planned as soon as the backhoe completes Buck zone trenching. An additional 1,000 soil samples from a follow-up detailed soil grid are planned for collection to expand the soil coverage; this program should begin shortly.

Airborne surveying

A total of 2,406 line kilometres of magnetic and radiometric surveying of the Betty property has been completed, and preliminary results are in hand. The magnetic survey clearly images the first-order Coffee fault as well as many additional second- and tertiary-order structures. The Buck zone is shown to be an area of intersecting east-west and north-south magnetic linears interpreted as faults. The Mascot Creek area gold-anomalous soils are also associated with strong magnetic linears.

Buck zone trenching

The company has completed 1,500 metres of trenching at the Buck zone gold discovery in the immediate area of the 2.1-gram-per-tonne-gold sample site. The trenches cover approximately a 250-square-metre area and are spaced 50 metres apart. The area is confirmed to have abundant silicification, quartz veining, iron oxidation and locally relict arsenopyrite and pyrite. Prospecting the immediate area has uncovered an outcrop containing boulangerite (antimony-arsenic sulphide), stibnite (antimony sulphide) and arsenopyrite (arsenic sulphide) approximately 600 metres south of the Buck zone. The outcrop is along a north-south structure interpreted from the magnetic data extending from the Buck zone. Photographs of rock samples and trenching are available on the company’s website.

A total of 298 rock samples have been collected from the Betty property predominantly from the Buck zone trenches and the antimony-arsenic-bearing outcrop. All rock samples have been submitted as a rush order to the analytical lab.

Peter Tallman, PGeo, chief operating officer of Ethos, states, “The recognition of antimony and arsenical sulphides associated with gold mineralization and strong alteration adjacent to the Coffee fault, combined with the general level of oxidation of the host rocks, continues to compare favourably with extremely similar early results obtained by Kaminak Gold Corp., our neighbour to the west.”

Gary Freeman, chief executive officer and president of Ethos, states, “We continue to work diligently and methodically in investigating the many new gold target areas which continue to come to light and we are excited by the preliminary indications received to date.”

A comprehensive quality assurance/quality control program is in place to monitor precision and accuracy of the assay results. All soil samples are submitted with certified reference materials. Soil sample duplicates are routinely collected, and pulp duplicates are obtained for all soil samples. Ridge-and-spur soil samples are analyzed by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. A 15-gram subsample of soil material is ignited, acid digested, and gold determined by ICP-MS; a 0.5-gram subsample undergoes aqua regia digestion with ICP-MS analysis for 36 reporting elements including arsenic. Analytical QA/QC programs monitoring the precision and accuracy of results includes the routine use of assaying sample duplicates, certified reference standard(s); and both assay and prep wash blanks. Acme is ISO 9001-certified.

The technical information contained within this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Tallman, PGeo, chief operating officer of Ethos Capital and qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 policy.

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