HINTERLAND SAMPLES UP 796PPB AU IN SOILS AT BALLARAT PROPERTY IN WHITE GOLD DISTRICT OF YUKON


Hinterland Metals Inc. has released final results from the 2010 exploration program on the 200-claim (4,140 hectares) Ballarat property located approximately 100 kilometres due south of Dawson City in the White Gold district of Yukon. Approximately 15 kilometres due north of Ballarat is Kinross’s White Gold deposit with a current resource estimation at the Golden Saddle zone of 1,004,570 indicated ounces at 3.2 grams per tonne (g/t) Au and 407,413 inferred ounces at 2.5 g/t Au; and at the Arc zone of 170,470 inferred ounces at 1.2 g/t Au (Underworld press release — Jan. 19, 2010). Kaminak’s discovery hole of 15.5 metres over 17.1 g/t Au at the Supremo zone is located about 20 kilometres southwest of Ballarat.

The program comprised 30 kilometres of line cutting, 961 deep-auger-type soil samples and 750 metres of mechanical trenching. The soil sampling was completed at 25-metre stations along cut lines that average 90 metres apart. Two very strong gold-in-soil anomalies were outlined. Each anomaly appears to trend east-west for a minimum distance of 1,000 metres on the property. The southern anomaly is the best defined with maximum values up to 796 parts per billion (ppb) Au. The northern anomaly has numerous high values up to 188 ppb Au. Preliminary sampling completed in the same area by Hinterland in 2009 returned maximum values of only 68 ppb from an average sample depth of 30 centimetres. In contrast, the 2010 samples were taken from an average depth of 60 centimetres and, based on the enhanced results, appear to have sampled the deeper, less weathered, less oxidized, more representative C horizon of the soil profile.

Four trenches were dug at 50-metre intervals along a strike length of 160 metres. Fifty-nine rock samples were collected in total. At the far north end of the trenches, a mineralized structure was exposed at the contact of chlorite schist to the north and rusty muscovite schist to the south. The structure is marked by quartz-carbonate veins and breccias and massive stibnite (antimony) mineralization. Several samples returned antimony values above the upper detection limit of 2,000 ppm Sb, but no significant gold values were obtained. Clearly, the structure exposed by the trenching is not the source of the gold-in-soil anomalies. The only notable result of the trenching was 1.3 g/t Au from a one-metre-wide quartz vein exposed at the south end of the second trench. The trenching was completed before the 2010 soil geochemical results were received and did not at all test the gold-in-soil anomalies described above.

“The excellent soil sample results obtained in 2010 clearly define two very strong, untested gold anomalies and have greatly improved our ability to pick prospective drill targets,” comments Mark Fekete, president.

All analytical work was completed at Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. in Vancouver, B.C. Acme is accredited under ISO 9001. Soil samples were prepared by drying and sieving 100 grams to minus 80 mesh. Rock samples were prepared by crushing one kilogram to 80 per cent passing minus 10 mesh and then pulverizing a 250-gram subsample to 85 per cent passing minus 200 mesh. Both soils and rocks were analyzed for 36 elements (including gold) by 15-gram aqua regia digestion, ICP-MS finish. The rocks were also analyzed for gold by 30-gram fire assay, ICP-ES finish. Mr. Fekete, PGeo, is the designated qualified person as defined in Section 1.2 in and for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the technical content of this release.

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