Pacific Ridge Crews on Site at Mariposa Property, Yukon

Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. has mobilized exploration crews to its Mariposa gold property for a second year of exploration in the Yukon’s South Klondike.

The Mariposa property, covering an area of approximately 40 square kilometres and held under option from the Tintina syndicate, is located 25 kilometres southeast of Underworld Resource’s White Gold property and about 35 kilometres northeast of Kaminak Gold’s Coffee Creek property. Pacific Ridge’s 2009 exploration program included prospecting, historic data compilation, geologic mapping and initial soil geochemical surveys. Results from this first year of exploration indicated similar geological and aeromagnetic signatures to the nearby White Gold and Coffee Creek discoveries. In addition to which, Mariposa has seen a 100-year history of placer gold mining that has produced hackly gold nuggets suggesting proximity to potential lode gold sources. Mariposa contains a 7-kilometre-long open-ended zone of favourable rocks for hosting gold mineralization where selected grab sample assays have assayed to three grams per tonne gold. Yet to be fully defined gold geochemical anomalies in soils range from 20 parts per billion to 1300 parts per billion gold.

Pacific Ridge’s 2010 exploration program includes expanding geochemical sampling grids to further delineate the ultimate dimensions of already established gold anomalies. Backhoe trenching will then follow in order to facilitate sampling of near-surface bedrock. Contingent on the results of which work drilling of selected gold targets would then be proposed.

With a priority being placed on exploration at Mariposa, exploration plans for Pacific Ridge’s Gold Cap, Polar/Stewart and Eureka Dome will be deferred until later in the season.

Pacific Ridge’s disclosure of a technical or scientific nature has been reviewed by George Norman, PGeo, exploration manger for Pacific Ridge and a qualified person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101

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