TORONTO, April 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —(NYSE: MUX) ( ) is pleased to provide an update on its 2022 exploration program at the Fox Complex properties near Timmins, Canada, and at the Gold Bar properties in Nevada. The programs are focused on expanding known mineral resources. At the Fox Complex, the objective is to shorten the payback period outlined in the Fox Complex PEA (Preliminary Economic Assessment). At Gold Bar, drilling is following up on mineralized trends in and around the Pick Pit, and on exploration opportunities around the nearby Atlas property that was acquired in 2020.
Fox Complex – Stock
Our Stock Property covers 4-miles (7 km) of one of Canada’s best mining addresses, the Destor-Porcupine Fault Zone, which is home to a number of world class Archean gold deposits. Our 2019 discovery of the Stock West deposit and our recent exploration success in the area adjacent to the former Stock Mine have opened the potential to source relatively, near term production from a shallow depth and very close to our existing mill. The Stock property currently hosts a mineral resource estimate of 239,000 gold ounces in the Indicated category and 113,000 ounces of Inferred category, in addition to the 137,000 ounces of past production. These resources are largely within 1,650 feet (500 m) of surface. Stock is an Archean gold system, and the hallmark of world-class Archean gold systems is persistent vertical continuity measured in kilometres, allowing the very best of such deposits to remain in production for decades.
Based on previous high-grade drill intercepts, we have several deeper targets (see circled letter “A” in Figure 1). Mineralization measured by ounces per vertical metre is not a constant in Archean deposits, commonly varying by multiples as grade or volume of mineralization increase and decrease over lateral and vertical extents.
Figure 1 below highlights our four priority target areas that are proximal to our operating Stock Mill. These targets have excellent potential to grow our mineral resources and impact positively the future development of the property.
Stock West and Stock East resource areas have not been fully tested. The “A” target area represented by hole S21-202 (4.29 g/t gold over 21 m) appears to be on trend with both the shallow east-plunge of mineralization coming from Stock West and steeper west-plunging mineralization observed in the Stock Mine mineralization. The Heat Map contouring shown 820 feet (250 m) below hole S21-202 remains an isolated but highly attractive target anchored by hole S19-95 (27.20 g/t gold over 7 m).
The “B” target area is located immediately below the base of the Stock West resource represented by hole S21-178A that includes 9.36 g/t gold over 3 m and 2.48 g/t over 15 m (core lengths) respectively. A further 500 feet (150 m) west, hole S21-203 intercepted 2.61 g/t gold over 6 m and 6.69 g/t gold over 2.9 m (core lengths). Precise structural controls on the Stock West deposit are yet to be determined.
The Target “C” area is at Stock East, where limited drilling has been conducted beneath a porphyry sill, the current base of mineralization. Drilling will test to determine if the gold mineralization continues at depth, as our geologists see possible.
The Target “D” area has shallow exploration targets that represent an opportunity to develop mineral resources proximal to potential Stock West development. Some 45 holes have been completed on this area since December 2021. These holes have been successfully expanding the known lateral extent of the green carbonate (CGR) unit located in the footwall to the former Stock Mine and which is also host to the Stock West deposit. Hole SM21-029 intersected 7.98 g/t gold over an estimated true width of 6.2 m within 100 metres from surface. Drilling is also returning encouraging results within the bleached mafic volcanic (BMV) unit that is host to Stock Mine mineralization.
Table 1 and Figure 2 below, summarize key results from shallow drilling in Target “D” area.
Figure 1 – Heat Map of Longitudinal Section of the Stock Property
Figure 2 – Longitudinal Section Showing Location of Table 1 Intercepts
Table 1 – Selected Drill Intercepts from the Shallow Target Program
|Hole-ID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Estimated
True Width (m)
For a complete list of drilling results at Stock since December 20, 2021, click here:
Opportunity to Stock’s Western Boundary
The 2-mile (3-km) strike length between the Stock Mine and the west property boundary appears to be a prospective trend. Holes S37 and S39, both drilled in 1964, host intercepts of 1.50 g/t gold over 7.3 m and 16.46 g/t gold over 1.5 m respectively that occur 1-mile (1.5 km) west of the Stock West deposit. This area warrants further work and will be tested this year.
Fox Complex – Grey Fox
Grey Fox hosts the largest and highest-grade mineral resources within the Fox Complex. Exploration prospectivity remains very good, with improved understanding of the deposit. The presence of the Gibson-Kelore and A1 fault zones created the conditions for the formation of the Black Fox, Froome and Grey Fox deposits. Continued exploration along these faults will remain a priority. Figure 3 shows a simplified geological plan view of the Grey Fox area.
Figure 3 – Geology of the Grey Fox Deposit Area
Exploration targets at Grey Fox planned for 2022 follows up on two exciting intersections drilled last year.
Hole 21GF-1350 returned 7.29 g/t gold over 15.35 m (from 267 m), 100 m west of Whiskey Jack. Determining the potential extension or repetition of the Whiskey Jack mineralization into the sediments or northwest along the A-1 fault zone is a priority. Other examples of some sediment-hosted deposits in the Timmins area include the Pamour and Dome Mines. For those deposits the gold is preferentially found in the more clastic-rich sediments, while the more recent discoveries of gold are found in more greywacke-rich sediments found at Grey Fox and Froome.
Hole 21GF-1333 returned 4.75 g/t gold over 25.20 m (from 378.4 m) proximal to the Goldpost Ramp (shown above in the upper left half of Figure 3). Limited drilling in 2021 also demonstrated the potential for mineralization to be hosted with sedimentary rocks at Gibson North.
Exploration @ Gold Bar
The goal of exploration at the Gold Bar property near Eureka, Nevada is the same as at the Fox Complex, which is to replace what has been mined and expand the gold resource base. There are two areas on the property where we see this opportunity, at the Pick Pit and at the Atlas Pit. At the Pick Pit, a strong northeast structural control of mineralization has been observed. As a result, several areas of open mineralization have been identified extending beyond the current pit margins (see the target extension areas marked by ovals on Figure 4). Evaluation of these targets is in progress starting with the SW Pick Extension. Core drilling conducted at the SW Pick Extension has yielded multiple significant intercepts including GBS002, which returned 1.93 g/t gold over 38.6 m (126.5 feet) from drill depths of 51.2 m (168 feet)(see Figure 5). Cyanide solubility assays averaged attractive 80.1% recovery, suggesting mineralization could be heap leachable. Assay results are listed in Table 2.
Figure 4 – Plan View of Drill Targets at the Pick Pit
Figure 5 – Plan View of SW Pick Extension Core Drilling Results and In-Pit Blast-hole Data
Table 2 –Selected Drill Intercepts from the SW Pick
|Hole-ID||From (m)||To (m)||Core Length (m)||Au (g/t)||CN Ratio|
At the Atlas Pit, located three miles west of the Gold Bar mine, our team is evaluating the areas around this historic open pit mine. It operated between 1988 and 1994 and the cut-off grade used was 2 g/t. During an initial reverse circulation drill program completed in 2021, hole OGB010 encountered 3.10 g/t gold over 27.4 m (90 feet) in an area where historic drilling suggested limited mineralization existed. The intercept at Atlas East suggests good potential for additional oxide mineralization down-dip to the east below the pit bottom (see Figure 6 and 7 below).
Figure 6 – Plan View of Atlas Pit Showing Historic Gold in Blast Holes and Target Areas
Two other target areas have been identified for additional drilling, including the South Pit margin to identify the Gold Bar fault extension, and the Footwall fault zone to identify outcropping mineralization indicated in legacy drilling. Systematic rock chip sampling supports the potential of the Footwall fault zone, whose possible southern extension has also not been adequately drill-tested. Rock chip samples analyzed for cyanide solubility at the Gold Bar laboratory indicate the presence of anomalous mineralization.
Figure 7 –Cross-section through Atlas pit (looking west)
Technical information pertaining to the Fox Complex exploration contained in this news release has been prepared under the supervision of Sean Farrell, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.” Technical information pertaining to the Gold Bar geology and exploration contained in this release has been prepared under the supervision of Kevin Kunkel, P. Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian Securities national Instrument 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”.
Fox Complex drilling (including the Stock Property) was supervised by McEwen’s Geology Department. All exploration drill core samples at the Stock Property were submitted as 1/2 core. Analyses reported herein were usually performed by the fire assay method by the independent laboratories: Pangea Laboratorio (NMX-EC-17025-IMNC-2018, ISO /IEC 17025:2017), Activation Labs (ISO 9001/ISO 17025) and AGAT Labs (ISO 9001/IEC17025 certified). In Nevada, McEwen’s Exploration supervises drilling. All exploration RC samples are split and submitted to Paragon Geochemical (ISO/IEC 17025) in Reno, Nevada for fire assay and geochemical analysis. McEwen’s quality control program includes systematic insertion of blanks, standard reference material and duplicates to ensure laboratory accuracy.
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