Marathon Gold Reports Additional Positive Step-Out Drill Results along the Sprite Corridor, Valentine Gold Project
TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marathon Gold Corporation (“Marathon” or the “Company”; TSX: MOZ) is pleased to report additional drill results from recent exploration drilling at the Valentine Gold Project, central Newfoundland (the “Project”). These latest results represent fire assay data from fifteen step-out drill holes over an 850 metre strike length of the Sprite Corridor extending from the Berry Zone northeastward towards the Frozen Ear Pond Road. Highlights include:
VL-20-876 intersected 4.91 g/t Au over 22 metres, including 20.10 g/t Au over 1 metre and 11.97 g/t Au over 1 metre and 53.44 g/t Au over 1 metre;VL-20-851 intersected 5.79 g/t Au over 5 metres including 20.41 g/t Au over 1 metre;VL-20-855 intersected 23.17 g/t Au over 2 metres;VL-20-879 intersected 15.52 g/t Au over 1 metre and 19.16 g/t Au over 1 metre;All quoted intersections comprise uncut gold assays in core lengths. All significant assay intervals are reported in Table 1.Matt Manson, President & CEO commented: “These latest drill results from the Valentine Gold Project confirm the extension of gold mineralization for a considerable distance northeastward from our new Berry Zone. The ongoing in-fill drilling at Berry is currently being conducted at a 25 metre spacing over a 700 metre strike extent between sections 13300E and 14000E. Today’s Sprite Corridor results, taken with earlier step-out drilling released on April 15th, demonstrate additional gold mineralization as far eastward as at least section 14800E, representing an overall distance of 1.5 kilometres. While additional drilling is required to determine the extent and continuity of this mineralization, we are encouraged by the results achieved to date. The intercepts we are seeing suggest to us the potential for a much larger mineralizing system in this central portion of the 6 kilometre long Sprite Corridor than previously recognized. Three rigs are currently active at Valentine completing the in-fill program at Berry and adding additional step-out holes to the northeast. This work is expected to continue until the end of November. Drilling has been completed in the portion of the Sprite Corridor between the Frozen Ear Pond Road and the southwestern margin of the Marathon Deposit, as well as in the Narrows area northeast of the Marathon Deposit, and results for both of these areas remain outstanding at this time.”Gold mineralization at the Valentine Gold Project is contained predominantly within shallowly southwest dipping, en-echelon stacked Quartz-Tourmaline-Pyrite-Gold (“QTP-Au”) veins. At the Leprechaun and Marathon Deposits, as well as at the new Berry Zone, these QTP-Au veins form densely stacked and northwest plunging “Main Zone” envelopes within intrusive host rocks on the hanging wall (northwest) side of the Valentine Lake Shear Zone. The extent of mineralization appears related to the size and frequency of sheared mafic dykes which extend northeast-southwest within the hanging wall, parallel to the shear zone. Exploration drilling is generally undertaken in two orientations: down steeply towards the northwest at a high angle to the individual veins and down-plunge of the Main Zone stacking, or obliquely towards the southeast sub-parallel to the individual veins and across the strike of Main Zone mineralization.The results released today are derived from fifteen drillholes extending over an approximately 750 metre strike extent between sections 14070E and 14760E northeast of the Berry Zone. Eight holes were oriented steeply down to the northwest testing for “Main Zone” type stacked QTP-Au mineralization (VL-20-850,851,852,854,859,867,879 and 882) and seven holes were oriented to the southeast drilling from the hanging wall towards the footwall contact (VL-20-853,855,864,871,872,874 and 876; Figures 2 and 3).Overall, fourteen of the fifteen drill holes returned “significant” drill intersections of greater than 0.7 g/t Au (Table 1). Each of these fourteen holes returned additional intersections with gold grades above the 0.3 g/t Au cut-off used in the January 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Project. No economic mineralization was encountered in drill hole VL-20-872.Table 1: Significant assay intervals, Sprite Corridor, Valentine Gold ProjectNotes on the Calculation of Assay Intervals“Significant” assay intervals are defined as 1m core length or more of mineralization with an average fire assay result of greater than 0.7 g/t Au, representing the bottom cut-off for high-grade mill feed in the Marathon April 2020 Pre-Feasibility Study mine plan (see technical report dated April 21, 2020). Assay intervals with an average fire assay result of between 0.3 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Au are above the cut-off used in the January 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Project but are not considered “significant” for the purposes of this news release.Cut gold grades are calculated at 30 g/t Au.No significant assays were returned in drill holes VL-20-872
Footwall and Condemnation Drill ResultsAs part of the Valentine Gold Project 2020 exploration program, 10,977 metres of reconnaissance drilling was completed in two areas located south of the Valentine Lake Shear Zone (“Footwall Areas 1 & 2”, Figures 1 and 4). This has been the first drilling program at the Project focused on systematically testing the potential for sedimentary-hosted mineralization in the footwall rocks of the Valentine Lake Shear Zone. These footwall areas also represent the proposed site of mine infrastructure elements such as the tailings management facility, plant site and Leprechaun waste rock facility. An additional 2,937 metres of dedicated condemnation drilling was completed to the north of the Marathon Deposit in an area designated for the Marathon waste rock facility. These drill programs identified several isolated areas of QTP-Au mineralization. Follow up work is planned for 2021, including trenching and prospecting. However, at this time, these results are not considered to be indicative of an economic deposit, allowing each area to be considered for infrastructure placement in the ongoing Feasibility Study. Significant assay intervals arising from this drilling are reported in Table 2.Table 2: Significant assay intervals, Footwall Zone 1, Valentine Gold ProjectNotes on the Calculation of Assay Intervals“Significant” assay intervals are defined as 1m core length or more of mineralization with an average fire assay result of greater than 0.7 g/t Au, representing the bottom cut-off for high-grade mill feed in the Marathon April 2020 Pre-Feasibility Study mine plan (see technical report dated April 21, 2020). Assay intervals with an average fire assay result of between 0.3 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Au are above the cut-off used in the January 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Project but are not considered “significant” for the purposes of this news release.Cut gold grades are calculated at 30 g/t Au.No significant assays were returned in drill holes VS-20-001 to 15, 17, 19 to 49, and VL-20-01 to 06, 08, 10 to 11, 13 to 30, and MA-20-01 to 05, 07 to 08, 11 to 15, 17 to 21.
Figure 1: Location Map, Valentine Gold Project. (See News Release Dated February 3, 2020 for a Description of the 2020 Exploration Drill Program) is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/161f0125-0f0f-4041-b06e-9df9c81d577bFigure 2: Location of Berry Zone Exploration Drill Hole Collars VL-20-850 to VL-20-882 is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/4cc53e21-0222-402a-ab60-84689dcc862aFigure 3: Cross section 14700E (View NE) Sprite Corridor, Valentine Gold Project is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bdd0f7dd-9fa5-471a-8c55-142f2cb851a6Figure 4: Location of Footwall and Condemnation Drill Hole Collars VS-20-01 to 49, VL-20-01 to 30, and MA-20-01 to 21 is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f4c783ed-0053-4dc9-97ef-27d65c060907Qualified PersonDisclosure of a scientific or technical nature in this news release was prepared under the supervision of Nicholas Capps, P.Geo. (NL), Project Manager for exploration at the Valentine Gold Project. Exploration data quality assurance and control for Marathon is under the supervision of Jessica Borysenko, P.Geo (NL), GIS Manager for Marathon Gold Corporation. Both Mr. Capps and Ms. Borysenko are qualified persons under National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101.Quality Assurance-Quality Control (“QA/QC”)QA/QC protocols followed at the Valentine Gold Project include the insertion of blanks and standards at regular intervals in each sample batch. Drill core is cut in half with one half retained at site, the other half tagged and sent to Eastern Analytical Limited in Springdale, NL. All reported core samples are analyzed for Au by fire assay (30g) with AA finish. All samples above 0.30 g/t Au in economically interesting intervals are further assayed using metallic screen to mitigate the presence of coarse gold. Significant mineralized intervals are reported in Table 1 as core lengths and estimated true thickness (70 – 95% of core length), and reported with and without a top-cut of 30 g/t Au applied.AcknowledgmentsMarathon acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.About MarathonMarathon (TSX:MOZ) is a Toronto based gold company advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Project located in the central region of Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. The Project comprises a series of four mineralized deposits along a 20-kilometre system. An April 2020 Pre-Feasibility Study outlined an open pit mining and conventional milling operation over a twelve-year mine life with a 36% after-tax rate of return. The Project has estimated Proven Mineral Reserves of 1.3 Moz (26.3 Mt at 1.52 g/t) and Probable Mineral Reserves of 0.6 Moz (14.8 Mt at 1.23 g/t). Total Measured Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) comprise 1.9 Moz (31.7 Mt at 1.86 g/t) with Indicated Mineral Resources (inclusive of the Mineral Reserves) of 1.19 Moz (23.2 Mt at 1.60 g/t). Additional Inferred Mineral Resources are 0.96 Moz (16.77 Mt at 1.78 g/t Au). Please see the Technical Report dated April 21, 2020 for further details and assumptions relating to the Valentine Gold Project.For more information, please contact:To find out more information on Marathon Gold Corporation and the Valentine Gold Project, please visit www.marathon-gold.com.Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking InformationCertain information contained in this news release, constitutes forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). 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