White Gold Corp. Outlines Additional Significant Gold Anomalies at the Betty Property, Yukon, Canada
TORONTO, May 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — White Gold Corp. (TSX.V: WGO, OTC: WHGOF, FRA: 29W) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce significant soil geochemistry results from 2020 soil sampling at its Betty property. The property is strategically located contiguous to and 15km northeast of Western Copper and Gold Corporation’s (TSX: WRN, NYSE: WRN) Casino deposit (14.5 Moz gold & 7.1 Blbs copper (Measured & Indicated) and 6.6 Moz gold and 3.3 Blb copper (Inferred), and 40km east of Newmont Corporation’s (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT) Coffee Gold deposit which host gold resources of 2.17 Moz Indicated & 0.50 Moz Inferred (Figure 1). The Betty property consists of 860 claims totalling 17,127 hectares that cover the strike extension of the east-trending dextral strike-slip Coffee Creek Fault which exerts important structural controls on mineralization at the Coffee deposit. This work formed part of the Company’s 2020 exploration program backed by strategic partners Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (TSX: AEM, NYSE: AEM) and Kinross Gold Corp (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) on its extensive 420,000 hectare land package in the prolific White Gold District, Yukon, Canada.
- The Betty property is located on the eastern extension of the Coffee Creek Fault, which hosts Newmont’s Coffee deposit containing gold resources of 2.17 Moz Indicated and 0.50 Moz Inferred.
- The Betty property hosts multiple targets with potential for several mineral deposit types including orogenic gold and precious and base metal veins.
- 2020 exploration work included ground magnetic surveys and 2,030 infill soil geochemistry samples in several areas which has further enhanced several anomalies on the property that will be further evaluated this coming season.
- 2021 follow up exploration to include first ever diamond drilling.
- The Company also announces its participation in several upcoming virtual conferences and invites interested parties to register to learn more about the Company’s unique district-scale gold exploration opportunity with significant defined resources, recent discoveries and new discovery potential in the prolific White Gold District, Yukon, Canada.
“We are very pleased with these additional results from our Betty property. These results in addition to the previous work performed, and the property’s close proximity to large gold and copper deposits are very encouraging. We are very excited to diamond drill test these targets this year and further demonstrate the expansiveness of gold mineralization in the White Gold District, and the effectiveness of our exploration methodologies” stated David D’Onofrio, CEO of the Company.
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The Betty property covers an area measuring 15km north-south by up to 18km east-west. Equipment and materials can be staged from the Casino airstrip or from the Britannia Creek barge landing, located near the northwest corner of the property. The property hosts several early-stage exploration targets including the Betty Ford, Betty White, Betty Grable, Betty Black and Mascot targets. The Betty property located approximately 65km southeast of the Company’s flagship Golden Saddle and Arc Deposits, which have a combined mineral resource of 1,139,900 ounces Indicated at 2.28 g/t gold and 402,100 ounces Inferred at 1.39 g/t gold.
The Betty property is underlain primarily by Late Devonian metasedimentary rocks of the Snowcap Assemblage which have been intruded by the Middle Cretaceous Dawson Range granodiorite and diorite in the southern portion of the property. The Snowcap Assemblage rocks consist of a folded package of quartzite(s), biotite gneiss/schist, quartz feldspar gneiss, augen gneiss, and minor marble and hornblende gneiss. The units form an open, east-west trending, isoclinal antiform with units on the southern limb having a gentle dip to the south and units on the northern limb having a moderate to steep dip to the north.
The structural and geological framework of the Betty and Hayes property located immediately to the east is characterized by 4 major fault arrays: 1) WNW-trending Yukon River Shear Zone (YRSZ); 2) E-W trending Coffee Creek fault; 3) NW-trending Big Creek fault; and 4) NE-trending Dip Creek fault. The Coffee Creek and Big Creek fault systems are highly prospective structures that, respectfully, control orogenic gold at Newmont’s Coffee Gold deposit and porphyry and epithermal gold mineralization at Triumph Gold Corp.’s (TSX.V: TIG) Nucleus and Revenue deposits to the southeast. Furthermore, the YRSZ constitutes a major crustal break within the Yukon-Tanana terrane, while the Dip Creek fault develops southeast of the Casino Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposit transecting the Dawson Range in a NE-orientation. A new detailed structural interpretation of the Betty – Hayes properties is currently ongoing and is expected to significantly enhance the understanding of property- and target-scale structural controls on mineralization.
2020 Exploration Program
The 2020 Betty exploration program included ground magnetics and VLF-EM surveys totaling 343 line kilometres on two separate grids, and infill soil geochemistry sampling on six separate grids at 25m spacings on 100m spaced survey lines (Figure 2 & 3).
At total of 2,030 infill soil samples were collected where previous soil sampling had been at 50m sample spacings on 100m spaced survey lines. The areas infilled covered areas ranging from 400m x 600m to 3100m (east-west) x 2400m (north – south).
A summary of the soil sampling results on the Betty property is provided below, as well as brief descriptions of the Betty Ford, Betty White and Mascot targets.
Betty Ford Target
The Betty Ford zone occurs approximately 700m to the south of the Betty White target and is associated with an east-west trending 300m x 200m gold in soil anomaly along a steep north facing slope. Work to date indicates the anomaly, which has gold in soil values of up to 461 ppb, is associated with fractured, quartz-sericite-pyrite altered, micaceous quartzite. RAB drilling in 2018 intersected near-surface mineralization grading 0.94 g/t Au over 24.39m in hole BETFRDRAB-001, and 1.08 g/t Au over 50.29m in hole BETFRDRAB-002. A second area of anomalous soil geochemistry at Betty Ford, which remains to be drill tested, lies 250m to the ENE and exhibits lower gold values but strong lead and silver values (up to 853 ppm Pb and 28 ppm Ag).
Betty White Target
The Betty White target consists of a > 800m long, NE trending Au, As, and Sb soil anomaly across a north facing hillside above Sunshine Creek. The zone is currently interpreted as a NE trending fault/shear zone and gold mineralization at surface has been partially outlined over 400m of the trend from GT Probe sampling, and limited rotary air blast (RAB) drilling. The mineralization is hosted within a E-NE striking, gently south dipping (~20°) package of biotite schist-gneiss, quartzite, minor hornblende gneiss, and cross-cutting, mafic feldspar porphyry dikes, and is associated with a 125m wide zone of strong sericite +/- carbonate alteration containing disseminated to fracture-controlled pyrite and arsenopyrite. The strongest gold mineralization occurs over a 25m wide interval within the broader alteration halo and is associated with strong silicification, increased sulphide content, increased folding and crenulation of the rock units, and mm-scale quartz veinlets and brecciation. Results from 2018 RAB drilling by the Company include 0.47 g/t Au over 22.86m in hole BETWHTRAB-019 and 1.80 g/t Au over 4.57m in hole BETWHTRAB-021.
The Mascot target area is located in the southern portion of the property and is hosted within Dawson Range intrusive rocks. Several sub-zones including the Page, Boop, Rubble and Davis zones have been defined through soil geochemistry over a 3km trend, with two distinct multi-element suites. The Davis zone is defined by Au-As-Ag-Pb-Zn +/- Sb, while the Rubble and Page are defined by Au-As-Bi-Sb. The Boop appears to have an overlap between these two signatures.
The mineralization appears to be related to narrow (<5m) fault/fracture zones with narrow selvages of quartz-sericite-carbonate alteration within the granodiorite. Mineralization typically consists of disseminated to massive sulphides (pyrite > arsenopyrite ± sphalerite ± galena ± chalcopyrite) along cm-scale veinlets with the strongest mineralization associated with silicification. The Mascot area saw significant reverse circulation (RC) drilling in 2012 by Ethos Gold Corp. Significant results (Figure 4) included 1.48 g/t Au over 21.30m in hole BETR12-007 at the Davis zone, 29.75 g/t Au over 3.10m in hole BETR12-012 at the Boop zone, and 2.62 g/t Au over 41.10m in hole BETR12-022 at the Page zone (1).
(1) See Ethos Gold Corp. press release titled “Ethos Drilling Yields New Yukon Gold Discovery: 7.1 g/t Au with 209 g/t Ag over 13.7 Metres”, dated June 26, 2012, available on SEDAR.
Exploration Plans for 2021
Planned exploration work for 2021 consists of first-ever diamond drilling on several targets on the Betty property, as well as a new detailed structural interpretation. Additional details on the program will be provided in the coming weeks.
Upcoming Virtual Conferences
The Company is pleased to announce participation in the following upcoming virtual conferences, where interested parties can learn more about the Company’s unique district-scale gold exploration opportunity with significant defined resources, recent discoveries and new discovery potential in the prolific White Gold District, Yukon, Canada. Registration and event details can be found below:
121 Mining EMEA Investment Online
Date: May 25-27th
Time: 7am to 7pm GMT
Mines & Money 5@5 London
Date: May 27, 2021
Time: 5pm to 6pm GMT
Very Independent Research Metals Conference 2021
Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 12:15pm EST
121 Mining APAC Investment Online
Date: June 15-18th
Time: 6pm to 8pm HKT
Analytical work for the 2020 soil sampling program on the Betty property was performed by Bureau Veritas Canada Ltd., an internationally recognized analytical services provider, at its Vancouver, British Columbia laboratory. Sample preparation was completed at its Whitehorse, Yukon facility, using procedure SS80 (dry at 60° C and sieve 100g to -80 mesh). The analytical procedure used was AQ-201 (15g, aqua regia digestion and ICP-ES/MS analysis).
About White Gold Corp.
The Company owns a portfolio of 21,111 quartz claims across 31 properties covering over 420,000 hectares representing over 40% of the Yukon’s prolific White Gold District. The Company’s flagship White Gold property hosts the Company’s Golden Saddle and Arc deposits which have a mineral resource of 1,139,900 ounces Indicated at 2.28 g/t Au and 402,100 ounces Inferred at 1.39 g/t Au(1). Mineralization on the Golden Saddle and Arc is also known to extend beyond the limits of the current resource estimate. The Company’s recently acquired VG Deposit also hosts a historic Inferred gold resource of 230,000 ounces at 1.65 g/t Au(2). Regional exploration work has also produced several other new discoveries and prospective targets on the Company’s claim packages which border sizable gold discoveries including the Coffee project owned by Newmont Corporation with Measured and Indicated Resources of 2.17 Moz at 1.46 g/t Au, and Inferred Resources of 0.50 Moz at 1.32 g/t Au(3), and Western Copper and Gold Corporation’s Casino project which has Measured and Indicated Resources of 14.5 Moz Au and 7.6 Blb Cu and Inferred Resources of 6.6 Moz Au and 3.3 Blb Cu(4). For more information visit www.whitegoldcorp.ca.
(1) See White Gold Corp. technical report titled “Technical Report for the White Gold Project, Dawson Range, Yukon Canada”, dated July 10, 2020, prepared by Dr. Gilles Arseneau, P.Geo., and Andrew Hamilton, P.Geo., available on SEDAR.
(2) See Comstock Metals Ltd. technical report titled “NI 43-101 TECHNICAL REPORT on the QV PROJECT”, dated August 19, 2014, prepared by Jean Pautler, P.Geo., and Ali Shahkar, P.Eng., available on SEDAR.
(3) See Newmont Corporation press release titled “Newmont Reports 2019 Gold Mineral Reserves of 100 Million Ounces, Largest in Company History”, dated February 13, 2020, available on SEDAR.
(4) See Western Copper and Gold Corporation press release titled “Western Copper and Gold Announces Significant Resource Increase at Casino”, dated July 14, 2020, available on SEDAR.
Terry Brace, P.Geo. and Vice President of Exploration for the Company is a “qualified person” as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.
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