Hole MGI-11-56 intersects 122.2m @ 2.32 g/t Au; Hole MGI-10-57 intersects 90.8m @ 2.92 g/t Au;
Hole MGI-11-66 intersects 53.3m @ 4.12 g/t Au, including 22.9m @ 7.48 g/t Au
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX) today announced preliminary assay results from its ongoing core and reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling program on the Hangar Flats and Yellow Pine deposits at the Golden Meadows Project in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine District, Idaho. A total of 21 drill holes have been completed so far in 2011 and assays are available for the first four. Highlights of assays from these first four drill holes are summarized in the table below and additional results from our ongoing drill program, including potential by-product values, will be released when sufficient assays are received.
Highlights of Recent Drilling at Golden Meadows
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* Based upon the current 3D interpretation of the Hangar Flats and Yellow Pine deposits the intervals quoted here are at or near true thickness and are composited using a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off and may include short intervals of internal waste below the cut-off grade.
“These latest results from drilling at our Golden Meadows Project confirm a robust mineralizing system with excellent grades over significant intervals,” said Stephen Quin, President and CEO of Midas Gold. “The results from the Homestake area of the Yellow Pine system are particularly encouraging, since they indicate considerable potential between two previously mined deposits,” he said. “Drilling is now proceeding apace, with four core and one RC rig working around the clock, and we look forward to a steady flow of information over the coming months as we look to determine the true scale of these substantial mineralizing systems.”
2011 Exploration Program
A total of 21 drill holes totalling approximately 5,100 metres have been completed at Golden Meadows so far this season. This drilling is being undertaken as part of a mineral resource definition and exploration drill program designed to confirm and expand known mineral resources and potentially discover new mineralized areas. Three core rigs and one reverse circulation rig have been operating on site since the end of June and a fourth core rig was added this week.
Hangar Flats is a high-grade gold-silver-antimony-tungsten discovery made in 2009 and these most recent drill intercepts are step outs and in-fill holes from the 2009 and 2010 discovery holes. Yellow Pine is a significant past producer of gold, silver, antimony and tungsten from the 1930’s through the mid-1950’s.
Drill holes MGI-11-56 and -57 were drilled within the known mineral resource at Yellow Pine in order to upgrade the confidence level of those mineral resources and to provide metallurgical samples.
Hole MGI-11-58 was drilled to expand the Hangar Flats mineral resource. The drill results from this hole, along with those from previous drilling, indicate that the Hangar Flats deposit is a series of stacked, north plunging, ellipsoidal zones along the trace of the Meadow Creek fault system, a major district-scale ore controlling structure.
Hole MGI-11-66 was drilled in the Clark Tunnel area, between the historic past producing Yellow Pine and Homestake pits, and was exploratory in nature, designed to test for potential new mineralized areas down dip of the previously defined shallow mineral resource, and yielded very encouraging results. It intersected strong gold mineralization beneath a cap of unmineralized rock lying between the two deposits, with a similar structural style to the adjacent Yellow Pine deposit, demonstrating the possibility of discovery of additional blind mineralization within this prolific mineralized trend.
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The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Stephen P. Quin, P. Geo., President and CEO of Midas Gold Corp., and a Qualified Person. The exploration activities at Golden Meadows were carried out under the supervision of Christopher Dail, C.P.G., Qualified Person and Project Manager for the Golden Meadows Project.
All gold assays are by a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by an atomic absorption finish (with a 0.002g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 6g/t are re-analyzed using a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by a gravimetric finish. All composites utilize a 0.5g/t cut off and may include up to 1.52 metres of internal waste. Internal waste has been assigned a nominal grade of 0.0g/t. Composites above cut-off grade, but less than 6.1 metres in length, are not reported. Some intervals may not add or subtract correctly due to rounding, but are deemed insignificant. Analyses are carried out by ALS CHEMEX in their Reno and Winnemucca, Nevada laboratories. Blank and standard samples are used for quality assurance and quality control and a review of the results of analyses of the blanks, standards and duplicates by the Company’s Qualified Person indicates values are within normal and acceptable ranges.
About Midas Gold and the Golden Meadows Project
Midas Gold Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiaries Midas Gold Inc., and Idaho Gold Resources, LLC, is focused on the exploration and, if warranted, development of the Golden Meadows Project in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine district of central Idaho. Gold mineralization within the Golden Meadows Project appears to be associated with an intrusion related, gold-rich system overprinted by a younger epithermal gold system with increased silver, antimony and tungsten. Historic production from the district is estimated at approximately one million ounces of gold, along with significant by-products of silver, antimony and tungsten, primarily from underground higher-grade gold-antimony production at Hangar Flats from 1925-38, open pit mining at Yellow Pine from 1938-52, and from heap leaching of oxide gold occurrences, including West End, Garnet Creek and Homestake, from 1974 to 1997. The deeper sulphide gold potential has seen little modern exploration. The principal gold deposits identified to date within the Golden Meadows Project are the Hangar Flats, West End and Yellow Pine deposits, all of which are associated with important structural corridors. Independent mineral resource estimates were reported for all three deposits in a news release dated April 20, 2011 and are detailed in a consolidated technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report on Mineral Resources, Golden Meadows Project, Valley County, Idaho” dated June 6, 2011 (the “Technical Report”) is available on Midas Gold’s website at www.midasgoldcorp.com or under Midas Gold’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The Hangar Flats, West End and Yellow Pine deposits in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine gold district remain open to expansion along strike and to depth. In addition, Midas Gold continues to review and assess information contained within an extensive exploration database developed by Midas Gold from almost 100 years of exploration activity by multiple owners and operators with the objective of identifying opportunities for the potential discovery of additional gold mineralization.
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