- Hole MGI-10-12 intersected 4.1g/t gold over 36.6m, including 7.4g/t gold over 16.5m
- Hole MGI-10-13 intersected 2.6g/t gold over 70.3m plus 2.1g/t gold over 42.7m
- Hole MGI-10-26 intercepted 2.4g/t gold over 176.8m plus 1.8g/t gold over 68.6m
- Hole MGI-10-27 intercepted 2.5g/t gold over 117.0m
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Midas Gold, Inc. (a private company) today announced assay results from its core drilling program on the Hangar Flats deposit at the Company’s Golden Meadows Project, Idaho. A total of twenty-six drill holes were completed at Hangar Flats during the summer and fall of 2010 as part of its resource definition and exploration drill program that was designed to develop a mineral resource estimate to a level suitable for reporting under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 Technical Reporting guidelines, the results of which will be announced during Q1/11. Hangar Flats is a high grade gold-silver-antimony-tungsten discovery made in 2009 by Midas Gold and these most recent drill intercepts are step outs and infill holes from the 2009 discovery holes. Highlights of assays from these recent drill holes are summarized in the table below and the full results for the twenty-six holes released today, as well as results from our eleven-hole 2009 drill program, are provided in the attached table.
Highlights of 2010 Drilling at Hangar Flats
|Hole ID||Target Area||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)*||Gold (g/t)|
* Based upon the current 3D interpretation of the Hangar Flats deposit the intervals quoted here are at or near true thickness and are composited using a 0.5 g/t cutoff and may include short intervals of internal waste below the cutoff grade. Reported intervals may not correspond precisely to the ‘From’ and ‘To’ due to rounding.
“Hangar Flats has rapidly advanced from a small historical mineral occurrence, to a major drilled discovery, through an initial round of exploration drilling, and in-filled to standards suitable for formal resource estimation, all in less than two years,” said Stephen Quin, President and CEO of Midas Gold. “With drilling now complete, an updated mineral resource estimate is underway and will be released in the near future. Hangar Flats is one of three significant gold deposits in the Golden Meadows project area, in addition to numerous other gold occurrences similar in scale to Hangar Flats prior to the 2009- 10 drilling, suggesting significant additional gold potential at Golden Meadows.”
These drill results, along with those from previous drilling, indicate that the Hangar Flats deposit comprises a series of stacked ellipsoidal lenses, with best grades and thicknesses near the trace of the Meadow Creek Fault System, a major district-scale ore controlling structure. The thick, higher grade intercepts reported above and in the table attached are from the core of the deposit, while the narrower, lower grade intercepts in the table attached are from the margins of the deposit. A new resource model for Hangar Flats will be completed in Q1/11.
For current drill hole locations, please view the accompanying maps and section.
2010 Exploration Program at Golden Meadows
The drilling at Hangar Flats was undertaken as part of a forty-four hole, 12,893m drill program completed in 2010 by Midas Gold Inc., which program focused on the Hangar Flats and West End areas. All drilling was undertaken with HQ core drilling, with core logged and sawn in half on site, and samples sent offsite for assay.
About the Golden Meadows Project
The Golden Meadows Project encompasses most of the historic Stibnite-Yellow Pine Mining District in South-central Idaho where Midas Gold, Inc. (a private company), owns or controls over 4,000 hectares in the district and recently entered into a letter of intent with Vista Gold Corp. to combine Vista’s Yellow Pine deposit, which Vista has reported as containing significant gold mineral resources in the Golden Meadows project area, with Midas Gold’s interests, in a new company (“Newco”). As a result, Vista will become a 35% shareholder of Newco.
The Stibnite-Yellow Pine district lies at the intersection of major, regional fault systems and lies on the margins of the western ring fractured margin of the Tertiary Thunder Mountain caldera complex. Gold mineralization within the Golden Meadows Project appears to be an intrusion related, gold-rich system overprinted by a younger, epithermal gold system with increased silver and antimony. Historic gold production of approximately one million ounces from the district came primarily from high grade underground gold-antimony production immediately north of Hangar Flats from 1928-38, open pit mining at Yellow Pine from 1938-52, or from heap leaching of oxide gold occurrences, including West End and Homestake, from 1974 to 1997. The deeper sulphide gold potential has seen little attention in modern exploration. The principal gold deposits identified to date within the Golden Meadows Project are Hangar Flats and West End, along with Vista’s Yellow Pine deposits, all associated with significant structural corridors. In addition, numerous other smaller gold occurrences have been identified, some of which have historic gold resource estimates, and which remain to be explored for their deeper sulphide potential.
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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 by Stephen P. Quin, P. Geo., President and CEO of Midas Gold, Inc. The exploration activities at the Hangar Flats deposit were carried out under the supervision of Christopher Dail, C.P.G., Qualified Person and Project Manager for the Golden Meadows Project.
Gold is analyzed by fire assay fusion with 30g charges with an atomic absorption spectroscopy or gravimetric finish for gold. 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. After the completion of the drilling programs, random check assays were analyzed at Inspectorate and American Assay Laboratories in Reno, Nevada.
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