Hole MGI-12-198 intersects 13.7m grading 2.01% Sb and 16.8m grading 1.69 g/t Au, 0.91% Sb
Hole MGI-12-202 intersects 30.5m grading 1.17g/t Au, 0.27% Sb and 47.3m grading 1.39 g/t Au, 0.09%Sb
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX) today announced assay results from two exploration holes drilled at the Scout Prospect on its Golden Meadows Project in the Stibnite-Yellow Pine District, Idaho. Drilling by prior owners and operators had traced mineralization in the Scout area over approximately 650m of strike but typically drilled to depths of less than 150m. These recent drill results, which include significant gold and antimony intercepts, not only confirm historic drill results, but also significantly expand the spatial extent of the known mineralized area and indicate the presence of a significant gold-antimony mineralizing system in the Scout area.
Significant assay results from these drill holes, the first drilled by Midas Gold on the Scout Prospect, are summarized in the table below.
Highlights of Recent Drill Results from the Scout Prospect
* Based upon the current 3D interpretation of the Scout prospect, the intervals quoted here are at or near true thickness unless otherwise noted in the text.
** The composite Au value reported here contains intervals below the composite cut-off described below, but is reported here based on high antimony values
“We are pleased with the results of our first two holes drilled on the Scout prospect, which both confirmed historic drill results and intersected additional areas of gold-silver-antimony mineralization where predicted, confirming the presence of a significant gold-antimony system in the Scout area,” said Stephen Quin, President and CEO of Midas Gold Corp. “These holes, completed during our winter drilling program at our Golden Meadows Project, were the first exploration holes drilled in this area in over two decades and were the result of our compilation of numerous pieces of historic geologic and exploration data from as far back as the 1940’s, from multiple operators,” he said. “More drilling is planned in the coming months to better evaluate the potential of this system, subject to permitting”.
2012 Drill Program
Midas has completed its originally planned 17,000m Phase I winter drilling program but is continuing through spring break-up with two to three core rigs before ramping up for the planned summer drill campaign. The additional drilling, to be conducted over the balance of the year, will be focused on continued in-fill and step out drilling on the three known mineral resources (Hangar Flats, West End and Yellow Pine), while exploration drilling being conducted in parallel, subject to applicable permitting, will focus on new targets and prospects within the Golden Meadows property with the objective of discovering additional mineral deposits.
Scout Prospect Description & History
The Scout Ridge prospect is situated approximately 1.25 km northeast of the Hangar Flats deposit, along a north-south fault system that hosts widespread gold-silver and antimony mineralization, and can be traced along strike for approximately 650m in widely spaced drill holes. The fault system, all of which may not be mineralized, can also be inferred to extend for several km to the north-northwest, based on Midas Gold’s 2011 airborne magnetics and EM surveys. Scattered soil anomalies and geologic mapping of this fault shows that it lies approximately 1km to the east of, and parallel to, the Meadow Creek fault system, which controls the Hangar Flats and Yellow Pine gold-silver-antimony-tungsten deposits.
The Scout prospect was first discovered in the 1940s, after US Geological Survey and US Bureau of Mines workers conducted experimental biochemical sampling in the district, which outlined a large gold and antimony biogeochemical anomaly. The area that hosts the biochemical anomaly, occurs in a distinct, linear, north-south trending topographic depression interpreted to be a less resistant structural zone, which is marked by strong geophysical anomalies. A series of weak but pronounced soil anomalies occur parallel to this trend, slightly uphill to the east, where the drilled zones would project to the surface but are covered by talus and slope debris. Several small pits and trenches, which were likely excavated during 1940s during government-sponsored antimony-tungsten exploration, exposed massive, blocky, slightly schistose quartzite containing narrow, gold-bearing, high-grade stibnite veins and altered, sulfide-bearing igneous dikes. Stratigraphic relationships, derived from outcrop mapping and drill data, indicate the valley itself is underlain by calc-silicates and silicified and dolomitized carbonates, similar to those that host the nearby Garnet Prospect. The Garnet prospect lies approximately 0.8km to the east of Scout, and was the site of a 1995 open pit mining operation that produced approximately 35,000 ounces of gold from oxidized ores in skarn and calc-silicates grading approximately 6 g/t gold.
Between 1948 and 1990 three companies explored the Scout area with 20 drill holes, totaling approximately 2,435m. Six east-west IP geophysical lines (by past operators and Midas Gold) run across the Scout Prospect area and delineate a large resistivity low and numerous IP chargeability anomalies that could be indicative of a larger sulphide mineralized system.
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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 (“NI43-101”) 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 Exploration Manager for the Golden Meadows Project.
All gold assays are by a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by an atomic absorption finish (with a 0.005g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 6g/t are re-analyzed using a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by a gravimetric finish. Silver is analyzed via a 4-acid digestion followed by an ICP finish (with a 0.5g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 10g/t Ag are reanalyzed using a 2g ICP-AES, four acid digest, while samples reporting > 750g/t Ag are reanalyzed using a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by a gravimetric finish. Antimony is analyzed via a 4-acid digestion followed by an ICP finish (with a 5.0g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 2,000g/t Sb are reanalyzed using XRF with a 0.9g charge in a Lithium Borate fusion (with a 0.01% lower reporting limit).
All composites utilize a 0.5g/t gold cut off and may include up to 6 meters of continuous internal waste. However, where by-products such as antimony are significant, composites that fall below these cut-off requirements may be reported. Composites above cut-off grade, but less than 10 meters 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 and Vancouver, British Columbia 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 Corporation’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. 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.
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