Jan 20, 2022 (TheNewswire.ca via COMTEX) -- (via TheNewswire)
VANCOUVER, CANADA - TheNewswire - January 20, 2022 - Sitka Gold Corp. ("Sitka" or the "Company") /zigman2/quotes/207397801/delayed CA:SIG 0.00% (otcqb:SITKF) is pleased toannounce final assay results from 5 diamond drill holes (DDRCCC-21-016 through DDRCCC-21-020) from the Company's 2021 summer exploration program at its RC Gold Project ("RC Gold" or the "Project").
The Company completed a 15-hole, 5,000 metre diamond drill program on the Saddle-Eiger zone at the RC Gold Project during the 2021 exploration season. Assay results from all 15 holes (DDRCCC-21-007 through DDRCCC-21-021) have now been received. DDRCCC-21-016 and -017 were drilled at the Eiger zone. Drill holes DDRCCC-21-018 through DDRCCC-21-020 were drilled at the Saddle Ridge zone (see Figure 1) - approximately 750 metres east of the Saddle West zone where DDRCCC-21-021 ("Hole 21") intersected 220.1 metres of 1.17 g/t gold from surface (see Company news release dated December 13, 2021), and 1,000 metres west of the Eiger zone (see Figures 2 and 3).
All results for the 2021 summer drilling program have now been received and released. Mobilization for a 2022 winter diamond drill program at the Project is currently underway with drilling expected to start later this month to follow up on the results from Hole 21.
"We are very pleased with the results from our 2021 exploration program at the RC Gold Project. Drilling has continued to demonstrate that there is significant gold enrichment in this system along a wide, 2,000 metre long structural corridor of sheeted veining stretching from the Saddle West zone through the Saddle Ridge zone and on to the Eiger zone. Visible gold was also observed in DDRCCC-21-019 which coincided with a 0.3 metre intercept that returned over 1 ounce per tonne of gold and reflects what we believe to be a continuation of the high-grade gold corridor recently discovered in Hole 21 located over 700 metres away at the Saddle West zone. Our understanding of the geologic controls to mineralization within this system has grown tremendously this past field season and we are very excited about the opportunity to apply that knowledge to our upcoming drill programs planned for this winter and the summer field season. Our focus this winter will be on following up at the Saddle West zone and on the results from Hole 21", stated Cor Coe, P.Geo., CEO and Director of Sitka.
Table 1 - Significant Diamond Drilling Intercepts
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Figure 1 - RC Project Drill Hole Locations and Longitudinal Section Line
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Figure 2 - Saddle Ridge & Eiger Zones
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Figure 3 - Longitudinal Section Along Structural Corridor at Clear Creek
Table 2 - Drill Hole Information
Drill hole DDRCCC-21-016 was drilled at the Eiger zone on section with, and 100 metres above DDRCCC-21-012 which intercepted 419.0 metres of 0.67 g/t gold (see Company news release dated September 22, 2021), and 200 metres above DDRCCC-21-013 which intercepted 213.0 metres of 0.45 g/t gold (see Company news release dated October 21, 2021). The drillhole was collared and remained in the Eiger diorite unit for its entire length. Significant sheeted quartz-vein style mineralization was encountered from the top of the hole at 3.0 metres to 161.0 metres downhole for a 158.0 metre interval grading 0.33 g/t gold after which the density of veining was more sporadic.
Drill hole DDRCCC-21-017 was also drilled at the Eiger zone 55 metres northeast of hole DDRCCC-21-016. This hole encountered numerous post-mineral faults at low angles to the core axis consisting of clay gouge and calcite healed gouge-breccia zones. The hole was terminated before target depth due to the poor ground conditions caused by drilling these faults at a low angle. Mineralization consisted of sections of sheeted quartz veining of varying density with associated sulphide minerals and returned a weighted average gold value of 0.13 g/t gold over the entire 162.5 metre length of the hole.
Drill hole DDRCCC-21-018 is located at the Saddle ridge zone, approximately 1,000 metres west of the Eiger zone, and was an 80 metre step-back from hole DDRCCC-20-001 which returned 84.8 metres of 0.52 g/t gold (see Company news release dated November 23, 2020). This hole was collared in metasedimentary country rock and encountered several intrusive sills and dikes of the Saddle style megacrystic feldspar granite. Gold mineralization is associated with sheeted quartz veining and generally best developed in and adjacent to the intrusive unit. This hole returned a weighted average interval of 86.9 metres of 0.36 g/t gold from 42.1 metres to 129.0 metres downhole which includes several higher-grade zones (see table 1). This hole was terminated due to technical failure caused by permafrost before reaching target depth and was subsequently closely twinned by hole DDRCCC-21-019.
Drill hole DDRCCC-21-019 was drilled as a twin to DDRCCC-21-018 which had to be terminated prior to target depth due to technical failure with the drilling rig. The geology encountered in this hole is consistent with the results of hole DDRCCC-21-018 but returned better gold grades with a weighted average interval of 80.0 metres grading 0.59 g/t gold, including an occurrence of visible gold in an interval grading 39.20 g/t gold over 0.3 metres.
Drill hole DDRCCC-21-020 was drilled to the north on the same section line as holes DDRCCC-20-001 and DDRCCC-21-018 and -019 and collared just to the south of DDRCCC-21-018 and -019. The hole failed to reach target depth due to poor ground conditions and did not intersect the projection of the main megacrystic feldspar granite sill associated with the stronger gold grades drilled in DDRCCC-20-001 and DDRCCC-21-018 and -019. No significant zones of mineralization were encountered.
Analysis and QA/QC
Analytical work was carried out by ALS Global Labs. The sample preparation took place in Whitehorse, YT and the analyses were completed in North Vancouver, BC. Each sample was assayed for gold by 50 gram fire assay Au-ICP22 as well as by ICP ME-MS41 for a suite of 51 elements. Overlimit samples containing greater than 10 g/t Au were analyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish (Au-GRA22).
The Company has a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program in place consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices in addition to QA/QC procedures at the lab. Each batch of 20 samples contains one certified Standard Reference Material and one blank of unmineralized material.
About the RC Gold Project
The RC Gold Project consists of a 376 square kilometre contiguous district-scale land package located in the newly road accessible Clear Creek, Big Creek, and Sprague Creek districts in the heart of Yukon's Tintina Gold Belt and of the Tombstone Gold Belt. It is the largest consolidated land package strategically positioned mid-way between Victoria Gold's Eagle Gold Mine--Yukon's newest gold mine which reached commercial production in the summer of 2020--and Golden Predator's Brewery Creek Gold Mine. The RC Gold Project land package comprises five underlying properties, namely, the RC, Bee Bop, Mahtin, Clear Creek, and Barney Ridge properties*. �??
Sitka Gold inherited a wealth of historical and current data from these properties from work spanning the last 40 years. Recent exploration work and the compilation of historical data have defined several mineralized zones with both bulk tonnage, intrusion-related gold deposit targets and high-grade, vein- and breccia-hosted gold targets. The RC Gold Project also has a common border with Victoria Gold's Clear Creek property at its western boundary and Florin Resources' Florin Gold property at its northern boundary.
*For more detailed information on the underlying properties please visit our website at www.sitkagoldcorp.com .