Great Atlantic Resources Corp. [TSXV:GR] is pleased to announce it has begun the 2020 exploration program at its Golden Promise Gold Property, located in the central Newfoundland gold belt. Exploration will be conducted this year in numerous regions of the property focusing on areas of gold bearing quartz veins and quartz vein float and areas of gold soil geochemical anomalies. Exploration is currently underway in the southwest region of the property in an area of gold soil geochemical anomalies to define trenching and diamond drilling targets.
The Company has commenced prospecting and rock geochemical sampling and grid level soil geochemical sampling in the southwest region of the Golden Promise Property within an area of gold soil geochemical anomalies located northeast of the gold bearing Linda – Snow White quartz vein system. Great Atlantic discovered gold soil anomalies during 2018 reconnaissance exploration within this region of the property (Company News Release of September 27, 2018), referred to as Gold Anomaly 1. The gold soil anomalies are located approximately 4 kilometers northeast of the northeast-southwest striking Linda – Snow White gold bearing quartz vein system. The anomalies were discovered along two parallel sample lines. Highlights for Gold Anomaly 1 include:
- Soil samples returned as high as 77 parts per billion (ppb) Gold.
- 570 Meter soil line, all samples anomalous for Gold.
- Brand new target area, never been drilled.
- Located approximately 4 kilometers northeast of the Linda – Snow White gold bearing quartz vein zone (historic drill intercepts include 19.5 G/T Gold over 1.15 meters).
Great Atlantic is planning Phase 2 diamond drilling during 2020 in the northern region of the Golden Promise Property at the Jaclyn Zone pending approval from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources. The Company has applied for a diamond drilling permit for the Jaclyn Zone, specifically for the Jaclyn Main Zone (JMZ) and Jaclyn North Zone (JNZ) (Company News Release of May 20, 2020).
Planned Phase 2 drill holes include in-fill holes at the JMZ and a series of drill holes east of and along the projected strike of the JNZ, including areas of high-grade quartz boulders. This will include additional drill holes in the west area of the JMZ within the conceptual open pit area, an area of high grade 2019 drill intersections Drill core samples from seven of ten holes completed during 2019 at the JMZ exceeded 10 g/t gold (Company News Releases of February 6, 12 and 19, 2020).The JNZ is located approximately 250 meters north of the JMZ. During 2017 Great Atlantic excavated high-grade quartz boulders in trenches east of and along the projected strike of the JNZ. Assays of quartz boulder samples excavated during 2017 east of the JNZ included 163.9, 208.5 and 332.6 grams per tonne (g/t) gold (Great Atlantic News Release of August 31, 2017).
The drill core samples from the 2019 program were analyzed at Eastern Analytical Ltd. Samples of main quartz veins and quartz veined zones were analyzed by the Total Pulp Metallics – Fire Assay method. This involves crushing of the entire sample to -10 mesh and pulverizing to 95% -150 mesh. The total sample is then weighed and screened 150 mesh. The +150 mesh fraction is fire assayed for gold, and a 30 gram sub-sample of the -150 mesh fraction is fire assayed for gold. A calculated weighted average of total gold in the sample is reported as well (gold values reported by the Company in News Releases are weighted average values). Other samples were assayed for gold by fire assay (30-gram sub-samples) and analyzed for 34 elements (200-mg sub-samples totally dissolved in four acids and analyzed by ICP-OES). Eastern Analytical Ltd., a certified laboratory, is independent of Great Atlantic. Blank and standard samples were included with the drill core sample submissions. Duplicate analysis was conducted for some samples. The 2017 trenching program rock samples were also submitted to Eastern Analytical Ltd. for preparation and analysis. The high-grade quartz vein boulder samples were analyzed for gold by Total Pulp Metallics – Fire Assay. The sample submission included gold standard and blank samples.
Great Atlantic reported a National Instrument 43-101 mineral resource estimate for the JMZ in late 2018 (Company News Release of December 6, 2018; and Sedar-filed National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Golden Promise Property, Central Newfoundland (revised), dated December 4, 2018 by Mr. Greg Z. Mosher, M.Sc. App., P.Geo., and Mr. Larry Pilgrim, B.Sc., P.Geo.). The reported inferred mineral resource estimate for the JMZ is as follows:
As reported in the National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Golden Promise Property, Central Newfoundland (revised), dated December 4, 2018 by Mr. Greg Z. Mosher, M.Sc. App., P.Geo., and Mr. Larry Pilgrim, B.Sc., P.Geo., the JMZ was modelled as a single quartz vein that strikes east-west and dips steeply to the south. Modelled vein thickness was based on true thickness derived from quartz vein intercepts. The estimate is based on 220 assays that were composited to 135 one-meter long composites. A bulk density of 2.7 g/cm3 was used. Blocks in the model measured 15 meters east-west, 1-meter north-south and 10 meters vertically. The block model was not rotated. Grades were interpolated using inverse-distance squared (ID2) weighting and a search ellipse that measured 100 meters along strike, two meters across strike and 50 meters vertically. Grades were interpolated based on a minimum of two and a maximum of 10 composites with a maximum of one composite per hole so the grade of each block is based on at least two drill holes thereby demonstrating continuity of mineralization. For the capped mineral resource estimate, allassays that exceed 65 g/t gold were capped at 65 g/t gold.All resources were classified as Inferred because of the relatively wide spacing of drill holes through most of the zone.
Because part of the vein is near surface the resource estimate was constrained by a conceptual open pit to demonstrate reasonable prospects of eventual economic extraction. Generic mining costs of US$2.50/tonne and processing costs of US$25.00/tonne were used together with a gold price of US$1,300/ounce. A conceptual pit slope of 45° was assumed with no allowance for mining loss or dilution. Based on the combined hypothetical mining and processing costs and the assumed price of gold, a pit-constrained cutoff grade of 0.6 g/t was adopted. For the underground portion of the resource a cutoff of 1.5 g/t was assumed. The cutoff grade for the total resource is the weighted average of the pit-constrained and underground cutoff grades.
The Golden Promise Property hosts multiple gold bearing quartz veins and is located within a region of recent significant gold discoveries. The property is located within the Exploits Subzone of the Newfoundland Dunnage Zone. Within the Exploits Subzone, the property lies along the north-northwestern fringe of the Victoria Lake Supergroup (VLSG), a volcano-sedimentary terrane.The northwestern margin of the Golden Promise Property occurs proximal to, and, in part, contiguous with a major (Appalachian-scale) collisional boundary, and suture zone, known as the Red Indian Line (RIL). The RIL forms the western boundary of the Exploits Subzone. Recent significant gold discoveries in this region of the Exploits Subzone include those of Sokoman Minerals Corp. (TSXV.SIC)at the Moosehead Gold Project and Marathon Gold Corp. (TSXV.MOZ)at the Valentine Gold Project. Readers are warned that mineralization at the Moosehead Property and Valentine Gold Project is not necessarily indicative of mineralization on the Golden Promise Property.
Readers are warned that historic data referred to in this News Release for the Lina – Snow White quartz vein system have not been verified by a qualified person.
David Martin, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and VP Exploration for Great Atlantic, is responsible for the technical information contained in this News Release.
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About Great Atlantic Resources Corp.: Great Atlantic Resources Corp. is a Canadian exploration company focused on the discovery and development of mineral assets in the resource-rich and sovereign risk-free realm of Atlantic Canada, one of the number one mining regions of the world. Great Atlantic is currently surging forward building the company utilizing a Project Generation model, with a special focus on the most critical elements on the planet that are prominent in Atlantic Canada, Antimony, Tungsten and Gold.
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