VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Oct. 19, 2015) – Scorpio Gold Corporation (“Scorpio Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:SGN) reports results from the 2015 exploration drilling at the Copiosus, Tehillah and Tarantula target areas at its 70% owned Mineral Ridge project, located in Nevada.
Exploration drilling in 2015 has tested a number of outlier target areas to the main deposits at Mineral Ridge. The Copiosus target area lies ~500-750 meters northeast of the Drinkwater pit. Field investigation of a geophysical anomaly at Copiosus identified a post-mineral pipe-like structure in the northeast corner of the target area. Two holes were drilled at Copiosus; MR151728 tested the down-dip extension of the mineralized Drinkwater horizon 500 meters northeast of the Drinkwater pit and MR151734 targeted the intersection of the horizon with the pipe-like structure a further 250 meters to the northeast. MR151728 intersected 3 meters of low-grade mineralization at the expected target depth (Table 1). The geological interpretation is that the mineralizing shear zone flattened in this area, which resulted in less dilation and potential for mineralization compared to the Drinkwater deposit. MR151734 intersected mineralization ~200 meters above the targeted Drinkwater horizon. Unfortunately, rough topography prevented collaring the hole in close proximity to the pipe-like structure and it was not intersected at depth.
The Tehillah target is a high-grade silver prospect in the Reed Dolomite formation located ~1,200 meters northeast of the Mary LC pit. Multiple historic shallow shafts and small stopes have been excavated in the area. Six holes (MR151737-742) were drilled across the structure but no significant gold or silver mineralization was encountered.
The Tarantula target lies ~1,200 meters south of the Brodie deposit in an area of multiple historic high-grade adits. Exploration drilling in 2015 was constrained by the Company’s existing drill permit, which did not allow for drill set ups proximal to the highest-grade underground workings. The mineralized structure was intersected in several holes (Table 2) but returned relatively low grades compared to the historical workings. The Company plans to file for an amendment to its permitted drill plan to allow for testing of the known higher-grade areas in 2016.
Operations area including Copiosus & Tehillah targets: DH Plan (PDF 8 Mb)
Tarantula target: DH Plan
Table 1. Copiosus Target – Significant Drill Results
Table 2. Tarantula Target – Significant Drill Results
|MR151678||0||-90||No Significant Results|
|MR151735||40||-70||No Significant Results|
|MR151736||220||-70||No Significant Results|
|MR151744||40||-70||No Significant Results|
All holes presented in Tables 1 and 2 were completed by reverse circulation (RC) drilling. Widths are presented as downhole core lengths; true widths are unknown at this time. Analytical results were performed by American Assay Laboratory Inc. in Sparks, Nevada, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility. External check assays to verify lab accuracy are routinely completed by ALS Chemex, an ISO 9001:2000 certified and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility. Further details are presented in the Company’s quality assurance and quality control program for the Mineral Ridge project available at: MR QAQC.
About Scorpio Gold
Scorpio Gold holds a 70% interest in the producing Mineral Ridge gold mining operation located in Esmeralda County, Nevada with joint venture partner Elevon, LLC (30%). Mineral Ridge is a conventional open pit mining and heap leach operation. The Mineral Ridge property is host to multiple gold-bearing structures, veins and lenses at exploration, development and production stages. Scorpio Gold also holds a 100% interest in the advanced exploration-stage Goldwedge property in Manhattan, Nevada, with a fully permitted underground mine and 400 ton per day mill facility. The Goldwedge mill facility has been placed on a care and maintenance basis and can be restarted immediately when needed.
Scorpio Gold’s President & CEO, Peter J. Hawley, PGeo,, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD SCORPIO GOLD CORPORATION
Peter J. Hawley, President & CEO
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Peter J. Hawley
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