VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (TSX:GSV) (NYSE AMERICAN:GSV) (“Gold Standard” or the “Company) today announced results from 8 exploration scout holes completed west-northwest and north of the North Bullion deposit on its 100%-owned/controlled Railroad Project in Nevada’s Carlin Trend. Assays for two additional drill holes are pending. Collectively, these drill holes are a portion of Gold Standard’s 2017 US$15.5 million program which includes up to 48,800 m of reverse-circulation (RC) and core drilling in 117 holes (see February 2, 2017 news release).
Core hole RR17-06 intersected 41.7m of 1.91 g Au/t, including a higher-grade zone of 7.6m of 6.32 g Au/t (please go to the following link - https://goldstandardv.com/lp/north-bullion-novdrill-maps). This intercept is approximately 375m west-northwest of the closest mineralized drill hole and identifies a new gold zone outboard from the new North Bullion maiden resource. Three other drill holes in this area were lost prior to completion and two more drill holes have not yet been assayed.
The primary objective of the 2017 North Bullion drill program was to test for extensions of the Lower Breccia Gold Zone to the west-northwest and north of the new North Bullion maiden resource announced on September 21, 2017. Drilling followed-up on the 2016 results in RR16-01 which intersected 65.6m of 3.17 g Au/t, including a higher-grade interval of 8.5m of 11.16 g Au/t located west-northwest of previous drilling (announced on August 30, 2016); and, RR16-05 which returned 19.8m of 4.40 g Au/t, including a higher-grade interval of 5.3m of 7.02 g Au/t located north of previous drilling (announced on January 23, 2017). Based on 2016 drilling successes, Gold Standard continued with a more cost-effective approach to drilling North Bullion by using reverse-circulation (RC) rigs to drill and case holes (so-called pre-collars) to depths immediately above the target before switching to a core rig to complete the hole through the mineralized zone.
Jonathan Awde, CEO and Director of Gold Standard, commented: “Hole 6 confirms to us that the North Bullion deposit mineralization has considerable room to grow. North Bullion continues to be a very encouraging prospect with marked similarities to the large gold deposits in the northern part of Carlin.”
- Core hole RR17-06 intersected 41.7m of 1.91g Au/t, including a higher-grade zone of 7.6m of 6.32g Au/t. Mineralization is mixed oxide and sulfide and hosted in decalcified and variably silicified multilithic collapse breccia (mlbx), and underlying dolomitic breccia. The mlbx developed at the top of the Devonian Devils Gate Limestone is the preferred host for lower zone gold mineralization at North Bullion.
- The RR17-06 intercept is approximately 375m west-northwest of the closest mineralized drill hole, RR16-01. RR17-06 was designed to test a west-northwest striking trend of higher-grade gold mineralization, in a new structural block, hanging wall to a northeast-striking fault. This is the first gold intercept in this structural block and the intercept remains open in all directions.
- Due to poor downhole drilling conditions, the core portions of holes RR17-04, -07, -09 ended before fully testing their intended targets. Drillers will attempt to re-enter and complete RR17-09 later this year.
North Bullion drill results are as follows:
|Drill Hole||Method||Azimuth||Incl.||TD (m)||Intercept (m)||Thickness (m)||Grade (g Au/t)|
|RR16-07||RC / Core||0||-85||617.7||No assays >0.30 g Au/t|
|RR17-01||RC / Core||090||-70||500.3||395.7 – 400.3||4.6||0.45|
|RR17-02||RC / Core||045||-75||567.7||406.7 – 408.2||1.5||0.30|
|484.5 – 486.0||1.5||0.32|
|RR17-03||RC / Core||-90||427.1||361.0 – 362.2||1.2||2.16|
|363.7 – 366.8||3.1||0.60|
|RR17-04||RC / Core||090||-55||451.8||421.3 – 445.7||24.4||0.46|
|RR17-05||RC / Core||132||-70||496.0||369.5 – 371.9||2.4||0.62|
|432.0 – 433.5||1.5||0.42|
|461.0 – 462.5||1.5||0.36|
|464.0 – 465.7||1.7||0.32|
|RR17-06||RC / Core||-90||722.6||568.0 – 569.5||1.5||0.54|
|575.4 – 583.2||7.8||0.32|
|598.5 – 639.6||41.7||1.91|
|598.4 – 606.0||7.6||6.32|
|RR17-07||RC / Core||090||-70||451.5||No assays >0.30 g Au/t|
|RR17-08||RC / Core||130||-80||676.2||Assays pending|
|RR17-09||RC / Core||090||-75||433.5||Assays pending|
** Gold intervals reported in this table were calculated using a 0.30 g Au/t cutoff. Weighted averaging has been used to calculate all reported intervals. True widths are estimated at 70-90% of drilled thicknesses.
Mac Jackson, Gold Standard’s Vice President of Exploration stated: “The fact that we can step out 375 meters on trend into a new fault block and hit high-grade gold beneath post-mineral volcanic cover demonstrates the discovery potential we have at Railroad-Pinion. We continue to grow the size of this large system, following the typical exploration progression on the Carlin Trend. There is tremendous untested potential in the area around North Bullion, and we plan to use geophysics and scout drilling to follow up on this new zone in RR17-06, as well as test other new covered targets.”
Sampling Methodology, Chain of Custody, Quality Control and Quality Assurance
All sampling was conducted under the supervision of the Company’s project geologists and the chain of custody from the project to the sample preparation facility was continuously monitored. Core was cut at the company’s facility in Elko and one half was sent to the lab for analysis and the remaining material retained in the original core box. A blank or certified reference material was inserted approximately every tenth sample. The core and RC samples were delivered to either ALS Minerals or Bureau Veritas Mineral Laboratories preparation facility in Elko, NV where they were crushed and pulverized. Resulting sample pulps were shipped to either ALS Minerals or Bureau Veritas certified laboratory in Sparks, NV or Vancouver, BC. Pulps were digested and analyzed for gold using fire assay fusion and an atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) finish on a 30 gram split. All other elements were determined by ICP analysis. Data verification of the analytical results included a statistical analysis of the standards and blanks that must pass certain parameters for acceptance to insure accurate and verifiable results.
Drill hole deviation was measured by gyroscopic down hole surveys that were completed on all holes by Minex or International Directional Services of Elko, NV. Final collar locations are surveyed by differential GPS by Apex Surveying, LLC of Spring Creek, Nevada.
The scientific and technical content contained in this news release have been reviewed, verified and approved by Steven R. Koehler, Gold Standard’s Manager of Projects, BSc. Geology and CPG-10216, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
ABOUT GOLD STANDARD VENTURES – Gold Standard is an advanced stage gold exploration company focused on district scale discoveries on its Railroad-Pinion Gold Project, located within the prolific Carlin Trend. The 2014 Pinion and Dark Star gold deposit acquisitions offer Gold Standard a potential near-term development option and further consolidates the Company’s premier land package on the Carlin Trend. The Pinion deposit now has an NI43-101 compliant resource estimate consisting of an Indicated Mineral Resource of 31.61 million tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au, totaling 630,300 ounces of gold and an Inferred Resource of 61.08 million tonnes grading 0.55 g/t Au, totaling 1,081,300 ounces of gold, using a cut-off grade of 0.14 g/t Au. The Dark Star deposit, 2.1 km to the east of Pinion, has a NI43-101 compliant resource estimate consisting of an Indicated Mineral Resource of 15.38 million tonnes grading 0.54 g/t Au, totaling 265,100 ounces of gold and an Inferred Resource of 17.05 million tonnes grading 1.31 g/t Au, totaling 715,800 ounces of gold, using a cut-off grade of 0.2 g Au/t. The North Bullion deposit, 7 km to the north of Pinion, has a NI43-101 compliant resource estimate consisting of an Indicated Mineral Resource of 2.92 million tonnes grading 0.96 g/t Au, totaling 90,100 ounces of gold and an Inferred Resource of 10.97 million tonnes grading 2.28 g/t Au, totaling 805,800 ounces of gold, using a cut-off grade of 0.14 g Au/t for near surface oxide and 1.25 to 2.25 g Au/t for near surface sulfide and underground sulfide respectively.