Hole MGI-12-306 intersects 238m of 2.61g/t Au, and 0.29% Sb; including 61.6m of 3.37g/t Au, and 0.72% Sb
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX) today announced further results from its ongoing infill and step-out core drilling program on its Golden Meadows Project, Idaho, including results from definition drilling in the high grade core of the Yellow Pine deposit beneath the former open pit. Historic mining operations ceased in the Yellow Pine pit in 1952, but high grade gold-antimony mineralization was documented as continuing well below the pit bottom in past exploration and development drilling. Hole MGI-12-306 was drilled as part of Midas Gold’s ongoing resource definition and metallurgical sample collection program, as recommended in the recently released Preliminary Economic Analysis (“PEA”). Hole MGI-12-306 was drilled in order to: (a) confirm and upgrade the resource estimates for this area that is conceptually scheduled for early production in the PEA, (b) to provide fresh samples to optimize recovery from higher grade mineralization scheduled for the early years of the conceptual mine plan outlined in the PEA, and (c) to provide additional antimony assay data to support antimony resource estimation for a larger portion of the Yellow Pine deposit. Only 17% of mill feed incorporated into the conceptual mine plan set out in the PEA currently has an antimony estimate associated with it, yet Midas drilling has outlined antimony mineralization well outside the antimony zone used in the PEA in the Yellow Pine deposit. Hole MGI-12-306 was successful in respect of all three objectives; this release also includes additional infill and step-out holes in the Yellow Pine deposit area.
Significant assay results from these most recent drill holes at Yellow Pine are summarized in Table 1, below, with more detailed results in Table 2 at the end of this release. Additional results from the ongoing program will be released when assays are received and validated.
Table 1: Highlights of Recent Drill Results from Yellow Pine
“We are pleased with the drill results from this year’s drilling at Yellow Pine, where we have expanded the limits of known gold-silver-antimony mineralization, and are now focusing on infill and step-out drilling to better define the high grade mineralization (including the antimony zones) and to convert inferred resources to indicated resources,” said Stephen Quin, President and CEO of Midas Gold Corp. “We also plan to continue testing the outer limits of the Yellow Pine system, since recent geophysical studies and 3-dimensional reconstruction of faults suggest there is potential for additional mineralization along the flanks of the Yellow Pine Deposit, where post-mineral faults may have offset mineralization, and we hope to further test these targets in the coming months,” he said.
As part of Midas Gold’s ongoing work program to advance the project post-PEA, a large representative suite of more than 500 metallurgical sample composites was selected from core holes drilled by Midas Gold and will be utilized for flow sheet development and variability testing. On-going flotation testing will be performed by SGS in Vancouver, B.C., in order to further optimize metallurgical performance under the supervision of Blue Coast Metallurgy Ltd., B.C. The PEA incorporated quantitative evaluation of 70 variability composites for gold, antimony and host rock mineralogy by scanning electron microscope (QEMSCAN). Grindability testing and more than 130 flotation test runs have been completed to date, results of which were utilized in the PEA.
As recommended in the PEA, further metallurgical sampling and test work is continuing in order to further optimize and refine the conceptual process plant flow sheet and metallurgical parameters. This additional metallurgical testing is part of a comprehensive project optimization process being undertaken, as recommended in the PEA, to evaluate the potential for:
- Optimization of flow sheets and plant sizing, including potential for a 25-50% increase in throughput.
- Extending the higher grade production profile for additional time, through extensions to the higher grade known deposits, definition of additional higher grade deposits and/or definition of significantly higher grade/lower tonnage mineralization that could be blended with the lower grade West End tonnage thereby giving an effective higher grade feed to the mill;
- Extension of antimony by-product credits to a broader proportion of the mineral resources as the antimony resources are currently limited to approximately 17% of the mill feed utilized in the PEA, primarily due to lack of analytical antimony values in historic drill datasets;
- Increasing resources and/or reducing strip ratios by drill testing unclassified material within the conceptual pit limits that is currently treated as waste in the PEA, but is essentially undrilled;
- Exploration - both around deposits and throughout district with the objective of defining higher grade mineralization that is economically advantaged relative to the lower margin West End material utilized in the PEA.
2012 Drill Program
Midas has completed over 41,000m of core and RC drilling as part of its 2012 drilling program, and currently has four core rigs operating on site after having as many as nine rigs operating over the summer months.
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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 Richard Moses, CPG, Qualified Person and Site Operations Manager for the Golden Meadows Project.
Samples are transported, handled and stored with chain of custody procedures. Core is sawed or split in representative halves with one half submitted to the laboratory for analysis and the second half of the split saved for archival purposes. Typical core samples are 1-2m in length. All gold assays are by a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by an atomic absorption finish (with a 0.002g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 6g/t are re-analyzed using a 30g Fire Assay charge followed by a gravimetric finish. All composites utilize a 0.5g/t cut off and may include internal waste. Silver is analyzed via a 4-acid digestion followed by an ICP finish (with a 1.0g/t lower reporting limit). Samples reporting values > 10g/t Ag are reanalyzed using a 50g Fire Assay charge followed by a gravimetric finish. 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. Umpire samples are routinely submitted to third party labs and 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 Company’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 June 27, 2012 and are detailed in a consolidated technical report entitled “Preliminary Economic Assessment Technical Report for the Golden Meadows Project, Idaho” dated August 15, 2012, (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. This Preliminary Economic Assessment outlines a concept for the development of a large scale, long life, low cost open pit gold mining operation producing gold and by-product antimony based on the estimated mineral resource, as well as outlining a number of opportunities for potential enhancement of the conceptual project.
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Table 2: Assay Results to Accompany Midas Gold Corp. News Release dated October 15, 2012
(1) Hole abandoned prematurely.
(2) Based upon the current 3D interpretation of the Yellow Pine deposits the intervals quoted here are at or near true thickness and are composited using a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off and may include short intervals of internal waste below the cut-off grade unless otherwise noted
(3) Intervals denoted (3) are less than true width.