MONARQUES GOLD CORP. is pleased to report on the results of its initial 2016 drilling program on the Gold Bug gold-bearing structure, which was discovered in 2015 less than 500 metres northwest of the Corporation's Croinor Gold project approximately 70 kilometres east of Val-d'Or, Quebec.
The goal of the program was to test the continuity of the Gold Bug zone along strike and at depth by drilling a series of short holes no more than about ten metres apart due to the erratic nature of the mineralized system, which contains free (visible) gold. The program was carried out in April, and consisted of 774 metres of drilling in nine holes.
Four holes drilled under and into the northeast extension of the structure (CR-16-473, CR-16-474, CR-16-478 and CR-16-479) intersected the Gold Bug gold-bearing structure. Note that the gold in the structure is erratic in nature, and although all the holes intercepted the structure, the gold values obtained do not always reflect the visual aspect of the core. Visible gold is still the best indicator of high grade.
The program was also successful in identifying the northern contact of the porphyry. The contact between the porphyry and the volcanic rocks to the north is sheared and cut by a mineralized quartz vein. The two western holes that intersected this contact (CR-16-475 and CR-16-476) returned significant gold values, and visible gold was seen in CR-16-475, the more westerly of the two holes, where a grade of 19.5 g/t Au over 1 metre was obtained.
Given these results, Monarques is currently awaiting a forest management permit so it can carry out stripping to expose the Gold Bug zone and gain a better understanding of the geology of the complex quartz vein system and its relationship to the volcanic rocks farther north and the east-west Bug Lake structure, which lies 25 metres north of the porphyry-volcanic contact.
"We are very pleased with the results obtained on the Gold Bug zone, especially the fact that most of the holes drilled as part of this initial shallow drilling program intersected gold-bearing structures," said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are particularly encouraged by the results at the north contact, which is an unexpected new target in the area. The upcoming stripping work will provide us with more information on the size and orientation of the gold-bearing structures so that we can better target our next drilling program."