Red Eagle Exploration Limited is pleased to report the results of underground rock chip panel samples collected on the Machuca zone within the California Gold Project.
The Machuca zone is located approximately 300 metres south of the Pie De Gallo zone which hosts an Indicated mineral resource of 2.4 Mt grading 5.5 g/t Au containing 425,000 ounces gold and an Inferred mineral resource of 3.85 Mt grading 5.4 g/t Au containing 670,000 ounces gold1 and 850 metres southwest of the La Mascota zone which hosts an Inferred mineral resource of 18.7 Mt grading 4 g/t Au containing 2.4 million ounces of gold.2
Current underground rock chip samples were collected in panels 15-20 centimetres wide over intervals determined by styles of mineralization (vein or silicified wall-rock breccia). Samples were collected from the vein material in the back of the underground drift with footwall and hangingwall samples collected on either side of the vein wherever possible.
Sampling encountered a higher grade mineralized zone with a total strike length of approximately 45 metres which is open in all directions. The total width of the mineralized zone is not known since the width is limited to the width of the drift (approximately two metres).
The average width of the vein is 0.3 metres with length-weighted average grades of 32.19 g/t Au and 185.1 g/t Ag. Please see Figure 1 (below) and Table 1 for complete results.
Elevated gold grades are present within the wall-rocks to the vein. In one location, a sub-level exposes a six metre horizontal width of mineralization within the footwall of the vein with a length-weighted average grade of 3.85 g/t Au and 78.4 g/t Ag. The length-weighted average grades of the wall rock within the higher grade zone are 5.8 g/t Au and 227.5 g/t Ag. Assuming a two metre width, the average composite grades are 9.8 g/t Au and 221.1 g/t Ag.
Sample preparation and analytical work was performed by ActLabs of Medellin, Colombia a certified commercial laboratory. During sampling, quality control standards, field duplicates and blanks were inserted in to the sample batches to monitor laboratory performance; all consistent with industry best practice. Rock chip samples have undergone sample preparation consisting of crushing to 80% passing 10 mesh, and pulverization to 85% passing 200 mesh. Gold analyses are conducted via Fire Assay Fusion with AA finish, and gravimetric analyses are completed for over-limit (> 5g/t) samples. Silver assays are conducted via Agua Regia digest with an AA finish.
The Machuca zone was previously drill-tested by Galway Resources during 2012. These results were incorporated in a Technical Report3 and included intercepts:
- GWY165 - 1.0m at 14.5 g/t Au and 1.6m at 23.5 g/t Au
- GWY170 - 1.0m at 18.9 g/t Au
- GWY173 - 3.5m at 11.5 g/t Au
- GWY175 - 1.0m at 29.0 g/t Au
- GWY176 - 1.0m at 27.6 g/t Au
- GWY178 - 1.0m at 11.9 g/t Au
- GWY180 - 1.0m at 47.2 g/t Au
- GWY182 - 1.8m at 33.4 g/t Au
- GWY191 - 1.5m at 13.0 g/t Au
- GWY199 - 19.0m at 18.9 g/t Au
- GWY208 - 1.0m at 25.6 g/t Au
- GWY211 - 1.0m at 14.5 g/t Au and 1.0m at 10.8 g/t Au
- GWY213 - 2.0m at 26.4 g/t Au and 1.0m at 15.0 g/t Au and 1.0m at 17.9 g/t Au
- GWY216 - 2.3m at 14.3 g/t Au
- GWY217 - 2.0m at 18.4 g/t Au
- GWY219 - 1.0m at 15.1 g/t Au
- GWY220 - 1.0m at 117.0 g/t Au
- GWY223 - 1.0m at 17.3 g/t Au and 1.0m at 22.9 g/t Au and 2.0m at 19.9 g/t Au
- GWY227 - 1.0m at 11.1 g/t Au
- GWY229 - 2.0m at 22.8 g/t Au
- GWY230 - 2.0m at 11.3 g/t Au
- GWY231 - 1.0m at 120.0 g/t Au and 1.0m at 66.7 g/t Au
- GWY235 - 1.75m at 26.3 g/t Au
- GWY239 - 1.0m at 22.4 g/t Au
The intercept depths and true thicknesses of the historical drill holes are unknown at this time and not all mineralized intercepts may be within XR's properties due to the length and orientation of the drill holes.
About the California Gold Project
The California Gold Project comprises 250 hectares within the prolific California-Vetas Gold District, Santander, Colombia, which also contains the multi-million ounce La Mascota, La Bodega and Angostura gold deposits. The gold-silver-copper mineralization in the California Gold Project is part of the same large mineralizing system localized along a regional northeast-trending fault zone. Mineralization occurs in northeast, northwest and east-west striking, generally steeply north-dipping fault structures containing high grade veins up to two metres in width. Vein mineralogy includes pyrite, chalcopyrite and sphalerite. Elevation ranges from 2,400 to 2,700 metres above sea level, far below the Paramo boundaries.
XR is advancing the California Gold Project toward economic feasibility by the delineation of high-grade vein resources exploitable by modern underground mining methods. Underground mapping of existing mine workings and underground channel sampling are currently underway, prioritizing targets for underground diamond drilling as soon as possible.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by XR's Vice President of Exploration, David G. Thomas, P. Geo., who is a "Qualified Person" as defined under NI 43-101.