Precipitate Gold Corp. is pleased to announce the Company has acquired by staking additional land at its Island Zinc project located near Port Hardy, north Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Precipitate has increased the size of project by staking an additional 675 hectares of prospective ground west of the original claim block. The new claim block covers an on-strike extension of the same favourable target limestone rocks found at the property's Main Zone and includes three historical zinc-lead-silver mineral showings (collectively known as the "South Shore Zone"). Select South Shore Zone historical highlights include:
Rock chip channel samples:
- 9.5% zinc, 0.1% lead, and 75.4 grams per tonne ("g/t") silver over 2.4 metres (1966); and
- 7.1% zinc, 0.3% copper, trace lead, and 6.9 g/t silver over 6.1 metres (1966)
Diamond drill hole 1952-02:
- 3.0% zinc, and 0.15% lead over 12.3 metres*
The Island Zinc Property now includes two non-contiguous claims covering a combined total of 1,023 hectares. See the accompanying map figure or the Company's website for the additional information.
Jeffrey Wilson, Company President & CEO states, "We are pleased to have identified this ground proximal to our initial Island Zinc land position as this area hosts multiple historic showings and was not available for staking at the time we acquired our initial project holdings. The increased land position and increased number of prospective mineral showings within the expanded project provides the Company a significantly broader area to test with a first phase of ground geophysical surveying which may provide an increased number of potentially drill-worthy targets to explore and refine. In the meantime, our very extensive soil sampling program is ongoing at our Juan de Herrera project in the Dominican Republic."
South Shore Zone Details:
The Island Zinc Project claims are located within the east-west trending Nahwitti Lake Mineral Belt which hosts various high-grade zinc-lead-silver carbonate replacement and skarn type mineral occurrences. The South Shore Zone includes three modest size historical zinc-lead-silver-copper surface skarn showings hosted in shallow south dipping, east-west trending limestone rocks, which extend an estimated 1.5 kilometres length within the new claim block. The three South Shore showings span an on-strike distance exceeding 850 metres and are described as surface exposures of disseminations, bands and pods of mixed sphalerite-galena-chalcopyrite-pyrite-pyrrhotite mineralization. Incomplete historical records* indicate that much of the zone's the exploration work was carried out during the 1950's to 1960's and includes surface rock/soil sampling, mapping, trenching, modest geophysics, and perhaps up to 13 shallow depth diamond drill holes ("X-ray" diameter core).
Historical work in the Island Zinc Property region has been hindered by a pervasive, but relatively thin veneer of glacial till. Property outcrop exposures and showings are generally limited to the area's few narrow incised creeks and as a result much of the property geology is inferred by indirect means.
Precipitate's initial exploration priority is to complete a detailed geophysical gravity survey over much of the property to identify any potential large and dense sphalerite-galena mineral bodies within the host limestone rocks near, distal, or down dip from known mineral surface occurrences. Selective ground geophysical magnetic surveying may follow the gravity work as a means to identify drill worthy targets with combined non-magnetic and gravity positive signature. Results of this work will be reported on as it is completed and interpreted.
* Note: Certain information and data in this news release concerning the Island Zinc property and past work completed thereon and results therefrom are historical, being derived from publicly available sources including assessment reports and British Columbia Minister of Mines Annual Reports. The reliability of some historical data is unknown but is considered relevant by Company management. The historical data may be non-NI 43-101 compliant and should not be relied upon. It is the Company's intention to verify the historical data; however confirmation work may produce results that differ substantially from the historic results. There is a risk that current exploration and test work will not result in the Company replicating historical results. Additionally, rock grab samples are selective by nature and are unlikely to represent average grades on the property.
This news release has been reviewed by Michael Moore P. Geo., Vice President, Exploration of Precipitate Gold Corporation, the Qualified Person for the technical information in this news release under NI 43-101 standards.