Columbus Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CGT) has announced that drilling has commenced on the Company's Guild Project where joint venture partner Sniper Resources Ltd., is earning an initial 51% interest by undertaking staged annual exploration expenditures totaling US$2 million by October 2nd, 2012.
The current first phase of the 24 drill hole program consists of 8 RC drill holes 500-600 feet in length (150-180m) for a total of 4,000 – 4,800 feet (1,200-1,450 m) of drilling.
Carlin-style gold mineralization is the target at Guild where a silicified ledge in Ordovician limestone carries gold values (thirty samples average 1.9 g/t (0.054 opt) gold) over 55 metres (180 feet) of its 700 metre (2,300 ft) total strike length. This jasperoid ledge formed along a northerly-trending structure which appears to extend south under what is thought to be a thin veneer of post-ore volcanic rocks.
A number of untested drill targets have been identified from geochemical sampling and mapping programs. A gravity survey as well as several line miles of CSAMT has been completed in order to identify the important overlaid structures. The principal target is an ore-controlling structure which extends for 1.6 km (1 mile) under shallow post-ore cover between the main Guild gold showing and a jasperoid in an area to the south, where it crosses the inferred position of the Roberts Mountain Thrust Fault. In addition, the structure should cut the Mississippian Webb Formation in the south end of the block (host for the Rain, Dee, and various other Nevada disseminated gold mines). Preliminary reconnaissance has recently found hydrothermal alteration in the form of silicification and barite veining in the Webb.
Andy Wallace is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists and is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release. Mr. Wallace is a VP of Columbus Gold's wholly-owned US operating subsidiary, Columbus Gold (U.S.) Corporation and is the principal of Cordilleran Exploration Company ("Cordex"), which is conducting exploration and project generation activities for Columbus Gold on an exclusive basis.
Source: Columbus Gold Corporation