Ressources Appalaches (TSX VENTURE:APP) and StrikePoint Gold Inc.(SKP – TSXV and STK – OTCBB) has announced the results of ten of 16 drill holes from the most recent drill program at the Dufferin Mine Project in Nova Scotia.
Notably, drill hole F10-26, dipping at 83° to a depth of 366m intersected 14 mineralized saddle reef veins including 7.33 g/t Au over 4.1m at 216m, 9.46 g/t Au over 1.2m at 255m and 3.57 g/t Au over 0.6m at 358m, confirming the existence and continuity of the Saddle Reef mineralization at depth. Analytical results from the remaining six holes are pending.
The first 2010 drill program, completed in mid-August 2010, was to test the length of the anticline with 17 drill holes totaling 2295m which confirmed the presence of the gold-bearing Crown Reserve Anticline to a strike length of 1400m, double the previous known extent (see press release of 25 October 2010).
The drill holes of the second 2010 drill program encountered numerous turbidite-hosted gold-bearing Saddle Reef quartz veins in the Crown Reserve Anticline with values of 1 to 45 g/t Au in each section along the fold axis. Results from ten of the drill holes representing 1977m have been received and compiled from the16 drill holes, totaling 3162m of drilling. The four non-reported holes did not intersect the axis and did not contain any significant gold intercepts. The objective of the second 2010 phase of drilling was to confirm the depth of the mineralization to below 300 m and that objective was achieved. A total of 5457m were drilled in 2010 in all programs
The results of this second 2010 drill program together with supporting exploration and interpretive work are significant for the following reasons:
Hole F10-26 has extended the known mineralization deeper as previously encountered and approximately 400m east of a previous hole that was drilled to 397m.
The second 2010 drill program tested and confirmed gold mineralization along a significant portion of the originally known axis and the axis extension of 2010.
The folded turbidite sequence has been estimated by academic and government geologists to be between seven and eleven kms thick suggesting that the Saddle Reef structures may persist to very great depth.
The LiDAR data acquired in 2010 has proven to be effective in precisely locating the surface trace of the Crown Reserve anticlinal axis and will be used to locate other parallel anticlinal axes on the Dufferin and nearby properties.
Interestingly, the anticlinal axis plunges approximately 8° to the northeast, meaning, for example, that Saddle Reef #1 (indicated by a red dashed line in the attached longitudinal section), the uppermost saddle at the Dufferin Mine gets deeper to the northeast. However, overlying Saddle Reefs continue to appear as exploration continues to the northeast. It has been strongly suspected that the Saddle Reefs continue to great depth and it now appears that the system is "open upwards".
The 2011 exploration program will be finalized and announced, together with a full summary of 2010 exploration activities, following the receipt of the final results from the second 2010 drill program, expected soon.
The sampling program was carried out by splitting the core according to industry norms with blanks, duplicates and analytical standards submitted at regular intervals. Assays were carried out at ALS Chemical Laboratories. Duplicate assays are performed on two weight fractions of the core. The samples were analyzed for gold using conventional fire assaying with an atomic absorption spectrometry finish, and where appropriate, analyzed using total metallic screen assays for samples containing visible gold.
Source: StrikePoint Gold Inc.