- 41 grams per tonne (“gpt”) Au over 3.5 meters (“m”) from 483.7 m in the C-10, 7.70 gpt Au over 2.2 m from 549.8 m in the CWM and 7.54 gpt Au over 18.6 m from 679.8 m down hole in a new vein in Hole 22-1844E2W1A.
- 68 gpt Au over 1.4 m from 462.7 m in the C-10 vein, 10.1 gpt Au over 3.1 m from 539.7 m in the CWM and 12.3 gpt Au over 2.3 m from 578.5 m down hole in a new vein in Hole 22-1844E2.
- 27 gpt Au over 22.6 m from 453.2 m in the C-10 and 16.0 gpt Au over 6.1 m from 571.8 m in the CWM in hole 22-1844E2W2A.
“This speaks to the depth potential to expand the resources at New Polaris, typical of other mesothermal gold deposits around the world. We continue to unlock shareholder value by demonstrating the potential to add resources at New Polaris.”
Further Details of Current Results:
Three of the other holes (21-1692E2, 21-1722E1W1 and 22-1700E2A) drilled into a region of elevation change in the geological model towards the southwest where the CWM structurally thins then widens again at significantly deeper elevation down dip as seen in holes 21-1844 and 21-1844E2W1A. This deeper repetition of the CWM style gold mineralization was observed in intercepts from other infill drill holes including 21-1783E4 and 21-1844E4 as well as previous drill holes such as P95C40, P95C44, P95C44A and 06-1685DE1.
The infill drill program was completed by the end of February 2022 for a total of 30,000 m in 54 drill holes. Assay results have now been received for 50 holes. The samples collected from the mineralized zone in all of those holes have been submitted to the ALS Geochemistry lab in Whitehorse, YT for gold analysis. Results from the remaining holes will be released as they are received in the coming weeks. Drilling equipment is being stored on site ready for the start of the next drilling campaign in the summer of 2022.
Infill Holes to Upgrade Inferred Resources to Indicated Resources
The current drill program is designed primarily to in-fill drill the Inferred Resources of the CWM vein system within the currently defined resources in the PEA*. The infill drill holes range in depth from 300 to 650 m and are designed to provide greater density of drill intercepts (20 – 25 m spacing) in areas of Inferred Resources between 150 and 600 m below surface. The improved drill density will be used to upgrade parts of the Inferred Resources to Indicated Resources for inclusion in a future feasibility study.
*The New Polaris resource is contained within a preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) report which was prepared by Moose Mountain Technical Services in the format prescribed by NI43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and filed on Sedar April 18, 2019.
New Polaris Overview
Canagold’s flagship asset is the 100% owned New Polaris Gold Mine project located in northwestern British Columbia about 100 kilometers south of Atlin, BC and 60 kilometers northeast of Juneau, Alaska. The property consists of 61 contiguous Crown-granted mineral claims and one modified grid claim covering 850 hectares. New Polaris lies within the Taku River Tlingit First Nations traditional territory. Canagold is committed to providing employment and business opportunities that help support the local economies in the vicinity of its exploration projects.
The New Polaris gold deposit is an early Tertiary, mesothermal gold-bearing vein system occupying shear zones cross-cutting late Paleozoic andesitic volcanic rocks. It was mined by underground methods from 1938 to 1942, and again from 1946 to early 1951, producing approximately 245,000 oz gold from 740,000 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 10.3 gpt gold. Three main veins (“AB, C and Y”) were mined to a maximum depth of 150 m and have been traced by drilling for up to 1,000 m along strike and up to 800 m down dip, still open for expansion. The gold occurs dominantly in finely disseminated arsenopyrite within quartz-carbonate stock-work veins and altered wall-rocks. Individual mineralized zones extend up to 250 meters in length and 14 meters in width. Average widths more commonly range from 2 to 5 meters.
Garry Biles, P.Eng, President & COO for Canagold Resources Ltd, is the Qualified Person who reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Drill Core Sampling and Quality Assurance – Quality Control Program
Drill core is geologically logged to identify the gold mineralized zones that are allocated unique sample number tickets and marked for cutting using a purpose-built diamond blade rock saw. Half core samples are collected in labelled bags and the other half remains in the original core box stored on site. Quality control (QC) samples including certified reference material standards, blanks and duplicates are inserted into the sample sequence at intervals of one in ten on a rotating basis to monitor laboratory performance and provide quality assurance (QA) of the assay results. Several sample bags are transported together in rice bags with unique numbered security tags attached and labelled with Company and lab contact information to ensure sample security and chain of custody during shipment to the lab.
The samples are submitted to the ALS Geochemistry lab in Whitehorse, YT for preparation and assaying. The entire sample is crushed to 70% passing -2 millimeters and a 250 gram aliquot is split and pulverized to 85% passing -75 microns. Analysis for gold is by 30 gram fire assay and gravimetric finish. A suite of 30 other elements including arsenic, antimony, sulfur and iron are analyzed by aqua-regia digestion Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). ALS Canada Ltd. is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and is an ISO/IEC 9001:2015 and 17025:2017 certified analytical laboratory in North America.
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