SUDBURY - Manitou Gold Inc. (TSX-V: MTU) (the 'Company' or 'Manitou') is pleased to announce that it has initiated diamond drilling of targets along the Baltimore deformation zone ('BDZ') at its 100% owned Goudreau Project, located 50 km northeast of Wawa, Ontario.
The drill program is designed to test newly identified targets along the interpreted fault-offset extension of the Goudreau-Localsh Deformation Zone (the 'GLDZ') and is expected to include at least 5,000 metres of shallow drilling.
The BDZ is a crustal scale geologic structure that represents the fault-offset continuation of the GLDZ. The GLDZ hosts Alamos Gold's Island gold mine, Argonaut Gold's Magino gold deposit (in development), as well as the past producing Edwards and Cline mines. The BDZ strikes east-southeast for 17 km on Manitou property.
Minimum 5,000 metres of drilling to test targets during Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. Program is fully funded with approximately $4.2 million of cash in the company's current treasury.
Initial drilling will focus on testing a resistivity trend with elevated chargeabilities proximal to the central axis of the BDZ. This trend extends along strike from known mineralization at the Stover occurrence. Only 3 of the 13 historical drill holes intersected the IP trend and contained significant grades of gold mineralization with grades up to 0.7 g/t Au over 48.5 m. The remainder of holes did not intersect the most prospective target.
Integration of data from geochemical, geophysical and geological surveys generated priority drill targets. The highest priority targets occur along the sedimentary-volcanic contact, which is proximal to the central axis of the BDZ, and in areas with a higher density of northeast and northwest striking fault structures.
Several secondary targets are being examined in light of an evolving geological and structural understanding of the area.
'I am very pleased to be kicking off a major drilling campaign on the Baltimore Deformation Zone today,' stated Richard Murphy, President and CEO of Manitou Gold. 'We have spent the past ten months doing the detailed work on the ground to identify and prioritize targets. I expect this initial phase of drilling on the BDZ to extend at least through the first quarter of next year.'
Drill targeting at the BDZ is based on the integration of airborne and ground magnetic surveys, an induced polarization ('IP') survey, selective leach soil geochemistry ('EDTA'), as well as sampling work and ongoing trenching and mapping work completed during the 2020 field season. The integration of these datasets has generated numerous drill targets throughout the southeastern portion of the BDZ, where work to date has focused.
About the Goudreau Project
The Goudreau project is located 50 kilometers northeast of Wawa, Ontario and is underlain by Archean-aged rocks of the Michipicoten Greenstone belt. The project area is traversed by several broad-scale deformation corridors, which host the majority of important regional gold deposits and showings. The Goudreau project covers approximately 338 square kilometers in this re-emerging gold camp that hosts Alamos' Island Gold deposit and Argonaut Gold's Magino deposit to the west and the past producing Renabie mine to the east.
Manitou has approximately $4.2 million in its treasury and has strategic shareholders including Alamos Gold and O3 Mining.
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Forward Looking Statements
Certain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of Manitou, including, but not limited to the receipt of applicable shareholder approvals. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements