Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 18, 2020) - Ophir Gold Corp. (TSXV: OPHR) ("Ophir" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results of the recently completed surface exploration program at the Breccia Gold property (the "Property" or the "Breccia Gold Property"), located in Lemhi County, Idaho, USA. The Property is approximately 40 km southwest of Salmon, and is accessible via paved highway and a network of well-maintained gravel roads.
The 2020 field work is the first exploration work completed by the Company on the Property following the completion of the acquisition in September 2020 (see news releases dated July 6, 2020 and September 15, 2020). The exploration program focused on regional targets as well as areas proximal to the main high-grade Breccia Zone and included rock and soil sampling as well as a ground magnetic survey. Rock and soil sampling successfully highlighted the potential of the Breccia Zone and was also successful in locating two new anomalous areas east (the "East Breccia Zone") and north (the "North Meadows Fault Zone") (Table 1) (Figure 1) of the Breccia Zone.
Highlights of the exploration program include:
Discovery of a strongly mineralized vein system (East Breccia Zone) proximal to the main Breccia Zone
Strong and extensive (600 x 400 m) gold in soil anomaly identified (North Meadows Fault Zone), situated north of and along strike of the high-grade Breccia Zone
Outcrop assay of 25.2 g/t Au and 8.9 g/t Au collected approximately 800 m north and on trend of the Breccia Zone, coincident with the gold in soil anomaly
Shawn Westcott, CEO and Director of Ophir Gold Corp., commented: "Our inaugural exploration of the Breccia Gold Property has gone exceptionally well, with the discovery of two new high-priority targets. The two discoveries further enhance the potential of the Property as they appear to be associated with the main high-grade Breccia Zone. We look forward to aggressively advancing the exploration of the Breccia Gold Property with the drill bit once final permits have been received."
The newly discovered East Breccia Zone is located approximately 100 m east of, and parallel to, the Breccia Zone and is characterized by multiple mineralized quartz veins in outcrop, which range from approximately 1 to 2 m in width. Precious metal assays from this zone include 69 g/t Au and 27.5 g/t Ag (boulder); 57.6 g/t Au and 19.6 g/t Ag (outcrop); and 30.2 g/t Au and 7.4 g/t Ag (outcrop). The veins are commonly brecciated, strongly oxidized, and host bladed quartz textures. The vein set trends parallel to the main Breccia Zone and is open along strike in both directions. In addition, approximately 60 m further to the northeast, a sample of a quartz rich breccia (boulder) was collected, assaying 7.49 g/t Au and 8.6 g/t Ag, indicating the potential for further discovery of parallel trending veins in the area (Figure 1).
The discovery is significant and highlights the potential of the area to host a series of closely spaced (i.e. stacked), mineralized vein breccia occurrences associated with the Meadows Fault Trend, which is estimated to continue for more than 1,800 m across the Property. Select sample results are presented in Table 1 below.
Table 1: Select Rock Sample Assays from 2020 Surface Exploration at the Breccia Gold Property
|Sample ID||Area||Source||Au |
|147184||East Breccia Zone||Boulder||69.0||27.5|
|147180||East Breccia Zone||Outcrop||57.6||19.6|
|147183||East Breccia Zone||Outcrop||30.2||7.4|
|147182||East Breccia Zone||Outcrop||26.5||16.0|
|148394||East Breccia Zone||Boulder||7.49||8.6|
|147179||East Breccia Zone||Boulder||5.0||6.0|
|147185||East Breccia Zone||Outcrop||3.68||1.3|
|148185||North Meadows Fault Zone||Outcrop||25.2||8.9|
A total of 141 rock samples and 381 soil samples were collected during the program and reported grade ranges outlined in Table 2. Soil samples were collected of the B horizon material at a typical depth of 30 cm. Rock samples collected were of grab or composite type and typically comprised of strongly oxidized quartz rich lithologies with trace to minor sulphides.
Table 2: Distribution of Grade Ranges for 2020 Rock and Soil Samples Collected on the Breccia Gold Property
|Rocks (Au)||Soils (Au)|
|10.0 to 69.0||5||400 to 577||3|
|5.0 to 10.0||2||300 to 400||5|
|2.0 to 5.0||4||200 to 300||4|
|1.0 to 2.0||5||100 to 200||18|
|0.5 to 1.0||5||50 to 100||20|
|0.2 to 0.5||8||20 to 50||50|
The soil survey was successful in defining a strong and extensive gold anomaly of approximately 600 m x 400 m is size (North Meadows Fault Zone) over the area north of the main Breccia Zone, and south of the historical Lee Prospect (Figure 1). A total of 19 soil samples returned >100 ppb Au over this area, to a peak value of 577 ppb Au, and are coincident with anomalies of As and Sb. An outcrop grab sample of quartz breccia in this area returned 25.2 g/t Au and 8.9 g/t Au, further highlighting the potential of the northern Meadows Fault Trend. This area has seen only limited prospecting and is a high priority for further exploration.
In addition, the Company is currently integrating the ground magnetic survey data into the larger Property dataset and will report results and interpretations in a future news release. The ground magnetic survey was comprised of approximately 57 line-kilometres on 100 m spaced lines.
The presence of coincident anomalous Au, As, and Sb in soils, when considered in conjunction with observed rock textures such as bladed quartz after calcite and sheeted veins, is consistent with the Company's belief that the Breccia Zone and immediate area represents the uppermost parts of a low sulfidation epithermal gold system. These features suggest a very low level of erosion and strong potential for significant gold mineralization at depth. Some notable examples of this deposit type include Hishikari Japan, Round Mountain Mine Nevada, and Fruta del Norte, Ecuador.
Ophir is in the late stages of permitting a maiden diamond drill program at the Property, targeting the main Breccia Zone. Once final authorizations have been received and the bond payment has been completed, the Company intends to carry-out a 5-6 hole Phase I drill program totalling approximately 1,000 m.
All rock (grab/composite) and soil samples collected were sealed individually in the field and bulk shipped by ground to Activation Laboratories Ltd. in Kamloops, BC. Rock samples were analyzed for multi-element (including Ag) by aqua regia digestion with ICP-OES finish (code 1E3) and Au analysis by fire assay with AA finish (package 1A2B-30). Over limits for Au and Ag were determined by the relevant analytical package. Soil samples were analyzed for multi-element (including Ag) by aqua regia digestion with ICP-MS finish (code Ultratrace 1) and Au analysis by fire assay with AA finish (package 1A2B-30)
Management cautions that prospecting surface rock sample assays, as presented herein, are selective by nature and represent a point location, and therefore may not necessarily be fully representative of the mineralized horizon sampled.
Figure 1: 2020 rock and soil sample result summary
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NI 43-101 Disclosure
Garry Clark, P. Geo., Vice-President of Exploration and a Director of the Company, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release and prepared or supervised its preparation.
About the Breccia Gold Property
The Breccia Gold Property consists of 80 claims covering approximately 1,650 acres within the Blackbird Mining District, in Lemhi County, approximately 40 kilometres southwest of Salmon, Idaho, USA. The Property is accessible by paved highway and a network of well-maintained gravel roads and is host to the historical Gahsmith Gold Mine. Exploration and development activity on the Property dates back to the 1930's and has been exploited by at least eight adits, with several thousand tons of mineralized material extracted. The Breccia Gold Property now covers both the Meadows Fault Zone and the lesser explored, parallel Musgrove Mine Trend. Recent exploration carried out in 2018 and 2019 has included the re-mapping and sampling of the Meadows Fault Zone and the results are suggestive of the existence of a significant low-sulfidation, epithermal gold system.
About the Company
The Company is a gold exploration company focused on the exploration and development of its flagship property, the past producing Breccia Gold Property located in Lemhi County, Idaho. The Company has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Property over a three-year period from Canarc Resource Corp. and DG Resource Management Ltd.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Ophir Gold Corp.
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Shawn Westcott, CEO
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