Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 20, 2021) - Ridgeline Minerals Corp. (TSXV: RDG) (OTCQB: RDGMF) (WKN: A2QBQ4) ("Ridgeline" or the "Company") is pleased to announce drillhole SE20-022 has expanded the Selena shallow-oxide, silver-gold discovery (See December 9, 2020 press release) 300 meters ("m") to the west of SE20-007 and 600m to the north of discovery hole SE20-021. Wide-spaced drilling has now defined an oxide, silver-gold footprint that outcrops at surface and exhibits exceptional continuity down-dip and along strike for over one kilometer ("km") (Figure 1). Phase III drill program results are highlighted below.
Chad Peters, Ridgeline President & CEO commented, "What has emerged from our 2020 drill program is a new silver-gold discovery that continues to show potential for scale. Our latest drill results further expand the discovery footprint, while also confirming grade continuity across wide-spaced drilling. Our strategy in 2021 is to conduct additional step-out drilling down-dip and along strike of known mineralization with the objective of defining the overall footprint of this exciting new discovery.
Phase III Discovery Highlights (Figure 2):
- SE20-022: 42.6m grading 16.78 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au or 20.3 g/t silver equivalent ("AgEQ")
- Including 13.7m grading 38.76 g/t Ag, 0.10 g/t Au or 47.46 g/t AgEq (Table 1)
Ridgeline's technical team observed sample recovery issues throughout the altered and mineralized horizon in SE20-022 due to intense collapse brecciation (caving) of the zone, which is common adjacent to fault zones in Carlin-Type deposits. As a result, SE20-022 returned an average sample loss of 66% by weight compared to representative drill holes nearby (see SE20-022 chip tray photo). The Company will drill a core twin of SE20-022 early in its 2021 drill program to ensure representative sample recovery throughout the collapse breccia zone (Figure 2).
- Hole SE20-015-018 tested the intended target along the southern extension of the Juniper fault but did not intersect significant mineralization suggesting the system weakens to the southeast
As previously announced on December 9, 2020:
- SE20-021: 36.6m grading 67.08 g/t Ag, 0.26 g/t Au or 90.05 g/t AgEq
- Including 22.9m grading 92.57 g/t Ag, 0.36 g/t Au or 123.81 g/t AgEq
- SE20-019: 15.2m grading 36.54 g/t Ag, 0.43 g/t Au or 74.04 g/t AgEq
Ridgeline's 2021 exploration program at Selena will have two primary goals:
- Continued expansion of known mineralization defined in 2020 drilling with a focus on testing the projection of shallower host horizons to the west and north, and
- Test multiple high-priority exploration targets across the 35 square kilometer property with the potential to host additional shallow-oxide "satellite" deposits.
Management will be hosting a webinar at 12:00pm ET January 21, 2021 to review accomplishments in 2020 and a look ahead to 2021. Register for free HERE.
Figure 1: Plan view map showing grade thickness ("GT") contours across the new discovery footprint
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Table 1: Phase III program assay composites, Click Here for a full table of 2020 exploration results
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Minor discrepancies may be noted between tables and figures associated with the January 20, 2021 press release and previously reported exploration results. The Company has adopted a low cut-off grade of 10 g/t silver equivalent when calculating assay composites, which may have resulted in minor changes in size and equivalent grade of select previously reported assay composites.
Figure 2: X-Section A-A' showing highlight results from SE20-22 and proposed step-out drilling in 2021
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Selena is located in White Pine County, Nevada, approximately 64 km north of the town of Ely, NV, and 12 km southeast of the Kinross owned and operated Bald Mountain Gold Mine. The 100% owned property is comprised of 35 square kilometers of highly prospective ground, which has seen limited (View Corporate Presentation Here) exploration activity over the past twenty years prior to being acquired by Ridgeline in 2019.
All samples are submitted to Paragon Geochemical Assay Laboratories (PAL) of Sparks, NV, which is a certified and accredited laboratory, independent of the Company. Samples are run through standard prep methods and analysed using AU-OES30 (Au; 30g fire assay AQR digest/ICP+10ppb Hg by MS) and 35AR-OESm (35 element Suite; 0.5g AQR digestion/ICP-MS; 10ppb Hg) methods. PAL also undertakes its own internal coarse and pulp duplicate analysis to ensure proper sample preparation and equipment calibration. Ridgeline's QA/QC program includes regular insertion of CRM standards, duplicates, and blanks into the sample stream with a stringent review of all results completed by the Company's QP, Michael T. Harp, Vice President, Exploration.
Technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael T. Harp, P.Geo. the Company's Vice President, Exploration, who is Ridgeline's qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 and responsible for technical matters of this release.
About Ridgeline Minerals Corp.
Ridgeline is a discovery focused gold explorer with a proven management team and a 125 km² exploration portfolio across four projects in the highly prospective Carlin and Battle Mountain - Eureka Trends in Nevada, USA. More information about Ridgeline can be found at www.RidgelineMinerals.com.
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President & CEO
Chad Peters, P.Geo.
President & CEO
Ridgeline Minerals Corp.
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