West Kirkland Cuts 50.29 Meters Of 0.73 Grams Per Tonne Gold At Three Hills, Discovers Additional Near Surface Gold On Hasbrouck
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, September 9, 2014 – West Kirkland Mining Inc. (WKM:TSXV) today announces that in its first phase of exploration drilling, the Company intersected 50.29 meters of 0.73 grams per tonne (g/t) gold (Au) on the Three Hills deposit and discovered additional near surface mineralization on the Hasbrouck deposit, both located near Tonopah, Nevada. On the Hasbrouck deposit, drilling followed up on rock chip samples with assays including 24.6 g/t Au.
The Company drilled four exploration holes on the eastern flank of the Three Hills deposit, testing a newly developed structural interpretation of the deposit. West Kirkland tested for zones of structural preparation near the contact between the Siebert formation and the Fraction Tuff.
Hole TH14R-004 returned 50.29 meters grading 0.73 g/t Au and 3.22 g/t Ag within a zone of intersecting structures. Mineralization started 26 meters above the contact between the Siebert and Fraction Tuff and continued 24.4 meters below the contact. This intercept is approximately 70 meters northwest of hole TH12R-15, drilled by a previous owner, which returned 66 meters of 3.3 g/t Au in a similar setting at the same elevation.
A table of West Kirkland’s 2014 Exploration drilling at Three Hills is presented below.
*true thickness has been estimated by Company geologists to be approximately 70% of length
“Drilling at Three Hills confirmed the deposit remains open to the east, and provided a high grade structural corridor of mineralization that will be tested with follow up work,” said Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland. “The high grade intercepts in hole TH12R-015 and TH14R-004 have the potential to expand the resource further to the east.”
West Kirkland’s TH14R-002 returned 12.72 meters grading 0.61 g/t Au and 4.04 g/t Ag starting from 161.54 meters at the Siebert-Fraction contact. This intercept was 50 meters south of the previously drilled TH12R-015.
Hole TH14R-003 returned 6.09 meters grading 0.48 g/t Au and 3.16 g/t Ag starting at 128.02 m down the hole, at the Siebert Fraction contact, plus an additional 4.58 meters grading 0.97 g/t Au and 7.16 g/t Ag starting at 153.92 meters within the Fraction Tuff, suggesting a further mineralized structure exists.
TH14R-005 tested further to the east where the Company projected the Siebert/Fraction contact to be nearing surface. Mineralization in this hole was entirely in the Fraction Tuff and returned 6.10 meters grading 1.03 g/t Au and 4.98 g/t Ag. It is thought that this hole intercepted the northwest structure which hosts mineralization in holes TH12R-15 and TH14R-004.
Holes TH14R-001 and TH14R-006 were respectively drilled to test a potential leach pad and waste rock pile location for mineralization ahead of dedicating these areas for this purpose in the ongoing prefeasibility study. These areas have been deemed to be appropriate for this purpose as they are near the current deposit for short haulage distances and no new mineralization was found in these holes.
Drilling at the Hasbrouck deposit followed-up on rock chip samples collected by West Kirkland. This sampling focused on an underexplored area on the northeast flank of Hasbrouck Peak. This sampling returned high grades, including 24.6 g/t Au, 6.65 g/t Au and 4.13 g/t Au in select rock chips, and indicated the potential to develop significant tonnage in close proximity to existing resources. Although over 600 holes have been completed at Hasbrouck and Three Hills in previous drilling, there is no documented drill testing in this area. The area is within 100 meters of the conceptual pit outline in the ongoing prefeasibility study.
Drilling by West Kirkland returned 6.09 meters of 0.38 g/t Au with 6.48 g/t Ag starting at depth of 6.10 meters in hole HSB14R-009 and HB14R-010 returned 4.57 meters of 0.66 g/t Au with 12.2 g/t Ag starting at a depth of 7.62 meters. Each mineralized intercept terminated at the contact between the Siebert formation and the underlying Fraction Tuff. A second phase of mapping, sampling, and trenching will be completed in areas of thicker Siebert formation towards the potential pit area, with the goal of establishing refined drill targets with potential for thicker mineralized intercepts. The Siebert formation, which hosts the main deposit, thickens toward the known resources of the Hasbrouck deposit.
Holes HSB14R-001 and HSB-002 were drilled to test for a root zone and a projected strike extension of the Hasbrouck Deposit respectively and did not return significant results. HSB14R-003 to HSB14R-006 were drilled to confirm the appropriateness of potential infrastructure sites on the property. These sites did not have significant new mineralization and can be fixed for the prefeasibility study.
Maps of recent work at Hasbrouck and Three Hills can be viewed by visiting the company’s website at wkmining.com or from the following link:
About the WKM Hasbrouck Project
The Hasbrouck Project consists of two oxidized deposits, Hasbrouck and Three Hills, both with at-surface and near-surface mineralization, potential for minimal pre-strip and low overall stripping ratios as a result of the deposit geometry, as outlined in the 43-101 Resource Report dated February 21, 2014 and filed on SEDAR February 24, 2014. West Kirkland has initiated a prefeasibility study on the Hasbrouck Project and has commenced its exploration program as outlined in its news release dated June 3, 2014.
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