VANCOUVER, BC, November 16, 2021 – Nevada King Gold Corp. (TSX-V: NKG; OTCQB: VKMTF) (“Nevada King” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce maiden drill results from the first eight reverse circulation (“RC”) holes of a 63-hole RC program recently completed at its Atlanta Gold Mine Project (Figure 1). The project is located 264km northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the prolific Battle Mountain Trend.
Cal Herron, Exploration Manager of Nevada King stated, “These initial, positive drilling results confirm the potential for expanding the current gold resource further to the east and south of the Gustavson 2020 resource. Early historical drill results indicated this potential, but uncertainty regarding assay quality and hole location prompted Gustavson to exclude the historical data from its resource model. As shown in Section A-A’, the gold mineralization is fairly uniform in grade and thickness from hole to hole. Taken together, these initial eight holes compare favourably with Gustavson’s Atlanta resource model. We now see good potential for expanding the resource eastward, as there is good continuity in gold grade in the initial drilling with-respect-to the overall deposit. When assay results for the 10 holes drilled south of this drill section line are received, we will then be able to determine the potential for further expanding the resource southward. The drill results so far validate the geologic model we constructed earlier this year based on surface mapping and sampling. We will soon see how far we can extend our model as additional drill results come in over the next month.”
Atlanta Gold Mine Drill Results
Geologic mapping and sampling conducted by Nevada King in the first half of 2021 identified several mineralized high angle faults and dikes along the eastern margin of the Atlanta open pit that had not been drill-tested by past operators and were well east and outside of the Gustavson 2020 resource model. These northerly trending structures projected southward from the pit margin and indicated good potential for extending gold mineralization south of the pit. The initial eight RC holes reported today were drilled across the southern extension of these mineralized structures along an E-W fence and were designed to:
As illustrated in Figure 2, these initial holes positively addressed all four of the objectives listed above.
Assay results from Nevada King’s phase 1 drilling program are reported below. Intercept lengths for the vertical holes are close to true thickness given the low dip angle of mineralized zones being tested. Intercept lengths are reported as contiguous lengths that include all assay intervals within the reported intercept utilizing a 0.30 g/t external cut-off grade. The three angle holes range from -45 in AT21-042A to -57 in AT21-041B.
Gold mineralization is hosted within a gently west-dipping, strongly silicified collapse breccia horizon that developed directly underneath a clay-altered granitic sill along the contact with strongly brecciated and silicified dolomitic rocks. The strongest silicificiation and highest grade mineralization tend to occur within intensely silicified collapse breccia developed along the contact between the Silurian-age Laketown Dolomite and the underlying Ordovician-age Ely Springs Dolomite, particularly when this breccia zone is in direct contact with the granitic sill. Flow-banded rhyolitic dikes associated with explosive tuff dikes composed of vesiculated rhyolite porphyry and strongly silicified dolomitic breccia clasts typically occur around the margins of the granitic (quartz monzonitic) sill and are frequently mineralized. East of the sill contact, mineralization is largely confined to the Laketown-Ely Springs silicified contact, although variably decalcified dolomite and seemingly unaltered dolomite host low grade gold values in places. There is certainly good evidence for strata controlled replacement-type silicification and mineralization that is very similar to that seen in many of the Carlin-type deposits in northern Nevada.
As shown in Figure 2, the mineralized horizon is down-dropped to the west along a series of northerly-trending normal faults that generally coincide with what has been historically identified as the Atlanta Mine Fault. This “step-down” block faulting pattern has in the past been interpreted as a 45 degree west-dipping shear zone termed the Atlanta Mine Fault, and past explorers based their drill strategies on this assumption. However, this historical structural model for mineralization at Atlanta did not take the structures exposed east of the Atlanta Fault into account, nor did it actually conform to the historical drill data. Historical holes drilled well north of the Atlanta pit consistently show a gently west dipping mineralized contact defined by the quartz monzonite sill overlying the silicified collapse breccia zone, as is seen in Figure 2 between holes AT21-042 and AT21-044. This difference in geologic interpretations – step-down block fault model vs. 45 degree west dipping fault model – is important when evaluating the historical drilling done north and south of the Gustavson resource zone along trend of the Atlanta Fault zone. It is also important for evaluating the strong surface mineralization that occurs along the high ridge east of the Atlanta pit. The geometry of rock and soil anomalies along this ridge conform to a gently west-dipping plane and may represent the up-thrown eastern extension of the mineralized horizon seen in Figure 2. If this is indeed the case, it would provide a shallow target east of the current resource zone that has not been historically tested. Surface samples collected by Nevada King along this ridge zone run up to 2g/t Au in outcrop.
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Calvin R. Herron, P.Geo., who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”).
About Nevada King Gold Corp.
Nevada King is the third largest mineral claim holder in the State of Nevada, behind Nevada Gold Mines (Barrick/Newmont) and Kinross Gold. Starting in 2016 the Company staked large project areas hosting significant historical exploration work along the Battle Mountain trend located close to current or former producing gold mines. These project areas were initially targeted based on their potential for hosting multi-million ounce gold deposits and were subsequently staked following a detailed geological evaluation. District-scale projects in Nevada King’s portfolio include (1) the 100% owned Atlanta Mine, located 100km southeast of Ely, (2) the Lewis and Horse Mountain-Mill Creek projects, both located between Nevada Gold Mines’ large Phoenix and Pipeline mines, and (3) the Iron Point project, located 35km east of Winnemucca, Nevada.
The Atlanta Mine is a historical gold-silver producer with an NI 43-101 compliant pit-constrained resource of 460,000 oz Au in the measured and indicated category (11.0M tonnes at 1.3 g/t) plus an inferred resource of 142,000 oz Au (5.3M tonnes at 0.83 g/t). See the NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources titled “Atlanta Property, Lincoln County, NV” with an effective date of October 6, 2020, and a report date of December 22, 2020, as prepared by Gustavson Associates and filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
For more information, contact Collin Kettell at [email protected] or (301) 744-8744.
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