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Wide zone of strong gold at Golden Summit

Drill cuts 198 meters at more than double the resource grade North of 60 Mining News – October 22, 2021


Last updated 11/18/2021 at 3:57pm

Freegold Ventures Golden Summit assay results Dolphin deposit map Cleary zone

Freegold Ventures has completed more than 30,000 meters of drilling this year at its Golden Summit project in Alaska.

Freegold Ventures Ltd. Oct. 19 reported that the latest batch of results from this year's drilling at Golden Summit includes holes that cut broad zones of higher-than-resource-grade gold mineralization at and around the Dolphin deposit and narrow zones of high-grade gold at the adjacent Cleary zone.

Located about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska, and adjacent to Kinross Gold Corp.'s Fort Knox Mine, Golden Summit hosts 61.5 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 0.69 grams per metric ton (1.36 million ounces) gold; and 71.5 million metric tons of inferred resource averaging 0.69 g/t (1.58 million oz) gold.

During 2020, Freegold began tracing very high-grade gold mineralization from the historic Cleary Hill Mine – which produced 281,000 oz of gold from ore averaging 1.3 oz per ton before the operation was shuttered during World War II – westward toward the Dolphin deposit.

This year's ongoing 40,000-meter drill program is focused on determining the orientation and extent of the higher-grade mineralization between the Dolphin and Cleary zones and upgrading the current resource to further advance the project through prefeasibility.

So far this year, the company has completed more than 30,000 meters of drilling in 55 holes.

The latest batch of assay results are from seven holes – four drilled within the Dolphin intrusive that hosts the bulk tonnage resource and three testing high-grade vein targets south of the historic Cleary Mine.

The best hole drilled at Dolphin cut 198.1 meters averaging 1.44 g/t gold from a depth of 419.7 meters, including 3.1 meters averaging 25.3 g/t gold from 605.6 meters.

This was collared within the intrusive, and remained in the intrusive until 111.5 meters, where it intersected quartz biotite schist. At 195 meters, it re-entered intrusive to a depth of 285 meters, where it re-entered quartz biotite schist for the remainder of the hole. The highest-grade portion of the hole lies within schist in the footwall of the intrusive.

The remainder of the current Dolphin results are from holes – GS2105, GS2106, and GS2110 – drilled within schist on the north side of the intrusive.

Highlights from these holes include:

76.2 meters averaging 1.21 g/t gold from a depth of 57 meters in GS2106.

268.3 meters averaging 0.86 g/t gold from a depth of 212.1 meters in GS2110.

Freegold says the broad higher-grade intercepts in holes GS2110 and GS2125 lie outside of the existing resource.

GS2110 is particularly interesting due to its location about mid-way between the Dolphin intrusive to the west and the Cleary Hill vein area to the east.

Past drilling in the Cleary Hill area has been largely shallow in nature, and it is interpreted that the Dolphin intrusive likely underlies the Cleary Hill area.

The latest batch of assays also included results from three holes drilled in the Cleary Hill area – GS2109, GS2130, and GS2131.

The best intercepts of the three Cleary Hill holes came in GS2130, which cut 1.2 meters averaging 98.3 g/t gold from a depth of 305.4 meters.

Freegold says its 2021 drill program will continue to focus on determining the orientation of the zones of higher-grade mineralization consistent with its revised interpretation, especially to the north, east, and west of the Dolphin intrusive.

Freegold Ventures Golden Summit assay results Dolphin deposit map Cleary zone

Drilling will also test the area south of the Cleary Hill mine workings where previous workings, including the Colorado, Wackwitz, and Wyoming vein zones, have never been tested to depth or along strike to the east.

In addition to drilling aimed at upgrading and expanding the resource to further advance Golden Summit through pre-feasibility, the 2021 program includes environmental baseline, metallurgical, and cultural resource studies.

Freegold is planning to test other targets on the project that may potentially host additional resources and other buried intrusives. Ground geophysics and soil sampling have been conducted on these exploration targets and further drilling is being planned.

The turnaround time for assays from the expansive drill program at Golden Summit remains slow, largely as a result of the backlogs at assay prep facilities in Fairbanks.

Author Bio

Shane Lasley, Publisher

Over his more than 13 years of covering mining and mineral exploration, Shane has become renowned for his ability to report on the sector in a way that is technically sound enough to inform industry insiders while being easy to understand by a wider audience.

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