Snowline Gold (CSE:SGD) has announced new preliminary assay results from the 2022 drilling program at the Valley Zone, Rogue Project in Yukon. Most notably, the company intersected a zone of sheeted quartz from surface at hole V-22-028, including zones of 2.03 g/t Au over 129.9 m and 2.15 g/t Au over 42.3 m and further mineralization found at depth. The hole was collared 121 m from the nearest hole (V-22-014; 285.2 m @ 1.45 g/t Au) and drilled northeast, demonstrating continuity of mineralization within Valley’s near-surface mineralized corridor. Currently, assays are pending for 3,474m of the 2022 Rogue drill program, representing 26% of the total program.
Scott Berdahl, CEO & Director of Snowline, commented in a press release: “We are continually impressed not only by the scale but by the continuity of gold mineralization at Valley. Today’s results build on earlier holes, with V-22-028 adding significant tonnage with strong gold grades. The hole demonstrates a wide breadth to the mineralized zone and grade continuity between previous holes. In addition, promising mineralization seen in V-22-019 shows potential for the near-surface higher grades to continue to the southeast, while V-22-020 shows widespread mineralization within the Valley intrusion beyond the main gold zones known to us at present. We look forward to receiving additional assays from the 2022 season as we gear up for an exciting exploration program in 2023.”
Highlights from the results are as follows:
Hole V-22-028 was collared near the western margin of the Valley intrusion, 121 m from the collar site for V-22-014 (285.2 m @ 1.45 g/t Au including 128.2 m @ 2.48 g/t Au, see Snowline news release dated November 15, 2022), and drilled towards the northeast into the intrusion. The hole encountered abundant sheeted quartz veins with trace visible gold, returning 1.40 g/t Au over 363.5 m from bedrock surface at approximately 17.0 m depth, including higher grade intervals of 2.15 g/t Au over 42.3 m from 45.0 m and 2.03 g/t Au over 129.9 m from 141.3 m.
The hole extends the known width of near-surface, >1 gram per tonne gold mineralization at Valley, and demonstrates continuity of mineralization between previous holes V-22-014 and V-22-007 (410.0 m @ 1.89 g/t Au including 146.0 m @ 3.24 g/t Au, see Snowline news release dated November 15, 2022) along the western edge of the highest-grade zone of the Valley gold system encountered to date.
As with previous holes at Valley, gold grades are carried across broad intervals, and they are not heavily affected by local high-grade (>10 g/t Au) intersections (Table 2).
Hole V-22-019 was collared in the Valley intrusion as a step-out along strike of the well-mineralized corridor, roughly 178 m from previous hole V-22-026 (289.7 m @ 0.90 g/t Au including 189.2 m @ 1.25 g/t Au, see Snowline news release dated January 18, 2023). The hole encountered widespread low to moderate density of quartz veins hosting gold mineralization, with five instances of trace visible gold noted during logging. Two primary mineralized intervals returned 0.39 g/t Au over 16.0 m from 71.5 m downhole and 0.37 g/t Au over 201.5 m from 127.0 m downhole, extending the northwest-southeast strike length of potentially economic grades at Valley to 720 m. The system remains open. Given the depth of the observed intervals and the tendency elsewhere along the trend for higher grades near surface, the ground above and around this intersection is considered by the company to be highly prospective. Drilling planned for 2023 will test shallower parts of this area.
From bedrock surface at 19.9 m downhole depth to the bottom of consistent mineralization at 390.1 m downhole depth, including barren intervals within, V-22-019 averaged 0.29 g/t Au over 370.2 m.
Hole V-22-020 was collared in the Valley intrusion at the pad site of V-22-015 (442.0 m @ 0.65 g/t Au including 170.0 m @ 1.18 g/t Au, see Snowline news release dated December 22, 2022), but drilled at the opposite azimuth, towards the northeast. The hole encountered a low to moderate density of quartz veins dipping to the northeast, generally at low angles to the core axis. The top 443.5 m of the hole averaged 0.25 g/t Au from bedrock surface at 7.5 m, with generally consistent gold mineralization. As with previous hole V-22-006 (Figure 1), zones of increased grade continuity occur towards the northeastern margin of the Valley intrusion, suggesting the possibility of additional grade-controlling features in this lightly explored part of the system. The hole did not exit the intrusion by its end at 500 m downhole depth.
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