Extensive trenching work has uncovered new extensive at-surface gold mineralization at Inter-Citic Minerals’ Dachang Gold Project. To date, the company has completed almost 15,000 metres of trenching in new areas, with about 8500 metres in the southeast corner of the property on the South East Anomaly (SEA).
The work is part of the company’s $6.3 million 2011 exploration program and has resulted in new discoveries in the SEA and SW zones, which have had no previous drilling.
The SEA has now been sampled through surface trenching at intervals of between 40 to 60 metres. The SEA trenching results indicate at least five separate parallel fault structures that have strike lengths of 800 to 1500 metres and remain open to further expansion.
Inter-Citic Minerals’ president and CEO James Moore says work on the new anomaly in South West Dachang is just beginning and so far has been sampled through almost 800 metres of surface trenching. Both the SEA and SW anomalies are now in the process of being tested as part of the company’s 2011 drill program.
Trenching in the 861 Zone is an extension of known zones of mineralization. The Acadia and 861 Zone structures remain open along strike.
Trenching results include 17.0 metres @ 6.65 grams/tonne gold, 7.7 metres @ 9.0 grams/tonne, 6 metres @ 4.67 grams/tonne, 9 metres @ 3.49 grams/tonne, 11 metres @ 3.42 grams/tonne, 10 metres @ 5.5 grams/tonne, 13.2 metres @ 3.52 grams/tonne, 3 metres @ 10.26 grams/tonne and 8 metres @ 3.08 grams/tonne.
Trenching continues to be one of the most successful and cost-effective methods of gold exploration at Dachang due to the thin soil cover and near-surface mineralization observed throughout the property. A consistent spatial relationship has been observed between the gold in soil anomalies, trench values and underlying strongly altered and mineralized fault zones, and was what originally led to the discovery and expansion of the DMZ resource area.
The 2011 drill program is well under way at Dachang, with seven drills currently operating.