Assay results from an exploration program at Kentor Gold’s Bekbulaktor gold prospect on the Bashkol exploration licence have confirmed the discovery of mineralization on the northern side of the Bekbulaktor stream.
A program of bedrock channel sampling, geophysics and soil sampling was completed to seek to understand the potential of a large zone of mineralized granite that returned encouraging gold assays from a bedrock sampling program in 2009.
The 2010 program included two continuous channel sample intervals returning 36 metres @ 2.71 grams/tonne gold and 24 metres @ 1.7 grams/tonne gold. These intervals are separated by a gap of 20 metres covered by scree material.
The mineralization is open to the south where there is a cover of glacial moraine material. The extensive gold values are coincident with a zone of silicified altered granite/granidiorite which is open in three directions. Channel sampling 500 metres west returned an interval of 1 metre @ 24.7 grams/tonne gold.
A preliminary reconnaissance and sampling program on the northern side of the valley resulted in an interval of 6 metres @ 2.45 grams/tonne gold and 0.49% copper from continuous channel sampling as well as an interval of 1 metre @ 7.3 grams/tonne gold and 0.73% copper.
The 2010 program has identified a broad area of anomalous gold in soil on the south side of the valley of the stream.
Two lines of induced polarization geophysics indicate that the presence of gold is generally consistent with increased chargeability and resistivity, so that geophysical surveys may prove to be a useful exploration tool. They also indicate that there is a geophysical anomaly to the south of the known mineralization that nee to be investigated for possible gold mineralization.
Bekbulaktor is at an altitude of about 3600 metres on both sides of the Bekbulaktor stream in the Teskey Ala-Too Range of the eastern Kyrgyz Tien Shan Mountains. The prospect is 7km from a major road used to access the Saryjaz Valley and Inylchek tin deposits.