| ||Thu Oct 28, 2010|
Hinterland samples up 796ppb Au in soils at Ballarat property in White Gold district of Yukon
| ||Val d'Or, Quebec - Hinterland Metals Inc. (HMI: TSX-Venture) is very pleased to announce final results from the 2010 exploration program on the 200-claim (4140ha) Ballarat property located approximately 100km due south of Dawson City in the White Gold district of Yukon. Approximately 15km due north of Ballarat is Kinross's White Gold deposit with a current resource estimation at the Golden Saddle zone of 1,004,570 indicated ounces at 3.2gpt Au and 407,413 inferred ounces at 2.5gpt Au; and at the Arc Zone of 170,470 inferred ounces at 1.2gpt Au (Underworld Press Release - January 19, 2010). Kaminak's discovery hole of 15.5m over 17.1gpt Au at the Supremo zone (Kaminak Press Release - May 26, 2010) is located about 20km southwest of Ballarat. |
The program consisted of 30km of line cutting, 961 deep auger-type soil samples and 750m of mechanical trenching. The soil sampling was completed at 25m stations along cut lines that average 90m apart. Two very strong gold-in-soil anomalies were outlined. Each anomaly appears to trend east-west for a minimum distance of 1000m on the property. The southern anomaly is the best defined with maximum values up to 796ppb Au. The northern anomaly has numerous high values up to 188ppb Au. Preliminary sampling completed in the same area by Hinterland in 2009 returned maximum values of only 68ppb from an average sample depth of 30cm. In contrast the 2010 samples were taken from an average depth of 60cm and, based on the enhanced results, appear to have sampled the deeper, less weathered, less oxidized, more representative C-horizon of the soil profile.
Four trenches were dug at 50m intervals along a strike length of 160m. Fifty-nine rock samples were collected in total. At the far north end of the trenches a mineralized structure was exposed at the contact of chlorite schist to the north and rusty muscovite schist to the south. The structure is marked by quartz-carbonate veins and breccias and massive stibnite (antimony) mineralization. Several samples returned antimony values above the upper detection limit of 2000ppm Sb but no significant gold values were obtained. Clearly the structure exposed by the trenching is not the source of the gold-in-soil anomalies. The only notable result of the trenching was 1.3gpt Au from a 1.0m wide quartz vein exposed at the south end of the second trench. The trenching was completed before the 2010 soil geochemical results were received and did not at all test the gold-in-soil anomalies described above.
"The excellent soil sample results obtained in 2010 clearly define two very strong, untested gold anomalies and have greatly improved our ability to pick prospective drill targets," comments Mark Fekete, President.
All analytical work was completed at Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. ("Acme") in Vancouver, British Columbia. Acme is accredited under ISO 9001. Soil samples were prepared by drying and sieving 100g to -80 mesh. Rock samples were prepared by crushing 1kg to 80% passing -10 mesh and then pulverizing a 250g sub-sample to 85% passing -200 mesh. Both soils and rocks were analyzed for 36 elements (including gold) by 15 gram Aqua Regia digestion, ICP-MS finish. The rocks were also analyzed for gold by 30g fire assay, ICP--ES finish. Mark Fekete, P.Geo is the designated "qualified person" as defined in Section 1.2 in and for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the technical content of this release.
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Mark Fekete, Ext. 210, Toll Free 1-877-874-8182
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