Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – December 13, 2022) – Maple Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: MGM) (OTCQB: MGMLF) (FSE: M3G) (“Maple Gold” or the “Company“) is pleased to report complete assay results for four (4) drillholes and partial assay results for five (5) additional drillholes from the Company’s ongoing 2022 drilling at its 100%-controlled Eagle Mine Property (“Eagle”) located in Québec, Canada. Previously completed digitization and modelling of historical drill results and a further review of drill logs identified a potential southern splay of the main mine horizon (the “South Mine Horizon”) located northwest of the past-producing Eagle mine in an area targeted for follow-up drilling. The new results confirm the continuity of the South Mine Horizon at relatively shallow (< 275 metre (“m”)) vertical depths, suggest local widening of the mineralized zone in this area, and further demonstrate the potential for additional subparallel gold trends at Eagle.
- 2022 drilling results, including new results detailed below, demonstrate vertical continuity of the South Mine Horizon over a 350 m vertical interval from surface; known mineralization extends to approximately 800 m vertical depth on adjacent sections and remains open along strike to the northwest as well as at depth (see Figures 1 and 2):
- Drill hole EM-22-13 intersected 2.3 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) over 10.4 m, including 5.0 g/t Au over 3.2 m (from 257 m downhole).
- Drill hole EM-22-16 intersected 3.1 g/t Au over 7.3 m, including 4.0 g/t Au over 3.6 m (the latter from 193 m downhole).
- Drill hole EM-22-10 intersected 14 g/t Au over 0.5 m (from 539.5 m downhole) and 8.3 g/t Au over 1.0 m (from 543 m downhole); this hole also tested the South Mine Horizon more than 200 m further to the southeast.
- All reported drillholes contained gold mineralization (over 1 g/t Au) and seven (7) of the nine (9) reported drillholes contained multi-gram gold intercepts (2 g/t Au or better).
- There are still approximately 2,250 m of assays currently pending at Eagle, with a further approximately 1,500 m of remaining drilling to be completed this year.
“These new results at Eagle confirm our modelling interpretations and demonstrate the potential to define significant zones of gold mineralization beyond what was historically mined at Eagle during a much lower gold price environment,” stated Fred Speidel, VP Exploration of Maple Gold. “Encountering relatively shallow multi-gram gold intercepts in an area that remains open for roughly 200 m along strike within the Eagle property boundary and a further 1.5 km beyond that on JV-controlled ground highlights the exploration upside that remains along this past-producing mine trend.”
Interpretation and Summary of Results
The Company’s previously reported contoured longitudinal section (see news releases from October 7, 2021 and January 17, 2022) followed the northern splay in this area of the Eagle deposit. The new drill results support earlier interpretations that gold mineralization occurs over multiple sub-parallel horizons extending along a northwest-southeast orientation, over an actual stratigraphic thickness of more than 100 m (see Figure 2). Historical drillholes located approximately 1.7 km to the northwest of the reported intercepts are associated with semi-massive to banded pyrite with quartz and Fe-carbonate, with several intercepts over 1 g/t Au, including historical hole F-19 that intersected 3.1 g/t Au over 3.5 m (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Geologic plan view map depicting Eagle drill plan, Eagle-Telbel deposits and line of section shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Cross section highlighting new assay results and previously reported EM-22-005 intercept along well-defined South Mine Horizon.
Once all assays have been received from the Company’s 2022 drilling at Eagle, the 3D model and longitudinal sections will be updated with the corresponding grade contouring including all results from the 2022 drilling campaigns.
Table 1: Final and partial results for Eagle drillholes being reported
All intervals are downhole lengths. True widths are estimated to be between 35% (for steeper holes) to 80% (for shallower angle holes) of downhole lengths.
The scientific and technical data contained in this press release was reviewed and prepared under the supervision of Fred Speidel, M. Sc., P. Geo., Vice-President Exploration of Maple Gold. Mr. Speidel is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Speidel has verified the data related to the exploration information disclosed in this press release through his direct participation in the work.
Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC)
The Company implements strict Quality Assurance (“QA“) and Quality Control (“QC“) protocols at Eagle covering the planning and placing of drill holes in the field; drilling and retrieving the NQ-sized drill core; drillhole surveying; core transport; core logging by qualified personnel; sampling and bagging of core for analysis; transport of core from site to the Val d’Or, Québec AGAT laboratory; sample preparation for assaying; and analysis, recording and final statistical vetting of results. For a complete description of protocols, please visit the Company’s QA/QC webpage at www.maplegoldmines.com.
About Maple Gold
Maple Gold Mines Ltd. is a Canadian advanced exploration company in a 50/50 joint venture with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited to jointly advance the district-scale Douay and Joutel gold projects located in Québec’s prolific Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt. The projects benefit from exceptional infrastructure access and boast ~400 km2 of highly prospective ground including an established gold resource at Douay (SLR 2022) that holds significant expansion potential as well as the past-producing Eagle, Telbel and Eagle West mines at Joutel. In addition, the Company holds an exclusive option to acquire 100% of the Eagle Mine Property.
The district-scale property package also hosts a significant number of regional exploration targets along a 55 km strike length of the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone that have yet to be tested through drilling, making the project ripe for new gold and polymetallic discoveries. The Company is well capitalized and is currently focused on carrying out exploration and drill programs to grow resources and make new discoveries to establish an exciting new gold district in the heart of the Abitibi. For more information, please visit www.maplegoldmines.com.
ON BEHALF OF MAPLE GOLD MINES LTD.
B. Matthew Hornor, President & CEO
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Mr. Jeff Uppal
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Forward Looking Statements
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