Bedford, Nova Scotia–(Newsfile Corp. – August 29, 2022) – Sylla Gold Corp. (TSXV: SYG) (“Sylla Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce positive gold assay results from 18 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes totalling 2,588 m completed primarily on the Niaouleni South prospect within its Niaouleni Gold Project (“Niaouleni”) in Southern Mali (Figure 1). The Niaouleni South prospect is located approximately 6 kilometers south of Toubani Resources’ (formerly African Gold Group) Kobada Project.
Assay results are still pending for an additional 39 RC drill holes totaling 4,717 m and for 212 regional air core (AC) holes totalling 10,600 m. Drilling was temporarily shut down on July 14 due to the start of the rainy season in southern Mali. The drill remains on site with drilling activities to recommence after the rainy season.
- 5.17 g/t Au over 25 m from drill hole NSRC22-018
including 79.8 g/t Au over 1 m
and 1.28 g/t Au over 8 m
and 2.35 g/t Au over 8 m
- 4.51 g/t Au over 4 m from drill hole NSRC22-001
- 1.33 g/t Au over 3 m from drill hole NSRC22-003
- 2.81 g/t Au over 12 m from drill hole NSRC22-005
including 8.78 g/t Au over 3 m
- 1.49 g/t Au over 9 m from drill hole NSRC22-006
- 1.76 g/t Au over 9 m from drill hole NSRC22-008
- 3.94 g/t Au over 3 m from drill hole NSRC22-009
and 2.63 g/t Au over 3 m
A summary of significant gold assay intercepts of these holes is shown in Table 1 and collar locations and depths for RC drill holes NSRC22-001 to NSRC22-018 are shown in Table 2.
Regan Isenor, President and CEO of Sylla, commented, “We are very encouraged by this first pass of assay results from the initial RC drilling program, which have confirmed the presence of both significant gold grades and mineralized widths at our Niaouleni South prospect in 15 of the first 18 holes drilled. We are further excited by the results from drill hole NSRC22-018, which may suggest the presence of high-grade east-west quartz vein / veinlet clusters inside the NNE to N-S trending structural corridor.“
Drilling was carried out to further test the Niaouleni South prospect which lies roughly 6 km south of the adjacent Kobada Project. At Niaouleni, significant gold intersections were reported by previous drilling by operators during 1993 to 1997 (Mink International Resources / Viceroy Resources JV) and 2010-2011 (Frontline Gold Corporation). No exploration work has been carried out at Niaouleni for over 10 years. See Table 3
Table 1: Significant assay intercepts by Sylla Gold for Niaouleni (NSRC22-001 to NSRC21-018)
|Hole Id||From (m)||To (m)||Hole Length (m)||Au (g/t)|
|NSRC22-011||No significant intercepts|
|NSRC22-012||No significant intercepts|
|NSRC22-014||No significant intercepts|
Notes: A cut-off 0.5 g/t Au was applied with maximum 2 m of internal dilution; no high-cap cut-off was applied. True width of the sampled intervals has not yet been determined.
Technical Overview of RC Drilling Program
The purpose of the Niaouleni Project RC drilling program is to:
- Confirm previously defined wide zones of high-grade gold mineralization intersected in historical drilling programs completed by previous operators;
- Define the structural characteristics of the interpreted Kobada Shear extension on the property; and
- Test extensive termite mound and soil anomalies that lie both on strike from the adjacent Kobada deposit owned by Toubani Resources and in other areas of the property.
All gold-bearing intersections are hosted in metasedimentary saprolite with quartz veins / veinlets. An east-west trending (barren) mafic dyke cuts across the mineralized corridor at about 1281 380N.
Geological interpretation for these drill holes is very preliminary. A potential dilational flexure rendering the Niaouleni South trend close to N-S, compared to the NNE regional structural trend has been interpreted based on existing results. Inside this flexure, the highest grades appear to be hosted in E-W vein / veinlet clusters as indicated in NSRC22-018. Additional RC drill holes have been drilled at N160 (assays pending) to attempt to confirm this working hypothesis.
- Figure 2 shows the locations of the 2022 drilling at the property scale.
- Figure 3 shows the locations and highlights of the 2022 RC drilling at Niaouleni South prospect.
- Figure 4 shows the cross-section at 1281350N including NSRC22-018 which was drilled at N160 to test for east-west quartz vein / veinlet clusters within the structural corridor.
- Figure 5 shows these east-west quartz vein / veinlet clusters in an area of artisanal mining.
Figure 5: E-W quartz vein cluster in the N-S corridor at Niaouleni
Table 2: RC drill hole collar table for Niaouleni South (NSRC22-001 to NSRC22-018)
|Hole ID||Northing (m)||Easting (m)||Elevation (m)||Azimuth ()||Dip ()||Hole Depth (m)|
Notes: Collar coordinates are in UTM WGS84 Zone 29 and determined using a handheld GPS unit. True width of the intervals has not yet been determined.
Table 3: Historical Drilling Results
|BHID||Prospect||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Au (g/t)||Operator|
|N-10-DD-015||W of Niaouleni S||50.3||53.3||3||2.28||Frontline|
|RA-N-10-130||NE of Niaouleni S||38||42||4||3.24||Frontline|
|N-11-RC-122||E limit of permit||24||28||4||1.95||Frontline|
Drilling, QAQC, and Sampling and Assay Procedures
RC drilling was completed by Forage FTE Drilling of Bamako, Mali using an Atlas Copco T3W Reverse Circulation drilling rig. RC samples weighing approximately 2 kg were bagged at the drilling rig and transported to the camp by Company personnel. Blanks, certified standards, and field duplicates were inserted into the sample stream every 15 samples. Samples were then transported by truck by Bureau Veritas to their laboratory in Bamako, Mali where they were logged, dried (105°C), and crushed (75% passing 2mm). 1 kg of crushed material was split and pulverized (85% passing 75µ). Fire assay using atomic absorption finish was performed on a 50 g sample. All assay results greater than 10 g/t Au were re-assayed with gravimetric finish.
Bureau Veritas is registered to international quality standards through the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards and is independent of Sylla Gold. The Company and its geological consultants confirm all assay results reported herein have passed QAQC protocols.
About the Niaouleni Project
The Niaouleni Project consists of 4 permits totalling 17,200 hectares in size and accessible by paved highway and includes extensive artisanal mining activity within the gold bearing structures and their potential extensions. Past exploration at Niaouleni includes termite mound and soil geochemistry surveys, and reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling that have identified several structural gold-bearing zones that appear to extend from the adjacent Kobada gold deposit. The Kobada gold deposit is situated approximately 3 km north of the northern limit of the Niaouleni exploration licence. Historical exploration and drilling results were compiled by Sylla into a digital database and interpreted for the purposes of designing and RC and AC drilling program to further test these interpreted structural gold-bearing zones and possibly extend them further into the project area.
Further information on the Niaouleni Gold Project is available in the Company’s NI 43-101 technical report on the Niaouleni Project with an effective date of September 28, 2021, and available on the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Data Verification and Qualified Person Statement
Gregory Isenor, P. Geo., Director for the Company, is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same.
This news release also contains scientific and technical information with respect to adjacent or similar mineral properties to the Niaouleni Project, which the Company has no interest in or rights to explore. Readers are cautioned that information regarding the geology and mineralization on adjacent or similar properties is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on the Company’s property.
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