November 9, 20202, ‑ Vancouver, British Columbia – Blackrock Gold Corp. (“Blackrock” or the “Company”) (TSXV: BRC) is pleased to report that drilling has commenced at its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold and silver project consisting of 572 unpatented mining claims (45 sq km) located along the well established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada.
This fully-financed program will consist of up to 3,500 metres of drilling in 14 reverse circulation (RC) drillholes across four distinct target areas.
The bulk of the drilling is focused on the newly delineated and yet untested NE Veins target, where eight outcropping veins have been mapped and identified. This target sits atop a large geochemical and geophysical anomaly that was identified during the 2019 field season and is situated near the workings of a historic mercury mine. This represents a compelling target, as the geologic setting shares many similarities to Hecla’s Hollister mine, an east-west trending series of veins of which lies 3 kilometres east of the target area. The purpose of this program is to determine whether Silver Cloud represents the western extension of this notable deposit. Drilling is expected to be completed by mid-December, though will be dependent upon the weather.
Andrew Pollard, President & CEO commented “This is a campaign that we’ve been looking forward to since we first identified the outcropping veins and geophysical anomaly at the NE Veins target area during the summer of 2019. Untested targets like this, directly adjacent to a prolific, high-grade system in what is the richest gold mining area in North America, are incredibly rare to just stumble upon. Management has always had unwavering belief in the prospectivity of Silver Cloud, in fact, it’s the reason why I joined the Company in the first place, and armed with a plethora of new data, we’re excited to bring the most expansive drill program that the project has seen since 2002.”
Eleven drill sites have been permitted for the Silver Cloud fall drilling program. Several of the sites will have multiple drillholes completed from the same drill pad. All drillholes will attempt to drill through the volcanic package to intercept the Paleozoic units beneath. The geologic setting is similar to the near-by Hollister mine located 3 kilometres to the east.
Four target areas are the focus for this round of drilling:
- Northwest Canyon:
At Northwest Canyon, gold mineralization occurs in siliceous fault breccias and quartz veinlets within an east-west oriented structural zone. Previous geologic work identified a series of gold bearing, east-west trending fractures that contained coarse gold. SBC19-002 cut epithermal quartz veins and returned a 1.5 metre intercept grading 8.32 g/t gold at 263.3 metres (864 feet). The drillhole was oriented to the north with an inclination of 65 degrees.
SBC19-003 was drilled at azimuth 30 with a 65 degree dip from the same pad as SBC19-002. The core was strongly oxidized to 206 metres (675 feet). A northwest oriented breccia/fault zone was logged at 187 metres (615 feet), and the fault is interpreted to have offset the east-west vein system intersected in SBC19-002.
Based on drillholes SBC19-002 and -003, gold mineralization appears to strengthen toward the west. One drillhole oriented at azimuth 330 degrees is planned to test the western extension of the gold mineralization encountered SBC19-002 and -003.
- NE Veins:
The Company completed detailed mapping and reviewed assay and soil geochemistry from the 2019 exploration program. Newly acquired induced polarization data has been reviewed, interpreted and used to target the drill program.
Six drill sites have been permitted to test the outcropping veins, soil geochemical anomalies and geophysical (gravity and IP) targets. The drillholes will pierce the veins down dip near the postulated contact with the Paleozoic basement beneath the volcanics. The geologic setting is similar to the near-by Hollister mine.
Three drill sites have been permitted in the Quiver target to follow up on gold encountered in Newmont drillholes from the 1990s. Drillhole IV90726 encountered 1.782 g/t gold over 1.52 metres. At the time, historic operators were exploring for near-surface oxide open pit deposits, not high-grade veins. Blackrock’s drilling will follow up on the known gold intercepts as well as test a gravity anomaly in the area.
- Geophysical Target:
One drillhole in the center of the project is targeting the margin of the Silver Cloud graben at the intersection of two prominent structures identified in the gravity survey.
Blackrock’s exploration activities at the Silver Cloud Project are being conducted and supervised by Mr. William Howald, Executive Chairman of Blackrock Gold Corp. Mr. William Howald, AIPG Certified Professional Geologist #11041, is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
About Blackrock Gold Corp.
Blackrock is a junior gold-focused exploration company that is on a quest to make an economic discovery. Anchored by a seasoned Board, the Company is focused on its Nevada portfolio consisting of low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver projects located along on the established Northern Nevada Rift in north-central Nevada, and the Walker Lane trend in western Nevada.
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Pollard, President & CEO
Blackrock Gold Corp.
Phone: 604 817-6044
Forward Looking Statements
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