Vancouver, British Columbia–(April 27, 2022) – Chesapeake Gold Corp. (TSXV: CKG) (OTCQX: CHPGF) (“Chesapeake” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce the results from the last thirteen large diameter (PQ or 85 mm) infill core drill holes completed at its flagship Metates gold-silver project in Durango, Mexico. In total, 18 holes were completed during the 2021-2022 infill drill campaign which totaled approximately 7,485 metres.
Alan Pangbourne, President & CEO, commented: “We are very pleased to report the final holes from the drilling campaign, including excellent results such as hole CKG22-094 with 357 metres of 1.43 g/t AuEq. The results support our belief that the intrusive continues to be materially higher grade than previously modeled which should have a very positive impact on the new resource estimate, mine plan and upcoming pre-feasibility study. The assay intervals for these holes, which intersected the intrusive and intrusive breccia-hosted mineralization, were on average about 23% higher in AuEq grade than corresponding block estimates in the current resource block model.”
Cross Section – CKG22-094 & CKG22-089 (AuEq = 1 Au : 75 Ag)
Highlights from the 13 holes are provided below:
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||True Width (m)||Gold Grade (g/t Au)||Silver Grade (g/t Ag)||Gold Eq Grade (Au+(Ag/75))||Lithology|
|CKG22-093||294||651||357||0.63||20.5||0.91||All host rocks|
|Incl.||408||498||90||0.77||14.6||0.97||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
|CKG22-094||57||414||357||1.00||31.6||1.43||All host rocks|
|Incl.||57||390||333||1.00||33.1||1.44||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
|CKG22-096||165||283||118||1.24||14.4||1.43||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
|CKG22-097||1||351||350||0.74||23.2||1.05||All host rocks|
|Incl.||1||78||77||0.41||56.0||1.16||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
|CKG22-100||24||429||405||0.90||27.6||1.27||All host rocks|
|Incl.||24||354||330||0.79||31.0||1.20||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
|CKG22-104||108||246||138||1.38||11.1||1.53||Intrusive Breccia and Intrusive|
The infill drill holes targeted the intrusive-hosted mineralization and are spaced at approximately 50 metre intervals. Most of the drillholes had an azimuth of 215 degrees, were inclined at -50 to -75 degrees and ranged from 200 to 650 metres depth to intersect the intrusive at near true thickness. The drilling generally confirmed the intrusive/intrusive breccia is thicker than is currently modeled. Hole CKG22-104 returned 138 metres of 1.53 g/t AuEq which was significantly thicker and higher grade than modeled.
Based on the results of the 2021-2022 infill drill program, a revised geologic model will be generated and incorporated into a new, updated resource block model.
A plan map showing drill hole locations, geological and grade cross sections, and complete assay data are available at https://secureservercdn.net/188.8.131.52/x8s.497.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/Chesapeake-Gold-Corp-TSXV-CKG-OTCQX-CHPGF-2022.04.27-Metates-Infill-Drill-Results-Appendix.pdf.
Sample Preparation, Analysis and QA/QC Program
All the assays reported by Chesapeake in this news release are from PQ drill core which were logged and sampled in a secure storage facility located at the Metates project. PQ core was cut using disc rock saws and a representative one-quarter sample was selected for assay. Core samples were sent to the ALS Global facility in Zacatecas City, Mexico for preparation with assay pulps subsequently sent to ALS labs in Reno, USA and Vancouver, Canada for analysis. ALS Global is an accredited mineral analysis laboratory.
All core samples, generally at 3 metre sample intervals, were prepared using a method whereby the entire sample was crushed to 90% passing -2mm, a split subsample of 1000 g was pulverized to better than 85% passing 75 microns and then a 250 g pulp was taken.
Samples were analyzed for gold using 50 g fire assay fusion with an ICP finish (Method Au-ICP22). Silver and other elements were analyzed by 4 acid digestion with a ICP finish (Method ME-ICP61). Gold (>5 ppm) and silver (>100 ppm) over limits were analyzed by fire assay and gravimetric finish.
Core sample duplicates, preparation (crush and pulp) duplicates and certified standards and blanks from CDN Resource Laboratories were inserted into the samples stream as part of the sampling protocol for the QA/QC program.
Alberto Galicia, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and Gary Parkison, CPG, Vice President Development, are Qualified Persons as defined by NI43-101 and have reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
Chesapeake Gold Corp. is focused on the discovery, acquisition, and development of major gold-silver deposits in North and South America. Chesapeake’s Metates project hosts one of the largest undeveloped gold-silver deposits in the Americas with a defined resource of over 20 million ounces of gold and 550 million ounces of silver (as per NI 43-101 Technical Report Preliminary Economic Assessment dated August 30, 2021 available on www.sedar.com).
Chesapeake also has an organic pipeline of satellite exploration properties strategically located near Metates. In addition, the Company owns 69% of Gunpoint Exploration Ltd. which owns the Talapoosa gold project in Nevada.
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