Diamond Drilling Commences on High Grade Quartz Vein, Niangouela Gold Concession, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Drills to Target High Grade Gold Anomalies
Nexus Gold Corp. (NXS.V) reported it has commenced phase one drilling at its Niangouela gold project located in Burkina Faso, Africa.
The Company has initiated a 1000 meter diamond drill program on its 179 square kilometer Niangouela exploration permit. Crews from Falcon Drilling Burkina SARL have been mobilized to the site and are currently drilling. The 1000 meter phase one drill program is designed to test the primary quartz vein and associated shear at depth and along strike. The program will target areas of gold anomalies identified from rock samples and Rotary Air Blast (RAB) drilling that was conducted by the Company in December 2016 and January 2017.
About the Niangouela Gold Concession
The 178 sq km Niangouela gold concession is located on the Boromogreenstone belt (as is the Company's Bouboulougold concession), and is proximal to the Kalsaka deposit and the Sabce shear zone. It is accessible by road and has one major orpaillage (artisanal workings).
In December 2016 the Company conducted an 802m rotary air blast (RAB) drill program that delineated an approximately 1,000-meter (1km) quartz vein and a 500-meter secondary strike, running oblique to the main vein. This vein has now been identified in trenches, artisanal workings and through RAB drilling. It remains open in all directions.
A total of 11 rock chip and grab samples were taken during the initial exploration phase. Eight of the 11 samples returned values of 1 gram-per-tonne (“g/t”) gold or better. Best results of the 11 include sample NG005, taken directly from the primary quartz vein at 46m depth (accessed via an artisanal mining shaft), which returned a value of 2,950 g/t gold. Sample NG006 was collected from the artisanal dumps of the sheared intrusive and returned a value of 23.9 g/t gold. Sample NG007 contained coarse visible gold, and was taken from material extracted from the eastern shaft from a depth of approximately 60m, returned a value of 403 g/t gold. Sample NG008 was taken from the western shaft, 10 to 12 meter west of the eastern shaft, and consisted of a single large piece of primary quartz vein containing host rock inclusions and a cluster of visible gold. NG008 returned a value of 49.8 g/t gold.
Historical exploration at Niangouela consists of 556 pits and 11 trenches, with numerous rock and soil samples. Previous exploration work has returned gold in soil samples of up to 34 g/t Au. Rock samples have returned values of up to 18 g/t Au and trenching has returned values of 4.85 g/t Au over 10 meters. Historical assays of 5.93, 4.83 and 4.12 g/t Au over sample lengths of two meters have been returned from trenching over the vein. A qualified person has not taken steps to verify this historical data.
About Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation, located in West Africa. It covers an area of roughly 274,000 square kilometers and has an estimated population of more than 16 million people. The country has a stable political setting with a pro-mining and foreign investment stance. Burkina Faso is the fastest growing gold producer in Africa, and was the 4th largest gold producer in Africa in 2012. Eight new mines have been commissioned there over the past six years. The country has excellent geological potential. The Greenstone Belts that host all of the major deposits in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire continue northward into Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso has undergone less than 15 years of modern mineral exploration, remaining under-explored in comparison to neighbouring Ghana and Mali; both of which host world-class gold mines in the same belts of Birimian rocks.
About the Company
Nexus Gold Corp. is a Vancouver-based gold exploration and development company operating in some of the world’s premier mining districts. The Company is currently concentrating its efforts on two gold projects located in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The Bouboulou gold concession is a 38-sq km advanced exploration target where previous drilling has confirmed multiple zones of gold mineralization. The Niangouela gold concession is a 178-sq km project featuring high grade gold occurring in and around a primary quartz vein 1km in length. For more information on these projects, please visit the Company website at www.nexusgoldcorp.com.
Warren Robb P.Geo., Senior Geologist is the designated Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the technical information contained in this release.