Vancouver, Canada — Mawson Gold Limited (“Mawson” or the “Company”) (TSX: MAW) (Frankfurt: MXR) (PINKSHEETS: MWSNF) is pleased to announce it has drill intersected further high-grade gold at the Joki East prospect at the 100% owned Rajapalot Project in Finland. Joki East is located 1,600 metres north-east of the Raja resource area and is permitted for year-round drill access (Figure 1).
Mr. Hudson, Chairman and CEO, states: "Finland continues to deliver in our ongoing drill programs.Discovery of high-grade gold in all year round permitted drill areas, outside Natura 2000, is a major step forward.With our second high grade assay returned at Joki East, we are encouraged by the consistency of high grades between drill holes and look forward to additional results from what is shaping up as our fourth mineralized area to add to the three current resource areas.”
In total, 11 diamond drill holes for 2,344.6 metres were completed during the autumn program, as initially announced on September 23, 2020. This included eight holes at Joki East (PAL0240-247) for 2,084.7 metres, while 2 holes (PAL0237-238) for 218.2 metres were also drilled at Hirvimaa. PAL0239 was abandoned at 41.7 metres at Joki East and redrilled as PAL0240. Drilling was targeted using the inferred location of the stratigraphic host to the gold-cobalt mineralization, combined with base-of-till drill hole gold anomalies, conductors first recognized in airborne electromagnetic (“VTEMplus”), and then followed up by ground EM surveys (Figure 1).
PAL0242 (1.6 metres @ 19.2 g/t gold from 155 metres within a broader interval of 2.6 metres @ 12.3 g/t gold from 154.0 metres) was drilled 30 metres north east of PAL0241(1.6 metres @ 28.3 g/t gold) from 168.6 metres.From the eight holes drilled to date into Joki East, visible gold has been identified in 4 holes (PAL0241, PAL0242, PAL0245 and PAL0247). Results area awaited from holes PAL0243-0247.No cobalt assays have yet been returned from PAL0240-247. One drill rig will return to Rajapalot in late November, with 4 rigs in total to be mobilized in late December 2020-early January 2021. Further drill results will be released as they become available. Electromagnetic (“EM”) geophysical surveys remain in progress, covering the entire 2 kilometre trend at Joki East and other prospective areas (Figure 1).
The host rocks to the gold mineralization at Joki East are similar to mineralization observed 1.6 kilometres to the west at the Raja and Palokas resource areas, and comprise sulphides (pyrrhotite>>pyrite) with biotite-albite schists and Mg-Fe amphibole-biotite-chlorite rocks +/- scheelite. Veining and fracture fill minerals include pyrrhotite, pyrite and minor chalcopyrite (+/- quartz, visible gold). Retrograde chlorite after amphibole and vein-controlled chlorite-biotite are also present. Altered rocks enclosing the mineralized package contain locally minor talc.
One drill rig from Nivalan Timanttikairaus Oy with water recirculation and drill cuttings collection systems was used in the drill program. Core diameter is NQ2 (50.7 mm). Core recoveries are excellent and average close to 100% in fresh rock. After photographing and logging in Mawson’s Rovaniemi facilities, core intervals averaging 1 metre for mineralized samples and 2 metres for barren samples are cut in half at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) core facilities in Rovaniemi, Finland. The remaining half core is retained for verification and reference purposes. Analytical samples are transported by commercial transport from site to the CRS Minlab Oy facility in Kempele, Finland. Samples were prepared and analyzed for gold using the PAL1000 technique which involves grinding the sample in steel pots with abrasive media in the presence of cyanide, followed by measuring the gold in solution with flame AAS equipment. Samples for multi-element analysis (including cobalt) are pulped at CRS Minlab, then transported by air to the MSA labs in Vancouver, Canada and analyzed using four acid digest ICP-MS methods. The QA/QC program of Mawson consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, duplicate samples by quartering the core, and blanks the within interpreted mineralized rock. In addition, CRS inserts blanks and standards into the analytical process.
Tables 1–2 provide collar and assay data. Assuming a predominant stratabound control, the true thickness of the mineralized interval is interpreted to be approximately 90% of the sampled thickness. Gold-only intersections are reported with a lower-cut of 0.5 g/t gold over a 1 metre width. No upper cut-off was applied.
All maps have been created within the KKJ3/Finland Uniform Coordinate System (EPSG:2393).
NI 43-101 Technical Report: On September 14, 2020, an updated resource estimation was completed by Rodney Webster of AMC of Melbourne, Australia, and Dr. Kurt Simon Forrester of Arn Perspective of Surrey, England. Each of Mr. Webster and Dr. Forrester are independent “qualified persons” as defined by NI 43-101. The NI 43-101 technical report is entitled “Rajapalot Property Mineral Resource Estimate NI 43-101 Technical Report” and dated September 14, 2020 (the “Updated Technical Report”). The Updated Technical Report may be found on the Company’s website at www.mawsongold.com or under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers are encouraged to read the entire Updated Technical Report.
Dr. Nick Cook (FAusIMM), Chief Geologist for the Company, is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure or Mineral Projects and has prepared or reviewed the preparation of the scientific and technical information in this press release.
About Mawson Gold Limited (TSX:MAW, FRANKFURT:MXR, OTCPINK:MWSNF)
Mawson Gold Limited is an exploration and development company. Mawson has distinguished itself as a leading Nordic Arctic exploration company with a focus on the flagship Rajapalot gold-cobalt project in Finland. More recently it has acquired three significant epizonal goldfields with a large tenement portfolio of 471 sq km in the Victorian Goldfields of Australia, which provides a strategic and diversified portfolio of high-quality gold exploration assets in two safe jurisdictions. The Company will have nine drill rigs turning in four global gold projects during the remainder of 2020.
On behalf of the Board,
This news release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). All statements herein, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Although Mawson believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate, and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. Mawson cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, timing and successful completion of planned drill programs and results varying from expectations, delays in obtaining results, the Company’s expectations to find additional resource areas and expand the Sept 2020 Mineral Resource in Finland, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates, changes in world metal markets, changes in equity markets, the potential impact of epidemics, pandemics or other public health crises, including the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 on the Company’s business, planned drill programs and results varying from expectations, delays in obtaining results, equipment failure, unexpected geological conditions, local community relations, dealings with non-governmental organizations, delays in operations due to permit grants, environmental and safety risks, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mawson's most recent Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Mawson disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.
Photo 1: PAL0242 at 155.5 metres showing visible gold grain. The interval from 155.0-156.0 metres (1.0 metres length) assayed 26.0 g/t gold. Scale of core is NQ2 (50.7 mm diameter).
Photo 2: PAL0242 at 155.9 metres showing visible gold grain. The interval from 155.0-156.0 metres (1.0 metres length) assayed 26.0 g/t gold. Scale of core is NQ2 (50.7 mm diameter).
Figure 1: Plan location of the Rajapalot project showing drill holes drilled during the autumn 2020 drill program, ground TEM conductive plates at Joki East, resource wireframes from the September 2020 resource estimate, modelled EM plates base-of-till (BOT) anomalous drill holes and the summer permitted Joki East and Hirvimaa target areas.
Table 1: Collar Information autumn 2020 drilling at the Joki East and Hirvimaa prospects at the Rajapalot Project (Finnish Grid, Projection KKJ3).
|PAL0237||3409690||7374570||180.406||-61||220||68.5||Hirvimaa||2 metres @ 95.9 ppm cobalt from 42.1 metres|
|PAL0238||3409663||7374613||181.126||-77||220||149.65||Hirvimaa||2 metres @ 101.8 ppm cobalt from 86.0 metres|
|PAL0240||3410305||7372644||151.203||-66||60||281.65||Joki East||1 metres @ 0.9 g/t gold from 148.8 metres|
|PAL0241||3410336||7372660||151.709||-66||60||236.4||Joki East||1.6 m @ 28.3 g/t gold from 168.6 metres|
|PAL0242||3410363||7372674||150.709||-66||60||236.8||Joki East||1.6 metres @ 19.2 g/t gold from 155 metres|
|PAL0243||3410309||7372708||151.383||-68||60||239.7||Joki East||Results TBA|
|PAL0244||3410337||7372726||151.616||-68||62||251.7||Joki East||Results TBA|
|PAL0245||3410275||7372690||151.473||-66||60||257.5||Joki East||Results TBA, visible gold identified|
|PAL0246||3410267||7372745||152.58||-71||60||287.55||Joki East||Results TBA|
|PAL0247||3410211||7372728||151.791||-65||61||293.4||Joki East||Results TBA, visible gold identified|
Table 2: Individual assay data from drill holes reported in this press release.
|HoleID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Au g/t||Co ppm|