Elevation Gold Mining Corporation is pleased to provide an update on its Florence Hill exploration project drilling program. Two holes have been drilled to date, with a third, following up on the first completed hole, in progress. Assays are pending for all holes but are expected to be received during Q1 2023.
The Florence Hill exploration area is located approximately 3.5 kilometers southeast of the Moss mine (see Figure 1: Claims Overview Map) in Mohave County, Arizona. The area is readily accessed via Silver Creek Road, which connects Bullhead City to Oatman. A block of patented claims, owned by the Company, is located approximately 500 meters to the west of the main Florence Hill exploration target. Several epithermal quartz-calcite veins and stockwork zones, including the Hardy Vein, are present on the surface in these claims, strike towards the main Florence Hill target, and are associated with historic mine workings. The two drill holes completed to date as part of the Florence Hill Exploration Program, FH22-001 and HV22-001, were drilled into the main Florence Hill and Hardy Vein targets, respectively.
The first diamond drill hole (FH22-001) at the Florence Hill project was collared southeast of the topographic feature known as Florence Hill, primarily targeting steeply dipping, northwest striking structures hosting epithermal quartz-calcite veins, including the structures that host the Gold Road deposit, approximately 3,600 meters to the southeast, and the West Oatman vein, approximately 1,300 meters to the northwest (see Figure 2: Collar Location Map). The hole was drilled to the northeast with a dip of -45 degrees and was completed to a downhole depth of almost 1,100 meters.
The drill hole intersected fault-hosted epithermal veining in the upper 370 meters, including several intermittent vein stockwork zones in the first 30 meters, followed by variably altered volcanic and intrusive host rock to depth of drilling. Hydrothermal alteration displays an apparent transition to higher temperature porphyry-style alteration (propylitic to phyllic), accompanied by an increase in alteration intensity, with depth.
The hole was originally planned to end at a downhole depth of around 610 meters but was extended due to the presence and transitional nature of the hydrothermal alteration intersected, and the apparent “vectoring” of the alteration assemblages towards magnetic and radiometric geophysical anomalies, generated in the recently completed Moss Project airborne geophysical survey (see Figure 3: Airborne Magnetic Reduced to Pole First Vertical Derivative; Figure 4: Airborne Radiometric Survey K Concentration).
Detailed core logging has been completed. Cutting and sampling of the drill core is ongoing, and samples are being shipped to the ALS Global laboratory in Tucson, Arizona for multi-element plus gold analysis. Results are expected to be received in Q1 2023.
Dr. Warwick S. Board, Vice President of Exploration for Elevation Gold, stated “We are excited about the multiple vein, stockwork, and alteration features intersected throughout the length of the first hole drilling into the Florence Hill target. It seems that the upperparts of the structural system that contains both the West Oatman and Gold Road vein hosting structures was intersected towards the top of this hole. We intend to conduct step-back drilling to test the structure at greater depths, especially given the tendency of key mineralized epithermal veins in the historic Oatman District (e.g., United Eastern, Tom Reed, Gold Road) to open into mineralized features from depths of between approximately 50 to 110 meters below surface. Furthermore, the change in nature and intensity of the alteration intersected in the hole with depth and towards coincident surface geochemistry and airborne geophysical anomalies suggests vectoring towards a potential porphyry-style system.”
Core drilling on the second diamond drill hole in the Florence Hill area has been completed. The second hole (HV22-001) collared approximately 1,300 meters west of FH22-001 (see Figure 2: Collar Location Map), on the Company’s patented claims (also known as the “McCullough” patents). Hole HV22-001 was drilled on an azimuth to the south-southeast (162 degrees) and a dip of -45 degrees, targeting the Hardy Vein and associated stockworks veining. Hole HV22-001 intersected intermittent structurally-hosted quartz-calcite stockworks, followed by a three-meter-thick epithermal quartz-calcite vein at a depth of around 95 meters downhole. Intermittent quartz-calcite-fluorite veining and stockwork zones up to approximately one meter thick are present to almost 190 meters downhole. The hole was completed to a downhole depth of 396 meters. Detailed core logging, cutting, and sampling is ongoing, when complete, samples will be shipped to ALS Global in Tucson, AZ.
The third diamond drill hole of the project has been collared approximately 270 meters southwest of hole FH22-001 (see Figure 2: Collar Location Map). The hole has been planned to test the deeper parts of the significant quartz-calcite vein stockwork structure intersected in the upper 30 meters of hole FH22-001. This hole will test the Company’s thesis that the structure is potentially the continuation of the structural zone that hosts the Gold Road deposit to the southeast and the West Oatman vein to the northwest.
Following completion of the third hole, Elevation Gold plans to move the drill to the northside of Florence Hill to better access the anomalies highlighted in the recent airborne geophysical survey (see Figure 3: Airborne Magnetic Reduced to Pole First Vertical Derivative and Figure 4: Airborne Radiometric Survey K Concentration), and to test a target in the Grapevine area that has been recently identified via reconnaissance geologic mapping (see Figure 2: Collar Location Map). The Grapevine area is approximately 2,300 meters from the main Florence Hill exploration target and is characterized by steep quartz veining cutting stockwork associated with jarosite, quartz, kaolinite, and sericite. The Company plans on drilling two holes to test the geophysical anomalies in the main Florence Hill exploration target area (one into each of the magnetic and radiometric features of interest), as well as one hole to test the veining and stockwork zone in the Grapevine area.
The Company reports that stock options have been granted to directors, officers, and employees of the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of 400,000 common shares at a price of C$0.18 per share for a period of five years.
Unless otherwise indicated, all technical data contained in this press release that relates to geology, exploration and mineral resources has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Warwick Board, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration of Elevation Gold. Dr. Board is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 and is responsible for the Moss Regional and Hercules Exploration Projects.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF ELEVATION GOLD MINING CORPORATION
“Tim J. Swendseid”
Tim J. Swendseid, President of Elevation Gold Mining Corporation
Elevation Gold is a publicly listed gold and silver producer, engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of mineral properties located in the United States. Elevation Gold’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) in Canada under the ticker symbol ELVT and on the OTCQX in the United States under the ticker symbol EVGDF. The Company’s principal operation is the 100% owned Moss Mine in the Mohave County of Arizona. Elevation also holds the title to the Hercules exploration property, located in Lyon County, Nevada.