TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / October 15, 2020 / Magna Terra Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Magna Terra") (TSXV:MTT) is pleased to announce preliminary results of its ongoing prospecting and geological mapping program at its 100% owned Great Northern ("Great Northern") and Viking ("Viking") Projects, located in western Newfoundland. Initial exploration has focused on the Jacksons Arm Trend (Exhibit A) where grab samples have returned high grade assays as well as extending the strike of the Jacksons Arm Trend by 700 metres to the southeast, from 1.7 kilometres to 2.4 kilometres. Initial prospecting and geology within the Little Davis Pond Trend (Exhibit B) has similarly resulted in confirmation of the 1.4 km long alteration system and grab samples with up to 17.54 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold.
Jacksons Arm Trend:
700 metre extension of alteration and mineralized zones to the southeast - now to 2.4 kilometres strike length;
Grab samples* up to 26.90 g/t gold confirming results of previous sampling;
19 of 63 grab and float samples assaying between 0.10 g/t and 26.90 g/t gold; and
Induced Polarization ("IP") Survey underway.
Little Davis Pond Trend:
Grab samples* up to 17.54 g/t gold confirming results of previous sampling;
5 out of 11 grab samples assaying between 0.1 and 17.54 g/t gold; and
Follow-up prospecting and geological mapping planned.
*Grab samples are selected samples and are not necessarily indicative of mineralization that may be hosted on the property.
"We are pleased to see high-grades returning from our early exploration work at Jacksons Arm and Little Davis Pond. Expanding the Jacksons Arm Trend by 40% demonstrates the potential scale of gold systems in the region and the trend remains open for expansion. With a minimum strike length of 2.4 kilometres, and gold mineralization sampled over its length, work to date demonstrates the presence of a large gold bearing system at Jacksons Arm, that is ripe for further discovery and drill testing. Having commenced the IP survey and with ongoing geochemical and geological work, we are continuing to refine targets in advance of a first phase drill program that will start by mid-November."
~ Lew Lawrick, President and CEO, Magna Terra Minerals
At the Jacksons Arm Trend, exploration to date comprises a total of 25-line kilometres of systematic geological mapping and prospecting, and 35-line kilometres of grid line-cutting. Assays have been received for a total of 63 samples collected with assays from grab and float samples up to 26.90 g/t gold and 19 of 63 samples assaying greater than 0.10 g/t gold. Geological mapping and prospecting have confirmed gold grade and location of mineralization from previous sampling in addition to extending the strike of exposed alteration and gold mineralization by 700 metres southeast. The Jacksons Arm Trend now has an extent of 2.4 kilometres and remains open to the north along strike and to the east along the folded contact between the faulted granite and volcanic/sedimentary contact.
Ongoing exploration comprises line-cutting, geological mapping, prospecting and B-horizon soil sampling. Abitibi Geophysics of Val d'Or, Quebec has commenced a 50-line kilometre dipole-dipole IP survey with expected completion by the end of October 2020. This data will be used to refine drill targets for initial drill testing of the Jacksons Arm Trend, which is scheduled to commence by mid-November and carry into 2021, as well as define additional targets for future follow-up.
At the Little Davis Pond Trend reconnaissance prospecting, geological mapping, and collection of 11 grab samples have confirmed the high-grade results of historic exploration with assays up to 17.54 g/t gold and 5 out of 11 samples assaying greater than 0.10 g/t gold. Future work at Little Davis Pond will comprise systematic geological mapping and prospecting to facilitate planning for follow-up exploration work in spring/summer 2021.
The Company has critically considered logistical matters given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that this Exploration Program and all future programs are executed in a way that ensures the absolute health and safety of our personnel, contractors, and the communities where we operate.
The Company would like to thank the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for partial funding of the exploration program under the Junior Exploration Assistance Program.
About the Great Northern and Viking Projects
The Great Northern and Viking Projects comprise 2 separate claim blocks (12,675 hectares) that are located near the communities of Sops Arm, Pollard's Point and Jackson's Arm, NL.
The Projects are centered along a 20 kilometre section of the Doucer's Valley Fault, a significant geological control on, and host to, several gold deposits and untested prospects, including the Rattling Brook and Thor Deposits, Jacksons Arm, Little Davis Pond, and Viking Trends and the Incinerator Trail Zone. Gold mineralization is hosted within a variety of rocks types that include Precambrian or Ordovician granites, or younger volcanic and sedimentary rocks, typically along splays off the Doucer's Valley Fault. Alteration consists of mesothermal style quartz ± iron carbonate ± sulfide veins and stockworks with 2 to 5% total sulfides consisting of pyrite, galena, chalcopyrite or sphalerite, and locally show trace amounts of visible gold.
Magna Terra is focussing on the Jacksons Arm Trend, which is host to a 2.4 kilometre long by 40 to 400 metre wide continuous alteration zone, that is controlled by a north-south striking fault. The fault extends immediately to the north along strike with similar repeating fault zones to the east outlining a potential strike extent of an additional 4 kilometres.
Highlights of previous surface grab samples** include:
Assays up to 20.20 g/t gold and 1,232 g/t silver at the Boot N' Hammer Prospect;
Assays up to 56.70 g/t gold and 2.75 ounce per tonne silver at the Stocker Prospect;
Assays up to 7.20 g/t gold at the Shrik Prospect; and
Assays up to 13.60 g/t gold at the 954 Prospect.
**Grab samples are selected samples and are not necessarily indicative of mineralization that may be hosted on the property.
The Little Davis Pond Trend is underlain by strongly deformed and altered Silurian volcanic and sedimentary rocks that are host to a 1.4 kilometre long geochemical anomaly (soil assays up to 530 ppb gold, and rock assays up to 22.15 g/t gold) from historic sampling.
The Incinerator Trail Zone has been tested by four reconnaissance-style diamond drill holes in the 1980's and returned assays of 1.78 g/t gold over 4.0 metres (hole RB-35) and 2.30 g/t gold over 4.05 metres (hole RB-41).
The Viking Trend is host to a 3+ kilometre long by up to 40 metre wide deformation and alteration zone with gold grades of 0.45 g/t gold over 20.0 metres in hole VK-16-151, 0.37 g/t gold over 16.5 metres in hole VK-11-125, as well as local high grades as indicated by 7.43 g/t gold over 1.0 metre in hole VK-16-155.
The Great Northern and Viking Projects are host to significant Current and Historic Mineral Resources, including:
- An Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate^ of 5,460,000 tonnes at an average grade of 1.45 g/t gold containing 255,000 contained ounces at a cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t gold at the Rattling Brook Deposit; and
- An Historical Indicated Mineral Resource^^ of 937,000 tonnes at an average grade of 2.09 g/t gold containing 63,000 ounces of gold plus an Historical Inferred Mineral Resource of 350,000 tonnes at an average grade of 1.79 g/t gold containing 20,000 ounces of gold at a cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t gold at the Thor Deposit.
Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. All Mineral Resource Estimates were prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and the CIM Standards (2014). Please refer to the NI 43-101 Technical Report with effective date January 23, 2019 by Harrington and Cullen (2019) as detailed below for the Great Northern Project and the NI 43-101 Technical Report with effective date August 29, 2016 by Copeland et al. (2016). An Independent Qualified Person has not carried out sufficient work to classify the Thor Historical Mineral Resource Estimate as current and Magna Terra is not considering this Mineral Resource Estimate to be current. Magna Terra considers the Thor Deposit to have potential for expansion that will be addressed by the Company in future exploration programs. See further details on Technical Reports below.
Qualified Person and Technical Reports
This news release has been reviewed and approved by David A. Copeland, P. Geo., Chief Geologist with Anaconda Mining Inc., a "Qualified Person", under National Instrument 43-101 - Standard for Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Rock samples were analyzed for Au at Eastern Analytical Ltd. in Springdale, NL ("Eastern"), using standard fire assay (30 g) pre-concentration and Atomic Absorption finish methods. Eastern is a fully accredited firm within the meaning of NI 43-101 for provision of this service.
Widths from drill core intervals reported in this press release are presented as core lengths only. True widths are unknown. All quoted drill core sample intervals, grades and production statistics have been compiled from historic assessment reports obtained from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Grab samples" are selected samples and are not necessarily indicative of mineralization that may be hosted on the property.
^The Mineral Resource Estimate quoted in this press release regarding the Great Northern Project refers to the technical report: "NI 43-101 Technical Report and Updated Mineral Resource Estimate on the Rattling Brook Gold Deposit, Great Northern Project, White Bay Area, Newfoundland, Canada", (the "Great Northern Report") with an effective date of January 23, 2019, and authored by Matthew Harrington, P.Geo. (Independent Qualified Person) and Michael Cullen, P.Geo. (Independent Qualified Person).
^^The Historical Mineral Resource Estimate quoted in this press release regarding the Viking Project (Thor Deposit) is taken from the technical report: "NI 43-101 Technical Report And Mineral Resource Estimate For The Thor Deposit, Viking Project, White Bay Area, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Latitude 49o 42′ N Longitude 57o 00′ W" prepared for Anaconda Mining Inc. by David A. Copeland, P.Geo., Dr. Shane Ebert, P. Geo. and Gary Giroux, P. Eng. M.ASc., August 29, 2016. An Independent Qualified Person has not carried out sufficient work to classify the Thor Historical Mineral Resource Estimate as current and Magna Terra is not considering this Mineral Resource Estimate to be current. Magna Terra considers the Thor Deposit to have potential for expansion that will be addressed by the Company in future exploration programs.
About Magna Terra
Magna Terra Minerals Inc. is a precious metals focused exploration company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Magna Terra owns two district-scale, advanced gold exploration projects in the world class mining jurisdictions of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Further, the Company maintains a significant exploration portfolio in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina which includes its precious metals discovery on its Luna Roja Project, as well as an extensive portfolio of district scale drill ready projects available for option or joint venture.
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Exhibit A: Geology and Rock Sample Map of the Jacksons Arm Trend Showing Current Extent of the 2.4 km Long Alteration Zone
Exhibit B: Geology and Rock Sample Map of the Little Davis Pond Trend
SOURCE: Magna Terra Minerals Inc.