Vancouver, B.C., January 23, 2014; West Cirque Resources Ltd. (WCQ: TSX.V) reports that compilation of historical data on its Snippaker Project in the Iskut River area, northwestern B.C., indicates that a potentially significant porphyry copper-gold (Cu-Au) target was outlined by previous exploration work. The Snippaker Project, comprising the 285 Hectare Kim 1 claim was acquired by staking in 2013 on the basis of a significant copper-molybdenum anomaly in Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS) data. Subsequently, Colorado Resources Ltd. announced the acquisition of a large claim position adjoining the Kim 1 claim to the south and east, together with an Option Agreement on part of SnipGold's Iskut Property to the north (see Colorado Resources Ltd. news release, December 20, 2013).
Previous exploration in the Snippaker Project area by Great Plains Development in the mid-1970's and by Cathedral Gold between 1988 and 1990 outlined two areas of significant mineralization, neither of which has been tested by drilling to date. The Snow Zone is an area of gossanous outcrop and quartz-pyrite-chalcopyrite veining about 1200 meters in diameter. Mineralization occurs in andesites, tuffs and intrusive rocks including granodiorite, quartz monzonite and K-feldspar porphyry. The intrusive rocks are related to the Early Jurassic Lehto pluton. Alteration ranges from propylitic to sericite-pyrite to silica flooding and locally intense quartz-specular hematite. Limited rock sampling by Great Plains in 1974 returned copper values from 0.11% to 3.06%, gold from trace to 2.74 grams per tonne (g/t) and silver from 2.74 to 78.5 g/t. Great Plains concluded that the Snow Zone contains a "significant number of mineralized showing(s)... which are characteristic of porphyry copper-type mineralization" (Great Plains Development, Year End Report, Snippaker Creek Property, October 1974).
Subsequent rock sampling by Cathedral Gold outlined a 300 by 700 meter zone of anomalous gold at higher elevations in the eastern portion of the Snow Zone. Over half of the rock samples in this area returned gold values over 100 parts per billion, including grab samples up to 0.98 g/t and float samples up to 27.26 g/t Au. Despite the conclusion by Cathedral that the Snow Zone remains an "interesting target" no subsequent work has been filed.
The Southeast Zone crops out at lower elevations in a creek gully about 700 meters southwest of the Snow Zone. Mineralization in this area consists of quartz-sulfide veins up to 0.5 meters wide hosted mainly in Lehto granodiorite and K-feldspar porphyry. A series of northeast trending veins sampled by Cathedral Gold (1988 and 1990) across a width of about 170 meters, returned anomalous to very high grade gold values, including 6.2 g/t from a 0.5 meter wide vein and a vein float sample of 46.6 g/t Au.
The Snippaker Project is located in B.C.'s prolific Iskut copper-gold belt about 20 kilometers southeast of the past producing Snip gold mine (over 1 million ounces of gold produced at a recovered head grade of 24.5 g/t Au; BC Minfile database), and 34 kilometers northwest of Seabridge Gold's KSM porphyry copper-gold project (proven and probable reserves total 38.2 million ounces of gold and 9.9 billion pounds of copper; http://seabridgegold.net/resources.php).
Historical assays have not been verified by West Cirque but have been cited from sources believed to be reliable. West Cirque's disclosure of a technical or scientific nature in this news release has been reviewed and approved by John Bradford, M.Sc., P.Geo. and V.P. Exploration and Director for West Cirque Resources, who serves as a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.
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