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Western Atlas Resources Inc.
Western Atlas Resources Inc.
Registriert in: Kanada WKN: A2JPA4 Rohstoffe:
Art: Originalaktie ISIN: CA95770E1079 Gold
Heimatbörse: TSX Venture Alternativ: PPZRD
Währung: CAD    
Symbol: WA.V Forum:

Western Atlas Resources announces positive results of 2020 Drill Program at its Meadowbank Gold Project - Intercepting polymetallic anomalous values

30.11.2020 | 13:00 Uhr | CNW
2020 Diamond Drill Program Highlights:
  • Positive results in identifying polymetallic anomalous values for gold, silver, nickel, zinc and chromium
  • Future drill programs will target potential higher-grade polymetallic mineralization at Western Atlas' district scale Meadowbank project
  • First drill program ever on these properties consisted of 13 drill holes for a total of 3,545 meters drilled in Target B1, Block B, south of Agnico Eagle's Meadowbank mine and contiguous to Agnico Eagle's Greyhound project
  • The 2020 drill program targeted banded iron formation (BIF) and shear zones, confirms geological settings and conditions favourable for the development of orogenic gold deposits in the area and highlights anomalous values for nickel, and chromium. Anomalous gold, nickel, chromium and zinc intersections includes (see also Table1):
    • WA20-003 intercepted 0.30 m at 1.27 g/t Au and 12.30 g/t Ag from 253.23 m, and 0.77 m at 0.15% Zn from 245.08 m (Zone 1);
    • WA20-013 intercepted 0.45 m at 1.39 g/t Au from 5.20 m, 7.38 m at 0.12% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 142.42 m and 9.33 m at 0.14% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 177.70 m (Zone 2);
    • WA20-004 intercepted 7.75 m at 0.12% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 102.15 m (Zone 2);
    • WA20-005 intercepted 8.45 m at 0.15% Ni and 0.25% Cr from 85.40 m (Zone 2);
    • WA20-006 intercepted 11.60 m at 0.10% Ni and 0.25% Cr from 205.23 m and 2.23 m at 0.12% Ni and 0.27% Cr from 239.66 m and 2.75 m at 0.10% Ni and 0.22% Cr from 249.15 m (Zone 2);
    • WA20-011 intercepted 2.98 m at 0.15% Ni and 0.22% Cr from 119.75 m (Zone 5);
  • Target B1 is only one of six targets for follow up with drilling so far identified within Blocks A and B
    • Drilling of Block A, North of Block B and located between Agnico Eagle's Meadowbank and Amaruq, is being planned for next drill program.


VANCOUVER, Nov. 30, 2020 - Western Atlas Resources Inc. ("Western Atlas" or the "Company") (TSXV: WA), announces results from the diamond drill program conducted at its Meadowbank Project located in Nunavut, Canada. The 13 hole drill program targeted banded iron formation (BIF) and shear zones within Target B1, Block B (Table 2 and Figure 3). Target B1 is one of the six targets for follow up and drilling identified within Blocks A and B (Figures 1 and 2). The 2020 drill program is the first of several drill programs the Company intends to undertake in order to test these targets.

Summary

The program intersected elevated gold assays in quartz-carbonate vein breccias within the shear zone in Zone 1. Two vein breccia intervals were intersected in hole WA20-001. Gold mineralization extends into the network of quartz-carbonate veins and veinlets also enriched in silver and zinc in hole WA20-003. Associated with the anomalous gold assays are occurrences of coarse arsenopyrite and pyrite in veins/veinlets and intense ankerite-grunerite alteration haloes along the veins.

In Zone 2 anomalous gold and silver were intersected in a quartz-carbonate vein within BIF trending to northeast and parallel to the main BIF zone approximately 180m to the south. Anomalous chromium and nickel assays were encountered in serpentinized fine-grained and komatiitic ultramafics.

Gold values similar to those encountered in Zone 1 were encountered in Zone 3. Mineralization occurs in quartz veins and veinlets in three BIF layers intersected there. Associated with anomalous gold assays is 1-5% pyrite and strong ankerite alteration (for more details please refer to Drill Hole Review to this press release).

Summary of Anomalous Results:

HOLE NUMBER

TARGET

FROM (m)

TO (m)

LENGTH (m)

Au g/t

Ag g/t

Ni%

Cr%

WA20-003

ZONE 1

253.23

253.53

0.30

1.27

12.3



WA20-013

ZONE 2

5.20

5.65

0.45

1.39




WA20-013

ZONE 2

142.42

149.80

7.38



0.12

0.21

WA20-013

ZONE 2

177.70

187.03

9.33



0.14

0.21

WA20-004

ZONE 2

102.15

109.90

7.75



0.12

0.21

WA20-005

ZONE 2

85.40

93.85

8.45



0.15

0.25

WA20-006

ZONE 2

205.23

216.83

11.60



0.10

0.25

WA20-006

ZONE 2

239.66

241.89

2.23



0.12

0.27

WA20-006

ZONE 2

249.15

251.90

2.75



0.10

0.22

WA20-011

ZONE 5

119.75

122.73

2.98



0.15

0.22

Table 1: Anomalous results

Fabio Capponi, CEO stated: "We are excited by the results of this reconnaissance drill program, the first ever to be drilled on Western Atlas's 580km2 Meadowbank mineral properties. We have demonstrated favourable geological settings for gold and silver mineralization as well as for nickel and other base metals. Future systematic drill programs will aim at testing potential higher grade mineralization of gold, silver and these base metals within the six targets so far identified within Block A and B."

The definition of these drill targets is the result of the initial interpretation of the 2017 to 2019 exploration program data sets, which include detailed field mapping and sampling program (yielded gold including 13.30 g/t Au and up to 44.7 g/t Ag), over 3,800 km of airborne magnetic survey, over 1,500 line-km of helicopter-borne VTEM followed by electromagnetic (EM) anomaly and airborne inductive induced polarization (AIIP) processing report, over 32 line-km of ground induced polarization (IP) survey over specific targets.

Drillholes were designed to test both geophysical targets and favorable geological features (BIF and shear zones) in five separate areas referred to as Zones 1 to 5 in Target B1. Holes drilled in Zone 1 and Zone 3 also tested locations of grab samples with anomalous gold values collected during the 2018 mapping and prospecting program.

Regional and local geological settings, structures, metamorphic grade, mineralization and alteration patterns encountered during the 2020 exploration program indicate conditions favourable for the development of orogenic gold deposits in the area and highlights anomalous values for nickel, zinc and chromium.

Similarities between the geology and mineralization of Agnico's Meadowbank and Amaruq mines and that of Target B1 geology include:

  • Algoma-type BIF in combination with ultramafic rocks similar to that present in Agnico's Goose and Portage deposits (part of Agnico's Meadowbank mine) have been encountered in Zones 2 and 4
  • Amaruq volcanic and fine-grained sediment sequences are similar to volcanic-sedimentary sequence in Zone 2
  • Ultramafic volcanic rocks at Agnico Eagle's Amaruq and Meadowbank deposits similar to that encountered within Target B1 are associated with gold hosting sulphide mineralization
  • Pyrite and pyrite-pyrrhotite mineralization in clastic sediments in Zone 2 are equivalent to stratiform sulphide mineralization encountered in Amaruq.

Hole #

Hole-ID

Area

Platform

Azimuth
[*]

Dip
[*]

Total Depth (m)

Collar Easting

(NAD83, UTM
Zone 14)

Collar Northing

(NAD83, UTM
Zone 14)

Collar Elevation

(Meters Above
Sea Level)

1

WA20-001

Zone 1

WA1

345

-50

347.42

641705.8

7178358.6

99.8

2

WA20-002

Zone 1

WA1A

312

-50

321.00

641546.0

7178399.2

101.2

3

WA20-003

Zone 1

WA1

325

-50

315.00

641705.8

7178358.6

99.8

4

WA20-004

Zone 2

WA2

340

-60

252.00

642523.6

7179903.6

106.4

5

WA20-005

Zone 2

WA2

340

-50

171.00

642523.6

7179903.6

106.4

6

WA20-006

Zone 2

WA2A

340

-50

288.00

642724.4

7179889.9

93.7

7

WA20-007

Zone 3

WA3

340

-50

255.00

636266.1

7178917.7

108.3

8

WA20-008

Zone 3

WA3

340

-60

180.00

636266.1

7178917.7

108.3

9

WA20-009

Zone 4

WA4

340

-50

282.00

637797.8

7177444.2

107.0

10

WA20-010

Zone 4

WA4

340

-60

267.00

637797.8

7177444.2

107.0

11

WA20-011

Zone 5

WA5

340

-50

273.00

639457.4

7178119.5

98.6

12

WA20-012

Zone 1

WA1B

345

-50

294.00

641724.5

7178393.6

100.1

13

WA20-013

Zone 2

WA2B

340

-50

300.00

642677.1

7179916.0

97.1

Total Drilled [m]

3,545.42


Table 2: Drillholes details

Drill Hole Review:

All intervals referred to herein are core lengths. Insufficient drilling has been completed to estimate true widths.

Zone 1

Four holes (WA20-001, -002, - 003 and -012) were drilled north-northwest or northwest into the shear zone covered by a 50 m to 60 m wide swampy area. BIF lense parallel to the shear zone outcrops south of the shear zone. A grab sample collected from the BIF during the 2018 mapping program, assayed 13.3 g/t Au.

Within the shear zone, the holes intersected mafic volcanics, laminated felsic volcanics/sediments and ultramafics. Lithologies within the shear zone are intensely carbonatized and locally silicified. Mafic and felsic volcanics are ankerite and grunerite altered, and ultramafics are flooded and veined with carbonates. Pyrite-arsenopyrite mineralization is associated with ankerite alteration and quartz-carbonate veining. Pyrrhotite mineralization is associated with silicified intervals.

In hole WA20-001, two quartz-carbonate vein breccia intervals were intersected from 221.08 m to 224.17 m (3.09 m) and from 251.63 m to 254.79 m (3.36 m). These intervals contained from 1 to 5% pyrite and minor arsenopyrite. Minor arsenopyrite was also intersected over narrow intervals in holes WA20-003 and WA20-012. Auriferous arsenopyrite is one of the ore minerals in Amaruq.

Anomalous intersections from Zone 1 include 0.72 m grading 0.12g/t Au from 222.78 m to 223.50 m; 0.55 m grading 0.14g/t Au from 224.17 m to 224.72 m and 1.40m grading 0.18 g/t Au from 252.80 m to 254.20 m in hole WA20-001. Hole WA20-002 intersected 0.50 m grading 0.24g/t Au from 138.05 m to 138.55 m. Approximately 50 m to the west, 0.34 m grading 0.23g/t Au from 247.77 m to 248.11 m and 2.11 m grading 0.28g/t Au from 251.42 m to 253.53 m were intersected in hole WA20-003. This interval includes 0.30 m grading 1.27g/t Au and 12.3 g/t Ag from 253.23 m to 253.53 m. 0.77m grading 0.15% Zn from 245.08 to 245.85 were also intersected in hole WA20-003.

Zone 2

Four holes (WA-004, -005, -006, and -013) tested the Zone 2 which is dominantly underlain by a volcanic-sedimentary assemblage composed of komatiitic flows, massive ultramafic volcaniclastics and intercalated fine-grained clastic sediments (argillites and siltstones), overlain by a BIF sequence over 100 m in thickness. Sediments within this assemblage, particularly argillite layers, host pyrite mineralization. Argillites at the contact with BIF are consistently mineralized with pyrrhotite and pyrite.

This mineralized zone with 3-10% vol sulphides is 19.12 m wide in hole WA20-006 (core length). The westernmost hole in Zone 2, WA20-006, intersected this style of mineralization with 3% to 10% pyrite-pyrrhotite from 264.73 m to 283.85 m (19.12 m) and the easternmost hole, WA20-004, intersected 5% to 10% pyrite-pyrrhotite from 127.80 m to 135.15 m (7.38 m).

The mineralized zone has been intersected along the strike over 210m and is open along strike and at depth.

  • Chromium and nickel in serpentinized ultramafic flows were intersected in holes WA20-004, WA20-005, WA20-006 and WA20-013. Hole WA20-004 intersected 7.75m grading 0.12% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 102.15 m to 109.90 m. The interval includes 3.14m grading 0.17% Ni and 0.29% Cr from 104.18 m to 107.32 m. Hole WA20-005 intercepted 8.45 m grading 0.15% Ni and 0.25% Cr from 85.40 m to 93.85 m. Hole WA20-006 intercepted 11.60 m grading 0.10% Ni and 0.25% Cr from 205.23 m to 216.83 m, 2.23 m grading 0.12% Ni and 0.27% Cr from 239.66 m to 241.89 m and 2.75 m grading 0.10% Ni and 0.22% Cr from 249.15 m to 251.90 m. Hole WA20-013 intersected 7.38m grading 0.12% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 142.42 m to 149.80 m and 9.33m grading 0.14% Ni and 0.21% Cr from 177.70 m to 187.03 m.

In Zone 2, anomalous gold was intersected in hole WA20-013 in a quartz-carbonate vein cutting BIF at 5.20 m to 5.65 m (0.45 m core length) which assayed 1.39g/t Au.

Zone 3

Two drill holes drilled in Zone 3 (WA20-007, -008) were designed to test airborne magnetometry and ground IP geophysical anomaly in the area of a grab sample which assayed 6.89 g/t Au in 2018. Both holes intersected Amarulik formation greywackes and three narrow BIF intervals.; BIF intervals are ankerite altered, with magnetite mostly destroyed. Fine-grained crystalline pyrite forms 1-3% volume in BIF layers, except for the BIF layer in hole WA20-008 from 52.42 m to 53.40 m (0.98m core length) in which pyrite forms 5 to10% volume.

Hole WA20-007 intersected 0.38 m grading 0.13g/t Au from 47.47 m to 47.85 m in the southern BIF layer. The same layer assayed 0.23g/t Au over 0.98 m in hole WA20-008 from 52.42 m to 53.40 m.

The middle BIF layer assayed 0.11g/t Au over 0.48 m in hole WA20-007 from 85.98 m to 86.46 m and 0.20g/t Au over 0.83 m in hole WA20-008 from 88.03 m to 88.86 m.

Northern layer was intersected in hole WA20-008 from 144.52 m to 145.08 m and it assayed 0.38g/t Au over 0.56 m.

Zone 4

Two drill holes collared from the platform WA4 (WA20-009, -010) were drilled to test a low resistivity and high chargeability geophysical target associated with BIF and shear zone. Both holes intersected porphyritic dacite flow between the felsic volcaniclastics and BIF. The BIF lens is 50m wide (true width) and similar to BIF in Zone WA2. At the northern BIF contact, a 25 m wide shear zone composed of fault vein breccia intervals and sheared mafic volcanic, argillite and siltstone intervals occur.

The shear zone north of the BIF was intersected over 28.72 m in hole WA20-009 (from 206.15 m to 234.8 7 m), while in hole WA20-010 the shear zone is 32.47 m wide (from 228.35 m to 260.82 m). Mineralization is associated with mafic volcanics and graphitic argillites. Mineralization in veins varies, within the BIF and in the siltstone intersected in hole WA20-009 mineralization is weaker (four intervals from 1.5 m to– 2 m wide with approximately 5% pyrite in hole WA20-009). In hole WA20-010, mafic volcanics dominate the shear zone and mineralization is more continuous. The interval from 231.03 m to 252.00 m contains an average of 5% pyrite (20.97 m core length) including pyrite content over 10% from 247.26 m to 249.15 (1.89 m core length).

No anomalous gold intersections.

Zone 5

One drill hole (WA20-011) was designed to test a low resistivity and high chargeability geophysical target associated with shear zones and BIFs. It intersected 120 m of ultramafic volcanics intercalated between intermediate or mafic volcanics to the south and intermediate volcanics to the north. Within the ultramafic assemblage is an 8.50m thick chert interval.

From 107.31 m to 119.75 m, a 12.44 m interval along the chert layer is locally mineralized with pyrite varying between 3% and 10%. Hole WA20-011 intercepted 2.98 m grading 0.15% Ni and 0.22% Cr from 119.75 m.

QA / QC Protocols

Individual drill core samples were sawn in half, labeled, placed in plastic sample bags, and sealed. The remaining drill core is securely stored in Baker Lake. Groups of samples were placed in bags sealed with uniquely numbered security tags and shipped directly to Activation Laboratories Ltd. ("Actlabs") in Ancaster, Ontario for analysis. The Actlabs facility is accredited to ISO 17025:2017 standards and to the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) Requirements and Guidance for the Accreditation of Testing Laboratories.

Samples were weighed then crushed to a nominal 2 mm, mechanically split to obtain a representative sample (250 g) and then pulverized to at least 95% passing 105 microns (?m). Multi-element analysis package determined 38 elements including copper, zinc, lead and silver assays were determined by Aqua Regia digestion with ICP-OES finish. Gold (30g sample of the pulverized material) was analyzed by fire assay fusion with AAS finish. Company QA/QC included the insertion and continual monitoring of standards, blanks, and duplicates.

Paul Chamois, P.Geo, is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for reviewing and supervising the preparation of the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release.

About Western Atlas

The Company's common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol WA. Western Atlas is focused on the acquisition and development of scalable precious metals projects in premier mining jurisdictions. Western Atlas's wholly owned subsidiary, 5530 Nunavut Inc., holds its interests in the Meadowbank project located in Nunavut, Canada.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" under applicable Canadian securities legislation that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's objectives, goals or future plans; the receipt of the requisite approvals with respect to the business and operations of the Company. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; delay or failure to receive board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; those additional risks set out in Western Atlas's public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this news release. Although Western Atlas believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, Western Atlas disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Reader Advisory Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/

SOURCE Western Atlas Resources



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please visit our website at www.westernar.com or contact: Fabio Capponi, Chief Executive Officer, 604-256-4777 or info@westernar.com

 
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