Great Bear Drills 101.50 m of 4.69 g/t Gold, Including 5.25 m of 41.25 g/t Gold at LP Fault; Provides Update on Successful Model Test
November 24, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Great Bear Resources Ltd. (the "Company" or "Great Bear", TSX-V: GBR; OTCQX: GTBAF) today reported results from its ongoing fully funded $21 million exploration program at its 100% owned flagship Dixie Project, in the Red Lake district of Ontario.
New Drill Result Highlights
Each of the following new drill holes targets 40 – 150 m previously undrilled gaps in the 4,200 metre by 500 metre LP Fault drill grid. Results are arranged by section, referenced to section 20000. Also see Table 1 for complete results:
- Section 20000: BR-169 assayed 5.56 g/t gold over 38.40 metres, including 11.57 g/t gold over 10.55 metres.
- Section 20075 (75 metres to northwest): BR-159 assayed 5.14 g/t gold over 32.75 metres, including 65.34 g/t gold over 1.65 metres.
- Section 20400 (400 metres to northwest): BR-174 assayed 3.39 g/t gold over 40.10 metres, including 20.63 g/t gold over 5.15 metres.
- Section 20475 (475 metres to the northwest): BR-176 assayed 21.93 g/t gold over 5.50 metres, including 187.00 g/t gold over 0.60 metres.
- Section 20525 (525 metres to the northwest). BR-211 intersected many gold intervals: 6.46 g/t gold over 8.85 metres including 48.10 g/t gold over 1.00 metre; 1.54 g/t gold over 52.00 metres; 1.61 g/t gold over 32.30 metres; and 1.20 g/t gold over 16.25 metres. In aggregate, over 189 metres of >1 g/t gold mineralization were intersected in this drill hole over 358.85 metres of core length starting at bedrock surface.
- Section 20600 (600 metres to northwest): BR-212 assayed 4.69 g/t gold over 101.50 metres, including 41.25 g/t gold over 5.25 metres. The highest-grade central mineralized interval assayed 181.00 g/t gold over 0.50 metres. This is the longest multi-gram gold interval drilled at the project to date and occurs at shallow depths of approximately 80 to 170 vertical metres.
- Section 20975 (975 metres to northwest): BR-194 assayed 5.42 g/t gold over 16.25 metres, including 31.90 g/t gold over 0.50 metres.
Chris Taylor, President and CEO of Great Bear said, “Drill holes reported in this release are from large, 40 – 150 m undrilled gaps and step-outs in the previously completed drill grid. All holes successfully intersected gold mineralization where predicted by our models prior to drilling. With this release we have now reported results for 198 drill holes at the LP Fault since its discovery just 18 months ago, all of which have intersected gold. We are preparing to release a preliminary 3D model of the LP Fault and its high-grade gold zones from surface to approximately 400 metres depth along 4.2 kilometres of strike length on November 30, 2020.”
The following summarizes the geological/mineralization model definition drilling process on drill section 20600. Also refer to the cross section provided in Figure 1, the updated plan map provided in Figure 2, and the updated long section provided in Figure 3:
- As reported above, new drill hole BR-212 on drill section 20600 returned 4.69 g/t gold over 101.50 metres, including 41.25 g/t gold over 5.25 metres.
- This hole was completed as a 43 metre down-dip continuity test of previously reported (October 30, 2019) drill hole BR-037 which had two main mineralized intervals: 1) 5.60 g/t gold over 25.25 metres, including a central high-grade interval which assayed 59.05 g/t gold over 1.05 metres, and 2) 2.01 g/t gold over 66.06 metres, which included a central high-grade interval assaying 35.96 g/t gold over 1.73 metres.
- Similarly, BR-212 is a 73 metre up-dip continuation of the mineralized zone in previously reported drill hole BR-142 (July 6, 2020), which assayed 7.26 g/t gold over 53.5 metres, including 32.39 g/t gold over 4.25 metres.
- Geology, structure and gold mineralization have now been consistently traced between all five drill holes on this section over approximately 400 vertical metres.
- High-grade zones within the larger disseminated gold zone, have been defined and incorporated into the Company’s models as shown on section 20600, defining predictable, structurally controlled, sheet-like geometries of gold mineralization.
- The Company anticipates completing additional drill holes between BR-036 and BR-037, and between BR-142 and BR-067. Average vertical spacing up and down dip from the existing holes will average 50 - 75 metres on this section. Additional drilling will also be undertaken below drill hole BR-067. Mineralization is present from bedrock surface and remains open at depth.
This same model-driven drill process is being repeated on more than 80 individual drill sections across more than 4 kilometres of the central LP Fault zone. Additional reconnaissance drill sections have also been completed on 400 – 1000 metre spacing along an additional six kilometres of strike length of the LP Fault, for a total of approximately 11 kilometres of drilled strike length. All holes to date have intersected gold mineralization.
Figure 1: Drill section 20600 showing continuity of high-grade mineralization within a broad envelope of disseminated mineralization, on multiple drill holes from surface to 400 vertical metres depth. Individual assay intervals from the highlighted intervals are provided as insets.
Table 1: Current LP Fault drill results. Drill sections are arranged from southeast (top of Table) to northwest (bottom of Table).
|Drill Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Width (m)||Gold (g/t)||Section|
*Widths are drill indicated core length, as insufficient drilling has been undertaken to determine true widths at this time. Average grades are calculated with un-capped gold assays, as insufficient drilling has been completed to determine capping levels for higher grade gold intercepts. Interval widths are calculated using a 0.10 g/t gold cut-off grade with up to 3 m of internal dilution of zero grade.
Figure 2: Inclined plan view of drill results to date.
Figure 3: Updated long section of LP Fault to date.
A complete assay table for all LP Fault drill holes completed to date is posted to the Company’s web site at www.greatbearresources.ca
Drill collar locations, azimuths and dips for the drill holes included in this release are provided in the table below, and have been posted to the Company’s web site for all LP Fault drill holes.
The Company reminds interested shareholders that a live webinar will take place on Monday, November 30th at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST. Management will be available to answer questions following the presentation. Online registration and participation details may be found at the following link:
Table 2: Coordinates of new drill holes reported in this release (NAD 83).
About the Dixie Project
The Dixie Project is 100% owned, comprised of 9,140 hectares of contiguous claims that extend over 22 kilometres, and is located approximately 25 kilometres southeast of the town of Red Lake, Ontario. The project is accessible year-round via a 15 minute drive on a paved highway which runs the length of the northern claim boundary and a network of well-maintained logging roads.
The Dixie Project hosts two principal styles of gold mineralization:
- High-grade gold in quartz veins and silica-sulphide replacement zones (Dixie Limb, Hinge and Arrow zones). Hosted by mafic volcanic rocks and localized near regional-scale D2 fold axes. These mineralization styles are also typical of the significant mined deposits of the Red Lake district.
- High-grade disseminated gold with broad moderate to lower grade envelopes (LP Fault). The LP Fault is a significant gold-hosting structure which has been seismically imaged to extend to 14 kilometres depth (Zeng and Calvert, 2006), and has been interpreted by Great Bear to have up to 18 kilometres of strike length on the Dixie property. High-grade gold mineralization is controlled by structural and geological contacts, and moderate to lower-grade disseminated gold surrounds and flanks the high-grade intervals. The dominant gold-hosting stratigraphy consists of felsic sediments and volcanic units.
About Great Bear
Great Bear Resources Ltd. is a well-financed gold exploration company managed by a team with a track record of success in mineral exploration. Great Bear is focused in the prolific Red Lake gold district in northwest Ontario, where the company controls over 330 km2 of highly prospective tenure across 5 projects: the flagship Dixie Project (100% owned), the Pakwash Property (earning a 100% interest), the Dedee Property (earning a 100% interest), the Sobel Property (earning a 100% interest), and the Red Lake North Property (earning a 100% interest) all of which are accessible year-round through existing roads.
QA/QC and Core Sampling Protocols
Drill core is logged and sampled in a secure core storage facility located in Red Lake Ontario. Core samples from the program are cut in half, using a diamond cutting saw, and are sent to Activation Laboratories in Ontario, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory, for analysis. All samples are analysed for gold using standard Fire Assay-AA techniques. Samples returning over 10.0 g/t gold are analysed utilizing standard Fire Assay-Gravimetric methods. Pulps from approximately 5% of the gold mineralized samples are submitted for check analysis to a second lab. Selected samples are also chosen for duplicate assay from the coarse reject of the original sample. Selected samples with visible gold are also analyzed with a standard 1 kg metallic screen fire assay. Certified gold reference standards, blanks and field duplicates are routinely inserted into the sample stream, as part of Great Bear’s quality control/quality assurance program (QAQC). No QAQC issues were noted with the results reported herein.
Qualified Person and NI 43-101 Disclosure
Mr. R. Bob Singh, P.Geo, Director and VP Exploration, and Ms. Andrea Diakow P.Geo, Exploration Manager for Great Bear are the Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the accuracy of technical information contained in this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Chris Taylor, President and CEO
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