Marathon Gold Intersects Near-Surface Gold Mineralization in the SW extension of the J. Frank Zone

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Marathon Gold Corporation ("Marathon" or the "Company") (TSX: MOZ) today announced encouraging results from the latest round of shallow exploration drilling in the SW part of the J. Frank Zone, Valentine Lake Project, Newfoundland (Figure 1). The drilling focused along a 230 meter strike length of the Valentine Lake thrust fault; proximal to the Galley Veins area which contained previously reported high-grade gold values from prospecting and channel sampling (Sept 13, 2012 news release). The near surface drilling intercepted 6.88 g/t Au over 3.0 meters (TT) including 20.61 g/t Au over 1.0 meter (TT) in VL-12-483 and 2.18 g/t Au over 7.0 meters (TT) including 11.08 g/t Au over 1.0 meters (TT) in VL-12-476.

"These new drill results from the SW area of the J. Frank Zone are very encouraging as they confirm the occurrence of stacked gold-bearing QTP-veining up to 80 meters down-dip along the Valentine Lake thrust fault in the area proximal to the Galley Veins that contained high-grade gold on surface," said Phillip Walford, President and CEO of Marathon Gold.

Highlights include:

  • The near surface intervals of 6.88 g/t Au over 3.0 meters (TT) including 20.61 g/t Au over 1.0 meter (TT) in VL-12-483 and 2.18 g/t Au over 7.0 meters (TT) including 11.08 g/t Au over 1.0 meters (TT) in VL-12-476 represent an up to 80 meter down-dip interception of stacked gold-bearing QTP Galley Veins along the Valentine Lake thrust fault.

  • This recent drilling in the SW - J. Frank Zone confirms the occurrence of high-grade gold mineralization in stacked QTP veining within a strong alteration halo both along a 230 meter strike length of the Valentine Lake thrust contact and for up to 135 meters into the hanging wall.

TABLE 1: Significant Assay Intervals from drill holes in the SW - J. Frank Zone*.

DDH Section Zone From To Core
Length
TT (m) Gold(g/t)
Uncut
VL-12-474 8170 FZ-SW 48 51 3 3 0.72
VL-12-475 8150 FZ-SW 63 67 4 4 1.40
VL-12-476 8125 FZ-SW 65 72 7 7 2.18
including     70 71 1 1 11.08
      81 84 3 3 1.70
VL-12-477 8200 FZ-SW 38 41 3 2.9 0.70
      74 77 3 2.9 0.78
VL-12-479 8225 FZ-SW 61 64 3 3 1.35
including     62 63 1 1 3.81
      71 74 3 3 0.99
VL-12-481 8000 FZ-SW 89 92 3 3 0.90
      96 100 4 4 0.74
      114 118 4 4 2.05
      120 123 3 3 1.18
VL-12-483 8100 FZ-SW 56 59 3 3 2.03
      80 83 3 3 6.88
including     81 82 1 1 20.61
VL-12-486 8200 FZ-SW 21 24 3 2.9 0.97
      49 52 3 2.9 0.72
VL-12-487 8220 FZ-SW 49 52 3 2.7 1.06
      67 70 3 2.7 2.11
* No significant intervals in VL-12-472, 473, 478, 480, 482, 484 and 485  

 

The Valentine Lake Project is 100% owned by Marathon Gold Corporation (July 9, 2012 news release). Marathon has begun a planned 10,000 meter winter 2013 diamond drilling program focused along the highly prospective 23 kilometer strike length of the Valentine Lake Property. All grades in this release are uncut, and all thicknesses are estimated true thicknesses.

All of the samples were analyzed at Eastern Analytical Laboratory Ltd., in Springdale, Newfoundland. Samples were assayed using lead collection fire assay with AA (atomic absorption) finish. Due to the coarse nature of the gold at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit, the metallic screening method is used on economically important intersections using standard fire assay techniques. The reported values in this release are fire assay results.

Sherry Dunsworth, M.Sc., P. Geo., VP of Exploration, Marathon's Qualified Person, has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press release on behalf of Marathon.

About the Valentine Lake Project

Marathon Gold Corporation is the 100% owner of the Valentine Lake Project. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is situated at the south-western end of the Valentine Lake Project, and the Valentine East Gold Zone is located 17 kilometers along strike running in a north-easterly direction.  The J. Frank Zone, which currently extends over an area in excess of 1.4 kilometers in length and 250 meters in width, is located up to 0.5 kilometers southwest along strike from the current Resource boundary of the Leprechaun Gold Deposit. These gold occurrences form part of a 23 kilometer long, highly prospective gold-bearing mineralized corridor focused along the Valentine Lake thrust fault.

About the Leprechaun Gold Deposit

The Leprechaun Gold Deposit has a combined NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated Resource of 9,537,000 tonnes grading 2.22 g/t Au, for a total estimated 682,000 ounces of Au (October 22, 2012 news release). The Inferred Resource is 1,959,000 tonnes grading 2.30 g/t Au, for an estimated 145,000 ounces of Au. This Resource was estimated using a 0.5 g/t Au minimum cut-off for open pit resources and 1.5 g/t Au for underground resources. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is open at depth and along strike.

About Marathon Gold Corporation

Marathon Gold Corporation is a North American gold resource development company, with projects located in the mining friendly province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the prolific Coeur d'Alene Mining District of Idaho and the historic gold rich Greenhorn District of Oregon, USA.  Marathon has a project pipeline consisting of early stage exploration to advanced resource development projects. Marathon is continually evaluating new gold resource development projects of merit that are located within the Americas.  Marathon's focused and low-cost approach to exploration and resource development has an established record of delivering rapid growth.  For more information visit: www.marathon-gold.com

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