Fort a La Corne Joint Venture: Orion South diamond results 6.31, 3.21, 1.83 and 1.60 carat diamonds in 97.06 carat parcel



    Stock Symbol: SGF: TSX

    SASKATOON, SK, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - George H. Read, P. Geo., Senior Vice
President Exploration and Development, is pleased to announce the first set of
diamond results from underground bulk sampling of the Orion South Kimberlite,
within the Fort a La Corne Joint Venture (FALC-JV) where Shore is the operator
with a 60 percent interest and Newmont Mining Corporation of Canada Limited
(Newmont) has 40 percent. The diamond recoveries total 97.06 carats from
604.79 dry tonnes of kimberlite processed. Included in this release are
results for 4 kimberlite batches. A total of 786 commercial sized diamonds
(greater than 1.18 millimetre square mesh screen), collectively weighing
96.72 carats, has been recovered from these 4 batches. Ten diamonds greater
than one carat have been recovered and the four largest stones are: 6.31,
3.21, 1.83 and 1.60 carats, respectively. In addition, 19 diamonds totaling
0.34 carats were recovered down to 0.85 millimetre square mesh. The colour of
45 percent of the diamonds has been classified as white, with a further
17 percent classified as off-white.
    The well constrained geological model on Orion South enabled the sinking
of the shaft in a central location to ensure ease of future underground access
to the north and south of the shaft to sample the Early Joli Fou 1 and 2 (EJF1
and EJF2) and Pense Kimberlite lithologies. The pilot PQ (75 millimetres) core
hole (141-07-081C) that preceded the shaft was drilled to a depth of
241 metres below surface and the geologic sequence logged from this hole is:
0-102 metres glacial overburden, 102-105 metres Late Joli Fou Kimberlite,
105-147 metres Early Joli Fou Kimberlite and 147-241 metres Pense Kimberlite.
This pilot hole terminated in kimberlite and adjacent holes suggest that the
kimberlite-sediment boundary occurs at approximately 270 metres below surface.
The lithology of these four kimberlite batches is consistent with the pilot
hole: OS-001 has 88 percent till dilution and the balance is Late Joli Fou
(LJF) kimberlite; OS-002 is LJF with minor (5 percent) till dilution; OS-003
is predominantly EJF2 kimberlite with approximately 15 percent kimberlite
breccia (KB) and the balance pyroclastic kimberlite (PK), and; OS-004 is
EJF2KB. A map of the shaft geology is available on the Shore website at:
www.shoregold.com. Kimberlite processed and diamond results for the 4 sample
batches are listed in the following table.

    
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                 Location                Number                       Largest
    Batch      Depth below        Dry      of       Total     Grade   Stone
     No.     Surface (metres)   Tonnes   Stones   (carats)   (cpht)  (carats)
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    OS-001   Shaft 1: 101.9 -
              102.6 metres       29.66      1       0.22      0.74     0.22
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    OS-002   Shaft 2: 102.6 -
              104.3 metres       86.17     88       6.31      7.32     0.38
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    OS-003   Shaft 3: 104.3 -
              110.2 metres      243.10    468      49.66     20.43     6.31
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    OS-004   Shaft 4: 110.2 -
              116.6 metres      245.86    248      40.87     16.62     3.21
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    Total                       604.79    805      97.06     16.05
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    The four largest stones are: 6.31, 3.21, 1.83 and 1.60 carats
respectively. Two diamonds exceed two carats and 10 diamonds exceed one carat,
of which one is white, 4 are grey, 4 are brown, and one is yellow. A total of
33 diamonds exceed 0.5 carats. Forty-five percent of this diamond parcel is
classified white in colour, with a further 17 percent classified as off-white.
99.6 percent of the carat weight of this parcel occurs in diamonds greater
than 1.18 millimetre square mesh.
    Senior Vice President Exploration and Development, George Read, states:
"These initial bulk sample diamond results confirm that kimberlite with
elevated diamond grade (greater than 15 cpht) occurs at high levels in Orion
South, in close proximity (some 2 metres) to the overlying glacial sediments.
In contrast to the Star Kimberlite, Orion lacks the covering of Colorado
mudstone, and glacial sediments of the overburden are in direct contact with
Orion South Kimberlite. This stratigraphy will facilitate any potential future
mining of Orion South. The EJF age kimberlite was not only intersected at
shallower depths than in the Star Kimberlite shaft, but the EJF sampled to
date shows higher grades than the EJF sampled in the shaft at the Star
Kimberlite. Present estimates suggest that the three kimberlite lithologies
(EJF1, EJF2 and Pense) account for a target of some 300 to 330 million tonnes
of diamondiferous kimberlite in Orion South. This tonnage estimate is
conceptual in nature, is not a resource and additional work may not
necessarily lead to the definition of a resource on Orion South. The aim of
this shaft sinking exercise is the recovery of substantial, representative
diamond parcels, from each of the Orion South kimberlite lithologies, for
diamond grade and price determinations. In addition to shaft sinking on Orion
South, large diameter drilling is currently underway on the K120 Kimberlite
that forms part of Orion North. To date, some 1,600 metres of large diameter
drilling has been completed in seven drill holes."
    The diamond recovery procedure includes on-site processing of kimberlite
through the modular Dense Media Separator (DMS), after which DMS concentrates
are batch fed through an X-ray Flow-sort. In order to ensure the recovery of
low luminosity diamonds, the Flow-sort tailings are processed over a grease
table. Flow-sort and grease table concentrates are transported by a secure
carrier to Mineral Services Canada Inc for final diamond recovery. The Mineral
Services process includes de-greasing, drying, screening, magnetic separation,
manual sorting and diamond weighing and description. The Mineral Services
facility, process and quality assurance procedures have been audited and
ratified by an independent industry expert.
    Senior Vice President Exploration and Development, George Read,
Professional Geoscientist in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and British
Columbia, is the Qualified Person responsible for the verification and quality
assurance of analytical results. Shore is a Canadian based corporation engaged
in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares
of the Company trade on the TSX Exchange under the trading symbol "SGF".

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