TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Merc International Minerals Inc. (TSX-V:MRK) ("Merc") announced today that it has received all government
permits necessary to begin drilling its recently acquired Treasure
Island Gold Project located approximately 230 kilometres north of
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The permits are valid until 2016
and cover Merc's entire land position within the Indin Lake Gold Camp
(approximately 61,000 acres or 25,000 hectares). Merc is currently
constructing a drill camp at Treasure Island and estimates it will be
operational by late February. Two diamond drills and fuel are
currently on site, which will allow the drilling of the gold targets at
Treasure Island to begin in early March.
"We are extremely pleased with the milestones we have achieved at Merc
over the past two quarters. Over that period we have added exceptional
people to our team, focused Merc's efforts on a Northwest Territories
regional gold play, and grown our footprint in the region 16 fold from
approximately 3,810 acres or 1,287 hectares to a little over 61,000
acres or 25,000 hectares. Merc has methodically increased its number
of gold targets via acquisition and staking in areas where there is an
abundance of historic data including former mining and drill data from
the 1940's, the 1980's, and the 1990's. With our permits in hand, we
can now focus on executing an aggressive exploration program with
drilling expected to commence within the next 30 days. We look forward
to sharing the results," said David Wiley, President and CEO of Merc.
Located 35 kilometres northeast of the Damoti Lake Gold Project, the
Treasure Island mineralized corridor represents a high priority target
for Merc as it contains the Treasure Island gold deposit as well as
several additional gold showings along its 6 kilometre strike length.
The main deposit is made up of at least five parallel, mineralized gold
zones within a highly altered and silicified 200 metre wide envelope,
up to 230 metres in strike with a reported historical grade from 5.2
g/t up to 12.6 g/t. Zones remain open in all dimensions. The style of
mineralization is analogous to typical Archean lode gold camps such as
Timmins, Red Lake, and Kirkland Lake.
Mineralization similar to Treasure Island's main zone (historical drill
intercepts of 34.0 g/t over 1.1 metres and surface trench samples up to
73.2 g/t) has been reported to the east and west highlighting the
opportunities available within the corridor.
Additionally, Merc is currently working on advancing its other regional
targets towards the drill stage; some of which are described below.
Other High Priority Targets
The North Inca and Diversified Gold Deposits
Both deposits, 1.2 kilometres apart, lie within a 6.5 kilometre shear
zone. A shaft was sunk on each with some exploratory lateral
development along the mineralized shear. Gold is mainly associated with
quartz-carbonate veining parallel to the main shear, while higher grade
mineralization is reported over narrow widths in tension fractures.
Merc is currently compiling the historical data and building a
geological model. Target areas have been identified showing the
potential to develop a resource that links the two mines along strike.
The mineralization is also open at depth as historical drilling below
300 metres intersected comparable mineralization and grades.
JPK Gold Property
The property lies east of Treasure Island within an iron formation,
similar to Merc's Damoti Lake Gold deposit, and the former producing
Lupin Gold Mine. Historical surface sampling along a 550 metre section
of the iron formation returned assays ranging from 5.0 g/t Au to 15.6
g/t Au. No drilling has been reported for this area, and as such, JPK
represents a primary target to be tested in 2011.
Echo-Indin Gold Property
Historical work at Echo-Indin included channel samples from trenches
that returned gold values up to 31.5 g/t Au. Thirty-one historical
holes were drilled intersecting two quartz stock-work mineralized zones
with an average grade of 9.3 g/t Au.
In 1988, re-sampling of five trenches exposed a north trending
mineralized zone roughly 100 metres by 30 metres. Assay highlights
include channel samples over 1.0 metre returning values up to 7.0 g/t
Au with higher grades of 17.4 g/t Au and 11.1 g/t Au over 1.0 metre
About Merc International Mining
Merc is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on acquiring and
developing gold mineral properties in the Northwest Territories. Its
primary land position covers approximately 61,000 acres or 25,000
hectares in the Indin Lake Gold Camp, located approximately 200
kilometres north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
The technical information in this news release was reviewed and approved
by Merc Director, Dr. Michael J. Byron, a Qualified Person under NI
Certain information set forth in this news release may contain
forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown
risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject
to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the
control of Merc, including, but not limited to, the impact of general
economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity
prices, risks associated with the uncertainty of exploration results
and estimates, currency fluctuations, dependency upon regulatory
approvals, the uncertainty of obtaining additional financing and
exploration risk. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in
the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at
the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue
reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. This press
release is not, and is not to be construed in any way as, an offer to
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SOURCE Merc International Minerals Inc.
For further information:
DavidWiley, President and CEO
Merc International Minerals Inc.
(416) 363-4567 (FAX)
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Mehdi Azodi, Vice President Investor Relations
Merc International Minerals Inc.
(416) 363-4567 (FAX)