TSX-V Symbol : TXR
VANCOUVER, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - TerraX Minerals Inc. has received the results from a total of 575 samples collected on its Sunbeam-Pettigrew gold property in Northwest Ontario during fall 2009. The highest assay from the Sunbeam property sampling was 16.2 grams per tonne ("g/t") Au. Four northeast-striking, mineralized lineaments have been identified to date on the Sunbeam property, with intermittent alteration and mineralization identified over strike lengths of up to 9 km noted during the field program. These lineaments run subparallel to the nearby Hammond Reef deposit of Brett Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BBR).
The Sunbeam-Pettigrew property consists of 27 claims totalling 350 claim units (~55 km(2)), situated 15 km from Brett Resources' Hammond Reef property, which contains a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource of 155 Mt @ 1.04 g/t Au (approximately 5.2 million ounces of gold). The Brett Resources technical report is available at www.sedar.com. The property occurs in the Archean Marmion Batholith, which contains a number of phases, varying from tonalite to quartz diorite. The geology and known mineralization of Sunbeam is very similar to the Hammond Reef property.
Four northeast-striking, mineralized lineaments have been identified to date on the Sunbeam property; these are the WN2/Pettigrew, Burger, Roy and Sunbeam lineaments. Lineaments are generally small valleys or depressions, typically with incomplete surface exposure.Intermittent alteration and mineralization were noted along the lineaments over strike lengths of up to 9 km, with numerous examples of previously undocumented alteration and mineralization discovered during prospecting. In addition, historical zones were sampled in detail and their known areal extent expanded. The highest assay from the Sunbeam property sampling was 16.2 g/t Au. As announced on November 12, 2009, TerraX has staked 18 additional claim units (~2.9 km(2)) on the eastern margin of the property to include a newly identified 600 metre ("m") strike length of the Sunbeam lineament.
Updated graphics and maps are available on our website at www.terraxminerals.com and should be reviewed to assist in understanding the following detail:
WN2/Pettigrew Lineament: This lineament contains anomalous gold over an 8.9 km strike length, and includes the WN2 zone, historical G97 showing, Pettigrew occurrence, newly discovered Pettigrew NE zone, and other isolated anomalous occurrences. The Pettigrew occurrence has two shafts and underground workings from circa 1900. A 1983 drill hole by the Canadian Nickel Company Ltd reported an intersection of 18.5 m @ 1.81 g/t Au. TerraX found iron carbonate alteration and anomalous gold over a 50 m width, and collected samples which returned up to 3.4 g/t Au.
The Pettigrew Northeast Zone is the most exciting new mineralization discovered by TerraX. It starts 600 m northeast of the Pettigrew occurrence (there are no outcrops between Pettigrew and this point), extends to the northeast for 1.0 km. TerraX sampling returned 5.6 and 2.5 g/t Au at the southwest end of the zone and 10.2 g/t and 1.0 g/t Au at the northeast end. The zone is characterized by quartz-ankerite-pyrite veins surrounded by altered granite. Although the surface mineralization had not previously been documented, two holes were drilled in the area of the zone by the Canadian Nickel Company Ltd, based on a VLF response. One hole was not assayed and the other had 5.58 m @ 0.23 g/t Au. Based on the results of our recent exploration, neither hole targeted the best part of the mineralization. The WN2 Zone, which was previously known but poorly documented, is a 50 m wide x 300 m long zone of intense iron carbonate and lesser chlorite alteration in granite. Five samples in excess of 250 ppb Au were collected by TerraX, with a high of 952 ppb. TerraX obtained a value of 291 ppb at the historical G97 showing. Other isolated new showings contain up to 805 ppb Au.
Burger Lineament: This lineament contains anomalous gold over a 2.8 km strike length, and includes theBurger Zone, for which limited historic information is available. TerraX delineated this zone over a 400 m strike length; 28 of 34 samples collected were anomalous in Au ((greater than)20 ppb), including samples of 15.6 g/t, 6.14 g/t and 4.79 g/t Au. The best part of the zone contains a quartz-pyrite vein on the edge of a mafic dike cutting granite. No prior drilling has been reported on this lineament.
Roy Lineament: The Roy lineament contains anomalous gold over an 8.4 km strike length. This includes the Roy occurrence, historical X605, BG43 and B45 showings, and two newly discovered important gold zones. The Roy occurrence has four historical shafts; TerraX obtained up to 3.83 g/t Au from waste piles, and several anomalous gold values from altered granite nearby. New mineralization discovered by TerraX northeast of the Roy occurrence contains up to 3.27 g/t Au in quartz flooded granite with abundant pyrite, as well as strongly anomalous values on an extension of the lineament which was recently staked by TerraX. TerraX sampling yielded 1.54 g/t Au in altered granite from the X605 showing. A mineralized zone with up to 10.4 g/t Au was discovered in the southwest extension of the Roy lineament, in the southern part of the Sunbeam-Pettigrew property. Sunbeam Lineament: This lineament features anomalous gold over at least 3.9 km of strike length, including the Road Zone, past-producing Sunbeam deposit (not owned by TerraX) and the AL198 Zone. Three historical shafts occur at the Road Zone, where TerraX's samples returned up to 2.6 g/t Au. Over a 190 m strike length, 19 of 24 samples collected were anomalous ((greater than)20 ppb Au), and 8 were over 0.5 g/t Au. A drill hole by Nahanni Mines Limited in 1981 at the Road Zone intersected 8.5 m @ 4.8 g/t Au, including 1.8 m @ 15.8 g/t Au. The AL198 Zone is exposed for 215 m, and is open in both directions. Of 21 samples collected, 14 were anomalous in gold, with a high of 16.2 g/t Au, and 7 with greater than 0.5 g/t Au. This zone has not been drill tested.
TerraX regards these results as very encouraging. Extensive zones of gold mineralization with local high grade values have been demonstrated to occur on the property. Further work will concentrate on focusing within the mineralized lineaments; numerous potential drill targets are evident from the sampling done to date.
TerraX also holds the Blackfly property, which consists of five claims totalling 64 claim units (~10.1 km(2)), 17 km southwest of Hammond Reef. The data from this fieldwork is being compiled and will be announced when complete.
The technical information contained in this news release has been verified by Dr. Tom Setterfield, P.Geo., Vice President Exploration, who is a Qualified Person as defined in "National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Properties."
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Joseph Campbell, P.Geo
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SOURCE TerraX Minerals Inc.
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