Zephyr Minerals provides update on Dawson gold project, Colorado, USA

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HALIFAX, Feb. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Zephyr Minerals Ltd. ("Zephyr" or the "Company") (TSX-V: ZFR) is pleased to announce that with funds in place following a financing for gross proceeds of $1.35 million, (News Release November 19, 2015), it has begun exploration on the Windy Gulch area of the Dawson gold project, Colorado, U.S.A. as well as initiated studies in preparation for a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") of the project.

A road building and trenching program commenced this week to further assess the near surface gold potential of the Windy Gulch area. The Windy Gulch area is a high priority target that has the potential to generate easily accessible, near surface gold resources in addition to the current Windy Gulch inferred mineral resource of 49,000 tonnes grading 10.17 g/t (grams per tonne) gold that was prepared in accordance with Ni 43-101 (News Release June 2013). Gold mineralization at surface in the Windy Gulch area is open to the east of a trench completed by Zephyr in 2013 that shows 11.9 m (true width) grading 7.6 g/t gold (39.0 ft. @ 0.22 oz./ton) (News Release May 30, 2013). The new trenching program will test the continuity of this mineralization at a location approximately 50 m (160 ft.) east of the 2013 trench. New roads will be constructed to access drill pads for future drilling to test the continuity of gold mineralization to the east and at depth of drill holes WG-13-08 and WG-13-09 completed by Zephyr in 2013 and that remain open in this direction. WG-13-08 intercepted 14.4 m grading 4.5 g/t gold (47.2 ft. @ 0.13 oz./ton) including 7.1 m grading 7.9 g/t (23.3 ft. @ 0.23 oz./ton) and WG-13-09 intercepted 13.7 m grading 3.4 g/t (44.9 ft. @ 0.10 oz./ton) (News Release May 30, 2013).

Results for channel samples collected by U.S. Borax in 1984 and Jascan Resources U.S.A (Jascan) in 1988 demonstrate the near surface gold potential present at the Copper King and Sentinel areas located approximately 300m and 750m, respectively, to the east of the Windy Gulch area. Jascan collected 37 channel samples at the Copper King area that returned gold results ranging from null values to 7.7 g/t/1.2m (true width). Additional channel sample gold highlights include 5.7g/t/2.9m, 2.3g/t/1.1m, 2.0g/t/0.6m, 1.5 g/t/0.6m and 1.1g/t/4.9m (all true widths). Jascan collected 17 channel samples at the Sentinel area returning gold results ranging from null values to 1.5g/t/0.9m (true width). In 1984 US Borax collected 21 channel samples at the Sentinel area returning gold results ranging from null values to 3.3g/t/0.9m, highlighted by 6 continuous channel samples that have a length-weighted average gold grade of 2.0g/t/5.2m (all true widths). Mercator has validated these sampling results against historic reporting and considers them relevant with respect to Zephyr's current assessment of exploration potential in the Copper King and Sentinel areas.   

A review of the highly prospective Windy Point area, located immediately west of Windy Gulch area, is currently ongoing with the objective of targeting drill holes and trenching for future exploration. Historic (1980's) mapping and sampling and a first phase drilling program completed by Uranerz U.S.A. Ltd. ("UUS") in 1990 supported a "preliminary" resource estimate completed by that company of 15,800 oz. gold (40,000 t @ 12.3 g/t gold - uncut) for their 1990 Annual Report of the Dawson Project, dated March 1991. The "preliminary" resource estimate is historic is nature and was not subject to resource categorization. A Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources and Zephyr is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources. The company considers this historic estimate to be currently relevant in that it identifies an area that clearly requires additional detailed assessment.  

UUS drilled a total of 15 short diamond drill holes ranging in length between 51.8 m (170 ft.) and 82.9 m (272.0 ft.), 7 of which intersected significant gold mineralization, and collected 88 channel samples from approximately 600m of trenching. No follow-up drilling or trenching has been conducted since this 1990 drill program.  Highlights of the 1990 drill and trenching program are presented in Table 1 and collar locations of relevant drill holes are presented in Table 2. Mercator has validated these sampling results against historic reporting and considers them relevant with respect to Zephyr's current assessment of gold grade distribution and exploration potential in the UUS Windy Point area. 

Table 1: Gold Highlights from the 1990 UUS Windy Point Drill and Trenching Program

Drill Hole ID/

Channel Sample

From

ft.

To

ft.

Intercept*

Uncut Gold

ft.*

m*

*opt

g/t

DWP-9001

125

130

5.0

1.5

0.14

4.9








DWP-9002

71

76

5.0

1.5

0.05

1.7

and

101

121

20.0

6.1

0.26

9.0

including

101

106

5.0

1.5

1.02

34.8








DWP-9003

61

81

20.0

6.1

0.44

15.0

including

66

71

5.0

1.5

1.68

57.5

and

101

116

15.0

4.6

0.05

1.8








DWP-9004

6

17

11.0

3.4

0.20

6.8

RYG-R-698/699*

7.6

2.3

0.90

30.7

RYG-R-700*

2.2

0.7

0.34

11.7








DWP-9007

24

83

59.0

18.0

0.12

4.0

including

24

26

2.0

0.6

2.02

69.2








DWP-9013

0

3

3.0

0.9

0.16

5.6

RYG-R-558/559

6.0

1.8

0.34

11.5


*1) Intercepts lengths are downhole lengths for drill holes and true widths for channel samples


2) Channel samples RYG-R-698 to 700 were taken adjacent to drill collar DWP-9004


3) Channel samples RYG-R-558 to 559 were taken adjacent to drill collar DWP-9013


4) Opt denotes Troy ounces per ton; g/t denotes grams/tonne     

 

Table 2: Relevant Drill Hole Collars from the 1990 UUS Windy Point Drill Program

Hole ID

Line*

Station*

Azimuth

Dip

Hole depth ft.

Elevation ft.

DWP-9001

45930

44595

vertical

200.5

7325

DWP-9002

45930

44595

335°

-75°

272.0

7325

DWP-9003

46025

44620

335°

-75°

202.0

7275

DWP-9004

46095

44620

vertical

200.0

7225

DWP-9007

45845

44585

vertical

265.0

7360

DWP-9008

45825

44525

vertical

196.0

7380

DWP-9013

45975

44650

335°

-75°

195.0

7290


*Lines and Stations in feet

 

Loren Komperdo, President and CEO stated: "We are pleased with the progress we are making in advancing Dawson and remain confident of achieving our objective of completing a Preliminary Economic Assessment in Q3-2016".

Peter Webster, P.Geo., of Mercator Geological Services Ltd., is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed the scientific and technical information in this news release.

About Zephyr Minerals Ltd.

Zephyr Minerals Ltd. is a gold exploration and development company focused on advancing its flagship high grade Dawson Gold Project in Colorado, USA. Zephyr has commenced engineering and development studies with a goal of completing a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) as part of its efforts to advance the Dawson Project with the ultimate goal of production.

Cautionary Statement:

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The forward-looking statements contained in this document are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

 

SOURCE Zephyr Minerals Ltd.

For further information: David Felderhof, Director and Executive VP or Sean Tufford, VP Corporate Development, T: 902 446-4189 - F: 866 941-4715; To be included in the Zephyr email database for Company updates please contact sean@zephyrminerals.com, or visit our website www.zephyrminerals.com for more information.


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