HALIFAX, Oct. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - Linear Metals Corporation (TSX:LRM)(PINK SHEETS:LMTCF) is pleased to announce partial results of the first eight drill-holes of
its ongoing diamond drill program at its Nyanza Project in southwest
Kenya. Three drill-holes successfully intersected significant bedrock
gold mineralization in two separate kilometric-sized gold-in-soil
Kanga East Grid (Ruga Anomaly)
KE-11-04: 17.2 grams per tonne ("g/t") Au over 0.7(1) metres ("m");
KE-11-06: 3.77 g/t Au over 4.4 m,
including 6.96 g/t Au over 2.24 m
including 44.3 g/t Au over 0.25 m.
Note (1) - lower portion of the vein was not recovered, and was possibly
up to 1.1 m wide.
Awuoro Grid (Awuoro Anomaly)
AW-11-02: 2.85 g/t over 0.6 m;
Linear's initial drill program is testing multiple gold-in-soil
anomalies over an 11 kilometre ("km") x 5 kilometre area on the
Awuoro-Kanga and Kwoyo grids in the northeast area of the Company's
SPL258 concession. Multiple additional targets will be tested along
these anomalies with the ongoing drill program. Drill-hole KE-11-05 was
abandoned at 40 m, and additional assays are pending for the first
three drill-holes (AW-11-01, AW-11-02, and AW-11-03) as described
A drill-hole location map will be available on the Company's website at www.linearmetals.com.
Kanga East Grid - Ruga Anomaly Trend
Five of the initial eight drills holes, KE-11-04 to KE-11-08, are
located in the Kanga East area, specifically on the Ruga soil anomaly,
which is composed of three subparallel trends over a strike length of
2.3 km and a width of up to 0.9 km. Numerous active artisanal workings
and colonial mines are present within the overall soil anomaly trend.
In this area, the depth of saprolite and oxidation averages
approximately 20 m vertical depth, and IP seems to be effective in
defining associated chargeability anomalies.
All five drill holes successfully intersected a thick (30 to 50 m),
shallowly dipping (20°), multi-structure, "braided" shear system, with
strong quartz veining and alteration over individual zones of
approximately 5 to 25 m thickness. Alteration consists of strong
silicification, iron-carbonate, sericite and chlorite, generally
focussed on the contact between a prominent diorite porphyry and a
turbiditic sedimentary unit. The quartz veins and wall rocks carry
1-10% pyrite-arsenopyrite-chalcopyrite-galena-molybenite, especially
along numerous secondary fractures. Based on the results to date, most
gold mineralization appears to be concentrated in the quartz veins.
Holes KE-11-04 to KE-11-07 are located on the same section, over a
distance of 130 m. Hole KE-11-08 is located approximately 270 m along
strike to the NE (see map on the Linear Metals website at www.linearmetals.com).
KE-11-04 was in part targeted on several artisanal workings and trench
TK-3, which all showed visible gold in hand specimen. The hole
interested an approximately 17 m thick, strongly-altered structure,
hosting a 0.7 m (+) wide quartz vein that returned 17.2 g/t Au at an
approximate vertical depth of 115 m. Unfortunately the lower portion of
the vein, which may have been up to 1.1 m wide total, was not recovered
(ground core). The wall rocks in the shear were strongly anomalous in
gold, running as high as 0.54 g/t Au.
Hole KE-11-05 was drilled at the opposite azimuth to test whether the
previous hole had overshot the extension of the artisanal working. This
hole did insect a narrow quartz vein, which returned 0.29 g/t Au over
0.1 m, but was abandoned at 40 m due to a lack of strong alteration.
The hole demonstrates that many of the artisanal workings in the area
may be on small "hanging wall" vein systems that are hosted in the
diorite porphyry as "leakage" or "smoke" above the main mineralized
structure, and indicate the potential for more robust gold
mineralization at depth.
KE-11-06, located 75 m south of KE-11-04 also intersected significant
gold mineralization in the same structure, returning 3.77 g/t Au over
4.4 m, including 6.96 g/t Au over 2.24 m and an individual quartz vein
which returned 44.3 g/t Au over 0.25 m.
KE-11-07, and KE-11-08 also intersected the shear zone over significant
widths (42 m and 72 m respectively), and although they returned
sporadic anomalous gold (up to 1.02 g/t Au), do not appear to have
intersected the better mineralized parts of this extensive gold-bearing
Drill holes AW-11-01, 02 and 03 tested three separate target areas with
in a large (1.5 km x 0.9 km) gold-in-soils anomaly in the Awuoro area,
associated with IP chargeability anomalies and both colonial and
artisanal workings. The holes intersected several oxidized quartz veins
in the saprolite, including AW-11-02 which returned 2.85 g/t over 0.6 m
at approximately 20 m vertical depth. The depth of oxidation on Awuoro
hill is much deeper than expected (50 m+) and the chargeability
responses were found to be dominated by clay along structural zones
(and not sulphides), which complicates IP target interpretation.
To date, only the larger quartz veins from drill holes AW-11-01 to 03
have been sampled and numerous additional samples from these holes are
pending, including several silicified and sulphidized zones in the
deeper portions of AW-11-03.
Ongoing Drill Program
The drill is currently moving to the Nyabola soil anomaly, located in
the Kanga West grid area, where a 1.7 km long gold-in-soil anomaly is
associated with a strong coincident arsenic (As)-in-soil anomaly and a
coincident IP chargeability anomaly. Several artisanal workings at the
far NW end of the trend have returned grabs up to 3.34 g/t Au. The
presence of a strong linear As soil anomaly is unique from the Kanga
East and Awuoro anomalies, where strong As responses are only locally
present in association with the gold anomalies, notably at the NE end
of the Ruga trend and the NW end of the Koyola anomaly.
A 2.5 km long x 0.75 km wide Au-As-Sb-in-soil anomaly was also
identified on the Kwoyo grid located to the North West of the
Awuoro-Kanga area. Gradient IP surveying of the grid has also detected
a very large and intense chargeability anomaly that underlays the
soils. Ground follow-up has shown that the anomaly in part corresponds
to a large folded Banded Iron Formation (BIF). This setting is
prospective for both gold, and VMS-type mineralization similar to the
MacAlder and Bumbo deposits (located to the South and North of the
property respectively). Compilation of the soil data has found a very
strong corresponding Cu and Zn anomaly centred on the fold nose and
several AEM conductors from the historic UN survey occur along this
horizon, one notably at the fold nose as well. Accordingly, Linear
plans to drill test this area for gold (grabs of 2.39, 4.36, 5.55, and
5.72 g/t Au from 4 different workings) as well as potential massive
sulphide base metal targets.
The Koyola gold-in-soil anomaly, located approximately 1.5 km west of
Awuoro, extends over an area of approximately 900 metres by 200 metres.
Previously reported grab samples from the NE-trending artisanal working
returned up to 18.1 g/t Au, located near the NW end of a 900 m long
corresponding resistivity low. The artisanal working appears to be
hosted in a complimentary structure that is orthogonal to the main
structural direction, indicating it may be "smoke" on the edge of the
main target which is not exposed (trenches in the area failed to
penetrate to saprolite). Drill testing is planned.
Other Gold Targets
Within the SPL258 license, multiple additional drill targets have been
identified and are planned for drill testing. These targets are based
on a combination of soil anomalies, IP and mag surveys as well as
artisianl and colonial-era workings. Ongoing ground follow-up continues
to identify drill targets. The initial drill program is expected to
include a minimum of 4000 metres of drilling within this target-rich
Linear's Chief Executive Officer, Brian MacEachen, added, "These initial
drill results have confirmed large, high-grade gold-bearing structures
along the extensive Awuoro-Kanga anomaly where multiple targets remain
to be tested. We control a large district scale project along a
prolific gold-bearing greenstone belt where artisanal and colonial-era
workings throughout our project confirm the presence of mineralization.
Our understanding of the system is continuing to develop and we expect
multiple additional and follow-up discoveries will be made as our drill
This press release was prepared under the supervision of Matthew Ian
Rees, M.Sc., P.Geo., VP Exploration for Linear Metals, who is a
Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Rees
has reviewed the scientific and technical information in this press
release. The initial batch of 30 drill core samples (minimum NQ-sized
core) was split using a mechanical splitter, but subsequent core
samples were all split using a diamond saw. Standards, duplicates and
blanks are submitted with the core samples for QA/QC monitoring.
Samples are stored in a locked building onsite, and delivered to Mwanza
by Company vehicles and drivers, in numbered, tamper-proof tagged gunny
sacks. All assays reported were performed by SGS Laboratories in
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other
than statements of historical facts, that address future production,
reserve potential, continuity of mineralization, exploration drilling,
exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company
expects are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes
that the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are
based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of
future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The likelihood
of future mining at the Nyanza Project is subject to a large number of
risks and will require achievement of a number of technical, economic
and legal objectives, including obtaining necessary mining and
construction permits, completion of pre-feasibility and final
feasibility studies, preparation of all necessary engineering for pits
and processing facilities as well as receipt of significant additional
financing to fund these objectives, as well as funding mine
construction. Such funding may not be available to the Company on
acceptable terms or on any terms at all. There is no known ore at the
Nyanza Project and there is no assurance that the mineralization at the
Nyanza Project will ever be classified as ore. For more information on
the Company and the risk factors inherent in its business, investors
should review the Company's Annual Information Form at www.sedar.com.
The TSX Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for
the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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