VANCOUVER, April 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Next Gen Metals Inc. ("Next Gen") TSX.V: N and Alto Ventures Ltd. ("Alto") TSX.V: ATV (together "the Companies") are pleased to announce the assay results from the first six holes of the 2012 drill program on the Destiny Gold project located near Val-d'Or, Quebec.
Drill holes DES12-144 to DES12-149 were designed to test for the presence of gold mineralization at shallow depths along the strike between the DAC Deposit to the west and the Darla Zone to the east (Figure 1), thereby expanding the mineralized zone down-dip and along the strike. These six drill holes confirm the presence of higher-grade gold values that occur within a broad lower-grade mineralization envelope with strong alteration and shearing between the DAC Deposit and the Darla Zone.
Drill hole DES12-147 was drilled on Section 318260E and intersected 78.9 g/t gold over 1.0 m from 87.5 m to 88.5 m within a higher grade envelope that averages 11.3 g/t gold over 8.0 m from 85.5 m to 93.5 m.
Drill holes DES-144 and DES-145 are located approximately 600m east of the DAC deposit and collared on section 318160E, approximately 100 m west of Section 318260E. The space between the holes was approximately 100 m and the holes were drilled at an azimuth of 180°.
DES12-144 intersected several gold bearing intervals including 1.05 g/t gold over 10 m from 184 m to 194 m and 1.04 g/t gold over 11m from 206 m to 217 m. DES12-145 also intersected several gold bearing intervals including 1.37 g/t gold over 3.25m from 85.25 m to 88.9 m with a higher grade section averaging 3.47 g/t gold over 1.35m (from 86.45 m to 87.8 m).
The results from these six holes are very positive and confirm the presence of gold mineralization between the DAC Deposit and the Darla Zone, indicating that the two separate zones could be linked for a total mineralized strike length of 2 km.
Holes DES12-146, 148 and 149 also intersected sheared and altered rocks with anomalous gold values (Table 1). Results from the remaining six holes of the program will be released as they become available.
About the 2012 Drill Program
The 2012 drill program is focused on testing the under-explored area between the DAC Deposit and the Darla Zone at shallow depths (Figure 1) and consisted of 3,472 m in 18 holes. The objective of the drilling program is to increase the contained ounces on the Destiny Property at shallow depths. This program tested the one kilometre gap in drilling between the DAC Deposit and the Darla Zone at shallow depths to determine if the gold mineralization continues between these two areas. If results from these widely spaced holes are positive, an infill program will be proposed to generate sufficient data to prepare an updated NI43-101 compliant Resource Estimate Report incorporating results from the Darla Zone as well as the area between the Darla Zone and the DAC Deposit.
The DAC Deposit is one of several significant gold zones along a four kilometre segment of the Despinassy Shear Zone.
As of January 2011, the DAC Deposit has an Indicated Resources of 10.8 Mt grading 1.05 g/t Au (at 0.5 g/t Au cutoff) for 364,000 ounces of gold and Inferred Resources of 8.3 Mt grading 0.92 g/t Au (at 0.5 g/t Au cutoff) for 247,000 ounces of gold.
|Table-1- Significant Gold Assays from Holes DES12-144 to 149|
|Hole Number||From (m)||To (m)|| Width (m)
| *Based on core angles and previous drilling on the property, true widths are estimated at approximately 80 to 90% of the
down-hole lengths reported. Mineralized zones generally start at 0.1 g/t gold and assay averages may include minimal
intervals of waste material. No top cuts of assays were used.
About the Destiny Project:
The property consists of 177 claims totalling 7,421 ha and is located approximately 100 km by road north of the city of Val-d'Or. The property is accessible via Provincial Highway 397, which passes through the property.
On September 26, 2011, Pacific North West Capital Corp. (PFN) assigned its interest in the initial Option Agreement with the property owner, Alto Ventures Ltd., to Next Gen Metals Inc. Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Next Gen is responsible for all remaining cash payments and exploration expenditures due to be paid or incurred, as the case may be under the initial option with Alto Ventures Ltd.
PFN has fulfilled its obligations for the first two years of the Option Agreement and will continue to be responsible for issuance of common shares to Alto.
Figure 1- Location map of 2012 diamond drill holes DES12-144 to 149 in the under-explored area between DAC Deposit and Darla Zone
About the DAC Deposit
The main area of mineralization on the Destiny Gold Property is the DAC Deposit, which occurs over a strike length of about 600 m. In this area, five identifiable intervals of quartz veining and shear-related alteration zones carry significant gold mineralization for which a Mineral Resource Estimate Report was prepared in 2011.
The Mineral Resource Estimate Report was prepared for the DAC Deposit by Wardrop, a Tetra Tech Company (Wardrop) and filed on Sedar on March 7, 2011. Using a cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t gold and the Inverse Distance Squared (ID2) estimation method, the five gold zones that make up the DAC Deposit contain an Indicated Resource of approximately 10.8 million tonnes with an average grade of 1.05 g/t gold (364,000 contained ounces). In addition, the Inferred Resource totals approximately 8.3 million tonnes with an average grade of 0.92 g/t gold (247,000 contained ounces). The mineralization starts at approximately 15 m below surface and extends down to a depth of 400 m for the deepest zone. The mineralization remains open below 400 m. For details regarding the resource estimate methods and calculation parameters please see the news releases issued by Alto and PFN on March 7, 2011. The Report can be view on each of the Company's websites at www.nextgenmetalsinc.com and www.altoventures.com .
Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and by definition do not demonstrate economic viability.
The DAC Deposit remains open along strike and to depth and is one of several significant gold occurrences along a four kilometre segment of the Despinassy Shear Zone.
The Darla Zone, which lies one km east of the DAC Zone, was discovered in 2006. At this location, drilling intersected 19.5 g/t gold across 2.1 m and 20.6 g/t over 0.8 m . The occurrence of high grade gold mineralization in the Darla, DAC and 20 and 21 zones (Figure 1) clearly indicates that the mineralizing system occurs across a significant portion of the property. The gold mineralization at these occurrences starts near surface, and with additional drilling these targets could add significant contained ounces to the already defined resources at the DAC Deposit.
Qualified Person Statement
This news release has been reviewed and approved for technical content by Mike Koziol, P. Geo, a qualified person under the provisions of National Instrument 43-101.
About Alto Ventures Ltd
Alto Ventures Ltd. Alto Ventures Ltd. is an exploration and development company with a portfolio of highly prospective Canadian gold and base metals properties. The Company is active in Quebec in the Abitibi greenstone belt on the Destiny gold property and in Ontario, exploring in the Beardmore-Geraldton gold belt. In Manitoba, the Company is focused on the gold and base metals potential of the highly prospective but relatively under-explored Oxford Lake property. For more details regarding the Company's projects, please visit our website at www.altoventures.com.
About Next Gen Metals Inc
Next Gen is a mineral exploration company whose current focus is on gold and base metals projects in North America. The Company has acquired a 60% option interest (TSX.V: N) on the Destiny Gold Project (Indicated Resource of 364,000 ounces plus an Inferred Resource of 247,000 ounces of gold). In addition, Next Gen is presently advancing the Fate Gold Project adjacent to the Destiny Gold Project, Next Gen continues to evaluate additional advanced-stage silver, gold and base metal projects.
Next Gen http://www.nextgenmetalsinc.com is the newest company to join the International Metals Group ("IMG") (www.internationalmetalsgroup.com). The Board of Directors is comprised in part with directors from other companies within the IMG group who, along with management, have a combined 150 years or more of experience in all aspects of managing public companies related to the resource industry.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO
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Vice President Exploration
Next Gen Metals Inc.