Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 19, 2020) – GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSXV: GXU) (OTCQB: GVXXF) (“GoviEx or the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a diamond drill core assay program on the Birimian-aged metasedimentary, volcanic and intrusive rocks intervals from previous existing diamond drill core completed within the Falea deposit in Western Mali. The objective of the sampling program is to investigate the polymetallic and precious metal potential of the deposit below the uranium bearing sandstone unconformity.
“Our recent gold soil sampling survey, announced on July 6th 2020, highlighted the potential for gold at the Falea Project to be present stratigraphically below the uranium deposit. The core sampling program we are announcing today is focused on advancing and proving this theory. GoviEx’s team of geologists are excited by the initial visual assessment of the 96 diamond drill cores logged that display intervals of quartz veining, chalcopyrite and pyrite in many of the core, which appears to add further support and evidence that the gold anomalies associated with the Birimian greenstones apparently underlays the known uranium-copper-silver mineralization of the Falea Project.
“While the development of the Madaouela Uranium Project in Niger (the “Madaouela Project”) remains GoviEx’s primary focus, creating shareholder value on all of our projects remains a core driver to our strategy,” noted Executive Chairman, Govind Friedland.
The previous exploration work conducted before GoviEx acquired the Falea Project had stopped diamond drilling at depths approximately 30 metres into the Birimian as they were targeting the sandstone hosted unconformity itself rather than the precious and base metal potential that is well known to be Birimian hosted, including B2Gold’s Fekola project, IAMGOLD’s Diakha and Siribaya projects and Roscan’s Kandiolé project on trend and along strike. Upon review by GoviEx geologists it was discovered that much of this core was never assayed for precious metal content as previous explorers were primarily interested in the project’s uranium bearing potential.
The core samples currently being taken will be analysed for gold and multi-elements to assess the potential for gold and other base metal such as copper and silver which are already known to be present within the Falea uranium deposit.
The July 6th 2020 announcement by GoviEx disclosed the results of gold geochemical sampling program at the Falea Project with significant gold in soils anomalies in the Birimian rocks that suggest the potential extensions of the Sirabaya West and the Siribaya- Bambadinka gold trends through, and potentially intersecting within, the Falea Project. The presence of these gold in soils anomalies occurring along similar structural trends with the Falea Project, positively signals the mineral potential of the Falea Project, which the Company is now further exploring through the current core sampling program.
Most significantly, GoviEx has reviewed the limited number of diamond drill holes that were assayed in the Birimian. These results are summarised in Table 1 below and show that there are anomalous intercepts ranging from 0.2 gram per tonne to 1 gram per tonne gold over up to 2-metre thickness.
Table 1: Previously unreported anomalous gold results
|Hole_ID||From (m)||To (m)||Au_ppm||Start Birimian (m)||Finish Birimian (m)||STRATA|
Visual inspection of the core during sampling by GoviEx geologists have revealed the presence of visible chalcopyrite and pyrite mineralisation, and abundant evidence of shearing and quartz veining.
The results of the current core sampling program are expected before the end of the year and will be reported as soon as they are received.
Figure 1: Location of the Falea Project in relation to surrounding known deposits and mines. (Background image SYSMIN Magnetic Vertical derivative).
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Figure 2: Location of holes previously Birimian sampled by previous owners.
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Figure 3(i): Photographs of selected drill holes:
DF565 – Chalcopyrite+quartz vein in fault zone
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Figure 3(ii): Photographs of selected drill holes:
DF515 – example of shearing and quartz vein
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Qualified Person Statement
The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Jerome Randabel, MAIG, Chief Geologist of GoviEx, a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.
Core samples are cleaned, photographed dry and wet, and then described in detail, including the colour, presence of quartz veins, shear zones and alterations. Presence of sulfides and principal fracture zones.
The sample length are delimited, at minimum of 0.5m to a maximum of 1.5m intervals. The core is then halved using a core saw.
For QAQC purposes for every 20 samples a duplicate, standard or a blank sample is inserted.
All samples weighed approximately 1kg and were prepared at the ALS preparatory laboratory in Bamako, Mali and assayed at the ALS laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, using gold by Fire Assay and AAS finish (detection limit = 100ppm). The laboratory will run blanks and standard samples to validate their results. For multi-element assay a four acid digest ICP-MS and ICP -AES method will be used. (Precision +/-7-15%)
Falea Mineral Resources
The mineral resources reported in the Falea Project highlight the relatively high silver and copper grades associated with the Indicated Resources. The mineralization at Falea is controlled the major faulting structures, similar to gold deposition.
Source: Technical Report titled “Technical Report on the Falea Uranium, Silver and Copper Deposit, Mali, West Africa” prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. for Denison Mines Corp., October 26, 2015.
1. CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources
2. Reported above a cut-off grade of 0.03% U308, based on a uranium price of US$75/lb
3. Bulk density is 2.65 t/m3
4. Numbers may not add due to rounding
The Company’s mineral resources as at October 26, 2015 are classified in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s “CIM Definition Standards – For Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects” (the Instrument). Mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates reflect the Company’s reasonable expectation that all necessary permits and approvals will be obtained and maintained.
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have to demonstrate economic viability. Mineral resources are subject to infill drilling, permitting, mine planning, mining dilution and recovery losses, among other things, to be converted into mineral reserves. Due to the uncertainty associated with inferred mineral resources, it cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to indicated or measured mineral resources, including as a result of continued exploration.
The Mineral Resource Statement was prepared Mark Mathisen, C.P.G., Senior Geologist, of Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., who is a Qualified Persons as defined by the CIM Code.
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