January 07, 2014
Highway 50 Announces Update on Porter Canyon
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Highway 50 Gold Corp. (TSX.V -- HWY) January 7, 2014
Highway 50 Gold Corp. ("Highway 50" or the "Company") announces that during the final quarter of 2013, significant progress was made in advancing its Porter Canyon project located in Lander County, Nevada. The Porter Canyon claims occupy a pediment covered bench to the west of the former operating Quito Mine property, a classic Carlin-type deposit.
In March 2012, the Company announced the results of RC drillhole PT-11-1. That hole was lost at a depth of 445 metres due to heavy water inflow, most likely at the bedrock interface. At that time, the bottom 35 metres of colluvium were sampled and returned highly anomalous gold, arsenic and antimony with a weighted average of 61 ppb Au, including two 1.5 metre sections that assayed 86 ppb Au and 174 ppb Au, respectively.
Recently, additional samples of colluvium were retrieved from the unreclaimed drill sump. The samples comprise the majority of the drill record for an additional 330 metres of the hole. These samples also returned consistently elevated values in gold (to 162 ppb), arsenic (to 221 ppm) and antimony (to 202 ppm). Given the high dilution inherent to pediment deposition and the homogonous nature of gold values within the pediment column, a sizable footprint of subcrop mineralization is implicated. Subsequently, detailed prospecting of the area upslope between PCT-11-1 in the adjacent range discovered a set of mineralized veinlets in outcrop with extremely elevated arsenic (to 3,000 ppm), antimony (to >10,000 ppm) and mercury (to 257 ppm). One sample returned 51 ppb gold. Values such as these have been documented on the immediate periphery of important Carlin-type gold systems.
Follow-up prospecting of the alluvial fan between drillhole PCT-11-1 and the rangefront also discovered numerous mineralized float boulders of both Upper-plate (to 1.7 g/t Au) and decalcified Lower-plate limestone (to 3.7 g/tonne Au). Prospecting in an area with a particularly high density of mineralized float did in fact find an outcrop of mineralized jasperoid assaying 54.3 ppm silver and 0.4% antimony. Additionally, small hand-excavated placer workings were noted upslope of PCT-11-1, extending to the rangefront but not into the Toiyabe Range. This is further evidence of a bedrock gold source between drillhole PCT-11-1 and the rangefront.
Management believes the aforementioned developments demonstrate the presence of a newly discovered, shallowly buried Carlin-type gold system.
Permitting is currently ongoing for a drill pattern which will consist of 20 sites. The required biological and archeological surveys have been completed and the accompanying reports are being finalized. An initial program of twelve holes totalling 6,000 metres is contemplated.
Geology of Porter Canyon
Although the bedrock at Porter Canyon is largely covered by overburden, the geology at the base of the Toiyabe Range that projects under the property is dominated by an open shallowly plunging, north-westerly trending, breached, anticline which is cored by Roberts Mountains Formation and capped at least in part by Upper-plate lithologies. The northern limb of the anticline shows extensive solution collapse with intermittent ocurrences of auriferous and argentiferous jasperoid over a strike length of 2,600 metres. This zone is coincident with the gold bearing float train on its western end. The north-west trending anticline is projected to intersect a set of northerly trending structures which likely form the western edge of the Quito Lower-plate Window, 1,400 metres outboard of the base of the Toiyabe Range. This structural linkage also coincides with an inferred horst block as indicated by detailed gravity surveys. In summary, management believes the geological architecture at Porter Canyon provides an optimal structural trap for Carlin-style mineralization.
This news release has been reviewed by Gordon P. Leask, P.Eng., President and CEO of the Company, and a Qualified Person ("QP") as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects).
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Gordon P. Leask, P.Eng.
President and CEO
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