Exploration Advances At Kossanto East, Mali
VANCOUVER, BC – February 13, 2018 Ashanti Gold Corp. (“Ashanti” or the “Company”) - (TSXV: AGZ) is pleased to announce results of its on-going exploration program at Kossanto East (the “Project”). Commencing in October last year, Ashanti embarked on a comprehensive exploration program designed to advance 1) the Gourbassi East and Gourbassi West mineralized areas, and 2) evaluate the potential of other targets on the Project (Figures 1 and 2). The improved understanding of the extent and controls on mineralization at both of these important mineralized areas are an important step to increasing the resource potential to the fullest extent. The exploration program is designed to guide drilling planned for next quarter and prioritize satellite targets for their potential to host mineralization similar to that identified at Gourbassi East and West.
Figure 1. Kossanto East concession map showing the location of Gourbassi West and Gourbassi East and location of geochemical anomalies (green dashed lines).
Exploration activities include re-logging of Reverse Circulation drilling chips and diamond drill core, regional and detailed mapping of target areas and unexplored portions of the concession, extensive soil sampling, rock chip sampling, and resampling of past trenches. In addition, a detailed differential GPS survey of all drill collars was completed. Creation of a geologic model using Vulcan 3D software is currently underway in preparation for the next drilling campaign.
To date, over 500 soil samples, > 100 trench samples, and >100 rock chip samples have been collected. Results from the first 388 soil geochemical samples have identified broader zones of mineralization and enhanced the strike continuity of known mineralization at the extensive Gourbassi East and Gourbassi West targets (see press releases August 2, 2017; August 10, 2017; August 21, 2017; September 12, 2017). In addition, sample data has confirmed geological connections between isolated targets into new, larger, contiguous trends. Mapping has identified structural elements important to understanding mineralization and has identified new targets with surface exposures similar to mineralized ones at Gourbassi West and Gourbassi East. Re-logging of diamond drill core and RC chips will assist in developing a 3D geologic model for both Gourbassi West and Gourbassi East from which planned drilling can be undertaken most effectively.
Figure 2. Concession map showing extensive targets as defined by past and current soil geochemistry and RAB drill holes. Magenta lines show the location of sample lines to be completed.
Tim McCutcheon, Ashanti’s CEO, said “Our drill program in the summer of 2017 was designed to confirm the attractiveness of the Project and get data points on the board to know if we had potentially a major asset. This recent step at Kossanto East is about complementing our past work, and that of our predecessors, so that our planned drill program later this year has full impact. The whole team is very excited about having the full data set to piece together a clear picture on the known 2.3 kilometers of strike length at Gourbassi East and West, as well as showing the potential beyond that 2.3 kilometers.”
Site Pictures February 2018
Picture 1: Gourbassi West facing North.
Picture 2: Artisanal mine workings at Gourbassi East, facing South.
Pictures 3 and 4: Primary saprolite material at Gourbassi West, gold grains recovered from panning.
ABOUT ASHANTI GOLD
Ashanti is a gold-focused, exploration and development company that targets projects where it has a competitive advantage due to past work experience of the team and specific project know-how. The Company is driving forward its 100%-owned Kossanto East project in Mali on the prolific Kenieba Belt of Mali, which hosts such deposits as Loulo, Fekola and Sadiola. Ashanti is also working to advance, together with its earn-in partners, the Anumso project and the Ashanti Belt project in Ghana, which are near-adjacent to the Akyem deposit.
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ASHANTI GOLD CORP.
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Qualified Person and Historical Data
The information presented in this Press Release has been reviewed by Dr. Paul Klipfel CPG of Mineral Resource Services Inc. and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian NI 43-101. Dr. Klipfel is not an Independent Person, as he is a shareholder of Ashanti. Historic data presented has been generated by historic explorers. The company has endeavored to check all data through resurvey of collars and check samples, but has not completed thorough, independent verification of historic data, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance thereon.
All drill, soil, rock, and trench samples are subject to standard QA/QC procedures with certified standards and blanks inserted into all sample streams at the rate of 1:20. Duplicate samples are also inserted at the rate of 1:50. All assays are performed by international known (SGS in Mali) and accepted laboratories which insert their own QA/QC samples into the sample stream. Their results and Ashanti’s results are monitored for bias and errors in absolute and temporal terms. Batches with certified standards or blanks that do not meet QA/QC requirements are reassayed.
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