Soil Sampling Continues to Expand Anumso Gold Zone, Ghana
VANCOUVER, BC – March 21, 2018 Ashanti Gold Corp. (“Ashanti” or the “Company”) - (TSXV: AGZ) announces positive new results from its ongoing surface exploration program on the Anumso project, (the “Project”) Ghana.
Results from 486 new soil geochemical samples collected from extensions of previous sample lines significantly broaden the target area for gold mineralization. Previous sampling identified multiple lines of anomalism parallel to the drill tested Banket conglomerate with anomalous samples up to the ends of these lines (See Ashanti Gold press release January 18, 2018).Extensions of these sample lines, along with further testing of a newly discovered additional stratigraphic horizon of Banket conglomerate, reveals a new broadened anomaly area that is approximately 1500m by 500m (Figures 1 and 2).
The anomaly pattern suggests that both stratigraphic and structural controls are present and could represent a much larger mineralization zone along the entire Banket conglomerate horizon than previously understood.Past understanding of the mineralization at Anumso has called on a paleoplacer origin for the gold in association with quartz pebbles in the Banket conglomerate.Previous exploration, drill testing and resource estimation has been based on this genetic concept.While Ashanti agrees with this view for a significant part of the known mineralization, it does not explain all exploration results.These new data suggest a structural component is also present and may be a significant control on gold mineralization in a manner similar to the Damang deposit, owned by Gold Fields in the southern Ashanti Belt.Regardless of genesis, numerous samples form a coherent anomaly which correlates from line to line (Figure 2; Table 1). Indeed, quartz veining within artisanal pits and in material recovered from past drilling have long hinted that Anumso has structural controls. Given the topography of the soil anomaly area, downslope transportation and dispersion do not explain the results.
The Company is digging and sampling several trenches to assess the results of the soil sampling, which action will be followed by drill testing, anticipated to occur in 3Q2018.
Figure 1.Soil anomaly zones of the Anumso concession.Note the extent of anomalies compared to the drill-tested area (dashed black lines with blue diamonds).
Figure 2. Detailed image shows the extent of the anomaly area with sample results that define it.Note that the drill tested area does not correspond completely with best geochemical sample results.
Statistics on 453* New Soil Samples
|% of total
|> 0.2||17||3.8||Highly anomalous|
|0.1 – 0.2||19||4.2|
|0.075 – 0.1||8||1.7||Moderately anomalous|
|0.05 – 0.075||25||5.5|
|0.03 – 0.05||35||7.7|
|0.02 – 0.03||65||14.4||Mildly anomalous|
|0.01 – 0.02||174||38.4|
*486 samples less 33 standards, blanks, and duplicates
COO and Chief Geologist, Paul Klipfel, said “This large, coherent area of anomalous gold opens the possibility for a much larger gold mineralization target at Anumso.The known conglomerate horizon was already significant at a mapped length of 10 kilometers on the Anumso property. However, the potential of the gold mineralization zone to be wider than the known conglomerate means the potential for significantly more tonnage of material is present.”
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 this 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.
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