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GOLD: Wesdome confirms parallel zones at Eagle River mine



Reserves at the Eagle River underground mine average 9.2 g/t gold. (Image: Wesdome Gold Mines)

ONTARIO – Toronto-based Wesdome Gold Mines updated the results of underground drifting and drilling at its wholly owned Eagle River gold mine 50 km west of Wawa. The goal is increase the mining rate to match the mill capacity of 1,200 t/d.

The current drill program aims to expand the 7 and 300 zones. In the 7 zone on the 1038 level, the western core and eastern mineralization have been merged into a single zone defined over a strike of 146 metres and grading 30.5 g/t gold over an average true thickness of 2.6 metres.

Drilling and drift development on the 300 zone has confirmed the continuity and strike length of over 140 metres and has extended the mineralized zone more than 50 metres further west than previously thought. On the 750 level drift samples returned 28.8 g/t gold with an average thickness of 1.8 metres and a strike length of 145 metres.

One underground drill will be dedicated to exploring the new parallel zones of mineralization in the eastern half of the mine diorite that remains largely unexplored. The two zones are open up and down plunge and along strike. Besides underground drilling, surface drilling is planned to further test the up plunge extension. The best assay from these parallel zones was in 6 zone where core returned 41.4 g/t gold over a 4.2-metre true width using a cut-off of 140 g/t.

Learn more about the Eagle River complex at www.Wesdome.com.