Vancouver, British Columbia – April 4, 2019 – Fremont Gold Ltd. (FRE: TSX-V; FR2: FSE: USTDF: OTC) (“Fremont” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its plans to drill the Gold Canyon project this spring and the North Carlin project this summer. Drilling at Gold Canyon, adjacent to McEwen Mining Inc.’s (“McEwen”) Gold Bar project, will target several geochemical anomalies recently identified by Fremont (see news release dated December 18, 2018). Drilling at North Carlin, located at the northern end of the Carlin Trend, will target a coincident gold and mercury soil anomaly situated on the flank of a magnetic high (see news release dated October 11, 2018).
About Gold Canyon
Fremont’s Gold Canyon is a former gold mine in the Gold Bar district in Eureka County, Nevada, an active mining area within the Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend. Gold Canyon produced approximately 41,000 ounces gold from 1990-19941 and is less than ~1-km northwest of McEwen’s Gold Ridge Pit, one of four deposits that comprise McEwen’s Gold Bar project (see Figure 1). Rock chip samples taken by past operators defined the Northwest Gold Ridge and South French Trail targets. Based on the previous work, Fremont conducted a soil sampling program and identified three significant soil anomalies which the Company plans to drill test in May (see Figure 2).
- The anomalies occur in areas underlain by lower plate Upper Denay Limestone carbonate rocks and the Roberts Mountain thrust, both known to host gold deposits in the district.
- Geochemical sampling has defined coincident gold, arsenic, antimony, silver, mercury and thallium soil anomalies bordered by barium and copper anomalies. The largest anomaly, approximately 400 metres x 350 metres in size, is located southwest of the Northwest Gold Ridge target (see Figure 2).
- The anomaly patterns suggest the intersection of a NNW-SSE structure with the important NE-SW fault, which is known to have controlled gold mineralization at the Gold Canyon mine (see Figure 2).
Figure 1: Location of Fremont’s Gold Canyon Project
Figure 2: Gold, Arsenic, Barium and Copper Soil Anomalies Northeast and North of the Gold Canyon Mine
About North Carlin
The North Carlin project is located at the northern end of the Carlin Trend, Nevada, and is comprised of three claim blocks, Alkali, Coyote, and Rossi. North Carlin is more than 42 square kilometres in size and the Rossi claim adjoins the Rossi mine, recognized as the most northerly deposit along the Carlin Trend (see Figure 3). Since staking Alkali and Coyote in 2017, Fremont has conducted soil sampling and mag surveys at both claim blocks and has outlined a number of drill targets. A recently completed soil sampling program at Alkali identified coincident gold and mercury geochemical anomalies associated with a conspicuous magnetic anomaly which the Company plans to drill test (see Figures 4 and 5). Together, the data suggests the presence of gold mineralization beneath alluvial cover and represents an exciting drill target within Nevada’s most prolific gold belt. At Coyote, Fremont has identified a large arsenic anomaly coincident with mag lows in the centre of the claim block (see Figure 6). Based on the exploration work that the Company has completed, and the periodicity of deposit locations along the northern part of the Carlin trend, Fremont believes that Coyote is an attractive setting for the discovery of a Carlin deposit.
Alkali and Coyote exploration highlights:
- Geochemical sampling has defined coincident gold and mercury soil anomalies, approximately 2 x 1 km in size, in the northeastern portion of Alkali (see Figure 5). Mercury is one of the important pathfinders for gold in both Carlin-type and low sulfidation epithermal-style deposits;
- The gold and mercury anomalies occur on the northeastern boundary of a 1.5 x 2 km magnetic high located in the centre of the claim area (see Figure 4), which indicates a possible intrusive body at depth. Magnetic highs representing intrusive bodies contemporaneous with Carlin-type deposits are recognized at the Railroad-Pinion district in the Carlin Trend, and are also known to be associated with epithermal vein deposits at the nearby Hollister deposit and the Tuscarora deposit, 27 km to the northeast;
- Alkali is located at the intersection of the northern extension of the Carlin Trend and on a northeast-trending lineament, which hosts the nearby Hollister and Tuscarora mines, and farther along strike, the Jarbidge and Goldbanks mines. These current and historic epithermal deposits occur in a permissive structural corridor, which includes the Alkali NE fault (Figures 3, 4, and 5) that cuts directly through the magnetic high and soil geochemical anomaly at Alkali.
- Carlin deposits to the south of Coyote display a regular spacing of approximately 3 kilometres between deposits, which would make Coyote the “next bead on the string” in terms of periodicity and alignment (see Figure 3). This observed periodicity, along with pathfinder element geochemical anomalies associated with subtle magnetic lows, makes Coyote an attractive exploration target.
Figure 3: The Carlin Trend
Figure 4: Magnetic anomaly - Alkali
Figure 5: Gold in soils anomaly - Alkali
Figure 6: Arsenic anomaly, coincident mag lows-Coyote
Gold Bar drill results
Fremont completed three reverse circulation drill holes at the Gold Bar project, located in the Gold Bar District, Eureka County, Nevada (see News Release dated February 6). One drill hole was designed to test a geochemical anomaly to the southeast of the historic Gold Bar mine, which may have represented a possible extension to the historic mine. The hole was terminated at 305 metres without intersecting bedrock. The other two holes, drilled on the southwest side of the Gold Bar pit, were designed to test for a possible feeder system at depth. Fremont targeted two mineralized faults, that had been mined higher in the section, that were thought to be dipping towards each other to test for a possible feeder system. The first hole intersected large void spaces along the first fault at 100 metres and was terminated. The second hole, offset 10 metres from the first hole and drilled at a steeper angle, successfully drilled through the first fault and intersected the second fault at 150 metres, about 60 metres below the level of the pit floor, but again encountered open fractures, resulting in lost circulation and little to no sampling. The hole was terminated at 190 metres. Samples returned around the missing intervals had weak gold mineralization, slightly above 100 ppb gold. The two holes drilled at the southwest side of the Gold Bar pit confirmed the existence and geometry of the faults at depth but did not return strong enough values to warrant further drilling.
The Gold Bar project contains the Gold Bar mine, which produced 286,354 ounces of gold from 1986 to 1994 (1), and the Millsite deposit, which hosts a historic resource of 147,000 ounces of gold (1.62 Mt @ 2.57 g/t gold) (1,2).
The content of this news release was reviewed by Maury C. Newton, III, Fremont's V.P. Exploration, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
About Fremont Gold
Fremont’s mine-finding management team has assembled a portfolio of high-quality gold projects in Nevada with the goal of making a new discovery. Fremont’s Gold Bar and Gold Canyon are past producing gold mines adjacent to McEwen Mining’s Gold Bar project, where mine construction is underway. Other projects include Goldrun, Hurricane, North Carlin, and Roberts Creek. We are aligned with our shareholders: Insiders own ~20% of Fremont.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
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1Internal report, Atlas Precious Metals, Mines, December 13, 1995, prepared by Pincock, Allen & Holt.
2 The Company has not verified these historical resources and is not treating these historical estimates as current mineral resources.
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