To date, White Cliff has completed 12 reverse circulation holes for 1400 metres, with five holes drilled at the Quartz Zone, five holes drilled at the Eastern Gold Zone and two holes drilled at the Lower Gold Zone.
The Company has submitted 258 four-metre composite samples to the laboratory near Bishkek, with the remainder in transit from the project site.
Drilling is continuing at the Lower Gold Zone while the Company awaits assay results for the holes drilled at the Quartz Zone and the Eastern Gold Zone. Once results have been received, the Company will plan further drilling at these zones.
As previously advised the Company mobilised a second drill rig to the site in mid-August. Rig two is currently drilling ERC17-006 at the Quartz Zone (27 metres) and rig one is drilling LGZ17-004 (67 metres) at the Lower Gold Zone.
Drilling results will be reported as they become available.
Aucu Gold Deposit - Inferred Resource Summary
In April 2017, the Company reported an updated inferred resource for the Aucu gold deposit in accordance with the JORC Code (2012) (ASX announcement 21 April 2017). The estimate above a cut-off grade of 1 g/t gold is:
1.8 million tonnes grading 5.2 g/t gold, for 302,000 ounces of contained gold.
The new resource represents a 93% increase in contained gold ounces and a 23% increase in average grade over the previous gold resource using the same cut-off grade reported in April 2015.
Importantly the new resource contains a new very high grade zone (Quartz Zone) of 244,000 tonnes at 9.5 g/t gold containing 75,000 ounces of gold, which starts at surface. Surface extensions of the high grade Quartz Zone have been identified and will be drilled in the coming field season.
This latest resource estimate also identified a new inferred copper resource reported in accordance with the JORC Code (2012), above a cut-off grade of 0.25% copper, of 608,000 tonnes at 0.64% copper, containing 3,870 tonnes of copper.
The new gold and copper resources start at surface, have only been drilled to 100 metres vertical depth and remain open along strike and at depth.
The reported gold resource represents less than 5% of mineralised faults identified by rock chip sampling at Aucu to date. Approximately 95% of the mineralised faults identified by rock chip sampling are still to be drilled. The gold bearing mineralised structures extend beyond the current resource estimate area over a length greater than 3,000 metres and occur as multiple lodes (see Figure 8 in the link below).
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About White Cliff Minerals Ltd
White Cliff Minerals Ltd (ASX:WCN) is a Western Australian based exploration company with the following main projects:
Kyrgyz Aucu Gold Project (90%): The Project contains extensive porphyry related gold and copper mineralisation starting at the surface and extending over several kilometres. Drilling during 2014-6 has defined a gold deposit currently containing an inferred resource of 1.8Mt at 5.2 g/t containing 302,000 ounces of gold and 608,000 tonnes at 0.64% copper containing 3870 tonnes of copper. Drilling has also defined a significant copper deposit at surface consisting of 10Mt at 0.41% copper containing 41,000 tonnes of copper.
Extensive mineralisation occurs around both deposits demonstrating significant expansion potential. The project is located in the Kyrgyz Republic, 350km west-southwest of the capital city of Bishkek and covers 57 square kilometres. The Chanach project is located in the western part of the Tien Shan Belt, a highly mineralised zone that extending for over 2500 km, from western Uzbekistan, through Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and southern Kazakhstan to western China.
Merolia Gold and Nickel Project (100%): The project consists of 771 square kilometres of the Merolia Greenstone belt and contains extensive ultramafic sequences including the Diorite Hill layered ultramafic complex, the Rotorua ultramafic complex, the Coglia ultramafic complex and a 51 kilometre long zone of extrusive ultramafic lavas. The intrusive complexes are prospective for nickel-copper sulphide accumulations possibly with platinum group elements, and the extrusive ultramafic rocks are prospective for nickel sulphide and nickel-cobalt accumulations.
The project also contains extensive basalt sequences that are prospective for gold mineralisation including the Ironstone prospect where historical drilling has identified 24m at 8.6g/t gold. Soil sampling in 2016 has identified multiple mineralised gold trends at Burtville Ea
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