US Gold Corporation

US Gold Corporation

December 21, 2009 08:52 ET

US Gold Nevada Exploration Update


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - US GOLD CORPORATION (NYSE Amex:UXG)(TSX:UXG) is pleased to announce good exploration results from Nevada. The best results continue to come from West Pick, including 0.06 opt (2.05 gpt) gold over 75 ft (22.9 m) and 0.027 opt (0.94 gpt) gold over 180 ft (54.9 m).

US Gold has planned major drill programs to expand, delineate, and explore projects in Mexico and Nevada in 2010. For the next five months, most of the drilling will occur at El Gallo (Mexico). US Gold will deliver a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) and NI 43-101 resource estimate on the Gold Bar Project by the end of Q1, and an initial NI 43-101 resource estimate on El Gallo early in Q2.


Drilling at the Gold Bar Project occurred primarily in three separate areas: 1) West Pick, 2) East Pick, and 3) North Ridge as illustrated in Figure 1. A complete listing of all drill holes is attached in Table 1.

WEST PICK (See Fig. 1 & 2)

Several holes at West Pick encountered good results, with the best holes returning 0.060 opt (2.05 gpt) gold over 75 ft (22.9 m) and 0.027 opt (0.94 gpt) gold over 180 ft (54.9 m) in step-out drilling southwest of the existing resource. Drilling this season has achieved the objective of closing the 750 ft (230 m) gap between the Pick and Ridge deposits. Mineralization at the Gold Bar Project has a total strike length of over 6,500 ft (2,000 m). Highlights of drilling are as follows:

HOLE# Gold From Length Gold From Length
opt ft ft gpt m m
GB92 0.034 305 120 1.18 93.0 36.6

GB93 0.044 375 80 1.50 114.3 24.4
Including 0.101 380 5 3.45 115.8 1.5
Including 0.132 400 10 4.54 121.9 3.0

GB94 0.032 200 70 1.11 61.0 21.3
Including 0.174 240 5 5.96 73.2 1.5

GB101 0.060 355 75 2.05 108.2 22.9
Including 0.141 360 25 4.82 109.7 7.6

GB103 0.027 295 180 0.94 89.9 54.9

GB112 0.052 140 50 1.78 42.7 15.2
Including 0.185 145 5 6.33 44.2 1.5
Intercept 0.027 345 50 0.93 105.2 15.2

GB118 0.055 155 25 1.9 47.2 7.6
Including 0.111 170 5 3.79 51.8 1.5

(opt equals Troy ounces per short ton, gpt equals Grams per metric tonne. True widths of the intercepts are unknown.)

Three-dimensional modeling by US Gold geologists has led to the identification of an unconformity (erosional surface) between the basement and gold host rocks at the Gold Bar Project. Channels in this unconformity were filled with porous limestone, which then acted as preferred pathways for gold mineralization. These channels are present in the West Pick area where US Gold has encountered significant mineralization, including the best results announced earlier this year of 0.085 opt (2.9 gpt) gold over 150 ft (45.7 m) and 0.065 opt (2.24 gpt) gold over 120 ft. (36.6 m). Additional channels in this area are targets for exploration in 2010.

EAST PICK (See Fig. 1)

Recent drilling encountered a good result of 0.065 opt (2.23 gpt) gold over 30 ft (9.1 m), further expanding the mineralization encountered in hole GB68 released on September 9th, 2009, which returned 0.070 opt (2.39 gpt) gold over 105 ft (32.0 m). US Gold geologists are evaluating these results to determine the potential for additional mineralization to the east of the Pick resource. Highlights of drilling are as follows:

HOLE# Gold From Length Gold From Length
opt ft ft gpt m m
GB97 0.065 500 30 2.23 152.4 9.1
Including 0.118 505 10 4.06 153.9 3.0

GB99 0.031 375 50 1.06 114.3 15.2

NORTH RIDGE (See Fig. 1)

The best result encountered 0.044 opt (1.5 gpt) gold over 50 ft (15.2 m) in an area where six historic drill holes intersected mineralization with an average grade and width of 0.032 opt (1 gpt) gold over 63 ft (19.2 m). Previously there was insufficient drilling in this area to define a resource; however, now it will be included in the updated resource estimate. Hole GB105 intercepted scattered mineralization over a vertical distance of 250 ft (76 m), indicating that a wide section of favorable host rocks are present. Highlights of drilling are as follows:

HOLE# Gold From Length Gold From Length
opt ft ft gpt m m
GB105 0.044 255 50 1.5 77.7 15.2
Including 0.129 280 10 4.43 85.3 3.0
And 0.034 380 20 1.18 115.8 6.1
And 0.081 500 5 2.78 152.4 1.5


Several targets outside the Gold Bar Project will be drilled this winter. Targets include properties close to Goldcorp's Marigold Mine, and US Gold's Limo Project where drilling earlier this year encountered an encouraging previously unannounced intercept of 0.055 opt (1.88 gpt) gold over 115 ft (35.1 m). In total, US Gold expects to drill a minimum of 15,000 ft (4,500 m) in Nevada this winter. Highlights from the Limo Project are as follows.

HOLE# Gold From Length Gold From Length
opt ft ft gpt m m
LB39 0.055 215 115 1.88 65.5 35.1
Including 0.162 220 10 5.57 67.1 3.0
Including 0.111 275 25 3.82 83.8 7.6


US Gold plans to drill 325,000 ft (100,000 m) of core at El Gallo next year. This aggressive drill program will be one of the largest by a junior exploration company in Mexico. Three drills are planned to operate continuously throughout the year. The next drill results are scheduled to be released at the end January. All necessary drill permits for El Gallo have now been approved.


US Gold is preparing a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) together with an updated and expanded NI 43-101 resource estimate for the Gold Bar Project, which will include drilling completed in 2009 and a detailed re-modeling of the deposit. The PEA will study the economics of potential open-pit mining scenarios. Completion of the PEA report is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2010. Also, an initial NI 43-101 resource estimate for El Gallo is expected early in the second quarter of 2010.


US Gold Corporation is a Colorado incorporated gold and silver exploration company with a strong treasury, no debt and two significant land holdings, one in Nevada next to Barrick Gold's multi-million ounce Cortez project, and the other in Mexico where an exciting high-grade silver discovery has been made. US Gold's shares trade on the NYSE Amex and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol UXG. US Gold has good market liquidity, trading 1.1 million shares daily, and is included in S&P/TSX and Russell indices.


This news release has been prepared, reviewed and approved by Steve Brown, US Gold's Chief Geologist and full-time employee of the company, who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for program design and quality control of mineral exploration undertaken by the company at its Nevada exploration properties.

All assays are uncut, with analysis conducted by ALS Chemex utilizing a 30 gram fire assay charge with an AA finish. Drilling was performed with a standard reverse circulation (RC) rig, and samples are 5 feet in length. Quality assurance/quality control is assured by inserting standards and blanks every 40th sample and check assays sent to a second lab every 20th sample.

Certain statements contained herein and subsequent oral statements made by and on behalf of the Company may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "expects" and "hopes" and include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's results of exploration, plan of business operations, potential contractual arrangements, receipt of working capital, anticipated revenues and related expenditures. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, those set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the caption "Risk Factors". Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulations, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

U.S. investors should be aware that the issuer has no "reserves" as defined by Guide 7 and are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the potential target mineral resources will ever be confirmed or converted into Guide 7 compliant "reserves."

This press release also contains information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties.

To view "Figure 1 - Gold Bar Project Drill Hole Locations - Plan (Aerial) View", please click on the following link:

To view "Figure 2 - West Pick Project Drill Hole Locations - Plan (Aerial) View", please click on the following link:

To view "Table 1 - All Significant Assays (20' greater than 0.01 opt gold)", please click on the following link:

Contact Information

  • US Gold Corporation
    Stefan M. Spears
    Vice President, Projects
    (647) 258-0395 or Toll Free: (866) 441-0690
    (647) 258-0408 (FAX)