Manson Creek Resources Ltd.

Manson Creek Resources Ltd.

August 25, 2009 12:42 ET

Manson Creek Samples 20.50 Grams Per Tonne Gold at Meridian Project

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - Manson Creek Resources Ltd. ('Manson Creek') (TSX VENTURE:MCK) is pleased to provide the results its summer exploration program on the road accessible Meridian Gold Project, located 45 kilometers from Revelstoke, British Columbia. Prospecting and sampling of the Imperial area has returned 11.6 grams per tonne (g/t) gold and 2.4 g/t silver over 1.0 meter in a continuous chip sample. This interval is located within a broader 2.0 meter zone grading 6.65 g/t gold and 1.35 g/t silver. This new target is located 280 meters to the west southwest of the main Meridian zone.

Sampling in the Criterion stope, part of the Meridian mineralized system, returned high gold values. An assay of 20.5 g/t gold and 3.3 g/t silver was returned from a continuous chip sample of a 0.60 meter quartz vein containing iron carbonate within a broader 2.0 meter mineralized zone. The gold bearing Criterion zone is approximately perpendicular to the Meridian mineralized trend and has historically only seen limited exploration work.

Zone Sample Table

LocationGold g/tSilver g/tSample #Width (m)Details
Imperial11.602.403155741.0Continuous chip
Imperial1.700.033155731.0Continuous chip
Imperial6.651.35Weighted average of samples over zone2.0Continuous sample over 2.0 m zone
Imperial*11.1510.203156571.0Continuous chip at surface
Criterion20.503.303244060.6Continuous chip
* 2006 sampling program

The Meridian Project encompasses 5 past producing gold mines that were active in the early 1900's. The exploration program examined mineralized zones that are sub parallel or cross cutting to the main gold bearing trend that hosts the historic Meridian Gold Mine. Two significant areas, the Imperial and the Criterion, have returned significant gold assays that continue to add to the high exploration potential of these areas.

The Imperial zone is a west northwest striking quartz healed fault zone that varies from 0.5 to 2.0 meters in width and runs sub parallel to the mineralized regional Camborne fault. This structure has only seen limited historic work and in 2006 Manson Creek personnel sampled 11.15 g/t gold and 10.2 g/t silver at surface over 1.0 meters in a continuous chip sample. During the recent program company geologists mapped and sampled the 33 meter exploration adit constructed in the early 1900's, which undercuts the surface exposure of the gold bearing vein by approximately 20 meters.

Another target of the summer program was the Meridian 'Glory Hole'. It is a 60 to 70 square meter open pit that intersected underground workings of the Eva Mine, which was the major gold producer in the Meridian Gold Camp. Sampling access to the zone is extremely difficult due to the nature of the pit walls; nevertheless Manson Creek personnel were able to take a number of samples from peripheral areas on the main mineralized zone. The mineralization is in sheeted quartz veins striking across the main Meridian trend. The highest gold value returned was 2.89 g/t in a continuous chip of one of the sheeted veins. Direct surface sampling of the zone at this time is not possible due to wall stability issues.

Additionally, numerous development headings of the main Meridian workings were examined in the course of the program. Sampling in the 5A and 7A level development stopes revealed a possible, previously unrecognized, low grade 'halo' periphery to the main mineralized trend with the highest gold assay returning 1.84 g/t gold and 2.30 g/t silver over 0.80 meters. The weighted average of the 15 samples collected in these historic areas was 0.26 g/t gold.

Further sampling of historical underground production areas was not possible due to unstable ground conditions in these areas.

Way Forward
The results of the program are currently being integrated into the geological and structural model that will guide future drilling. This drilling will continue the process of delineating this large gold bearing system. To date, Manson Creek has outlined an extensive gold mineralized system over an area of 1,100 m by 860 m that remains open along strike and to depth. Significant gold values in drill core and outcrop, ranging from 2 g/t to 194 g/t gold, occur within this system.

Recent metallic screen analysis on select samples has demonstrated that many of the samples taken in the recent program and the 2008 drilling contain significant coarse free gold in the mineralized zones. The Company is working with the assay lab to ensure the sampling protocol produces assay results that are representative of contained gold.

Manson Creek has consolidated five historic past producing gold – silver mines on the current, road accessible, 675 hectare claim block. The Meridian Camp was active in the early 1900's but the fragmented land ownership at the time did not allow for growth and the camp faded after only a few years of production.

The Company believes that the potential for significant mineralization is high in areas near and below the historic mine workings. Gold and silver mineralization on the block is within and proximal to quartz veins related to the regional scale Camborne Fault which bisects the Meridian Claim group and hosts many of the historic deposits.

The Qualified Person responsible for the design and implementation of the Field Program as well as the preparation of this news release was the President of the Company, Regan Chernish, P.Geol.

Regan Chernish, P. Geol., President and Director

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential extent of mineralization and reserves, exploration results and plans and objectives of Manson Creek Resources Ltd. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to, the amount of geological data available, the uncertain reliability of drilling results and geophysical and geological data and the interpretation thereof and the need for adequate financing for future exploration and development efforts. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.

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Contact Information

  • Manson Creek Resources Ltd.
    Regan Chernish
    President and Director
    (403) 233-0464