Northern Gold Mining Inc.

Northern Gold Mining Inc.

December 09, 2010 07:07 ET

Northern Gold Hits 101 Meters of 1.07 g/t Gold Including 11.5 Meters of 2.86 g/t and 3.0 Meters of 10.88 g/t Gold

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - Northern Gold Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NGM) ("Northern Gold" or "the Company") is pleased to announce assay results for three more new diamond drill holes in its ongoing 30,000 meter drill program at the Garrcon Deposit on the Garrison Gold Property. As shown in the table below, results include long downhole intervals of consistent mineralization, significant intervals of 1.0 to 2.5 g/t and a few higher grade intervals.

"Our 2010 drill program on the Garrcon deposit continues to produce positive results and adds to the potential of establishing an open pit mine. The recent drilling demonstrates both continuity of the geology and the mineralization as well as upgrading the resource quality with closer spaced infill drilling," said Martin Shefsky, President and CEO of Northern Gold Mining. "With these drill results and an aggressive infill drill program we will further define the mineral resource as well as test the strike potential of this large gold system."

Table 1 – Significant assay results from GAR-10-20, GAR-10-23 and GAR-10-24
Hole ID From (m) Including (m) Including (m) Including (m) To (m) Interval (m) Au Grade (g/t)Un-Cut
GAR-10-20 1.5       257.0 255.5 0.31
    42.0     51.0 9.0 0.78
    154.0     165.0 11.0 1.01
    195.0     257.0 62.0 0.58
      195.0   196.0 1.0 5.09
      207.0   210.0 3.0 1.55
      227.0   257.0 30.0 0.62
GAR-10-23 6.7       330.0 323.3 0.51
    6.7     252.0 245.3 0.63
      117.0   218.0 101.0 1.07
        117.0 142.0 25.0 1.93
        126.0 137.5 11.5 2.86
        132.0 137.5 5.5 4.35
        135.0 136.0 1.0 10.87
        203.0 218.0 15.0 1.64
        203.0 205.0 2.0 3.52
GAR-10-24 4.2       120.0 115.8 0.36
    29.0     67.0 38.0 0.97
      64.0   67.0 3.0 10.88
        64.0 65.0 1.0 30.05
*As true widths are not known, all intervals are downhole intervals and not true widths.

GAR-10-20 was collared approximately on section line 11+00W and was drilled in a westerly direction to test Shaft Zone mineralization with a drill hole oriented approximately at right angles to most of the holes in the deposit. The hole was collared at a True azimuth of 242° and an inclination of -45°. The hole was stopped at a total length of 349.5 meters. Zones of mineralization in the hole are lower-grade than the nearby north south holes that GAR-10-20 passed near while traveling from its start at section 11+00W to the End of Hole at section 12+75W. This suggests that a north south drilling direction is a better drilling orientation to outline this deposit than an east west direction.

GAR-10-23 was collared approximately on section line 12+75W at a True azimuth of 160° and an inclination of -45°. The hole experienced little deviation as the downhole survey results indicate that the hole stayed within 12.5 meters of the section line for its entire length. The hole was stopped at a total length of 336.0 meters from which 329.3 meters of core were recovered below the casing. The mineralization is very consistent to a downhole depth of 330.0 meters, averaging 0.51 g/t. The hole has higher grade sections with the highest grade being 10.87 g/t over 1.0 meter. The best section of the hole is a 103 meter interval averaging .99 g/t from 117 meters to 220 meters. Mineralization in the top 100 meters of the hole is consistent with nearby holes GAR-56 and C06-06 while the next 125 meters of the hole is slightly better than nearby holes GD-85-4 and C07-03 and GAR-10-18. The bottom 100 meters is consistent with mineralization in those same holes.

GAR-10-24 was collared approximately midway between section lines 12+75W and 13+00W at a True azimuth of 350° and an inclination of -45°. The hole has a very slight deviation to the west. Total length is 120 meters with 115.8 meters of core recovered below the casing. This hole was designed to delineate the northern limit of the North Zone mineralization (described in 43-101 Technical Report filed on SEDAR Nov. 5, 2010). North Zone mineralization was delineated from 29 to 67 meters at an average gold grade of 0.97 g/t and has established the northern limits of the North Zone on section 13+00W. The limit is consistent with the Company's expectation. The mineralization is consistent in downhole location, but lower grade than mineralization seen in nearby holes GAR-48 and GAR-86-16. The mineralization is not consistent with the location of downhole mineralization, but is consistent in grade with mineralization seen in hole GD86-16 located 25 meters to the east.

GAR-10-20, 10-23 and 10-24 continued the delineation of new resources and the reduction in drill hole spacing which will assist in upgrading the quality of existing resource categories. Northern is continuing its ongoing 30,000 meter drill program and will be drilling with two diamond drills through the winter.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Northern Gold Mining Inc. has implemented a QA/QC protocol for its exploration work. Northern is currently diamond drilling the Garrison Gold Property and the drilling contractor is Major Drilling Group International Inc. Core size is NQ, to give good sample sizes and enabling the possibility for at least two step-downs if ground conditions should require it. Core is delivered to the secure Core Shack facility by the driller or picked up by one of Northern Gold's designated personnel and transported to the Core Shack facility. In addition to recovery and RQD (Rock Quality Designation), data geologic parameters including lithology, alteration, quartz veining, presence and identification of sulfide mineralization along with other geologic parameters are noted and recorded. Core is marked in one meter intervals for splitting, sampling and assaying, unless geologic data indicate a shorter sample interval. Prior to splitting, all core is photographed. Core splitting is done with a diamond core saw and ½ of the drill core is submitted to Expert Laboratories, an accredited laboratory (PTP-MAL – Accredited by Standards Council of Canada – In Accordance with ISO/IEC 43-1) in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec for assaying. The remainder of the core is stored at the Garrison Gold Property. All sample intervals where visible gold is observed to be present are automatically submitted for analysis using the metallic screen procedure where the entire half core is crushed, pulped and screened at 100 mesh. The screen oversize is assayed in total and the screen undersize is fire assayed in triplicate using a gravimetric finish. All other samples are analyzed by conventional fire assay using a 30 gram sample with geochemical finish. All samples that assay greater than one gram are re-assayed with conventional fire assay using a gravimetric finish. Conventional fire assay sample prep consists of crushing to 90% passing 10 mesh from which a 300 gram sample is split and pulped to 90% passing 200 mesh and from which a 30 gram sample is taken for fire assaying.
Following completion of fire assaying at Expert Laboratories, pulp samples are forwarded by Expert to SGS Laboratories, a certified laboratory (ISO 17025), in Toronto, Ontario for CN solubility assaying and for multi-element analyses of select samples. CN solubility test uses a 1% CN solution added to 30 grams of sample and shaken for an hour prior to settling and decanting for geochemical analysis. Multi-element analysis is conducted using 4-acid digestion followed by ICP analysis with OES finish (Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy). Northern inserts a mixture of gold standard samples, blank samples and duplicate samples into the sample stream at a rate approximating 10% of total original samples. Samples are normally transported in a Company truck from the Property to Expert Labs in Rouyn-Noranda. Chain of Custody protocols require the signing and maintenance of logs and receipts each time the samples are picked up from or delivered to a new location. When utilizing commercial transportation, all shipping sacks are sealed with a numbered tag, the removal of which is recorded upon receipt by Expert Laboratories. Check analyses are conducted on a regular basis utilizing either SGS Laboratories, a certified laboratory, in Toronto, Ontario or Swastika Laboratories, a certified laboratory (PTP-MAL – Accredited by Standards Council of Canada – In Accordance with ISO/IEC 43-1) in Swastika, Ontario.

About Northern Gold Mining

Northern Gold Mining Inc. is a TSX-V listed, publicly traded junior resource company based in Toronto, Ontario, dedicated to the discovery and development of high value mineral deposits in the proven mining camps of Kirkland Lake and Timmins in North Eastern Ontario. Northern Gold is focused on developing two advanced stage gold deposits on the Garrison Gold Property. The Property is located within the Abitibi greenstone belt along the Porcupine-Destor and the Munro Shear systems. The Property hosts several gold mineralized showings in addition to the two advanced stage exploration targets, the Jonpol and Garrcon Deposits, for each of which NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources have been calculated, and the less advanced 903 gold mineralized area. Historic diamond drilling by previous operators was completed in all three referenced areas. The Jonpol Technical Report was posted on SEDAR October 21, 2009 and the Garrcon Technical Report was posted on SEDAR November 5, 2010. The Garrison Gold Property has historic mining infrastructure at both the Jonpol and Garrcon Deposits and producing mines are located in close proximity to the property. The Company is in the second year of an option agreement under which it may earn up to an 80% interest in the Garrison Gold Property from ValGold Resources Ltd. ("ValGold") (TSX VENTURE:VAL). For more information on the option agreement, please see the Company's news release dated 14 September 2009.

The technical aspects of this press release has been reviewed by Michael Gross M.S., P.Geol., Vice President Exploration for Northern Gold, who is the "Qualified Person" as defined by NI 43-101 for this project.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: This News Release includes certain "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, future plans and objectives of Northern Gold Mining Inc., are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Northern Gold Mining Inc.'s expectations are the risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by Northern Gold Mining Inc. with securities regulators. 

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