Northern Gold Mining Inc.

Northern Gold Mining Inc.

November 11, 2011 12:02 ET

Northern Gold Reports Results for Eight Garrcon Gold Deposit Drill Holes Including 1 M @ 81 g/t

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2011) - Northern Gold Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:NGM) ("Northern Gold" or "the Company") today announced assay results for eight additional diamond drill holes totaling 1,662 meters of drilling from its ongoing 2011 drill program at the Garrcon Deposit which is located on the 100% owned Garrison Gold Property in north eastern Ontario.


  • GAR-11-98 and GAR-11-99 confirms + 0.3 g/t gold mineralization over plus 100 meter width in Shaft Zone on Section Line 14+50 W.
  • GAR-11-101 and GAR-11-104 confirms +0.3 g/t gold mineralization gold mineralization west of the Howe resource footprint (Technical Report posted to SEDAR August 8, 2011).
  • GAR-11-106 intersected high-grade (81.28 g/t) gold mineralization in the North Zone near the contact with the ultramafic rocks that bounds the north side of the Garrcon Deposit.
  • All seven holes had gold assays above the 0.3 g/t Au block model cutoff as determined by the A.C.A. Howe International Ltd. (Howe) Preliminary Economic Assessment posted on SEDAR August 8, 2011.
  • Step out drilling to the north into the Jonpol East Zone (Technical Report Posted to SEDAR October 23, 2009) has commenced based on mineralization seen in the bottom 30 meters of GAR-11-105 (Press Release dated October 25, 2011).

The eight holes reported in Table 1 below were drilled along north/south oriented drill fences that cover an east-west strike length of 100 meters at the western end of the presently delineated Garrcon Deposit resource footprint plus 75 meters of step-out drilling to the west. Drill hole locations, azimuths and collar declinations are shown in Table 2. Drill hole locations shown on a plan map as well as cross sections showing complete assay details for all drill holes, both within the Howe resource footprint and in step out drilling can be viewed on the Company's website by clicking on the following link:

Table 1 presents assay highlights from the drill holes.
Table 1 – Highlights of Assay Results*

Hole ID






GAR-11-98 Shaft 36.0 60.0 24.0 0.38
Shaft 39.0 42.0 3.0 1.32
Shaft 91.0 92.0 1.0 5.20
Shaft 113.0 117.0 4.0 0.47
GAR-11-99 Shaft 15.0 20.0 5.0 0.53
Shaft 52.0 69.0 17.0 0.56
Shaft 52.0 56.0 4.0 1.69
Shaft 99.0 100.0 1.0 1.31
Shaft 261.0 262.0 1.0 1.02
GAR-11-100 Shaft 117.0 121.0 4.0 0.50
GAR-11-101 Shaft 26.0 60.0 34.0 0.45
Shaft 35.0 40.0 5.0 1.05
39.0 40.0 1.0 1.99
53.0 54.0 1.0 1.56
GAR-11-102 Shaft 55.0 56.0 1.0 0.36
GAR-11-103 Shaft 12.0 13.0 1.0 0.45
Shaft 48.0 49.0 1.0 0.39
GAR-11-104 Shaft 16.0 57.0 41.0 0.44
Shaft 52.0 53.0 1.0 1.23
Shaft 93.0 96.0 3.0 0.77
Shaft 171.0 172.0 1.0 1.60
Shaft 263.0 266.0 3.0 0.84
GAR-11-106 North 56.0 57.0 1.0 81.28 34.00
North 78.0 79.0 1.0 1.51
*True widths are not known because mineralization occurs as stockwork veining; therefore, all assay intervals are downhole intervals and not true widths.
Table 2 – Location and Orientation of Drill Holes

Hole ID
Section Line
Section Line

GAR-11-98 14+50 W 9+09 N 160.0 -60.0
GAR-11-99 14+50 W 9+41 N 160.0 -60.0
GAR-11-100 14+98 W 9+18 N 160.0 -60.0
GAR-11-101 14+98 W 9+23 N 340.0 -45.0
GAR-11-102 15+50 W 9+24 N 160.0 -70.0
GAR-11-103 15+50 W 9+40 W 160.0 -70.0
GAR-11-104 15+00 W 9+60 N 160.0 -60.0
GAR-11-106 13+75 W 12+03 N 340.0 -45.0

There is one assay above 34.0 g/t reported in these drill results, bringing the total number of assay results received that are higher than one ounce per tonne to 14 since drilling commenced in May of 2010. With more than 25,000 samples analyzed, 14 samples is a statistically insignificant frequency (0.06% of total samples).

These eight holes bring the total meters of drilling reported for the 2011 drill program to 13,885 meters in 49 holes. The holes continue advancing the Company's primary focus on both expanding the quantity of, and upgrading the quality of the estimated resources reported in the A.C.A. Howe International Ltd. (Howe) Technical Report posted on SEDAR August 8, 2011. Expansion of the current resource estimate within the Howe resource footprint is done by drilling holes in areas where drill hole spacing's are too wide to estimate a resource or increasing the number of drill holes in a drill fence (See GAR-11-97 on Drill Section 13+00 W). Three holes in this Press Release are infilling areas adjacent to drill holes used in the last resource estimate. The other five holes are step out drill holes. Gold mineralization above the block model cutoff grade of 0.3 g/t used in the Howe Technical Repost was encountered in all the holes being reported.

Drill hole GAR-11-106 was drilled northwards to infill and delineate mineralization along the northern edge of the deposit in the western part of the resource footprint. These North Zone results will help to further define the northern boundary of the Garrcon Deposit.

The current working model of mineralization for the Garrcon Deposit holds that the north side of the deposit abuts against, or is bounded by, ultramafic rocks of variable thickness. Because mineralization in the bottom of GAR-11-105 (Press Release dated October 25, 2011) did not conform to that model, step out drilling is underway on the first of six planned holes of the Company's first systematic testing for gold mineralization in the Timiskaming Assemblage metasediments on the north side of the ultramafic rocks (the new target area discussed in the press release of October 25, 2011).

Drill holes GAR-11-98, and GAR-11-99 are infill holes drilled southwards along Section Lines 14+50 W. GAR-11-98 is about 40 meters south of and parallel to GAR-11-90 (Press Release dated October 11, 2011) while GAR-11-99 is collared about 50 meters to the north and again drilled parallel to GAR-11-90. Additional drilling is needed in this area to further define the extent and distribution of gold mineralization.

The five step out holes, GAR-11-100, GAR-11-101, GAR-11-102, GAR-11-103, GAR-11-104 and GAR-11-106 all contain mineralized intercepts assaying above 0.3 g/t. Most of the gold mineralized intercepts have fairly short downhole intervals and most of the holes contain a number of plus 1 and 2 g/t assays over 1 meter intervals indicating that follow up drilling is needed to expand the area of gold mineralization. Additional analysis and interpretation of the data is planned before additional drill hole locations are determined to follow up on the mineralization intercepted in these five holes.

Northern Gold has dedicated two diamond drills to this infill definition drilling program and will add a reverse circulation drill to accelerate the infill program. The reverse circulation drill expected to be on site in November is delayed due to drill availability. Two other diamond drills are being used for step out drilling, primarily to the east, following the strike direction of gold mineralization, but will also be used to follow up other targets developed elsewhere on the Garrison Gold Property.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Northern Gold Mining Inc. has QA/QC protocol in place for its exploration work. The Company is currently diamond drilling the Garrison Gold Property and the drilling contractor that completed these holes is Major Drilling Group International Inc. The NQ Core size gives good sample sizes and enables at least two size 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 1/2 of the drill core is submitted to Expert Laboratories, an accredited laboratory (PTP-MAL – Accredited by Standards Council of Canada – In full accord with ISO/IEC Guide 43-1 "Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparison") 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' certified laboratory (ISO/IEC 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 optical emission spectroscopy). Northern Gold 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 SGS' laboratory, in Toronto, 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 Fault systems. In addition to the advanced stage Jonpol and Garrcon Gold Deposits, both of which have NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates completed, the property hosts several other gold mineralized showings including the less advanced 903 gold mineralized area. Historically diamond drilling by previous operators was completed in all three referenced areas. An NI 43-101 Technical Report was posted on SEDAR October 21, 2009 for Jonpol, and two for Garrcon were posted on SEDAR November 5, 2010 and August 8, 2011, the latter of which includes a Preliminary Economic Assessment. The Garrison Gold Property has historical mining infrastructure at both the Jonpol and Garrcon Deposits, and currently producing mines are located near the property. On May 13, 2011, the Company completed its purchase of 100% ownership of the Garrison Gold Property from ValGold Resources Inc.

The technical aspects of this press release have been reviewed by Michael Gross M.S., P.Geo., 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." These statements are based on information currently available to the Company and the Company provides no assurance that actual results will meet management's expectations. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Forward-looking statements may be identified by such terms as "believes", "anticipates", "expects", "estimates", "may", "could", "would", "will", or "plan". Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results relating to, among other things, results of exploration, project development, reclamation and capital costs of the Company's mineral properties, and the Company's financial condition and prospects, could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements for many reasons such as: changes in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets; changes in demand and prices for minerals; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; technological and operational difficulties encountered in connection with the activities of the Company; and other matters discussed in this news release. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by the Company or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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