Sona Resources Corporation

Sona Resources Corporation

December 02, 2010 14:27 ET

Sona Resources Corp.: No. 9 Vein Surface Sampling Averages 56.9g Au/t

Surface and Drilling Results Received

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - Sona Resources Corp. (the "Company" or "Sona") (TSX VENTURE:SYS)(FRANKFURT:QS7) is pleased to report assay results from surface sampling and diamond drilling that targeted the No. 9 Vein at its 100 percent owned Elizabeth Gold Deposit Property, located in the Lillooet Mining District of south-central British Columbia, 220 kilometres north of Vancouver.

The No. 9 Vein is a south-trending quartz carbonate structure situated approximately 500 metres to the north of the Southwest Vein. The area contains historical underground workings, driven in 1949 and 1950 in a southerly direction along the vein for 280 metres. On a steep slope above the old No. 9 Vein portal, a narrow structure of sheared quartz veining can be seen that varies in width from a few to 20 centimetres wide.

The current program is the first exploration work undertaken by Sona on the No. 9 Vein, and consisted of five chip samples collected above the portal on average every three metres in a southerly direction, varying in width from seven to 18 centimetres. In sequence, the assay results returned the following values:

Sample Width (cm) Gold (g Au/t)
1 3 0.0
2 7 0.2
3 7 60.0
4 12 32.6
5 18 188.9
Average 56.9

The highest-grade gold sample returned silver values of 80.0g Ag/t.

As a part of the 2010 drill program, Sona completed three drill holes at the No. 9 Vein, two of which successfully intersected the vein; the third hole stopped short of the target. The holes were collared about 40 metres south of the No. 9 Vein portal, and intersected the vein at approximately 50 and 100 metres below the adit level.

The table below details the drill hole composite assay results.

  From To Core length Gold
Hole no. (m) (m) (m) (g Au/t)
E10-70 no significant values
E10-71 6.47 7.51 1.04 2.63
  129.9 130.74 0.84 0.67
E10-72 did not intersect target

Note: True widths are less than core lengths.

In 1983, R.W. Phendler (Phendler, R.W., Sampling Program – Yalokom Property, BC private company report, 1983) completed an underground sampling program of the continuous No. 9 quartz vein. The report stated that it had intersected three separate zones of gold-bearing ore shoots along the drift and indicated the high nature of the zones:

  • 44.3g Au/t over an average of 0.43 metres width and 48.70 metres length;
  • 25.4g Au/t over an average of 0.62 metres width and 15.20 metres length; and
  • 20.6g Au/t over an average of 0.44 metres width and 10.70 metres length.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Drill core was logged and split on site, and half-core samples were analyzed using metallic screening gold fire assaying and 30-element ICP multi-acid digestion, at the independent EcoTech Laboratory in Kamloops, B.C. A QA/QC program consisting of duplicate samples, insertion of known standards and check assaying was employed.


The content of this news release has been reviewed by John P. Thompson, P.Eng., a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101, with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of the data.

About Sona Resources Corp.

Since its inception in 1990, Sona has engaged in exploration activities at its mineral properties in Canada and the United States, as well as small-scale gold production at its flagship property, the 100 percent owned Blackdome Gold Mine ("Blackdome"), in south-central British Columbia, 250 kilometres north of Vancouver. At Blackdome, the indicated mineral resources are estimated to be 144,500 tonnes, grading 11.29g Au/t and containing 52,600 ounces of gold, and the inferred resource is estimated to be 90,600 tonnes, grading 8.79g Au/t (news release May 4, 2010). At its 100 percent owned Elizabeth Gold Property, 30 kilometres south of the Blackdome Gold Mine, Sona has outlined an inferred gold resource of 522,900 tonnes, grading 12.3g Au/t and containing 206,100 ounces of gold (news release June 8, 2009). Sona aims to bring the fully permitted Blackdome mill back into production over the next three years at a rate of 200 tonnes per day, with feed from the former-producing Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Property. A positive Preliminary Economic Assessment by Micon International Ltd. (news release May 28, 2010), at a gold price of $950 per ounce over an eight-year period, has estimated pre-tax cash flow of $27 million and pre-production capital costs of $21 million.

Sona holds a 100 percent interest in two other promising properties: The Callaghan Project is located in Nevada, within 80 kilometres of several producing mines, and is underlain by the Roberts Mountain Thrust, a major structural setting for gold deposits. The Montgolfier Project is located in Quebec, 40 kilometres east of the multimillion-ounce Casa Berardi Mine gold deposit.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, and such statements involve risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted may differ materially from actual results or events. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this news release. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or any other occurrence.

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