Terraco Gold Corp.

Terraco Gold Corp.

July 25, 2012 07:30 ET

Terraco Gold Announces Results of Second Set of Drill Hole Assays from its Idaho Project, Including the Best Intersection Drilled to Date by Terraco-76.2 Metres of 1.195 GPT Gold

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - Terraco Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:TEN) ("Terraco" or the "Company") is pleased to report additional assay results from the 2012 drill program completed at its Almaden (Nutmeg Mountain) Project located in Washington County, Idaho. The Company is reporting 8 drill holes in this release and has now reported 18 of the 32 core holes drilled this year. In-fill and metallurgical core drilling continues to encounter significant intercepts in these holes from surface to 76.2 metres ("m") or 250 feet ("ft").

Drill Highlights Include:

  • Hole MET-2 intersected 76.2 m averaging 1.195 grams per tonne ("gpt") gold from surface to 76.2 m (250 ft averaging 0.035 Troy ounces per short ton ("opt") gold from surface to 250.0 ft), including 27.0 m averaging 2.168 gpt gold to 40.9 m (88.5 ft of 0.063 opt gold to 134 ft), with 5.0 m of that inclusion averaging 3.220 gpt gold to 29.4 m (16.5 ft of 0.094 opt gold to 96.5 ft);
  • Hole TAL-781C intersected 61.6 m averaging 1.100 gpt gold from surface to 61.6 m (202 ft of 0.032 opt gold from surface to 202 ft), including 7.6 m averaging 1.488 gpt gold to 18.3 m (25 ft of 0.043 opt gold to 60 ft), and 18.3 m averaging 1.408 gpt gold to 39.6 m (60 ft of 0.041 opt gold to 130 ft); and
  • Hole TAL-785C intersected 44.2 m averaging 1.182 gpt gold from 3.0 to 47.3 m (145 ft of 0.034 opt gold from 10 to 155 ft), including 18.3 m averaging 2.032 gpt gold to 29.0 m (60 ft of 0.059 opt gold to 95 ft).

A table summarizing this round of drill results can be found at the conclusion of the news release.

Todd Hilditch, President and CEO of Terraco, said: "We are excited about this second set of results, from our Idaho advanced -stage project, which include the best intercept of grade and thickness drilled by Terraco to date. Terraco looks forward to the results of the remaining drill holes to be released in the coming weeks."

Drill Program Summary

The 2012 exploration program was designed to accomplish three goals:

  1. continue to test continuity and confirm the grade of the deposit internally by obtaining better, more representative, samples through the use of core drilling instead of reverse-circulation ("RC") drilling;
  2. obtain large diameter core samples for metallurgical testwork that will address specific questions unanswered in prior metallurgical studies; and
  3. explore for high grade feeder zones below and laterally away from the known resource.

Terraco's 2012 drill program utilized HQ3 core drilling in mostly shallow holes in 4 different areas of the deposit aimed at:

  • better defining resources in the areas of older conventional or rotary air blast and RC drilling; and
  • measuring the difference in grades between the various drill techniques.

Metallurgical Testing

Drilling also included large diameter core to provide sufficient material / larger particle size fractions for column test work sent to McClelland Laboratories in Sparks, Nevada. Two of the 3 drilled metallurgical holes (MET-1 and MET-2) have returned the best intercepts of Terraco's designed program. Sample compositing and testwork are currently underway. Testing will focus on leach recoveries by ore type and size fractions and should be completed in calendar Q3/4.

Terraco, for the 2012 program to date, has drilled 28 HQ3 holes for a total of 2,462.3 m (8,078 ft) and 4 large diameter (4 inch) core holes for metallurgical purposes amounting to 298.7 m (980 ft). The majority of the HQ3 holes were drilled to target depths of 90 m (300 ft) or less. A few holes, drilled as deep as 610 m (2,002 ft), tested for gold mineralization down dip along structures, and explored for deeper feeder zones.

Assay results are summarized in the table below.

Drill Hole Number Area Interval
MET-2 South Pit 76.2 1.195 0.0 76.2 250 0.035 0 250
Including 27.0 2.168 13.9 40.9 88.5 0.063 45.5 134
with 5.0 3.220 24.4 29.4 16.5 0.094 80 96.5
MET-3 North Pit 25.9 0.582 0.0 25.9 85 0.017 0 85
Including 1.2 2.380 5.0 6.2 4 0.069 16.5 20.5
with 6.6 0.708 29.9 36.4 21.5 0.021 98 119.5
TAL-776C North Zone 3.0 0.456 0.0 3.0 10 0.027 0 10
17.0 0.650 12.2 29.0 55 0.019 40 95
4.6 0.669 36.6 41.2 15 0.024 120 135
TAL-777C North Zone Assays Pending
TAL-778C North Zone Assays Pending
TAL-779C Main Zone Assays Pending
TAL-780C North Zone Assays Pending
TAL-781C Main Zone 61.6 1.100 0.0 61.6 202 0.032 0 202
Including 7.6 1.488 10.7 18.3 25 0.043 35 60
Including 18.3 1.408 21.3 39.6 60 0.041 70 130
TAL-782C North Zone 2.4 0.823 2.1 4.6 8 0.024 7 15
3.0 0.673 7.6 10.7 10 0.020 25 35
1.5 0.434 12.2 13.7 5 0.013 40 45
1.5 0.440 15.2 16.8 5 0.013 50 55
TAL-783C Main Zone 27.4 0.797 1.5 29.0 90 0.023 5 95
Including 3.0 1.643 21.3 24.4 10 0.048 70 80
TAL-784C North Zone 25.9 0.611 0.0 25.9 85 0.018 0 85
Including 6.1 1.052 0.0 6.1 20 0.031 0 20
1.5 0.340 27.4 29.0 5 0.010 90 95
1.5 0.473 33.5 35.1 5 0.014 110 115
TAL-785C South Pit 44.2 1.182 3.0 47.3 145 0.034 10 155
Including 18.3 2.032 10.7 29.0 60 0.059 35 95
Intersections were composited using a 0.34 gpt (0.010 opt) gold cut-off and may include short intervals of values below the cut-off grade. Intervals are converted from feet to metres. Rounding to metres may affect interval values.

Assay determinations for gold were made by 50 gram fire assay, using an AA finish. Analyses were performed by ALS Minerals USA, Inc. in Reno, Nevada.

Please click on the link below for a map of the 2012 drilling released to date, which will also available on Terraco's website at www.terracogold.com.


Drilling during 2012 at the Almaden (Nutmeg Mountain) Project was conducted by Marcus and Marcus Exploration of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and National EWP, Inc., of Hayden, Idaho.

The exploration and drill program at Terraco's Almaden (Nutmeg Mountain) Project was designed by Charles Sulfrian, CPG, Vice President, Exploration, for Terraco and William Snoddy, Almaden Project Manager. Unless otherwise noted, the technical information in this release has been reviewed and approved by Charles Sulfrian, CPG., Vice President, Exploration, of Terraco and a 'qualified person', as defined by National Instrument 43-101,Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Terraco is a mineral exploration company, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "TEN".

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation or "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act and the Alberta Securities Act. This includes statements concerning the Company's plans at its mineral properties, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the availability of financing for activities, risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, metal price fluctuations, environmental and regulatory requirements, availability of permits, escalating costs of remediation and mitigation, risk of title loss, the effects of accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration or development, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, expectations and beliefs of management and other risks and uncertainties. In addition, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information is based on various assumptions. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking information or forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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