Blackrock Gold Corp (CVE:BRC) (OTCMKTS:BKRRF) has reported more high grade drill results from drilling at its Victor Target at its Tonopah West project in western Nevada, which have confirmed the company's geological modelling.
The Victor target remains open down dip and 480 metres along strike to the project's boundary to the east. It is one of several targets at the project, and lies 800 meters east of the Denver, Paymaster and Bermuda (DPB) high-grade vein target, which were historically mined together.
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Blackrock said that this year, exploration will scale up to three diamond core drills and one reverse circulation (RC) rig for a planned 40,000m campaign.
The focus will be a resource definition program consisting of 30,000 metres and will deliver an initial resource on the historic DPB mine target in Q4 2021, the firm added.
"With six months of core drilling now under our belt at Victor, it is these new assay results that management are most excited about as they represent what has been the missing link for us thus far, a confirmation that our model of the structural controls of the system is correct having hit the thick mineralized zone again as predicted," said Andrew Pollard, CEO of Blackrock, in a statement.
"With our geologic model now validated, it is evident that significant exploration potential remains within this target."
One hole confirmed the geologic model by successfully intersecting the Murray vein 60 metres down dip from where another hole had encountered 29 metres (m)grading 965 grams per ton (g/t) of silver-equivalent, Blackrock noted.
Another hole cut 3.11m grading 386 g/t silver-equivalent (198 g/t silver and 1.88 g/t gold), including 0.31 metres of 1,121 g/t silver-equivalent (571 g/t silver and 5.5 g/t gold), the company said.
"Intersecting this thick zone of gold and silver mineralization not only demonstrates the high-grade nature and continuity of the vein, extending it along strike and down-dip, but it also indicates we now have a solid grasp of the orientation of the structure itself," said Pollard.
Blackrock noted that assays for a further 12 drillholes are pending from the Tonopah West project.
The explorer is focused on its Nevada portfolio of properties consisting of low-sulphidation epithermal gold and silver projects, which lie on the established northern Nevada rift in north-central Nevada and the Walker Lane trend in the west of the state.
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