Vancouver, BC, Canada - March 7, 2016 - Miranda Gold Corp. ("Miranda") (TSX-V: MAD) and Gold Torrent, Inc., ("Gold Torrent") (OTC-QB:GTOR) announce an updated mineral resource for Willow Creek, Alaska. The Willow Creek Project is located approximately 121 km north of Anchorage, Alaska, in the Willow Creek mining district. The contiguous project claim block includes 43 patented and 62 State of Alaska lode mining claims covering a total area of approximately 4,290 hectares.
The Willow Creek Project is being developed through a joint venture partnership between Miranda and Gold Torrent, with Gold Torrent currently earning a 70% equity interest through the funding of the first US$10 million in development costs.
Completion of the updated mineral resource estimate for the Willow Creek Project allows Gold Torrent to move forward with their planned Preliminary Feasibility Study, anticipated to be released during the first half of 2016.
A National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101) technical report on mineral resources will be published on SEDAR within 45 days.
- The updated mineral resource estimate for the Willow Creek Project completed by Hard Rock Consulting, LLC ("HRC") comprises 121,500 ounces of gold contained in 206.5 thousand tonnes grading an average of 18.3 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold classified as Measured and Indicated mineral resources. An additional 35,150 ounces of gold contained in 59.0 thousand tonnes grading an average of 18.5 g/t gold are classified as Inferred mineral resources. All of the estimated mineral resources are based on a 5.0 g/t cutoff.
- An improved understanding of the geologic controls on mineralization resulted in a significant increase in the mineral resource estimate for the Willow Creek Project.
- An updated model has been expanded to include a portion of Lucky Shot area. In total, mineral resources at the Willow Creek Project include 8 veins in the Coleman area and 2 veins in the Lucky Shot area. The mineral resource estimate is based on information from 174 drillholes.
- Potential exists to increase the mineral resources at the Willow Creek Project through drilling down-dip extensions of the Coleman and Lucky Shot area, and the exploration targets in the War Baby and Murphy areas along strike to the east.
2016 Updated Mineral Resource Estimate
Table 1 - Mineral Resource Statement for the Willow Creek Project, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, Hard Rock Consulting, LLC, Effective Date of February 1, 2016
The mineral resources are reported in accordance with Canadian Securities Administrators NI 43-101 and have been estimated in conformity with generally accepted Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") "Estimation of Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserves Best Practices" guidelines. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no certainty that all or any part of the mineral resources will be converted into mineral reserves.
The mineral resources are reported at a cut-off grade to reflect reasonable prospects for economic extraction. HRC considers that significant portions of the Willow Creek Project are amenable to underground extraction methods. The "reasonable prospects for economic extraction" requirement referred to in NI 43-101 was tested by applying cutoff of 5 g/t Au. After review of several scenarios considering different metal prices, HRC applied a long-term gold price of US$1,265/oz. Metallurgical recoveries for gold were assumed to be 80%. HRC assumed mining, processing, and G&A costs of US$150.00 per tonne mined. These parameters were selected by HRC to demonstrate that the mineral resources reported meet the test of reasonable prospect for economic extraction.
This updated mineral resource estimate is based on a 3D geologic model constructed using geologic and assay data from approximately 174 historic drill holes (11 Enserch and 163 drilled by Full Metal Mining). Gold values where capped by vein to prevent high grade outlier data from potentially adversely impacting the grade estimation. The capped assay data were then composited into true thickness vein intercepts for grade estimation. Block grades were estimated using a true thickness weighted, inverse distance interpolation method.
This updated mineral resource estimate was completed by Zachary J. Black, SME-RM, of HRC. Mr. Black has reviewed pertinent geological information in sufficient detail to support the data incorporated in the mineral resource estimate. Mr. Black is an Independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, and is responsible for the mineral resource estimate presented in this release. Mr. Black has reviewed the content of this news release, and consents to the information provided in the form and context in which it appears.
Data disclosed in this press release have been reviewed and verified by Miranda's President and CEO, Joseph Hebert, C.P.G., B.Sc. Geology, and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.