During 2012, Ramelius drilled seven holes, including all the Phase III holes, in the south and southwest portions of a donut-shaped magnetic anomaly approximately 1,200 ft (400 m) in diameter. Ramelius refers to this anomaly as Grass Hollow. Tertiary rhyolites crop out in the vicinity of the magnetic anomaly. The rhyolites are underlain successively by Tertiary conglomerate and Triassic limestone. The limestone is moderately to strongly decalcified and silicified for approximately 200 ft (61 m) beneath the conglomerate. The principal gold intercepts are in this altered limestone. All seven holes penetrated deep enough to intersect the altered limestone and gold mineralization and all seven intersect gold grades above 0.01 oz Au/ton (0.343 g Au/t).
The Phase III holes were drilled by Boart Longyear Company with a track-mounted drill. ALS Global performed all analyses. Significant gold or silver intersections are defined as those with gold grades of 0.01 oz Au/ton (0.343 g Au/t) or higher over intercepts of 5 ft (1.5 m) or longer, or silver grades of 0.30 oz Ag/ton (10.29 g Ag/t) or higher.
| Hole ID || || Interval |
| || Length |
| || Grade |
| || Grade (oz/ton) |
| || Interval |
| || Length |
| || Grade |
| || Grade |
| Grass Hollow Target |
| 775-780 || 5 || 0.013 || 236.2-237.7 || 1.5 || 0.431 |
| AW12-11 || 780-795 || 15 || 0.023 || 237.7-242.3 || 4.6 || 0.782 |
| AW12-12 || 800-805 || 5 || 0.012 || 243.8-245.4 || 1.5 || 0.417 |
| 855-875 || 20 || 0.112 || 260.6-266.7 || 6.1 || 3.828 |
| 865-870 || 5 || 0.309 || 263.7-265.2 || 1.5 || 10.6 |
| 985-990 || 5 || 0.017 || 300.2-301.8 || 1.5 || 0.576 |
| 1005-1010 || 5 || 0.016 || 306.3-307.8 || 1.5 || 0.542 |
Original data are in feet and ppm (g Au/t). True thicknesses of the
gold intercepts are estimated to be 90 per cent of the down hole
intersections. No holes intersected Ag greater than 10.29 ppm.
As a result of the encouraging 2012 drill results, Ramelius has initiated development of a Plan of Operations/Nevada Permit for Reclamation (POO) with the BLM. The POO will provide for total land disturbance for drill roads and pads in excess of the maximum 5 acres (2 hectares) of disturbance allowed under a Notice of Intent (NOI) that currently regulates Ramelius' drilling-related land disturbance. Until the POO is approved, Ramelius plans drilling to resume after winter close-out in June 2013 under the current Notice of Intent (NOI) with the BLM.
To date, Ramelius has drill-tested six target areas with a total of 32 holes aggregating 17,996 ft (5,484.6 m).
The Angel Wing project consists of 87 unpatented lode claims covering 2.8 sq mi (7.3 sq km.) in northeast Elko County, Nevada. Project area stratigraphy from youngest to oldest is a) Tertiary felsic volcanic units, b) Tertiary conglomerate, and c) limestone, late Paleozoic or Triassic in age. Past work consisted of geologic mapping, soil and rock sampling, a gravity survey, and RC drilling. Gold values from 0.1 to 94 g Au/t in rock chips occur in an area about 6,700 ft (2,042 m) long and up to 3,000 ft (914 m) wide. High gold value rock-chip samples with 0.29 to 2.7 oz Au/ton (10 to 94 g Au/t) occur in steeply dipping quartz-calcite-adularia veins with distinctive "angel wing" textures within the limestone. Rock samples of altered and quartz-calcite veinlet stockworked limestone and Tertiary conglomerate contain up to 0.045 oz Au/ton (1.530 g Au/t). Historic shallow vertical drilling targeted disseminated mineralization and returned up to 0.048 oz Au/ton over 50 ft (1.643 g Au/t over 15.2 m) in drill hole DC-7. Since 2010, Ramelius completed IP/Resistivity, ground magnetic, and soil geochemical surveys, three core holes, and 29 RC holes.
All data disclosed in this press release, including sampling, analytical and test data, have been reviewed and verified by Vice President of Exploration Joseph Hebert, C.P.G., B.Sc. Geology and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Miranda Gold Corp. is a gold exploration company active in Nevada, Alaska and Colombia and whose emphasis is on generating gold exploration projects with world-class discovery potential. Miranda performs its own grass roots exploration and then employs a joint venture business model on its projects in order to maximize exposure to discovery while minimizing exploration risk. Miranda has ongoing partnerships with Agnico-Eagle (USA) Inc., Montezuma Mines Inc., Navaho Gold Ltd., NuLegacy Corporation, Ramelius Resources Ltd., and Red Eagle Mining Corporation.
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