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World’s oldest gold mine in Georgia a “myth,” says government

March 18th, 2014

by Ana Komnenic | March 18, 2014 | Reprinted by permission of

The Georgian government has given RMG Gold the go-ahead to continue with its mining project at Sakdrisi-Kachagiani, a site in the country’s southeast region.

Opponents condemned the move because, according to some archeologists, Sakdrisi-Kachagiani might be the world’s oldest gold mine and they want to preserve the site’s rich history.

The Georgian Ministry of Culture carried out an investigation of the area and announced on March 14 that there’s no proof of the ancient mine’s existence.

World’s oldest gold mine in Georgia a “myth,” says government

Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection press conference, March 14. (Photo: Ministry of Culture)

“The government of Georgia considers it impracticable to impede employment of thousands of people and improvement of business environment based on a myth,” the ministry wrote in a news release.

The ministry will also invite “independent international experts” to monitor RMG’s mining operations at the site so that if a “scientific discovery” is made the excavated artefacts can be researched and placed in museums.

According to EurasiaNet, in 2004 archeologists from the National Museum of Georgia and the German Mining Museum uncovered caves and mining tools at Sakdrisi-Kachagiani which they believe date back to the third millennium BC.

Sakdrisi was previously listed as a protected historic site. The Ministry of Culture stripped it of this status in 2013, according to EurasiaNet, at which point Russian-owned RMG decided to begin developing the mine.

A group of archeologists and preservationists said last week that to allow the mining operation and “ignore” the results of nine-year-old scientific research and broad public interest would be a “huge injustice,” Georgian news outlet reported.

Last year the president of the German Association of Archaeology wrote to the Georgian government in support of preserving the site, calling the removal of its protected status “shameful.”

“If [these] plans are going to be implemented, not just Georgia, also Europe, will [lose] one of its most important prehistoric mining sites forever,” Dr. Hermann Parzinger wrote.

RMG is one of Georgia’s biggest taxpayers, according to EurasiaNet.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

February 22nd, 2014

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for February 15 to 21, 2014

by Greg Klein

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New “zone” at Rook 1 rocks NexGen stock

Judging by share performance, radiometric readings from NexGen Energy’s TSXV:NXE Rook 1 project far outshone next-door neighbour Fission Uranium’s TSXV:FCU Patterson Lake South last week—even though PLS assays showed its best hole yet. Possibly a bit premature, NexGen claimed the first hole in Rook 1’s Arrow area constitutes “a totally new zone of uranium mineralization.” Then again, the company also refers to intercepts as “zones.”

NexGen’s February 19 announcement said scintillometer readings showed a number of significant radioactive intervals in a hole that’s still being drilled. By “significant,” the company means at least five centimetres above 500 counts per second from a hand-held device that measures gamma ray particles in cps.

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for February 15 to 21, 2014

NexGen’s first hole in the Arrow area of Rook 1 stole attention
from Patterson Lake South and catapulted the company’s stock.

Results so far show well over a dozen “significant” intervals ranging from 0.05 metres to 1.65 metres in width. They occurred between downhole depths of 207.8 metres and 319.1 metres.

Radiometric readings are no substitute for assays, which are pending.

The company’s now revising its original 6,000-metre program “to substantially expand the program at Arrow and the other 11 western-located Rook 1 target areas,” according to CEO Leigh Curyer.

Last summer’s drilling found three mineralized holes roughly four kilometres southwest of Arrow, closer to the PLS boundary.

NexGen’s stock soared. Having previously closed on a 52-week low of $0.225, it shot up to a 52-week high of $0.65 in two days, before closing February 21 on $0.53.

Another best hole to date from Fission Uranium’s Patterson Lake South

Although upstaged by NexGen’s same-day announcement, Fission Uranium once again outperformed previous results by reporting its “strongest mineralized hole to date” from PLS on February 19.

The celeb du jour is hole PLS14-129 on zone R585E, the fourth of seven zones along a southwest-northeast potential strike of 1.78 kilometres. The zone itself has a defined strike of 30 metres and a lateral width of about 10 metres.

Of eight intervals reported, the best results show:

  • 13.66% uranium oxide (U3O8) over 38 metres, starting at 56 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 38.49% over 10.5 metres)

  • 11.19% over 31.5 metres, starting at 108.5 metres
  • (including 27.57% over 12 metres)

  • 6.82% over 11.5 metres, starting at 145.5 metres
  • (including 20.28% over 2.5 metres)

  • 3.37% over 12.5 metres, starting at 160 metres
  • (including 9.57% over 4 metres)

True widths weren’t available. Drilling was vertical.

“Nothing less than phenomenal,” was president/COO and chief geologist Ross McElroy’s immodest appraisal. The grade-times-thickness value nearly doubled that of the previous best hole, which dates back to September on the neighbouring R390E zone.

Last week Fission Uranium released a batch of radiometric readings for seven holes from four zones. The $12-million campaign, which includes ground geophysics as well as 90 holes totalling 30,000 metres, continues.

Anthem reports initial drill results from Hatchet Lake JV with Denison

Anthem Resources TSXV:AYN released preliminary drill results from Hatchet Lake, a joint venture with Denison Mines TSX:DML, on February 20. The 10-hole, 2,025-metre program on the Athabasca Basin’s eastern edge found no significant mineralization but a downhole radiometric probe intersected anomalous radioactivity in four holes.

The campaign also found prospective features “including strong fracturing, de-silicification (sanding) and clay and hematite alteration in the sandstone, and weak to strong chlorite and clay alteration, graphitic fault zones and sulphide mineralization in the basement,” Anthem stated. Assays are still to come.

Anthem’s cash position prevented a contribution to Hatchet’s $750,000 budget and the $300,000 IP survey on the Murphy Lake property, also part of the JV. As a result, Anthem’s interest dropped from 50% to about 41%. Denison acts as project operator.

Forum to acquire northeastern Basin property from Anthem

The same day as the Hatchet Lake news, Anthem and Forum Uranium TSXV:FDC announced an agreement to move a Basin property from the former to the latter. Forum will get the 14,205-hectare Fir Island claims on the Basin’s northeastern margin for 300,000 shares and a 1.5% NSR, of which Anthem may buy two-thirds for $1 million.

With little or no sandstone cover and road access within two kilometres, the property lies directly on a major structure, the Black Lake Shear Zone, and adjacent to the former Nisto mine, Forum stated. Previous geophysical and geochemical surveys identified several shallow drill targets which Forum plans to refine through ground gravity work.

Two weeks earlier the company announced it would buy two sets of claims from Agnico Eagle Mines TSX:AEM to consolidate Forum’s North Thelon project in Nunavut.

This month Forum plans to begin drilling 12 to 15 holes totalling 3,000 metres at its 9,910-hectare PLS-adjacent Clearwater project. The company’s eastside Basin 40%/60% Henday JV has $150,000 worth of summer magnetic and electromagnetic surveys planned by project operator Rio Tinto NYE:RIO.

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Under the rainbows

February 5th, 2013

Columbus, Aquila/Hudbay and Evolving find gold in French Guiana, Michigan and Nevada

by Greg Klein

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To put some perspective on its Paul Isnard property in French Guiana, Columbus Gold TSXV:CGT likes to go back in time—roughly 225 million years. That’s before tectonic forces tore apart the planet’s one and only continent. The present-day Caribbean coast of South America was then joined to present-day northwestern Africa. Consequently there’s continuity, the company contends, between South America’s Guiana Shield and the Birimian Shield of gold-rich countries like Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Ghana. Thanks to that geology, Columbus has boosted its inferred resource by 184% to 5.37 million gold ounces.

As announced on February 5, the project’s Montagne d’Or resource update uses a low cutoff of 0.3 grams per tonne for a deposit starting at surface and reaching an average vertical depth of 247 metres. The company provided additional numbers for higher cutoff grades:

  • with a 0.3 g/t cutoff, 117.1 million tonnes averaging 1.43 g/t for 5.37 million ounces
  • with a 0.4 g/t cutoff, 111.2 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t for 5.3 million ounces
  • with a 0.5 g/t cutoff, 101.9 million tonnes averaging 1.58 g/t for 5.17 million ounces
  • with a 0.7 g/t cutoff, 81.7 million tonnes averaging 1.82 g/t for 4.78 million ounces
  • with a 1 g/t cutoff, 58.1 million tonnes averaging 2.22 g/t for 4.15 million ounces.
A rainbow seen from Evolving Gold’s Carlin project adds a storybook touch to geological exploration

A rainbow seen from Evolving Gold’s Carlin project
adds a storybook touch to mineral exploration.

The update uses a 16 g/t topcut as compared to the previous 1.89-million-ounce resource, which used a 30 g/t topcut and 0.4 g/t cutoff.

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Columbus chairman/CEO Robert Giustra said modelling “has also identified gaps within the deposit envelope where additional drilling has the potential to add ounces and where tighter drilling may upgrade some or all of the inferred resources to the indicated category. Additional expansion potential is also suggested by untested geochemical anomalies extending more than three kilometres along strike, by incompletely tested parallel zones of gold mineralization, and at depth.”

The 149-square-kilometre Paul Isnard project includes a 65-person camp with airstrip on a forest road connecting to a highway 115 kilometres from the port of St. Laurent.

Columbus shares opened February 5 at $0.355, seven cents above the previous close, and hit $0.425 before settling on a $0.365 close.

Another resource update, announced February 4, comes from Michigan’s Back Forty project, a 49/51 joint venture of Aquila Resources TSX:AQA and Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM. The global resource shows:

  • measured and indicated resources of 987,236 gold ounces, 11.91 million silver ounces, 110.43 million copper pounds, 74.3 million lead pounds and 1.02 billion zinc pounds
  • an inferred resource of 155,885 gold ounces, 1.99 million silver ounces, 18.65 million copper pounds, 17.21 million lead pounds and 113.33 million zinc pounds.

The estimate provides separate numbers for open pit and underground resources. The open pit estimate shows:

  • measured and indicated resources of 640,663 gold ounces, 6.96 million silver ounces, 72.27 million copper pounds, 36.22 million lead pounds and 525.54 million zinc pounds.

The underground estimate shows:

  • measured and indicated resources of 346,572 gold ounces, 4.95 million silver ounces, 38.16 million copper pounds, 38.07 million lead pounds and 496.13 million zinc pounds

  • an inferred resource of 142,351 gold ounces, 1.82 million silver ounces, 18.02 million copper pounds, 15.9 million lead pounds and 103.7 million zinc pounds.

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