World News: 19:22 GMT Monday 29th April 2019. [Champs D’or En Beauce Inc. via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]
MONTREAL, Quebec, April 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- is pleased to announce that results of a large scale gravimetric survey in St-Simon-les-Mines, located in the Beauce region of southern Quebec, indicate that the major fault line previous identified (press release HPQ May 11, 2017 release,) extends over 4.5 km and is in alignment with old placer gold mines.
Patrick Levasseur, President and CEO of Beauce Gold Fields, said, "The fact that geophysics results are in alignment with the past producing gold mines is another important discovery that narrows our search to find the hardrock source of the Saint-Simon-les-Mines gold placers. "
The Company has recently received a report titled “RAPPORT DES LEVÉS GRAVIMÉTRIQUE ET DE TOMOGRAPHIE GÉOÉLECTRIQUE DE 2018” authored by Professor Marc Richer-LaFlèche from the INRS (Institute National de la Recherche et des Sciences), The report presents the main results of a gravity survey in the St-Simon-les-Mines region and a geo-electrical tomography survey carried out in the Gilbert River and Giroux Creek gold sector. Geophysical work was carried out at the end of 2017 and in May 2018 on the Beauce Gold Placer property. In May 2018, a gravity survey of 599 stations was conducted along roads and trails throughout St-Simon-les-Mines. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate the deep geology of this sector by verifying certain hypotheses proposed on the basis of the results of the AMT surveys carried out in 2017-2018 (press release HPQ May 11, 2017 release,). More specifically, the present study aimed to verify the probable presence of a large fault located below the Beauce Placer gold placer zone and along the Gilbert River between St-Gustave road and the town of St-Simon-les-Mines. The work is a continuation of the geophysics that has been carried out by HPQ Silicon in the sector since 2017. The primary objective of the geophysical survey is to identify potentially mineralized zones that could possibly be the hard rock source of the gold contained in the placers of St-Simon-les-Mines.
The 19 and 20 century placer gold mines align with the northern edge of the gravity pit highlighted by the Bouguer anomaly vertical integration map. Similarly, these mines line up on the northern edge of a magnetic trough. The fault, suggested from the St-Gustave audiomagnetotelluric (AMT) survey, appears to be the same along the northern limit gravity pit and magnetic trough. This relationship between a local gravimetric and magnetic trough and a geolectric discontinuity (AMT survey) is consistent with the presence of a fault in this area. This fault could explain the presence of gold in this part of the Gilbert River watershed. Moreover, in the context of the transfer of hydrothermal gold fluids into the crustal rocks of the region, it is likely that the higher permeability of volcaniclastic rocks has favored the emplacement of gold mineralization mainly located on the north side of the suspected fault. This could explain the predominance of auriferous veins in the volcaniclastic units of the Beauceville Formation and the rarity of these veins in the less permeable (shale-rich) rocks of the St-Victor Formation.
Based on the results of the audiomagnetotelluric, gravimetric and magnetometric studies carried out in the St-Simon-les-Mines sector, it seems highly probable that a fault, passing along the Gilbert River, may explain the emplacement of gold. The Company intends to continue exploration work in order to validate the hypothesis that the source of the placer gold could be the fault line.
Robert Gagnon, P. Geo., a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information presented in this release.
Beauce Gold Fields is a gold exploration company focused on placer to hard rock exploration in the Beauce region of Southern Quebec. The Company’s flagship property is the St-Simon-les-Mines Gold project, a unique, historically significant gold property located in the municipality of Saint-Simon-les-Mines. Comprising of a block of 152 claims as well as 7 real estate lots, the project area hosts a six kilometre long unconsolidated gold-bearing sedimentary unit (a lower saprolite and an upper brown diamictite). Textural observations (angularity) of gold nuggets suggest a relatively proximal source and therefore a short transport distance. The gold in saprolite indicates a close proximity to a bedrock source of gold, providing possible further exploration discoveries. The property was host to Canada’s first gold rush before the 1890s Klondike gold rush. It hosts numerous historical gold mines that were active from 1860s to the 1960s (see HPQ SEDAR-filed July 4 2018 43-101 report).
Patrick Levasseur, President and CEO Tel: (514) 262-9239 Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and COO Tel (514) 907-1011
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Globe Newswire: 19:22 GMT Monday 29th April 2019
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