Jun 22, 2010
Merrex Gold - Siribaya Drilling Hits Southern Extension of Zone 1B and Northern Extension of Zone 1A; New trend developing at Babara-Kofia permits
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwire -- June 22, 2010) - Gregory Isenor, P.Geo., President and CEO of Merrex Gold Inc. ("Merrex") (TSX Venture: MXI) announces that the Fence # 1 South (33+80 N) located 40 metres immediately south of the Zone 1B, NI 43-101 Resource at the Siribaya Gold Project in West Mali, has intersected the southern extension of Zone 1B and the interpreted northern extension of Zone 1A. Additionally, auger drilling is underway at Zone Bambadinka and termite mound geochemistry indicates new trend at Babara-Kofia Permits.
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"The second drill fence of our reconnaissance Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program continues to produce positive results," said Gregory Isenor, President and CEO of Merrex. "Fence #1 South, an east-west fence located 40 metres south of the southern limit of the Zone 1B NI 43-101 Resource area, has hit both the southern extension of Zone 1B NI 43-101 Resource area and the interpreted northern extension of the Zone 1A NI 43-101 Resource area which occurs two kilometres to the south.
At the eastern end of the drill fence, holes 36, 36A, 37, 38, 39 and 40, which are on strike geologically with Zone 1A as indicated by termite mound sampling results, magnetic structures and IP chargeability, intersected mineralization characteristic of Zone 1A and is interpreted as being the extension of Zone 1A.
At the western end of the drill fence, holes 19, 20 and 23 encountered the southern extension of Zone 1B drilling. Additionally holes 26, 32 and 33 hit new zones of mineralization."
Fence #1 South (33+80N) 40 metres south of Zone 1B (See RC-L-2 on map)
The second east-west drill fence of the 2010 RC drill program was located 40 metres south of the Zone 1B NI 43-101 Resource area. The 27 drill holes were oriented at 270° with a dip of -50° west and were drilled to approximately 100 metres target depth at 50 metre spacing and are interpreted as intersecting the southern extension of Zone 1B, the northern extension of Zone 1A, and additional new gold zones.
Zone 1A Extension
Six holes, 36, 36A, 37, 38, 39 and 40, are interpreted as having intersected the extension of the Zone 1A NI 43-101 Resource area two kilometres to the south. These six holes are on strike geologically with Zone 1A as indicated by the IP chargeability, the termite mound sampling results and the airborne Magnetic survey.
Zone 1B Extension
Three holes, 19, 20 and 23 intersected the extension of Zone 1B forty metres south of the southern limit of the Zone 1B NI 43-101 resource area including hole 20 which returned assays of 2.06 gr/t Au over 17.0 metres including 4.55 g /t Au over 6.0 metres. (see table of assays below)
New Interpreted Gold Zones
Several new gold zones were intersected between Zone 1B and the interpreted northern extension of Zone 1A. Hole 26 intersected 4.74 g/t Au over 4 metres, hole 32 assayed 0.65 g/t Au over 3 metres and hole 33 assayed 0.90 g/t Au over 2 metres and are interpreted as being a new gold zone or zones. Follow-up drilling will be required.
The 2010 RC Drill Program
Working in concert with IAMGOLD Corporation ("IAMGOLD"), Merrex has initiated a 14,500 metres RC reconnaissance drill program. Although some of the RC drilling results may be used in future resource estimates, this program was not intended to expand the NI 43-10 resource estimate; rather it was designed to explore new areas of the Siribaya Mega-structure and begin defining the potential magnitude of the mineralised areas within the Siribaya Mega-structure. The RC results will also aid identification of future diamond drill target areas.
Six drill fences, 500 metres apart, consisting of drill holes oriented at 270° with a dip of -50° west at 50 metre spacing, and drilled to approximately 100 metres target depth, will be placed east-west across the entire width of the 1A and 1B substructures. The first drill fence (43+80N) (see RC-L-1 on map) is approximately 250 metres north of Zone 1B; the remaining five drill fences will be to the south of Zone 1B at approximately 500 metres step-outs. The southern-most drill fence will reach the old Berekegni artisanal underground gold workings on the 1B substructure and the major RAB anomaly at Zone 1A.
Drilling is continuing south of Zone 1B. Fence #1 South (33+80N) (see RC-L-2 on map) totalling 27 drill holes are complete and all assays have been received and interpreted. The drill was moved to the southern portion of the drilling area to drill on lower lying areas prior to the rainy season. Once drilling on the lower areas is completed the drill will be moved to the higher laterite plateau during the seasonal rainy season. Drilling has been completed on Fence #5 South (13+00N) (see RC-L-6 on map) and also on the eastern portion of Fence #4 South (18+00N) (see RC-L-5 on map) .Drilling is currently underway on Fence # 3 South (28+80 N) (see RC-L-4 on map).
RC drilling is by BLY Mali SA, the Malian division of Boart Longyear Canada of North Bay, Ontario.
Auger drilling designed to test gold anomalies outside of the Siribaya Mega-structure at Zone Bambadinka and on the Babara and Kofia Permits area will commence at a later date and shareholders will be advised.
Zone Bambadinka Auger Drilling
Auger drilling has commenced on the Zone Bambadinka gold geochemical anomaly. When the drilling is completed on Zone Bambadinka target the auger drill will be moved to the Babara-Kofia Permits area east of the Siribaya mega-structure.
Termite mound geochemical sampling has been completed on the Babara-Kofia permits area and a new structural trend has been interpreted in this area.
About the Siribaya Gold Project
Merrex controls 100% of the Siribaya Gold Project comprising over 840 square kilometres of contiguous exploration permits in West Mali including the Siribaya mega-structure. The Siribaya mega-structure has a CIM compliant NI43-101 resource estimate of 4,015,000 tonnes grading 2.39 g/t Indicated (308,200 oz Au) and 946,000 tonnes grading 2.29 g/t Inferred (69,500 oz Au). The NI43-101 resource is open to the north, south and at depth.
Within the Siribaya mega-structure there appears to be at least two distinct substructures; the 500 metre wide by 10.5 kilometre long 1B substructure and the twin 500 metre wide x 9.5 kilometre long 1A sub-structure. The Siribaya Mega-structure has yielded ore-grade drill intercepts in a number of selected targets along its entire length.
In December, 2008 Merrex closed an Option Agreement with IAMGOLD pursuant to which IAMGOLD may incur up to CDN$10.5 million in exploration expenditures over 4 years, to earn a 50% interest in the Siribaya Gold Project, of which approximately $5.0 million has been spent to date. Merrex is currently the Project Operator; IAMGOLD will become Project Operator at the conclusion of the 2010 exploration program estimated for sometime during the summer months. The operator transition is in process.
Since 2005 Merrex and IAMGOLD have invested over CDN$ $13,000,000 in exploration at Siribaya. The current exploration program will satisfy IAMGOLD's next CDN$2,500,000 exploration obligation.
Gregory P. Isenor, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.
Merrex is a Mali focused gold exploration company with experienced management, a solid exploration team, a prominent gold-producer as a partner and an expanding gold resource... a winning combination offering investors an extraordinary opportunity.
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