VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Almaden Minerals Ltd. (“Almaden” or “the Company”; TSX: AMM; NYSE American: AAU) is pleased to announce assay results from infill drilling that has been part of Almaden’s feasibility study field work program carried out over the last 12 months within the resource and mine plan area at the Company’s Ixtaca project, Mexico. Results herein are from infill holes targeting high grade volcanic units at the southeast end of the deposit within the Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) pit. The drill holes confirmed the continuation of the high-grade zone of mineralization. Highlights include the following intercepts:
Hole TU-18-543 SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -45
127.40 meters @ 1.15 g/t Au and 17.6 g/t Ag
Including 34.50 meters @ 2.08 g/t Au and 47.4 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-544 SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -35
145.50 meters @ 1.83 g/t Au and 14.4 g/t Ag
Including 40.00 meters @ 4.00 g/t Au and 35.1 g/t Ag
Including 5.10 meters @ 11.63 g/t Au and 86.8 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-545 SECTION 11025 EAST Az. 150, Dip -90
15.00 meters @ 0.79 g/t Au and 6.1 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-546 SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -30
99.50 meters @ 0.68 g/t Au and 5.4 g/t Ag
Including 44.00 meters @ 1.12 g/t Au and 6.3 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-547 SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -30
174.50 meters @ 0.77 g/t Au and 7.8 g/t Ag
Including 35.85 meters @ 1.17 g/t Au and 14.1 g/t Ag
Including 18.00 meters @ 1.46 g/t Au and 7.0 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-548 SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -53
139.08 meters @ 1.58 g/t Au and 16.8 g/t Ag
Including 60.58 meters @ 2.75 g/t Au and 23.4 g/t Ag
Including 28.50 meters @ 4.33 g/t Au and 33.6 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-549 SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 150, Dip -90
111.50 meters @ 0.55 g/t Au and 14.8 g/t Ag
Including 37.00 meters @ 0.89 g/t Au and 11.8 g/t Ag
Hole TU-18-550 SECTION 10975 EAST Az. 330, Dip -60
131.50 meters @ 1.51 g/t Au and 49.1 g/t Ag
Including 21.00 meters @ 7.50 g/t Au and 57.0 g/t Ag
Including 9.70 meters @ 15.18 g/t Au and 103.8 g/t Ag
Including 11.50 meters @ 1.07 g/t Au and 89.4 g/t Ag
J.D. Poliquin, chairman of Almaden stated, “The infill results further confirm the continuity of the Ixtaca resource within the PFS pit and the significant grades that can be associated with mineralisation in the volcanics. Our current focus is the completion of the feasibility study which we anticipate in 2018.”
About the Ixtaca Deposit Feasibility Program
The Company has selected independent engineers Moose Mountain Technical Services (“MMTS”) and SRK Consulting to lead the feasibility study (“FS”). The FS is nearly complete and is anticipated in 2018. The FS will incorporate the positive results of ore sorting tests that were reported on July 16, 2018, as well as several other opportunities that were identified in the FS work program. As reported previously, Almaden is also in the final stage of preparing an Environmental Impact Assessment (Manifiesto de Impacto Ambiental or “MIA”) for Ixtaca, and is incorporating the most recent updates contained in the FS, into the MIA. Almaden expects to submit the MIA this year.
About the Ixtaca Drilling Program and the Ixtaca Zone
The Ixtaca Zone is a blind discovery made by the Company in 2010 on claims staked by the Company. The deposit is an epithermal gold-silver deposit, mostly hosted by veins in carbonate units and crosscutting dykes (“basement rocks”) with a minor component of disseminated mineralisation hosted in overlying volcanic rocks.
The Ixtaca deposit is located in a developed part of Mexico in Puebla State, the location of significant manufacturing investments including Volkswagen and Audi plants. The deposit is accessed by paved road and is roughly 30 kilometres from an industrial park with rail service where significant manufacturers such as Kimberly Clarke have facilities. Any potential mining operation at Ixtaca would be located in an area previously logged or cleared with negligible to no current land usage.
Qualified Person and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Mr. Norm Dircks, P.Geo., a qualified person (“QP”) under the meaning of NI 43-101, is the QP and project manager of Almaden’s Ixtaca program and reviewed the technical information in this news release. The analyses reported were carried out at ALS Chemex Laboratories of North Vancouver using industry standard analytical techniques. For gold, samples are first analysed by fire assay and atomic absorption spectroscopy (“AAS”). Samples that return values greater than 10 g/t gold using this technique are then re-analysed by fire assay but with a gravimetric finish. Silver is first analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (“ICP-AES”). Samples that return values greater than 100 g/t silver by ICP-AES are then re-analysed by HF-HNO3-HCLO4 digestion with HCL leach and ICP-AES finish. Of these samples those that return silver values greater than 1,500 g/t are further analysed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Intervals that returned assays below detection were assigned zero values. Blanks, field duplicates and certified standards were inserted into the sample stream as part of Almaden’s quality assurance and control program which complies with National Instrument 43-101 requirements.
Almaden Minerals Ltd. owns 100% of the Ixtaca project in Puebla State, Mexico, subject to a 2.0% NSR royalty held by Almadex Minerals Ltd. The Ixtaca Gold-Silver Deposit was discovered by Almaden in 2010.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Morgan J. Poliquin, Ph.D., P.Eng.
President, CEO and Director
Almaden Minerals Ltd.
Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) nor the NYSE American have reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release which has been prepared by management. Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, certain information presented constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. Such forward- looking statements, including but not limited to, those with respect to potential expansion of mineralization, potential size of mineralized zone, and size and timing of exploration and development programs, estimated project capital and other project costs and the timing of submission and receipt and availability of regulatory approvals involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Almaden to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to international operations and joint ventures, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, labour and employment matters, and government regulation and permitting requirements as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Almaden's Annual Information form and Almaden's latest Form 20-F on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Although Almaden has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Almaden disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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