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Essex Reports Numerous High-Grade Gold Intercepts at Drummer Fault

13.10.2021  |  CNW

VANCOUVER, Oct. 13, 2021 - Essex Minerals Inc. (the "Company") (TSXV:ESX) (OTCQB: ESXFM) (FRA: EWX1) is pleased to announce assay results from the initial six-hole program of diamond and reverse circulation drilling at the Drummer Fault gold project in north Queensland, Australia.

Highlights

  • Drummer Toy DH2 intersected:
    • 3m grading 5.1 g/t Au and 51.2 g/t Ag from 83m to 86m down hole
      • including 1m grading 8.2 g/t Au and 35.6 g/t Ag from 85m
  • Drummer Toy DH3 intersected:
    • 1m grading 3.5 g/t Au and 4.5 g/t Ag from 83m to 54m down hole
    • 28m grading 0.6 g/t Au and 2.41 g/t Ag from 75m to 103m down hole
  • Drummer Toy DH5 intersected:
    • 1m @ 4.6 g/t Au and 6.8 g/t Ag from 131m to 132m down hole
  • Drummer West DH6 intersected:
    • 7m at 1.74 g/t Au and 67.7 g/t Ag from 64m to 71m down hole
    • including 3m at 2.9 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag from 65m to 68m down hole
  • Visible gold was believed to have been identified in at least one of the drill holes and, as a result, 75 mineralized samples have been resubmitted to ALS Global for screen fire assay.
  • The six holes totalling 951.5m have demonstrated gold mineralization associated with sulphides below the previously mined surface (up to 15m depth) oxide zone on the eastern end of the Drummer Fault within the Mt Turner project area.
  • All drill holes intersected significant gold silver and/or base metal mineralization. Five holes were drilled under the Drummer Toy Pit and one hole under the Drummer West Pit.

All five drill holes at Drummer Toy intersected mineralized quartz veins and/or silica flooded shear zones near the projections of the north pit wall and the south pit wall respectively. These zones form the north and south (hanging wall and footwall) contacts between Quartz Mica Schist in the body of the pit and Diorite intrusives. Dolerite and Rhyolite dykes were also encountered in varying widths and frequency in the drill holes. The Quartz Mica Schist exhibited varying degrees of quartz sulfide veining with more intensity generally noted near the hanging wall and foot wall zones.

Essex Minerals President and CEO Paul Loudon: said: "We are very pleased that the initial drilling in the eastern portion of the Drummer Fault structure has demonstrated that gold mineralization persists below the previously mined shallow oxide zones. The width and tenor of the mineralization justifies follow-up exploration with the aim of identifying an economic gold resource along the Drummer Fault structure, which has consistently demonstrated gold mineralization in six small open pits, previous drilling and rock chip samples along 14 kilometres of the identified strike length.

"Follow-up exploration will now be incorporated in programs being planned for the potentially very large, but as yet untested, Mt Turner copper-molybdenum (plus gold and silver) porphyry complex, 1.4 kilometre to the south of the Drummer Pits."

The most notable intercepts were:

Hole No

From

To

Int.

Au g/t

Ag g/t

Cu
ppm

Pb ppm

Zn ppm

Description

DH_1











60.00

63.00

3.00

0.44

21.90

670

830

264

Quartz vein

incl.

93.00

105.00

12.00

0.33

1.86

131

28

105

Quartz Mica Schist with 2m breccia
zone at bottom

and

115.00

116.00

1.00

0.03

3.20

51

1,520

1,600

Rhyolite - Qtz Mica Schist contact 2m
above footwall shear

DH_2











-

5.00

5.00

0.36

6.84

543

2,696

525

mine dump

incl.

1.00

2.00

1.00

0.43

18.10

1,550

10,200

1,080


and

83.00

86.00

3.00

5.06

51.23

2,484

1,176

1,120

Quartz vein

incl.

85.00

86.00

1.00

8.20

35.60

1,780

476

2,580


and

98.00

122.00

24.00

several 1.0m intercepts with >0.33 g/t Au and >2.80 g/t Ag

Quartz Mica Schist

DH_3











52.00

54.00

2.00

2.03

2.95

91

488

884

Quartz Carbonate vein in Diorite

incl.

53.00

54.00

1.00

3.53

4.50

61

731

1,220


and

75.00

103.00

28.00

0.60

2.41

184

92

348

Quartz Mica Schist

incl.

96.00

103.00

7.00

1.37

3.91

174

158

332


incl.

101.00

103.00

2.00

2.80

6.30

206

266

514


incl.

102.00

103.00

1.00

3.21

7.70

260

342

634

Quartz Carbonate vein/alteration zone

DH_4











84.00

130.00

46.00

0.06

1.29

176

49

145

Quartz Mica Schist - entire section

incl.

98.00

100.00

2.00

0.43

1.65

162

21

85

Quartz vein in Quartz Mica Schist

and

145.00

150.00

5.00

0.01

1.48

215

68

2,904

Quartz Carbonate veins in Diorite

incl

149.00

150.00

1.00

0.02

1.70

420

74

8,900


DH_5











131.00

134.00

3.00

1.53

4.33

371

262

3,257

Quartz Carbonate vein at Diorite - Qtz
Mica Schist contact

incl.

131.00

132.00

1.00

4.55

6.80

299

451

5,680


and

138.00

168.00

30.00

0.05

1.96

102

716

3,587

Quartz Mica Schist - with 2 dolerite dykes

incl.

138.00

143.00

5.00

0.06

4.52

123

3,806

6,436


and

150.00

154.00

4.00

0.14

5.98

164

269

9,493

Quartz veining in dolerite dyke

The sixth hole was drilled approximately 500 metres to the west of the Drummer Toy Pit below the Drummer West Pit. It was drilled entirely in various phases of intrusives. It encountered one large (10 metre wide) mineralized quartz vein at 61 metres depth.

The most notable intercepts were:

DH_6









Note: no Quartz Mica Schist


54.00

58.00

4.00

0.56

2.23

50

474

208


and

64.00

71.00

7.00

1.74

67.67

3,014

8,217

244

Quartz vein in Diorite

incl.

65.00

68.00

3.00

2.93

136.6

6,370

13,915

334

Quartz sulphide vein

All samples from the current drilling program were processed in Townsville by ALS Global, an independent accredited laboratory. Gold assays are completed by 50g screen fire assay with atomic absorption finish, with the over limit samples rechecked by 50 g fire assay with a gravimetric finish. Silver and 33 multi-element analysis is undertaken by a four acid digest followed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES).

Summary Geology and Mineralisation of the Drummer Fault

The Drummer Fault is a 19-kilometre east-west structure readily visible on Lidar and satellite imagery. The Fault has been active throughout geological time having displaced Proterozoic granites and schists, and is disrupted by Permo-Carboniferous felsic and mafic dykes associated with the Kennedy Magmatic Association of North Queensland (genetically related to the major gold deposits of north Queensland).

This structure has been influenced by the Mt Turner multi-phase intrusive porphyry Cu-Mo system 1.4 kilometres to the south of the Drummer Pits. In addition, NE trending structures have intersected the eastern ends of both the Drummer Girl and Drummer Toy Pits and may localise higher-grade mineralisation or yet undiscovered mineralized subsidiary splay faults.

At a local scale, exposures in old pits in the oxide zone have shown a close correlation between mineralisation and lithology. In the Drummer Pits, mineralisation follows fault breccias and quartz veining at the contact between granite and meta-dolerite. The Drummer Girl Pits appear to follow a contact between brecciated granite and rhyolite dykes while the Drummer Toy Pit is localised within coarse-grained muscovite granite with meta-dolerite noted some 50 metres to the south. Generally, where exposed, the Drummer Fault is mineralized along its entire length.

The western five kilometres of the structure appears to be dominated by uranium mineralisation in the form of coffinite associated with apatite and sulphides (dominantly pyrite) associated with Permo-Carboniferous rhyolite and mafic dykes in steeply plunging shoots to the west. A historical uranium resource of 374,000 t @ 0.16% U3O8 has been established in the LC50 prospect by previous operators.

Gold mineralisation in the eastern portion of the Drummer Fault occurs in steeply dipping quartz veins and fault breccia and is associated with galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite and arsenopyrite. Early phase white quartz veins within the fault structure have been brecciated and sheared along lithological boundaries and fluids have been reintroduced along fault breccias, which have been annealed, by fine quartz and sulphides. Some breccia clasts are mineralized and appear rhyolitic.

Table of Drill Holes Locations


Prospect

Hole
No.

Type

Easting

Northing

Azimuth
(degrees)

Dip
(degrees)

From
(m)

To
(m)

Final
Depth
(m)

Drummer Toy

DH_1

RC

757572.5

7983466.5

183.1

-56.0

0

32.2


Drummer Toy

DH_1

DD
HQ

757571.5

7983448.8

183.1

-56.6

32.2

132.1

132.1

Drummer Toy

DH_2

RC

757565.5

7983471.0

204.3

-56.0

0

41.7


Drummer Toy

DH_2

DD
HQ

757555.8

7983449.6

204.3

-56.1

41.7

141.4

141.4

Drummer Toy

DH_3

RC

757583.4

7983463.5

169.9

-56.5

0

150.0

150.0

Drummer Toy

DH_4

RC

757642.2

7983371.2

320.8

-58.0

0

156.0

156.0

Drummer Toy

DH_5

RC

757581.5

7983502.4

182.3

-57.0

0

228.0

228.0

Drummer West

DH_6

RC

757021.0

7983261.1

333.3

-57.5

0

144.0

144.0

KNX Joint Venture

Essex and KNX each own 50% of the Mt Turner property and 44% of the Cumberland and Compass Creek properties. On September 22, 2021, Essex announced that it had agreed to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares in KNX in exchange for the issuance of 5,000,000 ordinary shares and 5,000,000 two-year share purchase warrants in Essex to the shareholders of KNX. The purchase is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. On completion of the acquisition, Essex will own 100% of Mt Turner and 88% of Cumberland and Compass Creek.

About Essex

Essex Minerals is an exploration and development company focused on mineral exploration and mine development and finance opportunities where it can adopt an option earn-in and joint venture model without the issuance of vendor shares, by identifying geological teams that have already expended the time and capital to assemble top quality, advanced projects, with a particular emphasis on gold projects in Tier 1 jurisdictions. Management's time is shared across several different projects, as the geological teams already in place manage the approved exploration and development programmes. This strategy has the potential to accelerate the growth in shareholder value for Essex by earning an interest in a range of projects of merit in a much shorter time frame than otherwise would be possible.

Qualified Person

All of the scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and/or prepared by Mr Lee K. Spencer, BSc (Hons), MSc, MAusIMM, a "Qualified Person" within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects.

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF Essex Minerals Inc.

Paul Loudon
President & CEO

www.essexminerals.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE Essex Minerals Inc.



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