Ontario-focused explorer Great Bear Resources Ltd (CVE:GBR) (OTCMKTS:GTBDF) continues to make strides at its flagship Dixie project at Red Lake, where it has completed a first pass drill program at the LP fault and is now carrying out systematic grid drilling.
All 59 holes of the first-pass program hit gold mineralization, the firm said, and latest assays included 10.58 grams per ton (g/t) gold over 21 metres, including 48.98 g/t gold over 3.25 metres.
The group is now undertaking a fully-funded systematic grid drill program testing a 2.5 sq km 'panel' of the LP Fault (5 km horizontally by 500 metres vertically from surface).
The drill spacing will initially average 100 metres along strike and 75 metres vertically. Additional drilling below 500 metres is also being carried out.
"We now interpret a continuous gold-mineralized zone along more than four kilometers of strike length of the LP Fault, which remains open to extension," Chris Taylor, president and CEO of Great Bear, told investors.
"Assay results, geology, and oriented structural data suggest the zone hosts steeply-dipping 'sheets' of disseminated high-grade gold mineralization with significant strike length and vertical extent.
"More detailed drilling is required to accurately delineate the geometries of these high-grade 'sheets' and the boundaries of the surrounding mineralized envelope," he added.
Taylor said the grid drilling would "help characterize the gold mineralized system in preparation for more advanced studies in 2021 and has the potential to unlock significant potential additional value for our shareholders."
"We will also continue property wide drill testing of new targets, including further step-outs on the LP Fault," he added.
Great Bear is embarked on a fully-funded C$21 million exploration program at Dixie.
Last month, the firm said it was planning to spin out a newly-created subsidiary called Great Bear Royalties.
The spinout company will take ownership of a 2% net smelter return royalty on any future production, in addition to C$1 million in marketable securities and C$500,00 cash, which will form the new company’s initial assets.
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