Aug. 18, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
VANCOUVER, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Amarc Resources Ltd. ("Amarc", or the "Company") (TSX Venture: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) is pleased to provide an update on ongoing exploration activities within its 100% owned Plateau Gold-Copper Belt, located in south-central British Columbia ("BC"). Amarc considers that this 3,300 square kilometre claim package holds significant potential for the discovery of gold-copper porphyry and epithermal gold type deposits.
Field activities within the Plateau Gold-Copper Belt are currently focused on claims extending southward from Amarc's Newton bulk tonnage gold project. Twenty-three priority targets were defined in this area by combining public domain data and interpretations with the results of a 7,000-line kilometre ZTEM survey (Z-Axis Tipper Electromagnetic system) and a high-sensitivity magnetometer airborne geophysical survey over the Plateau Gold-Copper Belt, the Newton property and other known deposits in the region (see Amarc press release January 19, 2010).
Field assessment of the 23 priority targets commenced upon receipt of work permits earlier this summer. Amarc has a 22-person team, including employees from local communities, in the field operating in four crews. To date, over 10,000 grid soil geochemical samples have been taken and 55 line kilometres of Induced Polarization (IP) ground geophysical surveys along with extensive prospecting have been completed. These programs are ongoing.
"Initial results from our comprehensive district-scale exploration program in the southern sector of the Plateau Gold-Copper Belt have defined to date two outstanding copper-molybdenum multi-element soil geochemical anomalies, each exceeding 1,500 metres in length and ranging up to 1,000 metres in width. Both these targets remain open for extension and will be further assessed by ground geophysical surveys," confirmed Amarc's Chairman Robert A. Dickinson. "We are very encouraged by these early results. Once surface target delineation is complete, it is our intention to drill the highest priority targets later this year".
Soil geochemical and IP ground geophysical surveys are also continuing on the Newton property within a 20 square kilometre area to define and delineate a recently identified and extensive bulk-tonnage gold target. This target is centred approximately 450 metres to the south of the discovery drilling completed in late 2009. Best intercepts from that drilling include 189 metres grading 1.56 g/t gold, including 141 metres grading 2.01 g/t gold in hole 9004 and 138 metres grading 0.74 g/t gold, including 63 metres grading 1.17 g/t gold in hole 9014 (for further information and results see Amarc's releases dated July 26, 2010 and January 19, 2010). Once surface target delineation activities have been completed and data synthesized, drilling will commence. Permits for an initial 25-hole diamond drill program have been received.
The Newton property, on which Amarc can earn an 80% interest, and its 100% owned Plateau Gold-Copper Belt properties are located some 100 kilometres southwest of the City of Williams Lake in a region characterized by subdued topography. The district is well served by existing transportation, power infrastructure and skilled personnel, which support a number of operating mines and late-stage development projects.
The southern sector of the Plateau Gold-Copper Belt lies adjacent to the permitting-stage Prosperity copper-gold project, which hosts 831 million tonnes of proven and probable reserves grading 0.41 g/t gold and 0.23 % copper, containing 3.6 billion pounds copper and 7.7 million ounces gold at a C$5.50 NSR/t cut-off (Taseko Mines Limited).
Mark Rebagliati, P.Eng., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, is supervising the exploration and quality assurance and quality control programs on behalf of Amarc and has reviewed the content of this release.
Amarc Resources Ltd. is a Vancouver-based exploration and development company affiliated with the Hunter Dickinson group, a private company associated with a series of successful mineral exploration and development projects in BC - including Golden Bear, Mt. Milligan and Kemess.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Ronald W. Thiessen
President & CEO
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