VANCOUVER, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Amarc Resources Ltd. ("Amarc" or the "Company") (TSXV: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) is pleased to announce assay results from the last three delineation drill holes completed in 2011 at the Newton gold discovery, south-central British Columbia. Assay results from drill holes 11053, 11054 and 11055 continue to confirm an extensive and robust gold system has been discovered at Newton. Delineation drilling has now recommenced at the Newton site with two rigs working. Amarc plans to continue drilling until the deposit is fully delineated.
The long intercepts of bulk tonnage style gold mineralization encountered in holes 11053 through 11055 bring the number of holes drilled with important gold results to 46. These holes are located over an area that currently measures 900 metres by 600 metres and is open to expansion in several directions. The age and geological characteristics of the gold mineralization at Newton demonstrate striking similarities to the mineralization at New Gold's Blackwater deposit located to the north. Amarc (TSXV: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) owns an 80% interest in the Newton property and is the operator of the Newton Joint Venture. Newton Gold Corp. (TSXV: NWG) has a 20% participating interest.
Results from holes 11053, 11054 and 11055 are summarized in the Table of Assay Results below. A drill plan and other information regarding the Newton Project are available on Amarc's website at www.amarcresources.com/ahr/MapsFigures.asp.
NEWTON PROJECT TABLE OF ASSAY RESULTS
- Gold equivalent calculations use metal prices of Au US$1200/oz and Ag US$20/oz. Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be 100%.
- All holes are drilled vertically.
- Widths reported are drill widths, such that true thicknesses are unknown. All assay intervals represent length weighted averages.
Amarc Executive Chairman Robert Dickinson said, "We are increasingly confident that ongoing drilling at Newton will confirm this deposit as the next major gold discovery in BC's emerging Blackwater-Newton gold belt."
Amarc drilling is intersecting increased thicknesses of pervasively altered felsic volcanic rocks that host disseminated sulphides and associated gold mineralization. It is the high primary permeability of these favourable host rocks, coupled with evidence for their expanding geographic distribution that presents a permissive environment for the development of a major bulk tonnage-style gold deposit.
The Newton property is located some 100 kilometres west of the City of Williams Lake, BC in a region characterized by gently rolling hills. The district is well served by existing transportation and power infrastructure and a skilled workforce, which support a number of operating mines, as well as late-stage mineral development and exploration projects. Newton is located approximately 175 kilometres south of New Gold's Blackwater gold deposit (Indicated Resources of 164 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.03 g/t gold containing 5.42 million ounces; and Inferred Resources of 69 million tonnes at an average grade of 0.84 g/t gold containing 1.86 million ounces; New Gold news release February 2, 2012).
In addition to the Newton project, Amarc also owns a 100% interest in the 800 square kilometre Galileo property and the 140 square kilometre Hubble property located to the west and east, respectively, of New Gold's Blackwater property. Extensive Induced Polarization geophysical surveys recently conducted by Amarc over these two properties indicate strong potential for six important new sulphide mineralized systems.
Four of the defined target areas have similar dimensions to, or exceed that, of the eight square kilometre sulphide system at Newton. Drill permit applications have been submitted to the provincial government in order to test these promising targets for potential gold and/or copper deposits. Once permits are received, Amarc plans to methodically drill test all of the compelling targets identified at Galileo and Hubble.
The Galileo and Hubble properties lie approximately 135 kilometres southwest of the town of Vanderhoof and 176 kilometres southwest of northern BC's regional hub city of Prince George. The area is characterized by subdued topography, existing transportation and power infrastructure and a skilled workforce which supports an active mineral exploration industry.
About Amarc Resources Ltd.
Amarc is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company focused on making the next major gold discovery in BC. Its exploration activities are focused on the Newton gold discovery through a Joint Venture with Newton Gold Corp. (Amarc 80%: Newton Gold Corp. 20%) and its 100% owned Galileo and Hubble properties.
Amarc is associated with Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) - a diversified, global mining group with a 25-year history of mineral development success. Previous HDI projects in BC include Golden Bear, Mt. Milligan, Kemess, Gibraltar, Prosperity and Harmony. From its head office in Vancouver, Canada, HDI applies its unique strengths and capabilities to acquire, develop, operate and monetize mineral properties to provide consistently superior returns to shareholders.
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 technical content of this release.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Sample preparation and analysis for the Newton project is done at ISO 9001:2008 accredited Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver) Ltd. All samples are assayed for gold by 30 g lead collection fire assay fusion with Inductively Coupled Plasma ‐ Emission Spectroscopy (ICP‐ES) finish. Silver and 33 additional elements are determined for all samples by Aqua Regia digestion, followed by ICP‐ES and ICP Mass Spectroscopy (ICP‐MS) finish. All over‐limit gold (greater than 10 g/t) are re‐assayed by 30 g lead collection fire assay fusion with a gravimetric finish. As part of a comprehensive QA/QC program, one standard and also one preparation duplicate are inserted into the sample stream in each group of 20 samples, as well as one or more field blanks in each analytical batch.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Ronald W. Thiessen
President & CEO
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Forward Looking and other Cautionary Information
This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts that address exploration drilling, exploitation activities and other related events or developments are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, potential environmental issues or liabilities associated with exploration, development and mining activities, exploration and exploitation successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary permits, licenses and title and delays due to third party opposition, changes in and the effect government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Amarc Resources Ltd., investors should review the Company's annual Form 20-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov and its home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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