Desert Gold Completes Acquisition of Kolomba License Acquiring Two Strategically Important Gold Zones with Highlighted Drill Intercepts to 7.78 g/t Gold over 19 Metres* and 2.04 g/t Gold over 41 Metres**, SMSZ Project; Mali, West Africa
Delta, British Columbia, November 4, 2021 Desert Gold Ventures Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: DAU, FSE: QXR2, OTC: DAUGF) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release data September 2, 2021, the Company has received its arreté for the 30.6 km2 Kolomba Exploration Permit which is contiguous to the Company’s SMSZ Project. The issuance of the Kolomba arreté constitutes the final step in the ratification of the Company’s mineral exploration rights to the property. Under the terms of the Kolomba arreté the Company retains all mineral exploration rights for 3 years from the data of issuance (November 1, 2021) and has the right to renew the license for two additional two-year periods effectively securing the Company’s exploration rights until November 1, 2028.
The Kolomba acquisition is highlighted by two significant gold zones which have seen ~31,000 metres of combined historical drilling circa 1999 - 2003. Both zones are open to depth and along strike and returned some of the best drill results on the SMSZ Project in terms of grade over width. Modelling of these zones is underway with drill testing projected to commence in early Q1, 2022 concurrently with geological mapping, IP and magnetic geophysical surveys.
These zones will be a major focus for the Company’s 2022 drill campaign and have the potential to significantly add to its resource base in the near term.
A summary of the historical drill highlights are as follows (see Figures 1 and 2 for more detail):
Zone 1 – Mogoyafara South*
- 20.87 g/t gold over 6 metres (estimated true width unknown)
- 29.80 g/t gold over 1 metre (estimated true width unknown)
- 2.04 g/t gold over 41 metres (35 metres estimated true width)
- 2.15 g/t gold over 29 metres (25 metres estimated true width)
- 2.64 g/t gold over 20 metres (18 metres estimated true width)
- 1.40 g/t gold over 55 metres (40 metres estimated true width)
- 1.22 g/t gold over 41 metres (41 metres estimated true width)
Zone 2 – Linnguekoto West**
- 16.03 g/t gold over 7 metres (4.0 metres estimated true width)
- 7.78 g/t gold over 19 metres (4.6 metres estimated true width)
- 3.51 g/t gold over 29 metres (8.0 metres estimated true width)
- 2.84 g/t gold over 14 metres (5.7 metres estimated true width)
- 2.62 g/t gold over 15 metres (14.0 metres estimated true width)
Desert Gold’s President & CEO Jared Scharf commented “Acquiring Kolomba and the 31,000 metres of historic drilling for effectively the cost of an application is a huge win for our shareholders. The gold zones on Kolomba are some of the most prospective of any we’ve seen in the belt. Given their strategic location, for example being less than 20 kilometers away from our recent Gourbassi West discovery, the Kolomba permit will be a major focus of our upcoming 2022 drill campaign.”
Kolomba Technical Details
The bulk of the historic work on the Kolomba concession was carried out by Hyundai during the period from 1998 to 2003. Little to no exploration was carried out over the property since 2003. Hyundai’s work, which was substantial, included 30,894 metres of drilling in 407 holes with 328 and 78 holes completed over the Mogoyafara South and Linnguekoto West zones, respectively. Desert Gold has a copy of the drill database along with Au-in-soil results covering the entire concession.
The northwest-trending Mogoyafara South Zone lies just east of the interpreted location of the Senegal Mali Shear Zone (see Figures 1 and 4). Multiple gold-bearing lenses have been discovered within an open-ended 1,900 metre by 1,300 metre area (see Figure 1). Initial modelling indicates the presence of up to 56, shallow to moderate east-dipping, gold-bearing lenses with individual lenses returning highlighted intercepts of 2.15 g/t Au over 29 metres (estimated true width 25 metres), 2.04 g/t Au over 41 metres (estimated true width of 35 metres) and 1.40 g/t Au over 55 metres (estimated true width of 40 metres). Higher grade intercepts include 20.87 g/t Au over 6 metres (true width is unknown due to lack of data). Previous work, predominantly by Hyundai, comprised 24,362 metres in 329 holes. Anomalous rock samples and gold-in termite samples show potential to extend the zone to the south for another 1,200 metres.
As with the Linnguekoto West Zone, Desert Gold has a complete exploration database but does not have access to drill core/RC chips and the original assay certificates. However, the Company has validated the location of several holes in the field and have high confidence in the quality of the historic exploration data.
The northwest-trending Linnguekoto West zone lies immediately east of a northeast-trending mafic dyke that is related to the Barani East gold zone (see Figure 4). This dyke is believed to occupy a shear zone that is locally gold-bearing that can be traced for approximately 25 kilometres as it passes through the property. Previous exploration at Linnguekoto West comprised 78 holes totalling 6,532 metres. This northeast-trending zone can be traced for 500 metres along strike (see Figure 2) with the deepest holes intersecting gold mineralization to approximately 140 metres vertical. Gold mineralization remains open to depth and along strike. Best fit modelling suggests a steep west dipping, generally higher grade, 1.5 to 7 metre wide gold bearing lens, that is both cut by and related to, up to six, shallow-east-dipping subordinate gold-bearing lenses with grades to 2.62 over 15 metres (estimated 14 metres true width). The steeply dipping lens has returned highlighted grades to 16.07 g/t Au over 7 metres (estimated true width of 4.0 metres), 7.78 g/t Au over 19 metres (estimated true width 4.9 metres) and 3.51 g/t Au over 29 metres (estimated true width of 8 metres).
While the Company has a complete drill database and have validated the location of several drill holes in the field, the location of the core/RC chips and original assay certificates is unknown. However, from the Company’s follow-up of other exploration prospects that Hyundai has worked on such as Barani East, the Company has high confidence in the quality and accuracy of the drill dataset. That said, drilling to validate the grades and interpretation of the interpreted gold-bearing lenses will still be required.
About the SMSZ Project
The 440 km2 SMSZ Project is both named after and overlies a 43 km long section of the Senegal Mali Shear Zone (the “SMSZ”). The SMSZ is related to 5 large mines located both to the north and south, along strike, including B2 Gold’s Fekola Mine, Barrick’s Gounkoto and Loulo Mines and Allied Gold’s Sadiola and Yatela Mines. To the Company’s knowledge, the SMSZ Project is the largest, contiguous, non-producer land package over this highly prospective structural feature (see Figure 3). The Company’s goal is to discover a tier 1 gold deposit associated with the regional-scale, gold-bearing structural zones that pass through the SMSZ Project. Exploration at the SMSZ Project has discovered in excess of 24 gold zones with 2021 exploration data strongly suggesting that more will be discovered.
 Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties is not necessarily representative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s SMSZ Property.
There is no QAQC data or assay certificates for the historic fire assays for the Linnguekoto West and Mogoyafara Zones and as such, until validated, may not be relied on with 100% certainty. However, from follow-up exploration carried out to date, the correlation between historic gold values and subsequent validation work, have generally been withing acceptable parameters. Drill assay grade widths, presented on both surface plans and cross-sections, represent the drilled lengths with estimated true widths ranging from 10% to 90%, based on a not yet validated mineralization model. In a few cases, there is not enough information to estimate true width. As work progresses on the zones the mineralization models will be either validated or adjusted with more certain guidance presented at that time.
This press release contains certain scientific and technical information. The Company is solely responsible for the contents and accuracy of any scientific and technical information related to it. Don Dudek, P.Geo. a director of Desert Gold and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this press release.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Jared Scharf, President & CEO
About Desert Gold
Desert Gold Ventures Inc. is a gold exploration and development company which holds 2 gold exploration permits in Western Mali (SMSZ Project and Djimbala). For further information please visit www.SEDAR.com under the Company’s profile. Website: www.desertgold.ca
Jared Scharf, President & CEO
Tel. No.: +1 (858) 247-8195
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Figure 3. SMSZ Project Location, Regional Geology and Major Deposits in Western Mali and Eastern Senegal
Figure 4. Property-scale summary map – New Kolomba Concession Outlined in Red