More substantial gold and copper mineralisation has been identified in new drilling at the Quartz Zone within White Cliff Minerals’ Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. The bonanza gold intersections within the quartz reef and the surrounding alteration halo have expanded the Aucu deposit.

The best results were 2 metres @ 79.2 g/t gold within 12 metres @ 15.6 g/t and 12 metres @ 0.81% copper including 2 metres @ 1.8% and 26 metres @ 0.48%. These results were directly below results intersected in a previous drill hole of 1 metre @ 149 g/t within 11 metres @ 15.2 g/t.

In addition 25 metres further south on section 2970, a new hole has intersected 5 metres @ 4.5 g/t including 1 metre @ 11.5 g/t and 6 metres @ 0.46% copper from 3 metres.

The high grade results extend the Quartz Zone a further 75 metres southeast of the initial drill line which identified exceptional mineralisation from surface to 65 metres depth while remaining open at depth.

Drill defined gold mineralisation has been identified along the quartz reef over a distance of 185 metres. Mineralised outcrop containing visible gold extends along the exposed quartz reef over a distance of 243 metres.

Drilling has been finished for the 2016 field season. A total of 4045 metres were completed consisting of 16 diamond holes and 17 RC holes. White Cliff is awaiting assay results for five more holes.

White Cliff managing director Todd Hibberd said, “The ongoing exceptional gold assay results from the Quartz Zone demonstrate just how remarkable the Aucu Gold Project really is. The current results are spectacular and continue to extend the scale of the mineralisation.

“How often can you find a gold deposit with visible gold in quartz veins at surface that is backed up by 11 metres at 15.2 g/t from 42 metres depth and below that another amazing intersection of 12 metres at 15.6 g/t from 82 metres?

“In addition the deposit has clean metallurgy, high recoveries and simple processing options that lend themselves to a low cost, high margin mining operation.”

In early 2015 the company announced a maiden inferred resource for Aucu above a cut-off grade of 1 g/t gold of 1.15 million tonnes grading 4.2 g/t for 156,000 ounces. Drilling since then is expected to lead to a significant increase in resources.

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