Strongbow Exploration Inc. (SBW: TSXV) is pleased to provide an update on its wholly owned Shovelnose gold property in southwestern British Columbia. The property is located near the southern end of the Spences Bridge gold belt, approximately 175 km east of Vancouver and 30 km south of Merritt along the Coquihalla Highway. During the 2010 field season, Strongbow completed 23 line kilometres of detailed ground magnetic surveys, collected 43 rock and 353 soil geochemical samples (including 86 auger soil samples), and performed limited prospecting of the previously unevaluated southeastern extension of the property. Results from the auger sampling and magnetic surveys indicate both are useful tools in expanding and refining target areas at both the Mik and Line 6 gold showings.
At the Mik gold showing, the highest priority target is an overburden filled, north-trending lineament located adjacent and sub-parallel to a series of quartz veins that have been traced over a 50 m strike length. The veins typically range from one to 20 cm thick, display good epithermal banded and boiling textures and, based on past exploration by Strongbow, consistently return elevated gold values ranging from 2.9 g/t to 66.4 g/t with three highest assays of 22.1 g/t, 46.2 g/t and 66.4 g/t. Three lines of auger soil samples have returned anomalous gold values (90th to >97th percentile) across the 20 m wide lineament. The sample lines were positioned to the north and south of the quartz veins, have extended the length of the target to over 120 m, and the mineralized zone remains open in both directions. Anomalous auger soil geochemical results have also better defined two other significant geochemical anomalies in the Mik area.
Approximately 1.4 km to the west of Mik, a number of anomalous (>90th percentile) surface and auger soil samples collected to the south of the Line 6 gold showing have expanded the size of this target area. The samples were collected along strike to the south and southwest of several quartz veins identified in trenching completed in 2009, including trench L6-XT-04 which previously returned 5.1 g/t Au over 6.0 m. Ground magnetic surveys indicate that the new anomalous gold in soil samples is closely associated with the southern half of a broad (400 m by 250 m) magnetic low. Further auger sampling is required to better define these new targets and to test the northern half of the magnetic low.
Initial prospecting of the southeastern extension of the property identified a mixed sequence of mafic and felsic volcanic rocks, as well as an anomalous quartz vein float boulder exhibiting colloform banded epithermal textures. A sample of the 30 cm subrounded boulder returned 0.59 g/t gold, as well as significantly anomalous mercury and antimony values, two key elements that are important pathfinders in epithermal gold mineralized systems. Future work will include a more detailed evaluation of this area of the property.
Strongbow's 2010 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101. All samples were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were analyzed using a 36 element ICP mass spectrometer package using a 15g sample size and an aqua regia digestion. A quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program is in place, with the insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream to confirm the accuracy of the reported results.
STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.
/s/"Kenneth A. Armstrong"
Kenneth A. Armstrong
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