Strongbow Exploration Inc. (SBW: TSXV) is pleased to announce the start of exploration activities at its Midway gold project located in South Carolina. The Company has also signed an additional two option agreements with private landowners, bringing the total Midway project area to 17 agreements covering approximately 2,200 acres. The project includes over 1,400 contiguous acres covering a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) strike length of the prospective Haile-Brewer gold trend between Romarco Minerals Inc.'s (R: TSXV) Haile gold mine and Buzzard exploration properties. Current measured and indicated resources reported by Romarco for the Haile gold mine consist of 2.2 million ounces gold with additional inferred resources of 2.0 million ounces gold. Gold mineralization at the Haile mine, as well as at the nearby past producing Brewer mine, is hosted within volcanic and sedimentary rocks of the Carolina Slate Belt (CSB). A preliminary evaluation of the Midway project area has identified several geological characteristics reportedly associated with mineralization at the Haile and Brewer gold deposits, including:
- a volcanic-sediment contact considered to be an important local control on gold mineralization;
- massive kaolinite alteration within CSB rocks exposed along two streambeds. Similar kaolinite deposits are documented to have a spatial association with the Haile gold deposits;
- Hydrothermal sericite alteration with associated anomalous molybdenum and arsenic values -- both are considered important pathfinder elements for gold mineralization at the Haile and Brewer deposits;
- Results from initial geochemical sampling indicate elevated gold and related pathfinder element responses within the central Midway project area and spatially associated with the drainages hosting kaolinite and sericite altered CSB rocks;
- Altered feldspar porphyry intrusive rocks have also been mapped along stream drainages.
"The identification of altered volcanic and sedimentary rocks, including anomalous pathfinder elements, along stream beds within the Midway project properties is very encouraging," commented Ken Armstrong, Strongbow's President and CEO. "These streams cut through approximately 10 metres of unconsolidated sands that cover a majority of the Midway project area. Initial positive results from several geochemical training datasets indicate Strongbow's technical team has identified and developed several sampling techniques that can be applied within these sandy areas and could greatly aid the rapid evaluation of the Midway properties."
Exploration activities starting this week include an initial surface geochemical survey that is expected to take four weeks to complete. Geophysical surveys will be conducted prior to the end of the year and initial exploration drilling will commence in early 2011.
Terms of the two new option agreements announced today include certain annual cash payments. Upon exercising each of the options, Strongbow will either purchase each subject property or enter into a long term mining lease. The properties will be subject to a gross overriding royalty to the current land owners.
About Strongbow Exploration Inc.
Strongbow is a technically driven exploration company exploring for gold deposits within the Carolina Slate Belt of the southeastern United States, as well as magmatic nickel-copper sulphide deposits along the Snowbird Tectonic Zone in central Canada. Strongbow's management and board of directors have a proven track record of exploration success and a demonstrated ability to raise the capital required to finance its exploration programs. 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.
STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.
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