Strongbow Exploration Inc. (SBW: TSXV) is pleased to announce results from recent exploration programs at the Company's wholly owned Piltz Mountain and Mons Creek properties in the Chilcotin region of south central British Columbia. Exploration work included stream silt and contour soil geochemical surveys and prospecting as part of an ongoing evaluation of the properties, which were staked based on the coincidence of multi-element stream sediment geochemical anomalies and prospective underlying geology. The properties are located at the southeastern end of the emerging Plateau Gold and Copper Belt, approximately 53 km southeast of Amarc Resources Ltd.'s Newton gold project. Strongbow is evaluating the Piltz Mountain and Mons Creek properties for their Cu-Au porphyry potential.
The Piltz Mountain property was recently expanded to cover 5,778 ha and has excellent access through a network of logging roads approximately 90 km southwest of Williams Lake. Nineteen stream sediment silt, 188 soil, and 12 rock samples were collected during the current field program and have helped define several priority copper and gold targets. Underlying geology within the property area consists of intermediate to felsic intrusive rocks that have been cross-cut by a series of quartz veins. Two gold-in-soil anomalies, with locally coincident molybdenum, have been identified. The largest of the anomalies extends for 2,000 m and is distinctly associated with an Eocene-aged, tonalite intrusion. Rock samples from the same area returned from detection to 0.75% Cu, 1.1 g/t Au and 544 g/t Ag. Mineralization is related to disseminated copper sulphides within the intrusive country rocks and quartz veins. All anomalous rock samples are either in float or subcrop. There is no history of trenching or drilling on the property.
The Mons Creek property was also recently expanded by staking and now covers 6,545 ha, approximately 75 km southwest of Williams Lake. The property benefits from good access through a network of logging roads. Fifty-five soil geochemical samples were collected during 2011, the results of which define a copper-in-soil anomaly that extends for approximately 1,200 metres. Five rock samples collected proximal to this soil anomaly returned from 0.15% to 1.54% Cu and from detection to 25 g/t Ag. Mineralization has been identified in outcrop and subcrop over a 250 m long north-striking trend, and is hosted in both disseminated sulphide-bearing granites and cross-cutting quartz veins.
Strongbow's discovery of mineralization at both Piltz Mountain and Mons Creek underscores the prospective nature of the Plateau Gold and Copper Belt, which also hosts Taseko Mines Ltd.'s New Prosperity gold-copper project which is currently in the environmental approval process, as well as Amarc's Newton project, where delineation drilling is currently underway. Previous drilling at Mt. Newton has returned drill intercepts of, for example, 69 metres of 1.41 g/t gold, 189 metres of 1.56 g/t gold, and 128 metres of 0.84 g/t gold (Amarc news release dated November 7, 2011). Strongbow plans to advance its evaluation of the Piltz Mountain and Mons Creek properties in 2012 through a program of grid-based soil sampling, rock trenching and IP geophysics. Initial diamond drilling will also be considered if warranted.
All samples were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rock samples were analyzed with a 36 element ICP mass spectrometer package, using a 15 gram sample split and a modified aqua regia digestion. Rocks returning >100 ppb gold or 100 g/t Ag were re-evaluated using a 30 gram fire assay analysis. These samples are custom-blended with fire-assay fluxes and heated to 1050oC. This process produces a dore bead and the gold is measured from the bead using a gravimetric determination. The samples returning greater than 1,000 ppm Cu were subjected to a re-analysis which involved a hot aqua regia digestion and ICP-Emission Spectrometry. The soil and silt samples used either the ICP method described above for rocks, or an ultratrace digestion that is first cold leached with nitric acid then fully leached with a modified aqua regia solution. A 15 gram sample split is used for this analysis. A quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program is in place that includes the insertion of certified gold standards and blanks into the rock sample stream to confirm the accuracy and precision of the reported results. Strongbow's 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.
/s/"Kenneth A. Armstrong"
Kenneth A. Armstrong
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