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10 August 2017



  • New gold zone discovered in outcrop at Aucu Gold deposit
    • 3 metres at 24.8 g/t gold
    • 4 metres a 6.5 g/t gold
  • Mineralisation associated with quartz veining that extends north and south of drill intersections
  • Mineralisation starts at surface and is open at depth and along strike

White Cliff Minerals Limited (ASX: WCN) (“White Cliff” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that a new gold zone has been discovered at its 90%-owned Aucu Gold Deposit in north-west Kyrgyz Republic adjacent to the three zones identified at the Eastern Gold Zone in 2016.

The new zone, which was identified in a bulldozer cut while clearing a drill pad, consists of quartz veining within a halo of strongly altered sandstone containing quartz, goethite, sericite and manganese oxides typical of the high grade mineralisation seen elsewhere within the Aucu Gold Deposit. Channel sampling of this zone has identified 3 metres (true width) at 24.8 g/t gold and 4 metres (true width) at 6.5 g/t gold on the two road cuttings. In addition a rock chip sample of the same structure taken at the top of the hill had a grade of 23 g/t gold (Figure 1 and Table 1).


Figure 1: Plan of drilling at the Eastern Gold Zone showing channel sampling results and structural interpretation. See figure 3 for the location of the Eastern Gold Zone relative to the other mineralised zones at Aucu.

The Eastern Gold Zone now consists of four sub-parallel shear zones all containing significant gold mineralisation that will be tested via drilling over a strike length of 150 metres. Once drilling has confirmed the orientation of the structures, further drilling will be conducted to convert the gold mineralisation into a JORC compliant resource.

As previously noted, the Company has mobilised a second RC rig to site. This rig is expected to commence drilling the Eastern Gold Zone shortly.



Figure 2: Newly discovered 4-metre wide outcropping mineralised zone adjacent to the Eastern Gold Zone. This zone has been identified in three bulldozer cuts spaced 50-60 metres apart covering 120 metres of strike length.

For further information, please see the link below to today’s ASX announcement.

ASX Announcement