Kelowna, British Columbia, April 20, 2021 – SOUTH ATLANTIC GOLD INC. (TSX-V: SAO) (“South Atlantic” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has completed the Phase I exploration program at its Pedra Branca Project, located 280 kilometers (“km”) southwest of Fortaleza, Ceará State, Brazil. A consolidation of the entire historical and newly acquired data from the Phase I program includes a total of 122 RC (“reverse circulation”) and 90 Diamond Drill holes, representing 5,022 meters (“m”) of RC drilling and 8,914 m of Diamond Drilling. All drill holes to date have been shallow with a maximum depth of 250 m for diamond drill holes and 60 m for RC holes.
Despite the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic, the Company completed the Phase I exploration program on budget and on time.
Douglas Meirelles, CEO stated, “We are very pleased with the progress the Company has made in such a short amount of time. South Atlantic has informed Jaguar Mining Inc (“Jaguar”) of its completion of the Phase I Exploration Program. In parallel, we are working diligently on the delivery of a NI 43-101-compliant technical report that will contain our initial resource estimate at Pedra Branca. Once completed, South Atlantic will satisfy the terms of the option agreement and the Company will have successfully earned 100% of the Project. Jaguar Mining Inc will have the option to earn back 25% of the project through the payment to South Atlantic of 2.5 times the earn-in expenditures.”
Highlights of Pedra Branca Phase 1 Exploration Program (see Annex Map 1):
- A total of 12,286 m of trenches were excavated which led to 9,349 trench assay results.
- 122 RC drill holes led to a total of 4,356 RC drill assay results.
- All historical diamond drilling core with original assay results above 0.35 grams per tonne (“g/t”) were validated through re-assay. This validation has enabled the inclusion of these results into the National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) technical report currently in progress.
- Tenements under mining designation from Agencia Nacional de Mineração (“ANM”), the national mining agency in Brazil, include the Coelho-Queimadas, Mirador Norte and Mirador Sul targets. These three tenements had 2,600 m of trenching completed which resulted in 2,646 assay results and 81 RC drill holes that totaled 3,334 m of drilling and resulted in 2,474 assay results. These results include the Condado Target that is the southern extension of the Coelho-Queimadas Target area.
- New Discoveries: The Igrejinha and Bombeiro Targets were identified as new mineralized areas that previously had little to no exploration. Combined, these two tenements received 1,950 m of trenching and 1,216 m of RC drilling from 30 drill A total of 3,429 assays were received from both the trenching and drilling on these two tenements.
- Legal tenure: All tenements remain in good legal standing. The company is in compliance with all current requirements set out by the ANM and continues to diligently monitor all required extensions.
Marcelo Antonio Batelochi, Senior Exploration Manager, stated, “The Phase 1 Exploration program was successful in several aspects. First, we gathered sufficient data to conduct a NI 43-101-compliant resource on the Pedra Branca property that is currently in progress. We were able to gain valuable geologic information on this very large project area and continuously extend the mineralized trend which remains open in depth, length and laterally. As we move toward a Phase 2 exploration program, which we plan to commence later in the year, we anticipate the ability to quickly add to our positive results with higher density drilling that will further improve our understanding of the vast potential that this project possesses.”
South Atlantic is pleased to announce that it is has started working with Jaguar to deliver all requirements set out in the option agreement on the Pedra Branca Project, which was news released July 30, 2020 and can be found by clicking here.
The Phase 2 Exploration Program details are outlined in the “Technical Report, Geology, Mineralization and Exploration of the Pedra Branca Gold Project, Ceará State, Northeastern Brazil” dated August 21, 2020. The details of the Phase 2 program include further RC drilling, higher density and deeper diamond drilling, updating geological and structural models, an additional updated resource estimation, and further community engagement.
The assays follow Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures that included the insertion of standards, blanks and duplicate samples, sent to the lab along with the samples.
All samples were analyzed at either SGS GEOSOL Laboratórios Ltda in Minas Gerais, Brazil, or ALS Brasil Limitada in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Both contracted laboratories follow the same procedures for sample preparation and chemical analysis, described below. In the laboratory, each ±2 kg sample is recorded, dried for 8 to 12 hours, crushed to 70% <2mm (-10 #) split to obtain approximately 250g and the 250g sub-samples are pulverized to P85 74 microns (-200 #).
Gold analysis is carried out using fire assay comprising three stages: Fusion, Cupellation and Analysis.
Samples with a gold fire assay equal to or higher than 10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed by a screen-metallic method. Base metal assays are first determined by ICP-OES (Inductive Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy). Analyses of ore elements that exceed the method’s upper limits are re-analyzed by appropriate ore-grade methods.
Multi-element analysis utilized the same preparation procedure as the gold analysis, along with an array of analytical procedures as follows:
|Elements||Analytical Procedure||SGS Code|
|Au(ppb); Pd(ppb); Pt(ppb)||Determination by Fire Assay – ICP – 50g||FAI515|
|Al2O3(%); Ba(ppm); CaO(%); Cr2O3(%); Fe2O3(%)K2O(%); MgO(%); MnO(%); Na2O(%); P2O5(%)SiO2(%); Sr(ppm); TiO2(%)Ce(ppm); Co(ppm); Cs(ppm); Cu(ppm); Dy(ppm)Er(ppm); Eu(ppm); Ga(ppm); Gd(ppm); Hf(ppm)Ho(ppm); La(ppm); Lu(ppm); Mo(ppm); Nb(ppm)Nd(ppm); Ni(ppm); Pr(ppm); Rb(ppm); Sm(ppm)Sn(ppm); Ta(ppm); Tb(ppm); Th(ppm); Tl(ppm)Tm(ppm); U(ppm); W(ppm); Y(ppm); Yb(ppm)||Determination by Fusion with Lithium Metaborate – ICP OES||ICP95A|
|Ce(ppm); Co(ppm); Cs(ppm); Cu(ppm); Dy(ppm)Er(ppm); Eu(ppm); Ga(ppm); Gd(ppm); Hf(ppm)Ho(ppm); La(ppm); Lu(ppm); Mo(ppm); Nb(ppm)Nd(ppm); Ni(ppm); Pr(ppm); Rb(ppm); Sm(ppm)Sn(ppm); Ta(ppm); Tb(ppm); Th(ppm); Tl(ppm)Tm(ppm); U(ppm); W(ppm); Y(ppm); Yb(ppm)||Determination by Fusion with Lithium Metaborate – ICP MS||IMS95A|
|Ag(ppm); Al(%); As(ppm); B(ppm); Ba(ppm); Be(ppm); Bi(ppm); Ca(%); Cd(ppm); Ce(ppm); Co(ppm); Cr(ppm); Cs(ppm); Cu(ppm); Fe(%); Ga(ppm); Ge(ppm); Hf(ppm); Hg(ppm); In(ppm); K(%); La(ppm); Li(ppm); Lu(ppm); Mg(%); Mn(ppm); Mo(ppm); Na(%); Nb(ppm); Ni(ppm); P(ppm); Pb(ppm); Rb(ppm); Re(ppm); S(%); Sb(ppm); Sc(ppm); Se(ppm); Sn(ppm); Sr(ppm); Ta(ppm); Tb(ppm); Te(ppm); Th(ppm); W(ppm); Y(ppm); Yb(ppm); Zn(ppm); Zr(ppm)||Determination by Digestion with aqua regia – ICP OES / ICP MS||ICM14B|
|F(ppm)||Determination of Fluorine by Specific Ion||ISE03A|
|LOI(%)||Determination of Total Carbon and / or Sulfur by Infrared – LECO||CSA17V|
|SiO2(%); Al2O3(%); Fe2O3(%); CaO(%); MgO(%); TiO2(%); P2O5(%); Na2O(%); K2O(%); MnO(%)||Fusion with Lithium tetraborate – XRF||XRF79C|
|S(%)||Determination of Total Carbon and / or Sulfur by Infrared – LECO||CSA17V|
About South Atlantic Gold
South Atlantic Gold is an exploration company engaged in acquiring and advancing mineral properties located in the Americas. The Company’s principal BC asset is the wholly-owned 4,056-hectare Big Kidd property, located near Aspen Grove, BC. Our Brazilian flagship asset is our option to acquire the Pedra Branca project, located 280 km southwest of Fortaleza, Ceara State, Brazil. South Atlantic Gold is focused on creating value for its shareholders by engaging in the development and acquisition of high-quality mineral assets located in stable and mining friendly jurisdictions. South Atlantic Gold’s is based in Kelowna, British Columbia, and is listed on the TSX-V under the symbol “SAO.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Douglas Meirelles, President and CEO
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Anne Hite, Vice President, Investor Relations
The scientific and technical information that forms the basis for parts of this press release was reviewed and approved by Marcelo Antonio Batelochi (P.Geo.), MAUSIMM (CP), the Company’s Exploration Manager who is a Qualified Person “(QP”) as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
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