October 29, 2009
MetalCorp Extends Exploration Program at Pickle Lake Gold Property, Northwestern Ontario
- Over 2000m of drilling completed on the Tarp Lake Shear Zone
- Tarp Lake mineralized zone extended to the south and to depth
Toronto, Canada (October 29, 2009) - MetalCorp Limited (TSX-V:MTC) has extended its current exploration program at Pickle Lake to further test the Tarp Lake Shear Zone in the northern part of its 100%-owned Pickle Lake property. Six drill holes have been completed in October, representing just over 2000m of drilling. In previous work at the Tarp Lake Shear Zone in the mid-1990s by Inmet/Minnova, values of up to 7.2 g/t Au over 4.6 metres and 1.4 g/t Au over 36 metres were returned. The program is located beside an all-weather road, approximately 15 km north of the past-producing Pickle Crow Mine near Pickle Lake, Ontario.
The six holes drilled as part of the first exploration phase are testing an Inmet/Minnova Induced Polarization (IP) geophysical anomaly. While assay results are pending, initial findings suggest that the program has extended the mineralized zone southward and to depth.
Initial Results from Current Drilling
Current drilling has encountered a strongly altered well-foliated sequence of felsic and mafic metavolcanic rocks. All of the drill holes show broad intervals (typically several tens of metres) of disseminated sulphides, mainly pyrite, which in previous drilling correlated well with the highest gold grades. Several of the most recent holes have intersected more pyrrhotite-rich "stringer" style sulphides (up to 20-25% total sulphides, based on visual assessment, with accessory sphalerite, chalcopyrite and, more locally galena.). Other parts of the property show good potential for shear zone hosted vein gold deposits, and for iron-formation-hosted gold deposits similar to those mined historically at the nearby Pickle-Crow deposit.
While MetalCorp's drill program for Pickle Lake has been completed for the 2009 field season, MetalCorp is formulating plans for a winter geophysical program which will follow rehabilitation of pre-existing grids established by a number of exploration companies between the late 1980s and 2004. "A combination of effective geophysical surveys, including Induced Polarization (IP) and Magnetometer work, along with a thorough evaluation of previous work in light of MetalCorp's most recent drilling, should lead to a much clearer understanding of the geology and controls on the mineralization at the Pickle Lake property," commented Naomi Nemeth, President and CEO. "This will allow us to generate a number of intelligent, compelling drill targets to be tested in 2010."
"MetalCorp's field teams have been working in cooperation with the Mishkeegogamang First Nation for the initial phase of the Pickle Lake exploration program and look forward to continuing our successful relationship as we enter the second phase," commented Ms. Nemeth.
MetalCorp is a mineral exploration company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario with gold and base metal projects in the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario, Canada, one of the most prolific mineral districts in the world. The projects, with a total area of more than 85,000 acres, include the Hemlo East property, the Big Lake copper-zinc-silver-gold property, the North Rock copper-nickel-platinum property, and the Dorset, Pickle Lake, Black Bear and Keezhik Lake gold properties.
The Pickle Lake program is being carried out under the supervision of Charles Greig, P.Geo. (QP - NI 43-101). Core will be split and shipped to ALS-Chemex Labs in Thunder Bay for analysis. MetalCorp routinely introduces standards and blanks into the sample stream.
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Naomi Nemeth, President and CEO
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