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White Cliff Minerals Discovers Massive Gold Grades At Aucu

White Cliff Minerals (ASX:WCN) has found exceptionally high grades of gold up to 189 g/t gold from drilling at shallow depths at its Aucu deposit in the northwest Kyrgyz Republic in central Asia.

Reverse circulation drilling delivered the wow factor with results of:

- 4 metres at 59.9 g/t gold from 66 metres, including 1 metre at 189 g/t gold;

- 2 metres at 43.5 g/t gold from 86 metres; and

- 1 metre at 103.4 g/t gold from 74 metres.

These intersections extend the upper gold zone (UGZ) a further 550 metres along strike to the east.

Tellingly, high grade gold mineralisation has now been found over the entire 900 metres of strike of the upper gold zone (UGZ) and which remains open at depth and along strike.

There could be more excitement to come as the results from a further ten drill holes are still waiting assaying.

Today's results follow bumper gold discovered in November from drilling 120 metres along strike that included 3 metres at 41.4 g/t gold including 1 metre at 71 g/t gold, 1 metre at 58 g/t gold and 6 metres at 3.2 g/t gold.

The upper gold zone results that extended the zone have now returned gold averages way in excess of most deposits in Australia.

Boding well for follow up drilling being planned is that the results highlights there are several parallel high grade gold lodes within the UGZ.

It is these lodes have been offset by fault movements which are currently being modelled to refine the 2016 drilling plan.

Todd Hibberd, managing director, commented:

"The results speak for themselves. High grade gold results greater than one ounce per tonne (31 g/t) have been identified over the entire 900 metres of strike of the upper gold zone which remains open at depth and along strike.

"High grade mineralisation starts at surface and has been identified repeatedly in trench and bull dozer cuts.

"The company is awaiting assay results for a further ten holes and more results are expected shortly".

Eastern gold zone

Results were also received for two holes drilled to test structures at the Eastern Gold Zone (EGZ).

Drilling intersected 1 metre at 5.2 g/t gold from 2 metres and 1 metre at 1.8 g/t gold from 97 metres and several intervals of <0.5 g/t gold.


Today's results again lift the potential size and scale of Aucu.

Grades of over one ounce per tonne have now been found over the entire 900 metres of the upper gold zone which is still open at depth and along strike.

Additional assays from a further 10 holes are expected shortly heightening anticipation.

We said in November, "In fact, given results to date, and areas along strike and at depth yet to be drilled, this has all the hallmarks of a monster resource in the making."

Aucu is surrounded by very large gold discoveries including Ishtamberdy (5Moz), Kuru-Tegerek (3Moz), Chaarat (6Moz), Kalmakyr (93Moz) and Kumtor (20Moz) in the Kyrgz Republic.

Based on similarities at respective early stages of exploration, there is no reason to believe that Aucu could as big as Chaarat and even up there with Kumtor.

With this time will tell.

Certainly, with these results White Cliff would be the envy of many an Australian listed explorer.

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