Endurance Gold Corporation (EDG -- TSX.V, "Endurance") is pleased to report encouraging results from a rock and soil sampling program (the "Program") completed in August on the South Fork Target. The South Fork Target is located on the Trout Property which was acquired earlier this year to expand and enhance the exploration potential of the Company's Elephant Property. The Elephant Mountain Project, which includes the Elephant, Trout and Wolverine Properties, can be easily accessed by the all-weather Elliott Highway located 76 miles (123 kilometres ("km")) northwest of Fairbanks within the Rampart-Eureka-Manley Hot Springs placer gold mining districts near Eureka, Alaska.
The South Fork Target is located approximately two km northeast of the Trout Target which results were announced on October 12, 2017. As reported on August 28, 2017, initial assay results from 2017 sampling on South Fork returned gold values up to 6.60 parts per million ("ppm") and 1.94% lead. Follow-up rock samples reported in this release were collected in August and returned gold values including 10.35 ppm, 6.73 ppm, 5.15 ppm, 4.10 ppm, and 3.53 ppm, confirming the gold potential associated with one or more structural linear features. The three highest gold-in-rock samples collected in August also returned 0.48% lead, 1.280% lead, and 1.205% lead respectively. Elevated arsenic is also associated with the higher gold values in rock. Mineralization is related to oxidized sulphides associated with quartz veining, vein stockwork, and quartz healed breccia hosted in hornfels altered clastic sediments. Hand trenching was also completed in August. The most significant area of the trench exposed the quartz-breccia over about 9 metre ("m") in estimated true width associated with quartz breccia and quartz vein stockwork with slickensides and oxidized sulphides. Chip sampling averaged 0.547 ppm gold over 9.14 m including 0.846 ppm gold over 4.57 m. With the trench assay and other rock samples the quartz-breccia mineralization has now been confirmed in rocks over an east-west trend distance of 250 m.
"We are pleased that the South Fork anomaly has advanced to become a sixth drill target at Elephant" commented Robert Boyd, President and CEO of Endurance. "The frequency of identification of higher grade gold-in-rock samples over a trend area of at least 250 m is encouraging and warrants additional trenching to expose these structures, soil sampling to better define the strike extent of the mineralized structures, and initial drill testing."
Results from 76 soil samples received to date cover about a 500 x 250 m area. While the South Fork anomaly has significantly higher grade gold-in-rocks than the Trout Target, the soil signature at South Fork is much more subtle for gold and other elements than the Trout Target. Soil sampling has defined an east-west trending 350 m x 25 m (+20 parts per billion ("ppb")) gold-in-soil anomaly directly associated with 10.35 ppm and 6.6 ppm gold-in-rock samples. Approximately 90 m to the north, a sub-parallel 200 m x 25 m (+20 ppb) gold-in-soil anomaly has also been defined associated with a gold-in-rock quartz-breccia sample of 6.73 ppm gold. These two east-west trends are also defined by anomalous arsenic (+50 ppm) and lead-in-soil (+50 ppm).
Plan maps showing the location of the Trout soil sample grid and rock samples with analytical results to date are available at www.endurancegold.com.
The Elephant Mountain Project which hosts at least six km-scale gold targets associated with a Cretaceous aged intrusive complex and hornfels alteration that extends over a strike length of about 12 km. Five of these gold targets are associated with greater than +100 ppb gold-in-soil and multiple +1 grams per tonne gold in rock samples. A map showing the location of the three properties and targets is also available at www.endurancegold.com.
Next Steps -- With the identification of this South Fork Target and the Trout Target reported on October 12, 2017, the Company has now identified six drill targets supported by chargeability anomalies and gold-in-soil at the Elephant Mountain Project. Further soil sampling to increase sampling density and expand the trend potential is also warranted. Minor soil and rock sample results are still pending on the Wolverine Target and will be reported once available. The Company has deferred the implementation of a drill program until the spring.
Endurance Gold Corporation is a company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of highly prospective North American mineral properties with the potential to develop world-class deposits. The company also owns a significant shareholding in Inventus Mining Inc.(IVS-TSXV) which controls the entire Pardo paleoplacer (Witwatersrand-type) gold district near Sudbury, Ontario and shares in GFG Resources Inc. (GFG-TSXV) which controls the entire Rattlesnake Hills gold district in Wyoming, USA.
ENDURANCE GOLD CORPORATION
Robert T. Boyd
Robert T. Boyd, P.Geo. is a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and supervised the compilation of the information forming the basis for this release. The grab samples from the 2017 sampling program were analyzed at ALS Minerals using Au-ST43, Au-ICP21, ME-MS41, Au-GRA21(+10 ppm), and Pb-OG46(+10,000 ppm). The soil samples from the 2017 sampling program were also analyzed at ALS Minerals using Au-ST43, Au-AROR43 (>100 ppb), and ME-MS41. Both Endurance and ALS Minerals inserted standards with each shipment analyzed. Bedrock grab samples mentioned in this release are selective by nature and are unlikely to represent average grades within the bedrock when drilled.
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