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Chalice Gold Mines Ltd
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Chalice outlines four Au-in-soil anomalies at Pyramid

2018-07-12 09:41 ET - News Release

Mr. Alex Dorsch reports


Chalice Gold Mines Ltd. has made a strong start to its maiden exploration campaign at the 100-per-cent-owned Pyramid Hill gold project, located within the highly endowed Bendigo goldfields region of central Victoria, after identifying four coherent and highly prospective gold-in-soil anomalies.

The two largest anomalies are approximately 12 kilometres long and have significantly upgraded the exploration potential of the project. The areas of anomalism will be the initial focus of the company's large-scale, ground-based exploration campaign, which is now under way.

Chalice has validated historic gold-in-soil anomalies through a program of bulk leach extractable gold (BLEG) soil sampling. Given the success of this initial geochemical program, Chalice is planning additional geochemical sampling along strike of the western anomaly which is currently open to the north and south, to test continuity, and to cover other highly prospective fault trends which have limited historical exploration work.

Chalice has also reprocessed regional geophysical data sets to better define the location of the key regional faults which are important controlling structures for the major gold deposits of the region. The Sebastian, Muckleford and Campbelltown faults, which localize the Bendigo, Castlemaine and Ballarat gold deposits, are interpreted to trend through the company's tenure.

In addition to the expanded geochemical sampling program currently under way, Chalice will shortly commence ground-based gravity surveys over granted tenure to refine targets for a planned initial phase of air core drilling scheduled to commence in October, 2018, subject to approvals.

Soil geochemistry

Four coherent BLEG soil anomalies have been outlined, with dimensions at the over-5.5-part-per-billion Au contour level listed in the attached table.

Anomaly name   Length (km)   Width (km)   Peak gold value (ppb Au)

West                   12    up to 2.8                         81                      
East                   12          2.7                       21.5                    
Central                 5          2.7                       20.7                    
North                   5    up to 2.0                        9.6                     


The West anomaly is open along strike to the north and south and Chalice plans to complete infill sampling in this area to better define the limits of the soil anomalism.

Three of the four BLEG soil anomalies were originally identified by Homestake Gold of Australia in the late 1990s, with the fourth discovered by Chalice. Chalice has also successfully verified a large portion of the about-20-year-old historical sampling results, which is highly encouraging.

Homestake undertook one traverse of air core drilling comprising five holes at 300 m spacings along an east-west line located north of the West anomaly. Four holes appear to have terminated in Murray basin sediments (70 to 90 m depth) and the most westerly hole intersected bedrock at 48 m depth. No anomalous gold was reported from this drilling however four of the five holes are interpreted to have stopped short of the target Bendigo zone basement.

Chalice will commence a follow-up program of BLEG geochemical sampling on granted tenement EL6661 immediately, and thereafter on EL6737 (which is expected to be granted shortly). The company will continue with sampling north and south of the West anomaly, while also extending coverage into other unsampled areas which overlie the Sebastian, Muckleford and Campbelltown faults.

Gravity geophysics

Ground and airborne gravity surveys have defined the position of important regional faults where they trend under Murray basin cover. Public domain ground and airborne gravity surveys have been reprocessed and the current interpretation shows that three significant subparallel north-northwest-trending mineralized structures (the Sebastian, Muckleford and Campbelltown faults) extend through the company's tenure.

Chalice has identified a prospective three-way convergence of these structures in the northern part of its tenement holding and this will be further investigated with detailed ground gravity surveys and follow-up soil geochemical sampling.

Most of the orogenic gold deposits and occurrences (for example non-alluvial deposits) in the Bendigo region show a strong spatial association with large-scale regional faults including the Sebastian, Muckleford and Campbelltown faults and more specifically, within second-order west-dipping faults and splays that develop along anticlinal hinge zones in the hangingwall of the regional faults. The position and continuation of these gold-bearing structures and the Chalice tenure are shown in a figure available on-line, demonstrating the potential of the project.

The Bendigo zone

The Bendigo region is currently enjoying a significant renaissance in gold exploration and development with the continued success of several nearby projects. These include the outstanding exploration results reported recently by Catalyst Metals at its Four Eagles project, where Catalyst recently announced the best gold intersection ever recorded at the Boyd's Dam zone -- 16 metres at 63.0 grams per tonne Au including 12 m at 83.7 g/t Au including one m at 810.0 g/t Au from 43 m in FERC222 (1). The Four Eagles project is located about 20 km to the east, directly adjacent to Chalice's tenure.

Renewed interest in the area has been driven by the over-seven-million-ounce Fosterville gold mine, owned by Canadian-based Kirkland Lake Gold. The mine is one of the world's highest-grade gold mines and is currently the largest gold producer in Victoria. Kirkland Lake recently reported updated 2018 guidance for Fosterville, with production of 260,000 to 300,000 ounces Au and operating cash costs of $270 (U.S.) to $290/oz (2) -- demonstrating that it is currently one of the lowest cost and most profitable mines in the world.

The Pyramid Hill project extends to the northwest of the world-class over 22 million oz Bendigo goldfield. From 1850 to 1890, Bendigo was the largest gold producer in the world. The deposit's surface footprint is approximately three times the size of the Kalgoorlie superpit, and every 100 vertical metres contained a prolific three million to five million oz of gold.

The project is also well placed to leverage off the Victorian government's "gold undercover" initiative, which estimates a potential about 32 million oz of undiscovered gold endowment in the Bendigo zone under Murray basin cover (3), where Chalice now has granted exploration licences and applications over a total area of 3,080 square km.

The success of undercover exploration techniques employed by other operators in the region highlights the significant potential to make new gold discoveries. Chalice has extensive experience with these innovative undercover exploration techniques from continuing exploration activities at its East Cadillac gold project in the prolific Abitibi region of Quebec. This experience gives Chalice a unique skill set in exploring the Bendigo region and will prove valuable as it ramps up exploration activities over the coming months.

The area also has excellent established infrastructure (road, rail, power and water) as well as multiple gold processing facilities.

(1) CYL Australian Stock Exchange announcement on June 25, 2018.

(2) KLA ASX announcement on May 2, 2018.

(3) V. Lisitsin, A. Olshina, D.H. Moore and C.E. Willman, 2007, Assessment of undiscovered mesozonal orogenic gold endowment under cover in the northern part of the Bendigo zone, GeoScience Victoria, gold undercover report 2, Department of Primary Industries.

Next steps

EL6661 is granted, while three additional exploration licences at the project are expected to be granted shortly (EL6669, EL6737 and EL6738). Additional regional soil geochemical sampling programs are under way and extended ground gravity work will commence immediately on granted tenure. The results will be used to plan shallow air core drilling, scheduled for October, 2018, subject to approvals.

Chalice's chief executive officer Alex Dorsch said: "The Bendigo region is now firmly back on the radar for gold investors around the world, thanks to the exceptional exploration results which have been reported recently in the area. Despite this growing level of exploration activity, the region is surprisingly underexplored under cover, which creates a huge opportunity for Chalice.

"We established the Pyramid Hill gold project based on our confidence in applying modern exploration techniques to unlock the true potential of an area within an earshot of world-class gold deposits. We now hold a strategic ground position of over 3,000 square km and we have delivered some exciting early results from our initial exploration activities.

"The four large gold anomalies identified by our initial work are exciting indications of prospectivity at this early stage, and we are looking forward to seeing what our systematic and accelerated approach to exploration can deliver."

About the Pyramid Hill gold project, Victoria

The 100-per-cent-owned Pyramid Hill gold project covers an area of 3,080 square km north of Bendigo, Victoria. The project extends to the northwest of the world-class over 22 million oz Bendigo goldfield and to the northeast of one of the world's highest grade gold mines, the over seven million oz Fosterville gold mine owned by Kirkland Lake Gold. The gold undercover initiative by the Victorian government estimates a potential about 32 million oz of undiscovered gold beneath Murray basin cover in the Bendigo zone, which includes the Pyramid Hill gold project.

Competent persons and qualifying persons statement

The information in this report that relates to exploration results in relation to the company's projects is based on information compiled by Dr. Kevin Frost, BSc (honours), PhD, who is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Dr. Frost is a full-time employee of the company and has sufficient experience in the field of activity being reported to qualify as a competent person as defined in the 2012 edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Minerals Resources and Ore Reserves, and is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 -- "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects." The qualified person has verified the data disclosed in this release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information contained in this release. Dr. Frost consents to the release of information in the form and context in which it appears here.

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