VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacton Gold Inc. (TSXV: PAC, OTC: PACXF) (the "Company" or "Pacton") announces that following the initiation of preliminary exploration on its Arrow tenements (News: Sept 4 and April 5, 2018), located adjacent to Novo Resources Corp's (NVO: TSXV) Egina project, it is mobilizing a team to conduct an initial ground exploration plan on its Friendly Creek project (News: May 28, 2018), located adjacent to and south of Novo's Egina block, and immediately northeast of Kairos' recently discovered Croydon conglomerate gold play. Pacton has five projects in this part of the Pilbara craton: three to the north along the Mallina trend; the Arrow block, a large 35 km long block adjacent to Novo's western Egina boundary; and the Friendly Creek project, located adjacent to the southern boundary of the Novo block. Access to all Pacton tenements is good, being located between 40 to 100 km southwest of Port Hedland. The Egina is an active exploration gold area play within the Pilbara craton. (See Figure 1).
Exploration of Pacton's Arrow project, located immediately west of the large Novo tenement block, has commenced and the initial stage will continue until December. Pacton has identified stratigraphic units within the Arrow project that are continuous, along strike, into two of Novo's Egina gold hotspots. These will be investigated as soon as full access approvals are received. This is an exploration priority, validated by the most recent Novo Resources acquisition announcement (Novo: Sept 17, 2018) that notes: "Gold nuggets have been found in modern surface gravels over a vast area around Egina since the late 1800's. Upon researching the distribution and nature of gold nuggets earlier this year, Novo has concluded these are largely derived from weathering and erosion of basal Fortescue conglomerates similar to those at Comet Well and Purdy's Reward. This makes Egina particularly intriguing. Not only is there potential for the discovery of gold-bearing conglomerates, there is also very good potential for significant surface gold deposits occurring in modern lag gravels. Acquisition of the core tenements at Egina consolidates Novo's position in this potentially very important gold district."
Pacton's Friendly Creek Project presents a crisply defined 11 km by 4 km target area that encompasses the historic Pilbara Well alluvial and elluvial gold discoveries that sparked gold rush activity in the Pilbara in 1888. Despite this long history and known gold endowment, the remoteness of the area, before modern infrastructure, prevented systematic exploration.
The historic goldfield sits in the Pilbara Well Greenstone Belt, consisting of basalts, ultramafics, and silicified sediments which have undergone deformation and metamorphism. This in turn, is overlain by cherts of the Cleaverville Formation. The greenstone belt has suffered late stage brittle deformation resulting in a series of north-east trending faults.
The historic gold occurrences along the 11 km by 4 km wide Friendly Creek system are described as elluvial nugget concentrations. Unlike alluvial concentrations (i.e. placer deposits concentrated in streams) elluvial deposits are concentrated in place by weathering of the host rocks, or soils. Elluvial concentrations can be effective pathfinders for underlying gold concentrations.
Modern exploration has focussed on two regional scale north-east trending shear zones in the area, the John Bull and Pilbara Well shear zones. John Bull strikes for 7 km, while the Pilbara Well Shear Zone is a length of 21 km, on the south-east margin of the Pilbara Well Greenstone Belt. Most of the historic workings are on these shears, except a third group, west of the John Bull Shear Zone, containing the Foochow, Hong Kong and Empress historic mines. Gold is found in quartz veins in north-east trending shear zones, or at the contact between the greenstone and Yule Granitoid Complex.
Initial exploration at Friendly Creek will consist of a re-examination of historic occurrences, prospecting, mapping of the gold bearing stratigraphy, and methodical sampling over prospective gold targets.
About Pacton Gold
Pacton Gold (TSXV: PAC, OTC: PACXF) is a well-financed Canadian junior with key strategic partners focused on the exploration and development of conglomerate-hosted gold properties located in the district-scale Pilbara gold rush in Western Australia. The Company recently raised approximately $5.5 million, currently controls the third largest conglomerate-hosted gold property portfolio totaling in excess of 2,500 km2, and continues to aggressively review additional accretive acquisitions.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Peter Caldbick, P.Geo., a director of the Company and a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. The qualified person has not yet verified the data disclosed, including sampling, analytical, and test data underlying the information or opinions contained in the written disclosure.
On Behalf of the Board of Pacton Gold Inc.
Interim President and CEO
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