Desert Gold completes drill program at Segala West Permit
Friday, Feb 02, 2018
Desert Gold Ventures Inc. is pleased to announce that it has concluded its previously announced drill program at Segala West. This program is a first step to further testing of the numerous mineralized structures and significant gold-in-soil anomalies that lie on the property.

About Segala West

The Segala West permit is surrounded by several large gold mines including Randgold's Loulo-Gounkoto mine complex to the west with ore reserves of 32 Mt average at 4.6 g.t for 3.7 million oz Au in the Proven and Probably category. Adjacent to the south-east are Endeavour Mining's Tabakoto and Segala mines which hosts ~3 million oz Au (18.5 Mt at 3.5 g/t for 1.8 million oz au measured and indicated, 9 Mt at 3.6 g/t for 1 million oz Au inferred and 6.4 Mt at 3.5 g/t for 0.7 million oz au proven and probable) with its Kofi prospect to the north.

Program Objectives

As a first pass drilling, the program was designed to test continuity of gold mineralization reported from detailed mapping and rock sampling over five newly discovered artisanal zones including Baroya, Baroya North, Baroya North-West, Segala and Yatia West. The program was comprised of diamond, RC, and Aircore drilling.

New Discoveries

  • Baroya NW – 0.92 g/t gold over 22 metres
  • Yatia NW – 7.13 g/t gold over 1 metre and 7.16 g/t gold over 1 metre in two separate mineralized structures
  • Baroya mid north – 0.88 g/t gold over 8 metres

Extension to Known Zones

  • Segala West Zone – 0.8 g/t Au over 7.2 metres


A short drill program was conducted at Desert Gold's Segala West property in November and December of 2017. 60 holes totalling 4,356 metres were drilled, including 3 core, 1 core/reverse circulation, 18 reverse circulation and 38 air core holes. The program was designed to test three newly discovered artisanal zones, Baroya, Baroya North and Yatia West and to test below a large artisanal open pit on the Segala West trend, where rock samples have returned up to 12 g/t gold over. Three core holes were drilled to provide structural information for three of the zones. The RC holes tested below the artisanal mining sites and the air core holes began testing the multitude of strong gold-in-soil targets and conceptual targets on the property. The Baroya NW zone, a recently discovered artisanal mining site, returned a RC drill intercepts of 0.92 g/t gold over 22 metres. This newly discovered zone is unique in the region in that the mineralization is associated with stockwork-type, primary-style hematite, sericite and perhaps albite altered sedimentary rock with no visible sulphides and limited amounts of quartz veining. Grab samples of this material have returned up to 39.2 g/t gold with visual gold. Because of the unique style of mineralization, samples have been sent out for mineralogical analysis and gold deportment studies. Additional holes are recommended to test this area and other areas that display stock-work type hematite alteration.

Two new gold zones were discovered while testing gold-in-soil anomalies with an air core drill. One of the new occurrences lies 800 metres north of the Baroya artisanal zone. This hole returned two intercepts including 0.5 g/t gold over 7 metres from surface and 0.99 g/t gold over 8 meters at 18 metres down hole. A second air core hole near another newly discovered artisanal zone, Yatia West returned two high grade intercepts of 7.16 g/t gold over 1 metre and 7.13 g/t gold over 1 metre. Follow-up drilling is warranted at both locations. In addition a parallel, northeast-trending structure that cuts a granitic body where a 'Roxgold-type' target has been generated still needs to be tested. The company will undertake an aircore program over this target later this year.

Drilling at the Segala West Zone extended the gold mineralization to depth, below a large artisanal mining pit with an intersection of 0.8 g/t gold over 7.2 metres. The Segala West Zone lies along trend of Endeavour's currently mined Segala underground mine and the previously mined Segala Northwest open pit. Additional work needs to be done in this area to test this well mineralized structural trend.

Desert Gold's President Jared Scharf commented, "As a first pass drill program, our team is very pleased with these results. The program confirmed continuity of known zones and discovered several new zones confirming grab sample results from exploration work. A unique hematite-style mineralization has been discovered which we are only beginning to understand. These are challenging targets with mineralization often focused at structural intersections leading to the pinch and swell of the mineralized, gold-bearing lenses. We have learned a great deal from this short program where we are only beginning to understand the potential at Segala West. A great deal of follow up work is justified and we will aim to begin a second phase of drilling in Q2 of this year. In the meantime, our exploration team will continue its field work comprising of more geological mapping and prospecting to further refine our targets and improve our understanding of this property."

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