| ||Wed Oct 11, 2006|
Drilling Underway At Skoonka Creek, British Columbia
| ||Strongbow Exploration Inc. (SBW: TSXV) is pleased to announce that it has commenced an additional drill program on the Skoonka Creek gold property within the Spences Bridge gold belt (SBGB) in southwestern British Columbia. The program is intended to test the depth extent of gold mineralization encountered in previous drilling of the JJ epithermal gold prospect. |
The drill holes have been planned using the results of a recently completed induced polarization (IP) geophysical survey as well as new interpretations of the structural setting of gold mineralization based on bedrock mapping. Results of the IP survey show a resistivity anomaly coincident with the known extent of mineralization. Several similar anomalies were also identified to the south and down dip of the limits of previous drilling. The first hole of the new program is intended to test a resistivity anomaly located approximately 50 m down dip from drill hole SC-016, which encountered 2.83 m of epithermal quartz veining grading 2.91 g/t gold (see Strongbow News Release #06-12, May 16th, 2006). Drill hole SC-016 was abandoned approximately six metres below the quartz vein due to difficult drilling conditions within intense, soft clay alteration. Analyses of this alteration returned anomalous levels of silver (5.7 g/t) and other pathfinder elements, indicating that the entire mineralized structure was not successfully tested.
The JJ veins show a capacity for high gold grades as evidenced by the presence of visible gold both at surface and in the 2005 drill hole SC-008 where a 0.38 m section graded 238 g/t gold and 91.5 g/t Ag. This high grade interval of SC-008 lies within a broader 12.8 m zone that returned 20.2 g/t gold. Textural, mineralogical and geochemical evidence from the JJ prospect suggest that the quartz veins and associated alteration encountered to date represent the upper portions of a shallowly eroded low sulphidation epithermal system. The quartz veins display banded and brecciated textures that are interpreted as evidence for boiling, which is the principal mechanism for the precipitation of gold in an epithermal system.
Exploration of the Skoonka Creek property is being conducted by joint venture partners Strongbow (51%) and Almaden Minerals Ltd. (AMM:TSX) (49%). Strongbow is the project operator and exploration is being conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101.
STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.
/s/"Kenneth A. Armstrong"
Kenneth A. Armstrong
President and CEO
For further information, please contact:
President and CEO
Tel: 604 668 8355
Tel: 604 668 8275
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