TEMPE, Ariz., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Bear Mining Corp (OTC Bulletin Board: BGBR), a U.S. based exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of gold and other precious commodity projects, is pleased to announce initial drill results from its 2010 exploration initiative in the Rattlesnake Hills, Wyoming. Big Bear's Rattlesnake Hills properties cover geologic settings analogous to those hosting gold, Au, mineralization on the adjacent advanced program of Evolving Gold (EVG).
The Big Bear claim blocks cover approximately 9,000 acres encompassing several Eocene-aged intrusives of the Rattlesnake Hills Volcanic Complex (RHVC).The RHVC is part of the Rocky Mountain Alkaline Gold Province that extends from New Mexico to Montana. World class and less significant past-producing alkaline-associated gold deposits that are part of this province include, among others, the famous Cripple Creek Mining District in Colorado (~27 million ounces of continual gold production from 1880's to the present, plus ~20-million ounce existing low-grade Au resource) . Alkaline gold deposits often occur in groups or districts such as those deposits discovered in Little Rocky Mountain, MT, Black Hills, SD, and Cripple Creek, CO. Exploration programs in alkaline volcanic complexes are currently being conducted by Newmont in the Bear Lodge Complex in NE Wyoming and by Evolving Gold on lands adjacent to the Big Bear Dry Creek claims which are located approximately seven miles northeast of the 2010 drilling at the Barlow Gap project.
On the Barlow Gap claim block, Big Bear drilled five late-season core holes (3,500 ft.) to test silicified zones associated with structures within and along contacts of the central quartz latite porphyry intrusion and embedded breccia pipe. Four of the five holes tested silicified zones found to be geochemically anomalous from surface rock chip samples in silver, Ag, (33 samples from 1.0 ppm to 7.7 ppm and nine samples from 9.8 ppm to 58.3 ppm) and trace Au (seven samples from 20 ppb to 35 ppb and four samples from 63 ppb to 95 ppb).
BG 2010 Drill Holes
Samples (815) were collected from intervals containing carbonate and lesser quartz veining +/- pyrite. No significant Au mineralized intervals were intercepted; the highest sample returned 295 ppb Au over 2.9 ft. (BG-4, 911.6 - 914 ft.). Silver was greater than 1.0 ppm in 48 sample intervals including 128 ppm Ag over 0.3 ft. (BG-3, 891.5 ft. - 891.8 ft.), 4.0 ft. of 10.5 ppm Ag (BG-7, 890 ft. - 894 ft.) and 5.0 ft. containing 15.9 ppm Ag (BG-7, 903 ft. - 908 ft. EOH).
Big Bear geologists note that what appears to be a large epithermal system with significant alteration and multiple near surface Ag anomalies could contain a hidden or as not yet sampled Au component. Future exploration at the BG Project will focus on the easterly trending structural zone intercepted in BG-7, newly recognized structures delineated from a ground magnetics survey, and the breccia pipes.
CEO Steve Rix, states, "We want to remind our shareholders that the drilling process is a methodical search for clues to help determine if the claims upon which the work is being done, warrant more attention. While no significant Au showings exist, we are encouraged that the data we have received from this preliminary late season campaign have yielded notable Ag numbers and additional geological data demanding the continued exploration of the Barlow Gap claim blocks through more drilling this year."
About Big Bear Mining Corp:
Big Bear Mining Corp is a US based exploration and development company, focused on the acquisition and development of Gold and other precious commodity projects which demonstrate high probability for near term production. Big Bear is a fully reporting company quoted on the OTCBB under the symbol BGBR. Website: www.bigbearminingcorp.com
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