Drilling to commence in January
Management is pleased to announce that permissions for drilling have been received on schedule. Focus will begin a planned 4,000m diamond drill program shortly.
The program will utilize 2 drill rigs to test for a bulk tonnage gold-silver deposit over the 800m x 400m extent of the mine area. Drilling will also test deep geophysical targets and more conceptual targets associated with a low angle regional fault believed to underpin the known mineralization at depths of 250m - 350m.
Encouraging results were received from a 400m, first-pass drill campaign by Focus which confirmed the presence of wide, potentially economic gold mineralization starting from surface (see press release
- 69.6m grading 1.84 g/t Au* and 22 g/t Ag from surface in Hole DDH-NC-003 - 38.2m grading 1.7 g/t Au and 20 g/t Ag from surface in Hole DDH-NC-002 * Interval 2.70m - 3.6m assaying 171 g/t Au was capped at 30 g/t Au for the purposes of this calculation
Focus is the first company to drill test Nueva California where gold mineralization is associated with intensely altered granodiorite, sheared argillites and brecciated contact zones.
Exploration Results from Adit 870
Some sampling was possible within the main cross-cut and along an adjacent production drift which exploited a brecciated contact between argillite and granodiorite. Sampling within the production drift returned assay results that were within the range of the results obtained by previous samples. However, sampling within the main cross cut where it was accessible returned much lower grades than the historic sampling. The reason for the general disparity in the historic grades reported by the mine in the cross-cut with those sampled by Focus is currently poorly understood, as sampling in other drifts at higher elevations has supported the historic data. A plan map showing comparative sample locations and grades can be viewed on the Focus website www.focusventuresltd.com.
The scientific and technical information in this release was prepared under the supervision of Mr.
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