Vancouver, BC – Independence Gold Corp. (TSX.V: IGO) ("Independence" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has executed two Letters of Intent ("LOIs"), subject to regulatory acceptance, with Almadex Minerals Ltd. ("Almadex") to acquire up to a 60% interest in the Nicoamen and Merit Properties located 40 km and 20 km respectively, northwest of Westhaven Ventures Inc.'s Shovelnose property in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt of southern British Columbia.
The Nicoamen Property comprises nine mineral claims (3,332 hectares) and contains four anomalous zones identified by soil geochemical sampling and an Induced Polarization ("IP") geophysical survey. The Discovery Zone, traced for over 75 m, is a series of narrow, rhythmically banded, chalcedonic quartz veinlets ranging from 1 to 20 cm in width, with one vein in excess of 10 m in length. Trench samples returned assays of 0.5 grams/tonne ("g/t") gold over 4.9 m and 3.19 g/t gold over 0.2 m. A composite sample of quartz vein float collected 600 m northwest of the Discovery Zone returned 64.87 g/t gold. Mineralization at the West Zone is associated with a broad area of disseminated pyrite hosted in silicified and brecciated feldspathic rocks. The Canyon and Central Zones are both untested resistivity anomalies with coincident anomalous gold-arsenic soil geochemistry.
The Merit Property comprises four mineral claims (1,907 hectares) and contains three anomalous zones of alteration and mineralization – Discovery Hill, Sullivan Ridge and the West Zone. Sullivan Ridge, the main zone of mineralization, is characterized by strong silica and carbonate alteration of andesitic breccias that host a 1-2 m wide, north trending, gold-bearing quartz vein zone that can be traced for over 80 m. A trenching program in 2005 across this zone returned anomalous gold values of 7.24 g/t over 1.8 m, including 14.94 g/t over 0.6 m. Sullivan Ridge was drill tested by two diamond drill holes in 2015. One drill hole returned two 0.5 m long sections, one grading 0.44 g/t gold and the other grading 0.25 g/t gold.
Pursuant to the LOIs, which contain the same terms for each property, the Company can acquire a 60% interest in either Property by making a cash payment of $10,000 (upon signing of the LOI), the issuance of an aggregate of 650,000 common shares (100,000 upon closing) and work commitments of $725,000 ($75,000 in the first year) and a commitment to drill 1,000 m over a three year period. Upon completion of the 60% earn-in, Almadex and Independence will immediately form a joint venture for the purpose of carrying out further exploration work on the Property. If either party's participation interest falls below 15%, their interest will be converted into a 2% net smelter royalty. The transactions are subject to completion of due diligence, final documentation and approval of the TSX.V.
The Company looks forward to completing exploration programs on the Nicoamen and Merit properties as well as its 100% owned 3Ts Project this summer.
Independence Gold Corp. (TSX.V:IGO) is a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company's holdings range from early-stage grassroots exploration to advanced-stage resource expansion in British Columbia and Yukon. For additional information, visit the Company's website www.ingold.ca.
Kendra Johnston, P.Geo., the Company's Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the technical information in this news release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF INDEPENDENCE GOLD CORP.
President and Director
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