Tue Sep 13, 2011 Barker Reports Drilling Underway on its Frank Creek VMS Project
For Immediate Release
Barker Reports Drilling Underway on its Frank Creek VMS Project
Prince George, B.C., September 13, 2011 -- Barker Minerals Ltd. ("BML" on TSX/V) (the "Company") reports that drilling is now underway on its 100% owned Frank Creek VMS project. The focus of the current exploration drilling and trenching is a high potential target where previous exploration has exposed a broad zone of VMS style alteration associated with base and precious metal mineralization. The property is located in the Cariboo Mining District of British Columbia approximately 77 km northeast of Williams Lake B.C. and hosts excellent access and infrastructure. (Location Map)
The intent of the drilling and trenching is to test near surface coincident geochemical and geophysical targets near Line 57N and 16W and to follow up on the discovery of a broad zone of strongly anomalous to potentially high grade, base and precious metal mineralization in a well-defined stratigraphic horizon. The mineralization being enriched in copper, zinc, lead, silver and gold is also enriched in a number of pathfinder elements that are characteristically elevated in and around Kuroko type VMS deposits. BM-10-156 To date trenching on this target has exposed blocky massive sulphide mineralization with stringer sulphides in favourable felsic volcanic rocks and massive pyrite occurrences with variable amounts of sphalerite (zinc), galena (lead), and chalcopyrite (copper).
The mineralized zone remains open on strike to the southeast and northwest. The zone is also open at depth where the near surface conductors merge at depth where a large and strong Titan 24 Conductor has a 3-D subsurface signature similar to that of a massive sulphide body. The exploration results to date, on surface and through initial exploration drilling, bode well for the identification of a potentially economic ore body. The broad near surface VMS style footwall mineralization and alteration discovered to date through trenching and initial exploration drilling affirms the overturned nature of the system. (Titan Geophysical Model)
Line 53N and 22W is centred on the strongest co-incident multi-element enzyme leach soil anomaly near the contact between chargeability highs and resistivity lows, a geophysical pattern which is consistent with a favourable location for the formation of volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization. (Soils; Copper, Lead, Zinc)
The overall size, geometry and grades of the mineralized zones will ultimately be determined through future extensive drilling programs by tracing the mineralized zones along the prospective horizons, and to depth.
Other Prominent Nearby Drill Targets
The Titan-24 geophysical survey shows a broad and strong conductor 200 metres to the south of the Line 53N trenching and drilling discovery area which is centred on Line 51 at a moderate depth. The same conductor is also present on Lines 53N and 55N, only deeper down, with the top of the conductor being between 400 - 500 metres from surface. (Lines 51N, 53N, 55N Geophysical Sections)
Summary and Recommendations
The widespread occurrence of footwall-type alteration and mineralization, on surface and in drill core, affirms the overturned nature of the local stratigraphy, which is also evidenced by results from previous surface exploration programs including Provincial Government geological mapping of the area. The massive sulphide lenses discovered in the Discovery Trench in 2001 and in the F9 target trenches in 2007 - 2009 exist in a favourable stratigraphic contact horizon occurring within, or somewhat below, sedimentary rocks that are locally graphitic, located on top and partly within a felsic volcaniclastic pile. VMS deposits in other mining districts commonly form at or along contact of sedimentary and volcanic rocks with similar alteration assemblages.
Extensive trenching and 5,000 metres of drilling in a grid pattern has been recommended to follow the surface massive sulphide mineralization outward from the known locations near Line 53N and 22W. Two 750 metre deep drill holes are also recommended nearby on each of Lines 51N and 53N to test the heart of the compelling strong Trend "A" low resistivity anomaly. A Line 53N tentative schematic interpretation of the geology and structure can be viewed in the following link Line 53 Interpretation.
Drilling is expected to continue at Frank Creek for a couple of weeks at which time it is anticipated the drill will be mobilized to begin testing of the high grade silver/gold Providence target on the Black Bear project and its nearby mineralized intrusive rocks which were exposed in bedrock through 2010 trenching.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release was prepared under the supervision of Rein Turna, B.Sc., P.Geo. the Company's "qualified person" under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Barker Minerals
Barker Minerals is advancing exploration on its mineral properties in the Cariboo Gold District, one of the most mineralized belts in British Columbia. The Company has more than 20 projects on its exploration properties, all of which are 100% owned by Barker Minerals. Eight projects have drill-ready gold and/or massive sulphide targets.
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking information, including those relating to "plans" of the Company. Such information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors -- including the availability of funds, the results of financing and exploration activities, the interpretation of drilling results and other geological data, project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses and other risks identified by the Company in its public securities filings -- that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Louis E. Doyle
Barker Minerals Ltd.
Tel: (250) 563-8752
Fax: (250) 563-8751
Robert H. Kuhl
Barker Minerals Ltd.
Tel: (604) 321-0709
Fax: (604) 321-0719
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