VANCOUVER, BC -- Willis W. Osborne, President of Great Quest Metals Ltd. (TSXV: GQ; Frankfurt: GQM), is pleased to report results of an exploration program, consisting of soil and rock sampling and geological mapping, conducted on the Dabia Ouest gold concession early this year. The Dabia Ouest concession, in western Mali, is only 11.6 kilometres south of the Kenieba concession which was recently sold by Great Quest to Avion Gold Corporation for 4.35 million dollars in cash and Avion shares.
The soil sample grid consists of 11 east--west lines, 500 metres apart, with samples taken every 50 metres along the lines. A total of 1,221 samples were taken from the 27.5 sq km grid which is located in the northeast corner of the concession.
All but four samples were taken from alluvium or from stream-deposited material. Below are lengths along four consecutive lines of samples anomalous in gold:
||Length of Anomalous
Parts per Billion Gold (ppb)
|Third line from north
|Fourth line from north
|Fifth line from north
|Sixth line from north
*¹ three samples above 200 ppb were not included in calculation *² one sample of 1,163 ppb was not included in calculation
The alluvium anomalous in gold occurs along a length of the southwesterly flowing Columbo River. The silt, sand and gravel constituting the alluvium are derived through erosion from river banks along the full extent of the Columbo River upstream from the anomalous area. As a result, the eroded material from the gold zone has been diluted by all of the sediment from upstream. Because of the low gradient of the river, the source of the gold is expected to be very close to, if not partly coincident with, the anomalous area. Great Quest management is very encouraged by these results.
The next step in exploration over the anomalous alluvium is to find the source of the gold, first through pitting and geophysics, then if necessary, drill testing. Much of the rest of the area soil sampled shows scattered samples anomalous in gold with no particular pattern.
The western part of the concession consists of scattered hills with outcrops surrounded by areas of alluvium where two major goldfields or areas of pits, which were dug by local miners for the recovery of gold, occur. One extends for 4,860 metres along the Columbo River where it turns west. The second extends along the Bilaliko River for 4,450 metres where it flows to the northwest. One sample from an outcrop of a felsic dyke along the Bilaliko River was crushed and panned. Fine gold was found. An assay of the tailings from the pan gave 1,065 parts per billion gold. The next program will consist of pitting, trenching and rock and soil sampling to further isolate the gold mineralization in the area in preparation for drilling.
Samples were processed by ALS Chemex in Bamako, Mali. The samples were crushed, split and pulverized. Thirty grams from each sample were tested for gold by fire assay-AA. Carl G. Verley (P.Geol), the Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101, has reviewed the contents of this news release.
The preliminary program on the newly acquired 24 sq km Sanoukou gold concession, south of and adjacent of the Kenieba gold concession, will start next week. Following the program on the Sanoukou concession and subject to the receipt of permits, Great Quest will start a drill program on the Tin Hina phosphate concession in eastern Mali.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GREAT QUEST METALS LTD.
Willis W. Osborne