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Systematic Sampling at Novo's Egina Mining Lease Yields Positive 'MAK' Gold Results


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novo Resources Corp. (“Novo” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF) is pleased to report positive mobile alluvial Knudson (“MAK”) sampling results from across its 100% owned Egina mining lease, M47/560, indicating widespread gold potential within terrace gravels. The Egina mining lease is a small part of the Company’s overall terrace holdings, representing approximately 5 sq km out of nearly 2,500 sq km, but these systematic sample results provide an encouraging picture of how gold might prove to be distributed over broader parts of the project. Novo’s 2020 Egina exploration program is now ramped back up to full capacity.


MAK sampling has continued apace since Novo resumed its 2020 field season a few weeks ago following a minor delay resulting from COVID-19 restrictions which have since been eased. A further 342 MAK samples have been collected and processed from targeted terrace gravels across much of M47/560. Novo’s 2019 exploration program focused on MAK sampling, trenching and bulk sampling within a restricted test area focusing on a swale in the north-eastern corner of this mining lease (Figure 1). MAK sampling currently continues across the mining lease, but areas sampled thus far in the north-west and south are painting an encouraging picture.

Discovery of new gold targets during MAK sampling at Northwest Egina

Broad areas of encouraging MAK results from South Egina

IGR 3000 alluvial test plant resumes operation

2020 Field season plans

“We are seeing expansive areas within the Egina mining lease that are yielding MAK results as good or better than our test area of 2019,” commented Quinton Hennigh, President and Chairman of Novo Resources. “In comparison, the 2019 test area is now clearly small in light of what we are discovering in the northwestern and southern parts of M47/560. Setting aside the area of low hills in the west central region of the mining lease where we cannot conduct sampling, it appears that perhaps around 30% of the terrace displays MAK gold point counts in line with the 2019 test swale, and, importantly, surrounding areas display appreciable low level gold point counts similar to those seen outside the swale last year. This data gives us our first real impression of how gold may be distributed within this system, and we are very encouraged, especially given the vast size of this target. With our IGR 3000 test plant back on line, we are eager to commence large scale bulk sampling on the mining lease very soon.”  

Description of MAK sampling process:

MAK samples are collected from pits spaced approximately 50 m apart across targeted areas. Pits are dug by track hoe and range up to 3 m depth. Targeted sample size is approximately one tonne. Samples are placed in wooden crates lined with bulka bags and transported to Novo’s Station Peak camp where they are processed through a mobile alluvial Knudsen centrifugal concentrator plant. Concentrates are panned down to reveal gold for point counting and further study.

Description of bulk sampling process:

Large scale, 30-50 cubic m bulk samples are collected from pits approximately 6 m wide and 6 m long. Depth of pits varies from about 1-3 m. Sandy soil overburden is generally stripped prior to gravel extraction. Some underlying bedrock material is excavated along with gold-bearing gravels to ensure capture of gold on the bedrock interface. Bulk sample gravel is transported to Novo’s Station Peak camp where it will be processed through the Company’s IGR 3000 alluvial gold plant.

Dr. Quinton Hennigh, P. Geo., the Company’s President, Chairman, and a Director, and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has approved the technical contents of this news release.

About Novo Resources Corp.

Novo’s focus is primarily to explore and develop gold projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and Novo has built up a significant land package covering approximately 13,750 square kilometres with varying ownership interests. In addition to the Company’s primary focus, Novo seeks to leverage its internal geological expertise to deliver value-accretive opportunities to its shareholders. For more information, please contact Leo Karabelas at (416) 543-3120 or e-mail

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Novo Resources Corp.

“Quinton Hennigh”

Quinton Hennigh

President and Chairman

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Forward-looking information

Some statements in this news release contain forward-looking information (within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation) including, without limitation, statements as to planned exploration activities and heritage surveys. These statements address future events and conditions and, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the statements. Such factors include, without limitation, customary risks of the mineral resource industry as well as the performance of services by third parties.

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