Positive Results From First Phase Of Core Drilling At Jefferson Project, South Carolina For Near-Surface Gold Mineralization
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada February 22, 2012 -- Firebird Resources Inc. (the "Company" or "Firebird") is pleased to announce that positive results have been received from the initial three holes drilled at the Buzzard project that are part of a 2,000 meter drilling program that include the nearby Jefferson and Belk projects. These results are being further reviewed together with the previous drilling data as part of a planned expanded exploration and drilling campaign for 2012.
Results from the Jefferson and Belk projects will be reported as they become available and will also be used in planning additional exploration programs.
At the Buzzard project, hole FRDDBZ-102 was drilled to a depth of 152 meters to confirm and extend the historic drill results. High grade gold mineralization occurs within a heterolithic breccia unit that is also well mineralized in adjacent historic drill holes. Reported results are based on a cutoff of 0.1 grams/metric ton gold with up to 5 meters of internal dilution. Thicknesses represent intervals within core holes and are apparent thicknesses of mineralization. These were reported in the press release issued on August 23, 2011.
|FRDDBZ-102||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Interval (ft)||Grade (g/MT)||Grade (OPT)|
Further positive results were received from FRDDBZ-103 which was drilled to a depth of 207.9 meters to confirm and extend the historic drill results. These results were reported in a press release issued on September 7th 2011.
|FRDDBZ-103||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Interval (ft)||Grade (g/MT)||Grade (OPT)|
The interval from 67.1 to 115.9 meters is composed of a sheared, silicified felsic volcaniclastic unit (breccia).
Mineralization in the interval from 122.2 to 143.3 meters is associated with a hydrothermal breccia derived from epiclastic lithologic units and the heterolithic breccia.
These two mineralized zones are separated by an unmineralized Paleozoic mafic dike.
Hole FRDDBZ-104 was drilled in a felsic volcanic unit with lower gold values and less alteration than the prior two holes. Gold mineralization is present near the contact between the felsic volcanic unit and an epiclastic unit. This contact is a favorable host for gold, but further evaluation and drilling will be required to define higher grade mineralization along this horizon.
|FRDDBZ-104||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Interval (ft)||Grade (grams/ton Gold)||Grade (OPT Gold)|
These initial drill results from Buzzard are very positive and further drilling is planned in the first half of 2012. Firebird has significant data from previous operators of this exploration project which is being analysed. Currently core review, computer modeling and field studies are being conducted to continue to focus on the higher grade mineralization as well as define drill targets on the remainder of the project areas. The high grade mineralization appears related to intensively sheared structures that follow the same trend as the Haile and Brewer gold mines and onto the Jefferson project.
A map of the drill locations and results will be posted on website (www.firebirdres.com). The hole locations, bearing and angle are as follows:
|BUZZARD||Lancaster Co., SC|
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QA/QC Sampling and Analytical Protocols
The sampling and assaying of the drill core included QA/QC protocols to monitor for potential contamination, precision and accuracy of results including the regular submission of blank samples and certified reference standards. Samples were assayed using a 30 g fusion with AAS finish by AHK Geochem located in Fairbanks Alaska, a member of the AHK Group, an ISO 17025:2005 accredited geochemical laboratory. Sample preparation was completed in their facility located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Samples exceeding 3 ppm gold are re-assayed with gravimetric finish and those checks support the results presented above. Check analyses on rejects have been completed by ALS Chemex in Reno, Nevada and there is excellent statistical correlation with initial reported gold values.
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The technical information in this release was prepared and approved by Dennis J. LaPoint, a Registered Member of SME, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.
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John F. Cook, Chief Executive Officer
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