Logging of new drill holes suggests high-grade “feeder zone” at Artavasdes extends over 400m in strike length
TORONTO, Ontario, September 14, 2010 – Lydian International Ltd. (TSX: LYD) (“Lydian” or “the Company”), a gold-focused mineral exploration and development company, today announced further results from resource upgrade, extension and exploratory drilling at its Amulsar gold discovery in Armenia. Amulsar is a high-sulfidation style gold project which currently hosts a CIM compliant Inferred Category Resource of 1.4 million ounces at 0.9g/t gold.
Results from the first-pass of exploratory drilling at the Erato prospect (900 meters to the north of the resource envelope at Amulsar) have extended known gold mineralization there for approximately 350 meters towards the southeast. Reverse circulation drill-hole RCA-235 intersected 37 meters at 0.9g/t gold and RCA-239 intersected 55 meters at 0.9 g/t gold and 35 meters at 1.0 g/t gold (see Figure and Table in Appendix). Second-pass drill holes at Erato have been repositioned to test a newly identified northwest-southeast trend and to explore for a high-grade feeder zone under the silica cap.
Results from resource extension drill holes RCA 245 (25m at 1.0 g/t gold) and RCA 255 (20m at 1.3 g/t gold) have extended gold mineralization to the southeast of the resource envelope at Tigranes and infill drilling continues to produce consistent results with highlights including RCA 240 (89m @ 1.0 g/t gold), RCA 254 (37m at 1.0 g/t), RCA 258 (69m at 1.7 g/t) and RCA 262 (6m at 12.3 g/t, EOH).
Logging of new drill core suggests that the high-grade “feeder-zone” which returned 84m at 4.9g/t gold (see release August 10 2010) may now be connected and traced in an east-west direction for over 400m (see Figure in Appendix). Results from these drill holes are yet to be returned.
Significant new intersections include (see Table in Appendix):
• RCA-235 (Erato) 37 meters at 0.9 g/t gold,
• RCA-239 (Erato) 55 meters at 0.9 g/t gold, and
35 meters at 1.0 g/t gold
• RCA-240 (Tigranes) 89 meters at 1.0 g/t gold,
• RCA-245 (SE Tigranes ) 25 meters at 1.0 g/t gold,
• RCA-254 (Tigranes) 37 meters at 1.0 g/t gold,
• RCA-255 (SE Tigranes) 20 meters at 1.3 g/t gold,
• RCA-258 (Tigranes) 69 meters at 1.7 g/t gold,
• RCA-262 (Tigranes) 6 meters at 12.3 g/t gold (EOH),
• RCA-264 (Tigranes) 25 meters at 1.0 g/t gold.
“First-pass drilling at Erato, although early stage, has been highly positive and there is enough information now to guide future drilling below the silica cap and along strike towards the southeast” said Tim Coughlin, Lydian’s President and CEO “The mapping of what appears to be the high-grade “feeder-zone” over about 400m strike length in new drill core is also very exciting and once results from this drilling are in, will hopefully lead to a significant increase in resource and overall resource grade. Drill rigs are now positioned across the ridge top to test new exploration targets which include an approximately 3km long breccia-zone located along the eastern flank of Amulsar and other untested targets with supporting rock-chip geochemical results on the western flank”
About Lydian International
Lydian is a diversified mineral exploration and development company with expertise employing “first mover” strategies in emerging exploration environments. Currently Lydian is focused on Eastern Europe and on developing its flagship Amulsar gold project in Armenia. The Amulsar group of licenses is 95% owned by Lydian’s wholly owned Armenian subsidiary (Geoteam CJSC). Lydian also has a pipeline of promising early-stage gold and base metal exploration projects in the Caucasus regions.
Lydian’s management team has a track record of success in grassroots discovery, in acquiring and developing undervalued assets, and in building companies. Lydian has a strong social agenda and a unique understanding of the complex social and political issues that characterize emerging environments. The Company’s significant shareholders are the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, Newmont Mineral Holdings B.V. (owned by Newmont Mining Corporation), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). More information can be found on Lydian’s web site at www.lydianinternational.co.uk.
Christopher John Bargmann, FGS(C Geol), MAusIMM, Pr.Sci.Nat; is the Qualified Person overseeing Lydian's exploration programs. Mr. Bargmann has supervised the preparation of the technical information contained in this press release.
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