December 6th, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (“Aston Bay” or the “Company”) (BAY:TSX-V) is pleased to announce an initial Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate for its Seal zinc deposit located on its 100% owned, >414,00 hectare Aston Bay property, Somerset Island, Nunavut. The deposit, which is located ~200m from tidewater, is a stratabound body hosted in sandy dolostone and sandstone within a thick section of Paleozoic dolostones, and was discovered by Cominco Ltd (now Teck Ltd.) in the mid 1990s. The Aston Bay property also hosts the high-grade Storm copper prospects approximately 30 km east of Seal.
The Seal zinc deposit is estimated to contain 1.006 million tonnes at a grade of 10.24% zinc and 46.5 grams per tonne silver, using a cutoff of 4.0% zinc equivalent. The estimate is based on diamond drilling conducted by Cominco in 1995-96 and Noranda in 2001, and was prepared by P&E Mining Consultants Inc. (“P&E”) in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).
Known mineralization has a thickness of up to 20 m, and extends for over 400m along strike and 50 to 100m down-dip, and is partially fault-bound. Seal is interpreted to be a Mississippi Valley–type (MVT”) deposit, with geological similarities to the Polaris deposit located to the north in the same Paleozoic dolostone succession. A large hydrothermal “pseudobreccia” alteration zone in the footwall of the deposit contains minor zinc mineralization and probably represents the feeder zone. MVT deposits are known to occur in clusters and Aston Bay believes there is exploration potential along strike for discovery of additional mineralization.
The effective date of the estimate is October 11, 2017 and the supporting NI 43-101 Technical Report will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days of this press release.
The sensitivities of the ZnEq% cut-off are demonstrated in the table below.
Highlights of the report include:
• P&E considers that the zinc and silver mineralization of the Seal zinc deposit is potentially amenable to underground extraction;
• Recent geochronology on the nearby Storm copper mineralization produced an age of 378.1 ± 1.3 Ma (Stein, 2016), within the range of uncertainty for the age of zinc mineralization at the nearby past-producing (20.1 Mt @ 13.4% Zn) Polaris mine at 374 ± 9 Ma (Selby et al., 2005; Dewing et al., 2007) and hence linking the Cu and Zn-Ag mineralization to the same regional metalliferous fluid flow event; and
• The property hosts a geological environment that is very favourable for additional base metal discovery and further regional exploration is warranted to identify new areas of mineralization.
Highlights of the recommendations include:
• Evaluate data from the 2017 property-wide Falcon Plus airborne gravity gradiometry survey conducted by CGG Multi-Physics to further inform target definition;
• Further investigate the numerous copper and zinc anomalies along 144 km structural trend; and
• Identify and prioritize future drilling targets.
Thomas Ullrich, CEO of Aston Bay, commented, “This initial Mineral Resource Estimate for the Seal zinc deposit demonstrates the potential for high-grade zinc deposits on our Aston Bay property. The property is already known for its prospectivity for copper mineralization, based on the multiple mineralized zones present at the Storm copper prospect. These are just two of numerous surface showings on the >414,000 hectare property, and we are encouraged by the potential for discovery of additional blind mineralization at both Seal zinc and Storm copper, as well as potential blind mineralization elsewhere on the property.”
Dr. David Broughton, Chief Geologist for Storm and Seal Projects for Aston Bay, commented “The resource provides further incentive for ongoing exploration, including the integration of the recently acquired Falcon gravity gradiometry data in target generation for a planned 2018 drill program.”
As per National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Michael Dufresne, M.Sc., P.Geol., P.Geo., a Director of and a consultant to Aston Bay, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has prepared, validated and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release. The Company strictly adheres to CIM Best Practices Guidelines in conducting, documenting, and reporting its exploration activities on the Storm Project. Eugene Puritch, P.Eng., FEC, CET of P&E Mining Consultants Inc., an Independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
ABOUT ASTON BAY HOLDINGS LTD.
Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY) is a publicly traded mineral exploration company exploring for large, high-grade, sediment-hosted copper and zinc deposits in Nunavut, a mining-friendly Canadian jurisdiction. Aston Bay is 100% owner of the 1,024,345-acre (414,537-hectare) Aston Bay Property located on western Somerset Island, Nunavut. The Aston Bay Property hosts the Storm Copper Project and the Seal Zinc Prospect, with historical drilling confirming the presence of sediment-hosted copper and zinc mineralization.
The Company’s public disclosure documents are available on www.sedar.com.
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Thomas Ullrich, Chief Executive Officer
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