International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. Doubles Planned 2009 Drill Program for Livengood Gold Project, Alaska
|March 10, 2009
New Results: MK-RC-0112 hits 100 metres of 1.11g/t gold & 17 metres of 0.97 g/t gold
Vancouver, B.C...International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. ("ITH" or the "Company") - (TSXV: ITH, NYSE-A: THM, Frankfurt: IW9) is pleased to announce the results from two additional holes from the 2009 resource expansion drilling program on its Livengood Gold Project, Alaska. Holes MK-RC-0111 and MK-RC-0112 were drilled in the north-eastern portion of the higher grade Core Zone (Figure 1). Hole MK-RC-0112 intersected 100 metres of 1.11 g/t gold and 17 metres of 0.97g/t gold. Hole MK-RC-0111 intersected 68 metres of 0.59g/t gold.
Hole MK-RC-0112 is a critical hole as it has confirms the presence of a second lower thrust fault that duplicates the favourable host rock section. In addition, very strong alteration and gold mineralization occurs at the bottom of the hole in the Lower Sediments suggesting that there may be another higher grade center developing in this area (similar to the Core Zone). Additional holes will be drilled in this new target over the coming months to help delineate this new emerging higher grade zone.
The Company's recently completed CAD 10.5 million bought deal financing (closed March 4, 2009) has provided sufficient funds to allow the Company to more than double the planned 2009 drill program at Livengood, from 16,000 metres to 40,000 metres. To date, work at the Livengood Project has been adding ounces for an average cost of approximately USD 2.50 per ounce. As of the end of 2008, the Company has drill tested approximately 2 square kilometres of the 12 square kilometre Main Gold Anomaly and it anticipates that the expanded drill program will double that area.
The Company began its 2009 winter phase drilling program on February 6, 2009, testing large areas within and adjacent to the existing estimated resource. A second drill has now been added to the program, with the aim of increasing this phase of drilling to approximately 10,000 metres. Following completion of the winter drilling, an updated resource estimate will be completed for use in the preparation of an initial Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) of the Livengood project, which the Company expects to release in July of 2009. In addition, the planned summer drill program will be expanded to three drills to complete approximately 30,000 metres, for a project total of approximately 40,000 metres of drilling in 2009.
The Livengood project has a very favourable logistical location, being situated 110 road kilometres north of Fairbanks, Alaska along the paved all-weather Elliot Highway and the Trans Alaska Pipeline Corridor; and approximately 55 kilometres north of the Alaska State power grid and along the proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline route. ITH controls 100% of its 44 square kilometre Livengood land package that is primarily comprised of leased fee land from the Alaska Mental Health Trust and a number of smaller private mineral leases. The thick, shallowly dipping, outcropping gold deposit at Livengood has a favourable geometry for a low strip, bulk tonnage mining operation. Initial metallurgical data indicates the deposit is potentially amenable to low cost, heap leach gold recovery.
The Company and its predecessor, AngloGold Ashanti (U.S.A.) Exploration Inc., have been exploring the Livengood area since 2003, with the project's first indicated resource estimate being announced in early 2008. The 2008 drilling program marked the first grid drilling resource definition campaign for the project and is only the initial step in what the Company envisions as a major exploration program to define what it anticipates is one of the world's larger new gold deposits.
Resource Estimate at Year-end 2008 (N.I. 43-101 Compliant)
The most recent resource estimate for the Livengood Project (announced January 28, 2009) incorporates all of the 2008 drilling and trenching (a total of 172 core and reverse circulation holes and 11 trenches totalling over 41,063 metres). The updated indicated gold resource is 128.6 M/t at an average grade of 0.83 g/t (3.41M ounces gold) and inferred resource of 142.1 M/t at an average grade of 0.74 g/t (3.39M ounces gold), based on a cut off grade of 0.50 g/t gold
. This updated estimate represents a 70% increase of the gold resource from the previous estimate (as at September 27, 2008) reported on October 29, 2008 (NR08-22).
The expansion of the deposit over the past 12 months incorporates the discovery of the larger and higher grade Core Zone area in the Money Knob target. The Core Zone area has an estimated indicated gold resource of 68.8 M/t at an average grade of 1.03 g/t gold (2.28M ounces) and an estimated inferred gold resource of 65.2 M/t at an average grade of 0.93 g/t gold (1.95M ounces) based on a cut off grade of 0.70 g/t gold
A 3D image of the most recently released Livengood drill information can be viewed at: http://www.corebox.net/properties/livengood/
Painted Hills Project Option Dropped
The Company also advises that, effective March 9, 2009, it elected to terminate its option to earn an interest in the Painted Hills project, Nevada, from Redstar Gold Corp.
About International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.
International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. is a resource exploration company, focused in Alaska and Nevada, which controls a number of exploration projects representing a spectrum of early stage to the advanced multimillion ounce gold discovery at Livengood. ITH is committed to building shareholder value through new discoveries while maintaining a majority interest in its key holdings, thereby giving its shareholders the maximum value for their investment.
On behalf of
INTERNATIONAL TOWER HILL MINES LTD.
(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius
Jeffrey A. Pontius,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Quentin Mai, Vice-President - Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-888-770-7488 (toll free) or (604)683-6332 / Fax: (604) 408-7499
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