Strongbow Exploration Inc. (SBW: TSXV) is pleased to announce that exploration drilling is underway at the Company's Parker gold mine property, North Carolina. The 1,200 m drilling program is intended to test two target areas within the property as follow up to bedrock mapping, ground magnetic and geochemical surveys completed in April and May, 2011.
Gold mineralization within the property is hosted within a series of northeast and northwest striking quartz veins. Historic production, estimated at approximately 10,000 ounces gold, consisted primarily of hydraulic mining of saprolitic overburden surrounding these veins, as well as a limited amount of underground tunnelling. (Please see Strongbow news release #11-04 dated March 15, 2011 for more details). Prospecting samples of vein material collected by Strongbow from near the historic workings have returned from background values up to 7.3 g/t gold. Drilling will test these veins, as well as silicified and sericite altered volcanic and sedimentary host rocks.
The Crystal Hill target, located 600 metres along strike from the historic Parker mine workings, will also be tested during the program. Geochemical sampling in the Crystal Hill area has defined a 200 m by 100 m multi-element geochemical anomaly coincident with altered andesitic volcanic rocks that are anomalous in arsenic and other pathfinder elements.
About the Parker gold mine Property
The Parker gold mine is located within the Gold Hill mining district of the Carolina Slate Belt, approximately 30 km south of the Champion Hills trend currently being explored by Revolution Resources (RV:TSX) and Romarco Minerals (R:TSX). Gold Hill is the most productive gold producing region of North Carolina with estimated past production of at least 160,000 ounces. The Parker mine property is zoned for heavy industrial use including a mining permit issued by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
About Strongbow Exploration Inc.
Strongbow is exploring for gold deposits within the Carolina Slate Belt of the southeastern United States, as well as magmatic nickel-copper sulphide deposits along the Snowbird Tectonic Zone in central Canada. Strongbow's management and board of directors have a proven track record of exploration success and a demonstrated ability to raise the capital required to finance its exploration programs.
Geochemical samples were submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were analyzed using either a 36 or 53 element ICP mass spectrometer package, using either a 0.5 gram or 15 gram sample size and an aqua regia digestion. For all rock samples, a quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program is in place, with the insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream to confirm the accuracy of the reported results. Rock samples were analyzed using a 36 element mass spectrometer package and a 15 gram sample size; those rocks returning >100 ppb gold are re-evaluated using a 30 gram fire assay analysis with a gravimetric finish.
Strongbow's 2011 exploration programs are conducted under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo. (BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101.
STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.
/s/"Kenneth A. Armstrong"
Kenneth A. Armstrong
President and CEO
For further information, please contact:
Ken Armstrong, President and CEO
Tel: 604 668 8355