West of Romero, towards the Los Comios concession, historical reconnaissance sampling has identified significant grades of copper. While sampling covered a variety of rock types, the presence of copper may be related to underlying Romero style mineralization (see map of copper results and locations at: http://goldquestcorp.com/images/nr/feb8_2013_map11.jpg). In the Company's complete San Juan concession portfolio, rock samples were taken and were sampled amongst other elements for copper. Copper results included 9 samples returning grades over 10% (the highest being 34.5% copper), 25 samples returning grades between 5% and 10%, 49 returning grades between 2% and 5% and 34 samples returning grades between 1% and 2%. The Company's exploration model shows a relationship between copper and gold mineralization that encourages the Company to follow anomalies relating to both metals. The Company also uses conductivity readings, ground magnetics, mapping and geological interpretation to generate drill targets.
Three rigs are currently drilling at the project, of which two are covering the Romero discovery zone and one has commenced at the Escandalosa North target. A fourth deep drill rig, capable to approx. 700 m is in Dominican Republic customs at the port of Haina and is expected to be deployed shortly. See detailed map of drill hole locations at: http://goldquestcorp.com/images/nr/feb8_2013_New_Plan_Map_Romero.jpg.
A report has also been received from consultant Dr. Richard Sillitoe following his visit to the GoldQuest properties in January. This report adds valuable insight into the predictability of the Romero style mineralization: http://goldquestcorp.com/images/nr/RichardSillitoeReport-Jan2013.pdf.
All rock samples were prepared and screened by ACME Labs (Santo Domingo); metallic fire assay and multi-element ICP-MS were assayed by ACME Analytical Laboratories (Chile). Gold values are determined by standard fire assay with an AA finish, or, if over 10.0 g/t Au, were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. QA/QC included the insertion and continual monitoring of numerous standards, blanks and duplicates into the sample stream, at random intervals within each batch. The comprehensive GoldQuest Quality Assurance and Quality Control protocols can be viewed on GoldQuest's website at: http://goldquestcorp.com/index.php/corporate/corporate-governance.
The information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Jeremy Niemi, P.Geo., the Director, Technical Services of GoldQuest and a Qualified Person for the technical information in this press release under NI 43-101 standards.
GoldQuest is a Canadian based mineral exploration company with projects in the Dominican Republic traded on the TSX-V under the symbol GQC.V and in Frankfurt/Berlin with symbol M1W, with 143,255,044 shares outstanding (154,856,571 on a fully diluted basis).
This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements", including statements regarding the Company's expectations and plans for its mineral projects, including its drilling programs and the IP program. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address events or developments that GoldQuest expects to occur, are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Although GoldQuest believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include exploitation and exploration success, differing results from re-assays or other analytical procedures with respect to the drill results, continued availability of capital, financing and required resources (such as human resources, equipment and/or other capital resources) and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of GoldQuest's management on the date the statements are made. GoldQuest undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change, except as required by law.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
GoldQuest Mining Corp.
President & Chief Executive Officer - Dominican Republic
GoldQuest Mining Corp.
Sebastian de Kloet
Corporate Communications - Toronto
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