Appleton Commences Drillling on Sirabada and Mansaya Targets
June 9, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia. Appleton Exploration Inc. (AEX - TSX.V) has commenced a new drilling program at its Manalo Gold Project in the Republic of Mali, West Africa. This program will focus on the Sirabada and Mansaya gold targets and will be Appleton's first drilling pass on these targets.
The Sirabada target is a 1500 metre long by 200 to 500 metre wide gold-in-soil anomaly. The geochemical anomaly appears to represent multiple northwest trending linears associated with extensive artisanal workings. The strongest set of workings, which is currently 500 metres long and 50 metres wide, is associated with intense white clay-quartz alteration. This large target has received 2,335 metres of reverse circulation drilling in 21 holes by the previous operator, however, Appleton geologists believe that only two of those holes were properly oriented to test mineralization. The best intercepts from previous drilling were from MSB-08-013 with 0.49 gpt Au across 14 metres, 0.50 gpt Au across 8 metres and 0.54 gpt Au across 7 metres.
The Mansaya target consists of two gold-in-soil anomalous areas. The southern anomaly is 1200 metres long by 300 to 450 metres wide and has received eight reverse circulation holes totalling 774 metres by the previous operator. Hole MMS-08-018 returned 10.71 gpt Au over 3 metres. The northern anomaly is 1600 metre long by 200 metre wide. A total of 905 metres of reverse circulation were completed in 9 holes in this area. Holes MMS-08-007 through MMS-08-012 intersected a mineralized trend with the best results from MMS-08-008 with 0.80 gpt Au across 20 metres.
The drilling program will comprise approximately 2000 metres in the Sirabada target and 2700 metres in the Mansaya target. The Sirabada program will consist of 4 drill fences of air core drilling across the full width of the zone. The Mansaya program will consist of 6 drill fences of air core drilling focused on the southern gold anomaly.
Mali is the fastest growing gold producing country in Africa. Production in 2007 amounted to 2 million ounces of gold making Mali Africa's third-largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana. AngloGold Ashanti Limited, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world, has interests in three operating mines in Mali: Sadiola, Yatela and Morila.
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R.Tim Henneberry, P.Geo.
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