Appleton Completes First Phase of 2010 Drill Program at Manalo
April 29, 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia. Appleton Exploration Inc. (AEX - TSX.V) has completed the first phase of the spring 2010 drilling program at its Manalo Gold Project in the Republic of Mali, West Africa. This phase focused on the northern and southern segments of the Dialafara Zone. Thirty seven reverse circulation (RC) holes totaling 4,300 metres and 67 air core holes totaling 3,771 metres were completed. Samples were shipped to ALS Chemex in Bamako, Mali at regular intervals throughout the program. Assay results are pending and expected before the end of May.
The Dialafara Zone consists of a 3.7 kilometre long gold soil anomaly. The zone appears to be fault off-set, resulting in a 2 kilometre long northern segment and a 1.7 kilometre long southern segment.
Dialafara Northern Segment
Of the 2 kilometre long gold soil anomaly, drilling has defined gold mineralization in the Dialafara Northern Segment for a strikelength of over 600 metres to date, which locally occurs as multiple sub parallel zones across a 55 metre wide northwest trend. The Northern Segment is centred on a 200 metre long zone of artisanal workings. Previously reported drilling has returned several intervals between 0.30 gpt Au to 2.5 gpt Au over widths from 7 to 16 metres. In addition, higher grade drill intercepts had been encountered within the Northern Segment, including 640 gpt Au over 3 metres, 15.64 gpt Au over 16 metres and 35.67 gpt Au over 7 metres.
During the 2010 Phase 1 program seven reverse circulation holes totalling 852 metres were completed in the Northern Segment. An additional 16 air core holes totalling 938 metres were completed on the "32 Zone" immediately to the southeast of the Northern Segment, testing for a parallel structure.
Dialafara Southern Segment
Of the 1.7 kilometres long soil anomaly, drilling to date in the Dialafara Southern Segment has been focused on a 700 metre strikelength of the anomaly. There are three separate zones of artisanal workings along this 700 metre trend. The Southern Segment consists of a dominant northwest trending mineralized zone with multiple subsidiary northeast trending zones. The artisanal workings appear to extend up to 100 metres in a northeast direction. Previously reported drilling has returned several intervals between 0.30 gpt Au to 6.27 gpt Au over widths from 5 to 25 metres. In addition, higher grade drill intercepts had been encountered within the Southern Segment, including 29.07 gpt Au over 6 metres and 9.57 gpt Au over 9 metres.
During the 2010 Phase 1 program twenty-nine reverse circulation holes totalling 3,328 metres were completed in the Southern Segment. In addition, 43 air core holes totalling 2,361 metres were completed in the Southern Segment to test for strikelength expansion of the zone.
Quality Control and Assurance
All samples were sent to ALS Chemex in Bamako, an ISO 17025 certified laboratory, for assay. Standard, blank and duplicate samples were inserted throughout the sample sequence as quality control checks. Both Chris Wild, P.Eng. and Paul Cowley, P.Geo. are qualified persons for the drilling campaign.
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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