Canarc Discovers New High-Grade Gold Prospect, Assaying up to 18.7 g/t, at its Hard Cash Project, Nunavut, Canada

Vancouver, Canada – December 19, 2019 Canarc Resource Corp. (TSX: CCM, OTC-QB: CRCUF, Frankfurt: CAN) announces positive results from its 2019 exploration program of geochemical soil and rock sampling and geological mapping on the Hard Cash gold property in the Rankin-Ennadai greenstone belt of southwestern Nunavut. 

Mapping and sampling identified a new high-grade gold prospect, the Dryland zone, with rock samples assaying up to 18.7 gpt Au.  The program also confirmed and expanded the main Swamp zone and the Malachite and Pond gold prospect areas, which lie within long, broad, gold-bearing, quartz-sericite-carbonate, schistose alteration zones marking structural deformation corridors within mafic volcanic rocks.

Scott Eldridge, Canarc CEO, stated: “Our exploration program this year successfully discovered the new, high grade Dryland gold prospect and expanded and refined the main Swamp gold trend, as well as deepening our understanding of the broad controls on gold mineralization. We look forward to drill testing of our highest priority targets at Hard Cash in the summer of 2020”.

The new Dryland gold zone consists of gold bearing, sulfide-quartz veins within quartz-sericite-carbonate altered mafic volcanic rocks along a 400m long trend where 10 of the 20 rock-chip samples exceeded 3 gpt Au.  A sample of quartz-vein float on trend 400m to the southwest assayed 20 gpt Au and indicates the zone may exceed 800 m in length. 

Like the Swamp zone, the Dryland zone corresponds with a sharp northeast-trending break in the airborne magnetic data indicating it may lie along a significant structure.  Dryland may be part of a much longer trend (~2.4 km) connecting Dryland with the Malachite zone (Figure 1).  The discovery of Dryland illustrates the early-stage exploration level of the project and the potential to discover new high-grade mineralization through focused field work.

New rock sampling yielded assays up to 13.9 gpt Au at the Swamp zone, 15.9 gpt Au at Malachite and 1.5 gpt Au at the Pond zone. Multi-element (gold, silver, tungsten, antimony, copper, bismuth) anomalies in the 2019 district-scale soil survey extended known gold-mineralized areas, including a possible link between the Dryland and Malachite zones where there is no outcrop or vein float.  The 2019 program also refined the understanding of the structural and geophysical setting and the hydrothermal alteration characteristics of the mineralized areas throughout the project.

Rock Sampling

Rock-chip sampling focused on areas within the main deformation corridors outside of the Swamp zone.  Of 91 samples collected, 26 exceeded 1 gpt Au, 16 exceeded 3 gpt Au   and the maximum was 20 gpt Au.  The rock sampling program was successful in refining the Swamp trend and identifying new gold occurrences which warrant follow-up. 

Figure 1.  Gold prospect map showing gold results in rock samples, mapped alteration zones, and total magnetic intensity airborne data.  Rock samples include results from 2019, 2018 and 2016.

Soil Sampling

Soils were collected from a weakly developed A-B horizon, which gathers metals mobilized from weathered bedrock through the thin and variable glacial till.  The survey (523 samples) covered a strike length of 5 km and a width of up to 2.5 km, with a line spacing of 100 m (25 m sample spacing) in the area of the Swamp trend and 200 m (50-m sample spacing) in step-out areas.  The maximum soil gold value was 0.173 gpt Au.

Swamp Trend

The Swamp trend corresponds to a deformation corridor of intensely foliated quartz-sericite-carbonate altered mafic volcanic rocks with quartz-carbonate veining, sulfides and occurrences of high-grade gold in quartz veins assaying up to 174 gpt Au (historic sampling).  Based on coincident alteration zones, magnetic lows and anomalous gold, the width of the structural deformation corridor is at least 200 m, over a strike length of 1.5 km (Figure 2.  Swamp Prospect Map showing anomalous rock samples, alteration zones and aeromagnetic anomalies).

Figure 2.  Swamp trend showing gold results in rocks, mapped alteration zones, and total magnetic intensity airborne data.  Rock samples include results from 2019, 2018 and 2016.

Drill Targets

Canarc plans to conduct a Phase 1 drill program at Hard Cash in the summer of 2020.  Details will be released in the new year.  The four highest-priority targets, Swamp, Pond, Dryland and Malachite, are each characterized by:

  1. high grade gold in early- to late-stage quartz-sulfide veins
  2. quartz-sericite-carbonate schistose alteration zones
  3. intense polyphase deformation and tight-spaced crenulated foliation
  4. topographic lows reflecting the recessively weathering alteration zones
  5. geochemical soil gold-tungsten anomalies with spotty antimony-copper
  6. linear aeromagnetic anomalies reflecting the strongly deformed structural breaks
  7.  linear electromagnetic (EM) resistivity high at Swamp


The soil and rock sampling were completed by experienced personnel from Aurora Geosciences Ltd. of Yellowknife.  Geological mapping, sampling and compilation work was completed by Dr. Alan J. Wainwright, PhD PGeo, a consultant to Canarc.  Soil samples were dried in kraft bags and sealed in plastic bags prior to shipping.  Rock samples were collected in plastic bags and sealed in the field prior to shipping.  Soil and rock samples were analyzed at ALS Global labs in Vancouver, along with blanks and gold standards as analytical control samples.  Dr. Jacob Margolis, Canarc’s Vice President of Exploration, is a qualified person, as defined by National Instrument 43-101, and has approved the technical information in this news release. 

"Scott Eldridge” 

Scott Eldridge,
Chief Executive Officer

About Canarc - Canarc Resource Corp. is a growth-oriented gold exploration company focused on generating superior shareholder returns by discovering, exploring and developing strategic gold deposits in North America.  The Company is currently advancing two core assets, each with substantial gold resources, and has initiated a high impact exploration strategy to acquire and explore new properties that have district-scale gold discovery potential.  Canarc shares trade on the TSX: CCM and the OTCQB: CRCUF.

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