Sandstorm Gold Announces 19 Metres of 4.67 g/t and 53 Metres of 2.09 g/t at Luna Gold's Aurizona Mine
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 25, 2011 - Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (TSX-V: SSL) is pleased to announce that Luna Gold Corp. ("Luna") (TSX-V: LGC) has reported additional positive assay results from drilling at the Aurizona Mine. Significant mineralized intercepts from the twelve new holes are:
- 12.00 metres @ 3.43 g/t Au including 0.50 metre @ 49.60 g/t Au and 0.50 metre @ 14.75 g/t Au in BRAZD311
- 19.00 metres @ 4.67 g/t Au including 3.00 metres @ 14.08 g/t Au and 2.00 metres @ 14.32 g/t Au in BRAZD314
- 53.00 metres @ 2.09 g/t Au including 2.50 metres @ 7.11 g/t Au and 0.50 metre @ 11.70 g/t Au in BRAZD319
In accordance with Sandstorm's gold purchase agreement with Luna, Sandstorm is entitled to purchase 17% of the life of mine gold produced from the Aurizona Mine at a per ounce price equal to the lesser of US$400 and the then prevailing market price.
Sandstorm President & CEO Nolan Watson commented, "It is encouraging to see the continuation of positive drill results at Aurizona. We are looking forward to Luna's resource upgrade in Q4 2011."
Of the current 40,000 metre drill program, which commenced in August 2010, assays from 51 holes totaling 14,346 metres have been received and samples from 14 additional holes are currently at the assay lab. The most recent assay results are for twelve drill holes totaling 3,678 metres drilled on ten sections covering a strike extent of 1.5 kilometres of the Piaba deposit. All drill holes intersected considerable zones of gold mineralization and the deposit remains open at depth. Significant mineralized intercepts from holes drilled across the deposit are tabulated below.
Mineralized drill intercepts from the ongoing Aurizona resource drill program. Intervals are calculated as composites using a 0.30 gram/tonne Au cut-off and maximum 2 metre internal waste. True widths to be established.
Three holes totaling 1,288 metres were drilled down-dip, (i.e. following the Piaba ore body, on sections 0350W, 0450W and 0550W). These holes were drilled to determine vertical gold grade distribution, to provide a better understanding of the weathering profile, to determine the relationship of ore to waste in this part of the deposit and to provide structural data. The holes confirm the deposit model of spaced horizontal quartz vein sets linked into sub-vertical mineralized shear zones that collectively form high-grade ladder quartz vein arrays within the disseminated lower grade mineralization. The three holes intersected considerable zones of mineralization. Significantly continuous zones of mineralization have now been defined to depths of 400 metres within the Piaba structure. Mineralized intercepts from these down dip holes are shown in Table 2.
Mineralized drill intercepts for three down-dip holes from the ongoing Aurizona resource drill program. Intervals are calculated as composites using a 0.30 gram/tonne Au cut-off and maximum 2 metre internal waste. True widths to be established.
Titus Haggan Ph.D., EurGeol Certified Professional Geologist #746, Luna's VP Exploration is the Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the scientific and technical work on the exploration program and has supervised the preparation of and reviewed the technical disclosure in this press release. Non-Qualified Persons currently work on Luna's exploration programs under the guidance of Titus Haggan. Dr Haggan takes responsibility for work, information and advice generated by non-Qualified Persons and has taken the steps required to ensure that the work, information and advice is sound.
For more information visit the Luna website at www.lunagold.com.
ABOUT SANDSTORM GOLD
Sandstorm Gold Ltd. is a growth focused resource based company that seeks to complete gold purchase agreements with companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. A gold purchase agreement involves Sandstorm making an upfront cash payment to its partners and in exchange, Sandstorm receives the right to purchase a percentage of the gold produced for the life of the mine, at a fixed price per ounce. Sandstorm helps other companies in the resource industry grow their business, while acquiring attractive assets in the process.
Sandstorm is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed gold purchase agreements with Luna Gold Corp., SilverCrest Mines Inc., Santa Fe Gold Corp., Rambler Metals and Mining plc, Brigus Gold Corp., Metanor Resources Inc. and Donner Metals Ltd.
For more information visit: http://www.sandstormgold.com.
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