Patriot Gold Announces Initial Metallurgy Results for Moss Mine Project, Arizona
Prior to conducting a column leach study, an agitated cyanide leach study (bottle roll) was conducted on four samples at minus 10 mesh and 150 mesh (pulverized) crush sizes to compare oxide to sulfide recoveries and determine reagent consumption. The Moss Mine deposit contains minor pyrite below a depth of approximately 200 feet. The results of the 96 hour test, shown below, indicate similar extraction percentages for sulfide and oxide. This indicates that even the deeper, un-oxidized mineralization at Moss may be leachable. Reagent consumption was minimal.
Moss Mine Project Preliminary Bottle Roll Cyanide Leach Tests - Oxide and Sulfide Composite Samples Cumulative Calculated Head Extraction Test No. Sample ID Crush Size Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (%) Ag (%) BR-01 Oxide 10 mesh 1.24 16.6 63.87 37.37 BR-02 Oxide 150 mesh 1.36 16.4 97.07 79.43 BR-03 Sulfide 10 mesh 0.82 15.8 67.22 56.46 BR-04 Sulfide 150 mesh 0.89 17.6 92.2 83.06
The locked cycle column leach tests were conducted on the Moss core at 80 percent passing 1 inch, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch crush sizes. Three test charges were reconstituted and loaded into 4 inch diameter PVC columns to a height of approximately 3.5 meters. Prior to loading the columns, the sample was agglomerated with water and lime. The columns were leached for 109 days.
Gold extraction ranged from 39 to 66 percent and silver extraction ranged from 14 to 42 percent depending on crush size as shown in the table below. Reagent consumption was again minimal.
MOSS MINE PROJECT - Oxide Composite Sample Crush Size Locked Cycle Column Leach Study Summary of Results Calculated Cumulative Head Extraction Extraction (g/t) (%) (g/t) Sample ID Test No. Crush Size Au Ag Au Ag Au Ag Oxide 1 CL-01 P80 1 inch 1.44 13.68 38.66 14.12 0.56 1.93 CL-02 P80 1/2 inch 1.21 14.75 51.95 24.16 0.63 3.56 CL-03 P80 1/4 inch 1.30 13.54 66.31 42.11 0.86 5.70
Column leach results indicate the Moss mineralization is leachable. At the end of the 109 day test all three samples were still contributing gold/silver to the leach solution. This indicates longer leach times will improve recoveries. Although not suitable for inclusion in this release, a graph of gold/silver recoveries will be placed on the company’s website, http://www.patriotgoldcorp.com.
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