Amsel is part of the firm's Big Ten gold project in the Walker Lane belt in Nevada, and VR said it would now move towards planning first-pass drilling of this large-scale epithermal gold-silver target.
The hill at Amsel is a large topographical feature at the asset with a surface footprint defined by the 2 x 2 kilometer (km) gold-silver soil anomaly.
Notably, this new anomaly lies within the alteration cap and gold-silver geochemical anomaly and is under the southwest flank of the hill - an area previously unexplored.
Big Ten comprises seven properties, including Amsel, totaling 103 claims along a district-scale 20 km trend.
"Amsel is ready for first-pass drilling," noted CEO Dr Michael H. Gunning.
"It has advanced from reconnaissance work along the Big Ten mineral trend in 2018 to a large and highly integrated target for epithermal gold-silver mineralization.
We have a strong degree of confidence in the location and surface-to-depth-extent of the new IP anomaly based on the verification from independent 3D inversion models, its position directly below shallow zones of high-resistivity interpreted to be alteration caps, and its direct correlation with soil geochemical anomalies in gold and silver, and adularia and muscovite mineral chemistry."
The company boss added that data had improved VR's understanding of how the Amsel target compares to the 18 million ounce Round Mountain deposit, which lies nearby to the north.
"Based on the size, clarity and intensity of the IP anomaly, VR will now move forward with the permitting process it started earlier in the year for first-pass drilling on the Big Ten project, and we look forward to providing further updates as our work proceeds in 2020."
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