Dec 15, 2011
Kiska Reports Results From the First 3 holes Drilled on the Muddy Creek Prospect, Whistler Project, Alaska
Vancouver, BC -- December 15, 2011: Kiska Metals Corporation ("Kiska" or "the Company") reports drill results from three reconnaissance drill holes at the Muddy Creek Prospect, Whistler Project, located 160 kilometres northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. These first three drill holes, tested the southwestern edge of a 2.4 square kilometre area of anomalous gold in soils and returned significant gold-bearing intersections.
Mineralization at Muddy Creek occurs as consistently developed sheeted veins within a five kilometre-wide diorite-monzonite intrusive complex in the south central part of the Whistler property. The prospect region is partially covered by contour soil sampling that highlights a 2.4 square kilometer area where soil samples average 2.3g/t gold and 0.06% copper. Rock samples collected within a 5.4 square kilometre area average 4.4g/t gold including select samples of individual vein zones and locally derived talus float samples.
Largely due to steep terrain, holes MC11-001 and 002 were situated at the southwestern edge of the gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly, collared 360 metres apart and drilled toward each other. Both holes intersected steep northwest striking sheeted vein arrays. The northeast directed hole, MC11-001, returned 38.8 metres averaging 0.51 g/t gold equivalent within a broader interval of 138.8 metres averaging 0.29g/t gold equivalent. The southwest directed hole, MC11-002, returned intervals of 45.0 metres averaging 0.52g/t gold equivalent and 44.2 metres averaging 0.51 g/t gold equivalent within a broad 338.1 metre interval averaging 0.30g/t gold equivalent. Hole MC11-003 was designed to test the Bonanza Zone, 3.3 kilometres to the southeast where 12 selective rock samples of outcrop and a few locally derived float samples averaged 9.0g/t gold over a 340 metre distance along the slope. The hole targeted the vein-hosting diorite beneath capping sediments, however, the hole failed to reach the intended diorite target and was shut down in sediments.
"From our first attempt at testing the Muddy Creek target, it is obvious that it is a large gold-bearing system. Our holes, which in effect only tested one edge of the anomaly, are certainly encouraging," stated Mark Baknes, VP Exploration of Kiska. "It's early days in terms of our understanding of Muddy Creek, but it is a distinct target from Whistler and Island Mountain and shares a resemblance to examples of Intrusion Related Gold (IRG) systems like Fort Knox in the Fairbanks District and to targets being pursued by a joint Millrock-Teck exploration effort immediately adjacent to the west of Muddy Creek. The presence of another large gold-bearing system on the property underscores that the Whistler Property is an emerging gold district with a diversity of mineralization styles. A plan map for Muddy Creek can be found at http://www.kiskametals.com/s/Whistler.asp?ReportID=406237.
Muddy Creek, Summary of 2011 Drill Hole Results
Kiska has concluded the 2011 drill program on the Whistler Project that has totalled 30,304 metres in 147 drill holes. Data from this campaign will be analyzed through the winter to plan for the 2012 program at Whistler. Plans include an aggressive property-wide program, with particular focus and follow-up on the Whistler Orbit and the exciting results from the Breccia Zone at Island Mountain.
Qualified Person Statement
The content of this release has been reviewed by Mr. Mark Baknes, M.Sc., P. Geo., VP Exploration of Kiska Metals. Mr. Baknes is a Qualified Person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101. Rock samples were prepared for assay at ALS Chemex Labs in Fairbanks, Alaska, and analyzed for multiple elements at ALS Chemex Labs in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
About Kiska Metals Corporation
Kiska Metals Corporation is a mineral exploration company focused on advancing the Whistler property, Alaska, a district-scale project with excellent exploration potential which includes the Whistler Deposit (a 2.25 M oz gold-equivalent indicated resource of 79.2 million tonnes averaging 0.51 g/t gold, 1.97 g/t silver and 0.17% copper and a 3.35 M oz. gold equivalent inferred resource of 145.8 million tonnes averaging 0.40 g/t gold, 1.75 g/t silver and 0.15% copper). Kiska has renowned technical expertise and a quality exploration portfolio with numerous early stage exploration opportunities around the world, some held in partnership with a selection of the world's largest and most successful gold and base metal producers.
On behalf of Kiska Metals Corporation
Jason Weber, P.Geo., President & CEO
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