May 21, 2010
Athabasca Work Commences/Margarita Gold Project Overview
HELLIX VENTURES INC. - HEL:TSX.V/HLLXF:OTC - Vancouver, BC- Frank Underhill, President, announces that the work program on the Athabasca has been initiated in the Nelson area of British Columbia. In addition, an overview of the recently optioned Margarita gold project is detailed.
ATHABASCA Gold Project– NELSON, BC
The first phase of the work program involves mapping the surface surrounding the historic Athabasca Gold Mine and accessible portion of the underground. Rock sampling from surface and underground is to be carried out by a professional geologist and sent for analysis at an ISO certified laboratory. If warranted, a magnetometer survey will be performed in the immediate area. These measures are being undertaken to assist Hellix in the spotting of drill holes for our next phase of work.
Hellix has an option to purchase 100% of the Athabasca Mine, a former high-grade gold producer in the Nelson Gold Camp in British Columbia.
MARGARITA Gold Project – SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Hellix has recently signed an agreement to option up to 95% of 41 unpatented lode claims SW of Tucson, Arizona. The historic Margarita Gold Mine documented in USGS files is hosted within this claim block.
The property has many old workings including numerous test pits and adits. It was mined intermittently from the late 1800’s to 1941. Prior to 1886, an unknown amount of gold was recovered from placers. From the late 1890’s to 1930, an estimated 25,000 tons was mined. Grade is approximated at 0.4 ounces per ton gold.
In the claim area, the underlying rocks are mainly felsic volcanoclastics and quartz monzonite. Mineralization consists of pyrite, gold and silver with abundant iron oxides occurring in flat-lying zones with intense silicification and argillic alteration. It is possible that the steeply dipping, gold-bearing quartz-rich veins present are feeders to the flat-lying siliceous mineralized zones.
Between the years 1976 and 1987, a number of companies tested the flat-lying mineralized zones including Homestake, Dekalb and La Teko (now Kinross), but little drilling was done to test the possibility of gold bearing feeder veins. Hellix is planning an exploration program to test for these feeders.
The property has an extensive recent history of near surface, heap leachable lower-grade gold exploration. Mining methods have advanced and gold prices have risen to such an extent as to warrant the exploration and development of these lower grade gold projects.
Hellix has engaged an Arizona mining exploration company to assist in the Margarita exploration and development work program. The company principals include a professional engineer with expertise in heap leach situation management and an experienced professional geologist. An outline of the initial work program is forthcoming.
The technical portion of this release has been reviewed by Qualified Person Laurence Sookochoff, P. Eng.
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