|January 09, 2012|
Amarc Drilling Continues To Expand Newton Gold Discovery
January 9, 2012 - Vancouver, BC - Amarc Resources Ltd. ("Amarc" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) is pleased to announce that delineation drilling continues to expand the Newton bulk tonnage gold discovery in south-central British Columbia (BC). Assay results have been received from drill hole 11049, which intersected two major gold mineralized intervals. Important gold results have now been returned from drill intersections throughout an area that currently measures 900 metres by 600 metres and is open to expansion in several directions.
Results from hole 11049, together with those from the first five delineation holes (11044 through 11048, see Amarc news release December 6, 2011), are summarized in the Table of Assay Results below. A drill plan and other information regarding the Newton Project are available on Amarc's website at http://www.amarcresources.com/ahr/MapsFigures.asp.
TABLE OF ASSAY RESULTS
The Newton property lies within BC's exciting and newly emerging gold belt, which includes New Gold's six million ounce-plus Blackwater gold deposit. The age and geological characteristics of the gold mineralization at Newton demonstrate striking similarities to the mineralization at Blackwater. Amarc has acquired an 80% interest in the Newton property and is the operator of the Newton Joint Venture. Newton Gold Corp. has a 20% participating interest.
"We continue to be extremely encouraged by the long intercepts of bulk tonnage style gold mineralization being intersected at Newton, as well as its continuity and grade," said Amarc Executive Chairman Robert Dickinson. "We are confident that Newton will be confirmed as the next major gold discovery in BC's new emerging Blackwater-Newton gold belt."
Assaying of holes 11050 through 11055 is in progress and results will be released as they are received and compiled. Drilling has stopped for the holiday season. Plans are to recommence drilling in late January 2012 and to continue drilling until the discovery is delineated.
Drilling at Newton is progressively stepping out from the discovery drill holes and has intersected from surface, increased thicknesses of the pervasively altered felsic volcanic rocks that host disseminated sulphides and associated gold mineralization. It is the high primary permeability of these favoured host rocks, coupled with their expanding geographic distribution that presents a permissive environment for the development of a significant bulk tonnage-style gold deposit at Newton.
The Newton property is located some 100 kilometres west of the City of Williams Lake in a region characterized by gently rolling hills. The district is well served by existing transportation and power infrastructure and a skilled workforce, which support a number of operating mines, as well as late-stage mineral development and exploration projects. Newton is also located some 175 kilometres south of New Gold's Blackwater gold deposit (Indicated Resources of 184 million tonnes at 0.94 g/t gold and 4.9 g/t silver and Inferred Resources of 43 million tonnes at 0.88 g/t gold and 4.7 g/t silver at a 0.3 g/t gold cut‐off, New Gold website).
About Amarc Resources Ltd.
Amarc is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company focused on making the next major gold discovery in BC. Its exploration activities are focused on the Newton gold discovery through a Joint Venture with Newton Gold Corp. (Amarc 80%: Newton Gold Corp. 20%) and its 100% owned Galileo and Hubble properties. Induced Polarization ground geophysical surveys on the latter properties, located to the west and east of New Gold's Blackwater holdings, have identified seven large anomalies.
Amarc is associated with Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) -- a diversified, global mining group with a 25-year history of mineral development success. Previous HDI projects in BC include Golden Bear, Mt. Milligan, Kemess, Gibraltar, Prosperity and Harmony. From its head office in Vancouver, Canada, HDI applies its unique strengths and capabilities to acquire, develop, operate and monetize mineral properties to provide consistently superior returns to shareholders.
Mark Rebagliati, P.Eng., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, is supervising the exploration and quality assurance and quality control programs on behalf of Amarc and has reviewed the technical content of this release.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Sample preparation and analysis for the Newton project is done at ISO 9001:2008 accredited Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver) Ltd. All samples are assayed for gold by 30 g lead collection fire assay fusion with Inductively Coupled Plasma ‐ Emission Spectroscopy (ICP‐ES) finish. Silver and 33 additional elements are determined for all samples by Aqua Regia digestion, followed by ICP‐ES and ICP Mass Spectroscopy (ICP‐MS) finish. All over‐limit gold (greater than 10 g/t) are re‐assayed by 30 g lead collection fire assay fusion with a gravimetric finish. As part of a comprehensive QA/QC program, one standard and also one field replicate or preparation duplicate are inserted into the sample stream in each group of 20 samples, as well as one or more field blanks in each analytical batch.
For further details on Amarc Resources Ltd., please visit the Company's website at or contact Investor Services at (604) 684-6365 or within North America at 1-800-667-2114.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Ronald W. Thiessen
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