Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - February 18, 2022) - Xtra-Gold Resources Corp. (TSX: XTG) (OTCQB: XTGRF) ("Xtra-Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce initial assay results from its current Zone 3 exploration drilling program targeting resource expansion opportunities along the southwestern segment of the over three-kilometre-long Zone 2 - Zone 3 anticlinal fold structure, on the Company's wholly-owned Kibi Gold Project, located in the Kibi - Winneba greenstone belt (the "Kibi Gold Belt"), in Ghana, West Africa. The assay results reported herein correspond to exploration drilling conducted since the late July 2021 database close-out date for the recently published updated Mineral Resource Estimate (see the Company's news release of November 1, 2021). The Kibi Gold Project hosts Indicated Mineral Resources containing 623,700 ounces of gold (13,893,000 tonnes grading 1.40 g/t gold) and additional Inferred Mineral Resources containing 180,700 ounces of gold (5,694,000 tonnes grading 0.96 g/t gold).

Assay results reported are provided in Table 1 below and include the following highlights:

Boomerang East Zone

  • 6.0 metres ("m") at 6.19 grams per tonne gold ("g/t Au"), including 2.6 m at 13.82 g/t Au, from 52.0 m in hole #KBDD21434

  • 33.5 m at 1.22 g/t Au, including 7.5 m at 3.76 g/t Au, from 31.5 m in hole #KBDD21453

  • 16.5 m at 6.23 g/t Au, including 6.5 m at 13.74 g/t Au, from 1.5 m in hole #KBDD22455

  • 13.5 m at 1.64 g/t Au, including 6.0 m at 3.35 g/t Au, from 0.0 m in #KBDD22458; followed by second interval of 21.0 m at 1.46 g/t Au from 39.0 m, including 11.0 m at 2.49 g/t Au

Boomerang West Zone

  • 29.0 m at 1.04 g/t Au, including 4.5 m at 3.27 g/t Au, from 50.0 m in #KBDD21423

  • 6.0 m at 3.12 g/t Au from 9.0 m in hole #KBDD21425

Twin Zone

  • 13.2 m at 1.07 g/t Au from 161.0 m in hole #KBDD21419

  • 4.0 m at 3.53 g/t Au from 157.0 m in hole #KBDD21448

James Longshore, President and CEO remarked: "Our ongoing Zone 3 exploration drilling program continues to further delineate multiple mineralization zones along the southwest extension of the Zone 2 - Zone 3 fold structure, spanning over 1,000 m beyond the limits of the currently defined mineral resource. These latest positive drilling results, combined with recent trenching and surface mapping, are transforming our structural understanding of the Zone 3 gold mineralization, as well as further validating our 3D geological modeling. We remain steadfast in our efforts to advance these early-stage gold zones to the resource stage, as well as identifying additional targets in Zone 3, with the goal of driving the next phase of resource growth at the Kibi Gold Project."

Today's Kibi Gold Project drill results correspond to the first 44 boreholes (5,898 m) of an ongoing exploration initiative targeting resource expansion opportunities along the southwestern (Zone 3) segment of the over three-kilometre-long Zone 2 - Zone 3 anticlinal fold structure. With the exploration program focussing on follow up drilling of the early-stage Boomerang East, Boomerang West, and Twin Zone (formerly JK East) targets positioned along similar second-order fold hinge structures as the neighbouring Double 19 resource body, and scout drilling of prospective litho-structural gold settings identified by recently completed detailed 3D geological modelling. The present 44 diamond core boreholes were completed by the Company's in-house drilling crews from late July 2021 to mid-January 2022 (#KBDD21415 - #KBDD22458), including: 6 holes (546 m) at Boomerang West, 24 holes (3,473.2 m) on the Twin Zone, 9 holes (1,250 m) at Boomerang East, and 5 scout holes (628.8 m). Exploration significant auriferous intercepts are presented in Table 1 below, with a drill plan (Figure 1) and collar details (Table 2), available at:

(Figure 1_Zone 2 - Zone 3 Drill Plan_Feb 18 2022)

(Table 2_Drill Collar Info_Feb 18 2022)

Gold mineralization within the Zone 2 - Zone 3 Mineral Resource footprint area is emplaced along the limbs and hinge of a 1st Order ("F2a"), tight to isoclinal, anticlinal fold structure, with mineralization zones further occupying 2nd Order ("F1") isoclinal fold hinges on a target scale. Mineralization consists predominantly of tensional arrays of auriferous quartz-carbonate veins hosted by folded diorite bodies with an interpreted Belt-type granitoid affinity. Over 20 significant gold occurrences hosted by Belt (Dixcove)- and Basin (Cape Coast)-type granitoids are known in Ghana, with a number constituting significant deposits. These deposits represent a relatively new style of gold mineralization for orogenic gold deposits within the West African Birimian terrain. Belt-type intrusion-hosted gold deposits include Newmont Mining's Subika deposit at their Ahafo mine and Kinross Mining's Chirano deposit within the Sefwi gold belt, as well as the former Golden Star Resources' Hwini-Butre deposit at the southern extremity of the Ashanti gold belt.

At the Boomerang East target, the present drilling helped further traced gold mineralization over an approximately 400 m section across the southeastern limb of the NE-trending Zone 2 - Zone 3 anticlinal fold structure, with the mineralization predominantly being spatially associated with a series of apparent second-order (parasitic) fold structures.

Holes #KBDD21450 and #KBDD21453 consisting of a NW-trending drill-fan pattern (-50o & -75o), undercutting recently excavated trench #TAD016A designed to test an auriferous quartz vein exposure located along an apparent fold hinge structure, returned mineralized intercepts of 15.55 m grading 0.66 g/t Au, including 1.12 g/t Au over 4.95 m, from a down-hole of 29.85 m and 33.5 m grading 1.22 g/t Au, including 3.76 g/t Au over 7.5 m, from a down-hole depth of 31.5m, respectively. With the NW-trending #TAD016A trench returning a channel sample intercept grading 1.06 g/t Au over a 16.8 m trench-length, including 5.01 g/t Au over 1.0 m. A second drill-fan pattern collared 25 m northeast to further test the newly define NE-trending fold hinge structure returned the following mineralized intercepts: 16.5 m grading 6.23 g/t Au, including 13.74 g/t Au over 6.5 m, from a down-hole depth of 1.5 m in #KBDD22455 (-50o); and 13.5 m grading 1.64 g/t Au, including 3.35 g/t Au over 6.0 m and 21.0 m grading 1.46 g/t Au, including 2.49 g/t Au over 11.0 m, from respective down-hole depths of 0.0 m and 39.0 m in #KBDD22458 (-75o). Drilling efforts further to the southeast along the limb of the anticlinal fold structure returned a mineralized intercept highlight of 6.0 m grading 6.19 g/t Au, including 13.82 g/t Au over 2.6 m, from a down-hole depth of 52.0 m in hole #KBDD21434.

Mineralized intercept highlights for the present Boomerang West drilling include: 29.0 m grading 1.04 g/t Au, including 3.27 g/t Au over 4.5 m, from a down-hole of 50.0 m in #KBDD21423; and 3.12 g/t Au over 6.0 m from a down-hole depth of 9.0 m in #KBDD21425. Gold mineralization at Boomerang West occupies a NE-plunging, tight to isoclinal, anticlinal fold hinge zone. With the mineralization preferentially occurring along the contacts between the stacked granitoid - metasedimentary rock units and/or internally within the fractured granitoid. The present drilling further established the gold mineralization over an approximately 240 m trend-length and 80 m width of the anticlinal fold structure, and down to a vertical depth of approximately 165 m, at the Boomerang West target.

Drilling highlights for the Twin Zone include 13.2 m grading 1.07 g/t Au in #KBDD21419 (161 m - 174.2 m); and 3.53 g/t Au over 4.0 m in #KBDD21448 (157 m - 161 m). With the present drilling efforts, gold mineralization at the early-stage Twin Zone target has now been intermittently traced over an approximately 275 m down-plunge distance, and down to a vertical depth of approximately 150 m, along the limbs of two parallel, NE-trending, second-order (parasitic) fold structures.

QA/QC

Yves P. Clement, P. Geo, Vice President, Exploration for Xtra-Gold is acting as the Qualified Person in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") with respect to this announcement. He has prepared and or supervised the preparation of the scientific or technical information in this announcement and confirms compliance with NI 43-101. All samples in this news release were analyzed by standard fire assay fusion with atomic absorption spectroscopy finish at the ISO 17025:2005 accredited Intertek Minerals Limited's laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana. Xtra-Gold has implemented a rigorous quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) program to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of drill core, trench channel, and saw-cut channel samples, the details of which can be viewed on the Company's website at www.xtragold.com.

About Xtra-Gold Resources Corp.

Xtra-Gold is a gold exploration company with a substantial land position in the Kibi Gold Belt. The Kibi Gold Belt, which exhibits many similar geological features to Ghana's main gold belt, the Ashanti Belt, has been the subject of very limited modern exploration activity targeting lode gold deposits as virtually all past gold mining activity and exploration efforts focused on the extensive alluvial gold occurrences in many river valleys throughout the Kibi area.

Xtra-Gold holds 5 Mining Leases totaling approximately 226 sq km (22,600 ha) at the northern extremity of the Kibi Gold Belt. The Company's exploration efforts to date have focused on the Kibi Gold Project located on the Apapam Concession (33.65 sq km), along the eastern flank of the Kibi Gold Belt. The Kibi Gold Project (Zones 1-3) Mineral Resource Estimate, produced by Xtra-Gold on September 30, 2021, represents the only Mineral Resource ever generated on a lode gold project within the Kibi Gold Belt. The NI 43-101 Technical Report entitled "Xtra-Gold Resources Corporation Kibi Gold Project", jointly prepared by Pivot Mining Consultants (Pty) and Tect Geological Consulting, and dated November 16, 2021, is filed under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

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