| ||September 01, 2004|
Baffin Island Project Returns More High Grade Gold
| ||COMMANDER RESOURCES LTD. (CMD-TSX Venture) is pleased to report from its ongoing Baffin Island Gold Project, additional high grade gold drill intercepts from "Malrok" and discovery of high grade gold in channel samples at "Ridge Lake," 30 kilometres east of "Malrok."|
Of nine known gold prospectshosted by the "Bravo Iron Formation" occurring over a 140 kilometre strike length, Malrok and Ridge Lake represent the first targets to be tested (refer to property map on Commander's website).
Drill results to date along with previously announced surface channel samples outline a continuous, shallow gold zone with local high grade sections as shown in the table below. Within this zone, eleven holes encountered lower gold grades ranging from 1.5 g/t Au to 3.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m to 2.5 metres. The zone extends down-dip from surface for at least 130 metres and remains open. In particular, the high grade intersection in hole 04-29 is open for at least 300 metres along-strike and over 500 metres down-dip to the northeast.
Selected Drilling Results|
|Hole Number||From (m)||To (m)||Interval Width (m)|| Gold Grade (g/t)|
| Including|| 24.00|| 27.00 ||3.0|| 15.12|
|**MND-04-05|| 24.10|| 28.33|| 4.23|| 8.41|
| Including|| 26.00|| 28.33|| 2.33|| 12.07|
|MND-04-22|| 16.50|| 19.30|| 2.80|| 6.76|
| Including|| 18.66|| 19.28|| 0.62|| 16.81|
|MND-04-23|| 7.00|| 8.50|| 1.50|| 11.49|
| Including|| 7.00|| 7.50|| 0.50|| 30.8|
|MSD-04-29|| 21.86|| 25.16|| 3.30|| 12.10|
| Including|| 21.86|| 22.16|| 0.30|| 38.3|
| and Including ||24.66|| 25.16|| 0.50|| 18.78|
|**previously reported MND=Malrok North; MSD=Malrok South True thickness is 80-90% of drilled|
Significantly, the possibility for "stacked" mineralized iron formations on the large property has been demonstrated by the intersection of two gold-bearing iron formations in holes 04-28 and 04-29 (see assay table).
Check assays are pending from the latest holes. Assay results for an additional nine holes are awaited.
RIDGE LAKE PROSPECT
High grade gold assays returned from channel sampling at "Ridge Lake", extend the strike length of the mineralized iron formation to at least 3.5 kilometres. Of 212 samples assayed from the iron formation this year, six grade greater than 20.0 g/t Au, 32 grade in excess of 5.0 g/t Au, 45 grade in excess of 3.0 g/t Au, and 72 grade in excess of 1.0 g/t Au.
Significant channel sample results,as shown on the website map, are spread out along the entire length of the exposed iron formation and include:
Ridge Lake Channel Samples|
|Sample length (m)||Gold Grade (g/t)|
|1.0|| 40.7 |
|0.65|| 19.7 |
|0.85|| 22.1 ||
Sample length (m)||Gold Grade (g/t)
Sample length (m)|
|Gold Grade (g/t)
|1.9 || 15.4|
|1.8 || 5.04|
The iron formation, estimated to be up to five metres thick, is poorly exposed with less than half that thickness available for sampling in outcrop at any given location.
The size opportunity for the Ridge Lake Prospect is significant. A large area of potential extends down-dip to the south where the iron formation is covered by younger rock units (see map and section on Commander's website). A preliminary drill program, detailed mapping and additional sampling are underway.
Prospecting has discovered extensive new exposures of the target Bravo Iron Formation along the 140 kilometre long belt. Rock chip (grab) and channel sampling continues on these new exposures and known prospect areas including "Peninsula", "2369", and "Triangle Lake", most of which may be found on the property map on the Company's website. In excess of 1200 rock chip and channel samples have been collected. Results are expected in stages over the next few months.
"We are very encouraged by the gold potential of this property, especially in light of the new channel sample results at Ridge Lake, additional high grade drill intercepts at Malrok and the discovery of a number of new areas of mineralized Bravo Iron Formation on the 140 kilometre long property. The project is at an early stage of exploration and is very large in scope, but has already demonstrated its prospectivity. The discovery of gold in outcrop at Malrok in 2003 was the lead-in to the recognition of a large new gold camp on Baffin Island that now holds great promise for the future of the Company," states President and CEO Ken Leigh.
For more details on the Malrok drilling, see below.
For maps of the Ridge Lake sampling, Malrok drilling, drill hole targeting information and a complete table of drill results, please refer to the company's website at www.commanderresources.com.
MALROK DRILLING DETAILS
Results reported are for holes MND-04-10 to MND-04-27 at Malrok North and holes MSD-04-28 and MSD-04-29 from Malrok South.
Of the 19 holes, two were lost (04-11 and 04-17), three intersected an incomplete, eroded portion of the iron formation (04-12,04-13 and 04-14) and one was drilled to test a possible base metal target in a higher level of the stratigraphy (04-26).
Holes 04-15, 04-16, 04-18 and 04-19 were drilled as stratigraphic step-outs to the northeast and while containing elevated gold values in the target iron formation, assays were very low. However, hole 04-25 was also drilled as a stratigraphic step-out further to the northeast and greater than 200 metres down-dip from the exposed iron formation. The hole intersected 2.5 metres grading 2.69 g/t Au at a drilled depth of 121 metres indicating the system remains open to east in that area.
Holes 04-10, 04-12 to 04-14, 04-20, 04-21, 04-24, 04-27 and 04-28 encountered lower gold grades in the iron formation ranging from 1.8 g/t Au to 3.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m to 2.5 metres.
At Malrok South, hole 04-29 encountered a substantial gold interval grading 12.1 g/t Au over 3.3 metres in the upper zone while the lower zone returned a 1.5 metre interval grading 2.9 g/T Au in a 5.5 metre thick zone grading just over 1.0 g/t Au. Hole 04-28 encountered 2-3 g/t Au values in both an upper and lower iron formation unit.
Trygve Hoy, PhD, completed a stratigraphic/structural study on Malrok using surface and drill hole data. The work has identified complex structural trends which may help to define the key controls on gold mineralization. Detailed geological and structural mapping are currently underway. Structural specialist K. V. Campbell, PhD., is on site to further expand on Dr. Hoy's work. The gold zones may be further enhanced by drilling larger core sizes and trench blasting bedrock exposures to get better representative samples from the areas of coarser gold known from the surface prospects and channel samples.
The Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 for Commander Resources is Bernard H Kahlert, P.Eng.; the onsite Qualified Person running the Baffin Island project is Wesley Raven, P.Geo. Mr. Kahlert has reviewed and verified the results and content of this release.
Core sampling and Analytical Procedures
Individual drill core and channel samples are sealed in plastic sample bags and packed into 15-20 kg fibre bags, securely closed and shipped by air to Deer Lake, Newfoundland, where they are picked up by Eastern Analytical Services and trucked to their laboratory in Springdale, Nfld. All samples from the iron formation are coarsely ground with 250 gram splits pulverized to 150 mesh. A 30 gram pulp is then assayed by standard fire assay procedure. Samples from wall rocks surrounding the iron formation are crushed and pulverized as above, but only 15 grams are fire assayed for gold. 30 Element I.C.P. analyses are then completed for other metals and trace elements.
Due to the possibility of coarse free gold, all drill core samples exceeding 1.0 g/t Au are checked by the gravimetric assay procedure at Assayers Ltd. of Vancouver B.C. Laboratory performance is monitored by inserting duplicates and coarse field blanks into the sample stream.
About Commander Resources Ltd.
Commander Resources Ltd. is a Canadian junior exploration company with a diversified portfolio of gold, copper-gold and nickel projects across Canada with focus on a large, emerging new gold camp on Baffin Island and advanced nickel projects in Labrador. The company holds 1.72 million shares of Diamonds North Resources Ltd.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
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