Midnight Sun Mining Corp. Initiates Drilling at Solwezi
Vancouver, British Columbia, November 14, 2013 – Midnight Sun Mining Corp. (the “Company” or “Midnight Sun”) (TSX-V: MMA) announces the commencement of drilling on the Solwezi copper property in northwest Zambia. The initial drill program is contracted for 3,000 meters of reverse circulation drilling (“RC”) and will test several targets identified by previous operators. All targets are within 10 km of the Kansanshi mine, the largest copper mine in Africa, which is operated by First Quantum Minerals (FQM-T).
Solwezi Northwest: in late 2012, a previous operator reportedly intercepted 8.3% copper in a core drill hole from 19-38 meters below surface. Core recoveries were poor due to deep weathering of the rock. Re-sampling of this core as a part of the Company’s recently filed NI 43- 101 compliant report entitled “Technical Report on the Geology and Exploration Summary of the Solwezi Group of Prospecting Licences” (available on the company’s website here) confirmed high grade copper in the core. The current drill program will attempt to validate this historic drill intercept and test the surrounding area for additional zones and continuity of mineralization. Soil sampling conducted by Midnight Sun in October 2013 expanded the anomalous area around the discovery hole and delineated additional copper anomalies several kilometers to the south.
At Solwezi Northwest a recently completed geophysical survey using an electromagnetic system (NSAMT), which has been employed successfully at the Kansanshi Mine, indicated the presence of conductive horizons underlying the drill and soil geochemical anomalies found to date.
Kifubwa Copper-Nickel Anomalies: in 2010, a previous operator outlined significant nickel and copper soil anomalies overlying the favourable Upper and Lower Roan Formations which host numerous deposits in the Zambian Copperbelt including the new. These anomalies will be drill tested as part of the current drill program.
All drilling will be carried out by Layne Drilling, a world leader in RC drilling, and assaying will be done by Genalysis Laboratory Services, an accredited lab located in South Africa.
Qualified Person: Adrian Karolko, P.Geo, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this release.
About Midnight Sun: Midnight Sun is a mineral exploration company with an African focus. On May 9, 2013 the Company announced it had signed a letter of intent to option a 60% interest in the Solweizi Licences. This Option Agreement is a part of an ongoing strategic alliance with Kam Chuen Resource Holdings Ltd (“Kam Chuen”). Kam Chuen holds an exclusive prospecting license
portfolio of over 150 exploration permits covering over 100,000 km2 in five African countries. As a result of this Strategic Alliance, Kam Chuen has agreed to provide Midnight Sun with full access to its portfolio, as well as first right of refusal regarding the optioning of any of Kam Chuen’s exploration permits. In exchange, Midnight Sun has agreed to offer Kam Chuen technical expertise in the management and selection of properties.
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