Vancouver, B.C. - Westhaven Ventures Inc. (TSX-V:WHN) is pleased to announce that it has commenced its inaugural work program on the recently optioned BEN gold exploration property, located approximately 50 km north of Williams Lake, B.C. The property is easily road accessible and located in a favourable mining jurisdiction, home to several large development and production stage properties. The purpose of this exploration program is to delineate additional targets for an upcoming drill program.
The 13,337 ha BEN gold property shows evidence of major deep seated faults with associated epithermal gold mineralization. The property potentially hosts a second style of mineralization; mesothermal or shear zone related gold since a significant fault structure runs the length property. Underlying the BEN property are altered ultramafic, mafic and metamorphically altered deep sea sediments (listwanites) which are known to be spatially related to shear and vein hosted gold deposits throughout the world.
BEN Program Objectives
The initial work program is scheduled to take approximately three weeks. Please refer to Westhaven’s website (http://westhavenventures.com/projects/ben_property/) for more information.
"The BEN property is in a mining jurisdiction with excellent infrastructure and prospective geology. We are dealing with an extensive alteration system where the structure is interpreted to extend for several kilometres, and based on the known exposure examined, our geologists believe there is potential for a significant gold deposit. We are keen to commence our first ever work program on this property.” stated Grenville Thomas, President and CEO.
The property is extensively overburden covered, however anomalous gold values in soils up to 650 ppb occur sporadically over a 6 kilometre strike length and 400 metre width. The Main Zone on North Ben Creek shows several stages of silica flooding quartz veining, and re-brecciation. In-situ rock samples from the Main Zone quartz-carbonate breccia returned rock chip results of 220 ppb Au, 573 ppm As, 249 ppm Sb, 1900ppb Hg and 981 ppm Ni.
Geological references suggest similarities exist between the Main Zone and major gold bearing areas in British Columbia including Atlin and the Bralorne gold camp. There is also similarity in alteration and structure with gold bearing areas of the Motherlode trend of Southern California. All have strong listwanite alteration zones as well as dominant structural trends.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
WESTHAVEN VENTURES INC.
Gareth Thomas, Director
About Westhaven Ventures Inc.
Westhaven Ventures Inc. is a Canadian based exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of prospective resource properties. Westhaven is focused on advancing its Shovelnose gold and BEN projects in British Columbia. Westhaven trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol WHN.
For further information, please contact Gareth Thomas at 604-681-5558 or visit Westhaven’s website at www.westhavenventures.com
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