VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2011) - Rockland Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:RL) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that follow-up field work is underway on the northern block of the Schefferville Gold Property, using recently flown data from a low altitude (10 meter altitude, 2.5 meter sampling rate) "draped" heli-borne magnetometer survey on a 50-meter spaced grid, flown by Novatem Inc.
The Schefferville Gold Project lies within the 2.7 Ga Ashuanipi Metamorphic Province (2.7 Ga) of the Archean-age Superior Craton. In the mid-1980's Québec government regional lake-bottom geochemical surveys revealed strong arsenic-gold geochemical anomalies northwest of Schefferville. The old-timers, panning the creeks in the region, had not seen "colour" in their gold pans, due to the atomic-scale dissemination of gold within arsenopyrite. Weathering of the Ashuanipi gold mineralization simply did not create nuggets at the earth's surface, and this mineralization lay undiscovered. Only one wave of exploration followed the government discovery, in the late 1980's, and consisted of channel sampling, and a few shallow drill holes by Québec juniors VIOR-Mazarin, and by IOC. VIOR-Mazarin reported +1 g/t Au diamond drill intercepts at the Arséne in the northern block, and at Lac Lilois in the southern block. The first focus of Rockland's 2011 geological field work is on a new area, the Rusty Acres, which has never been drilled. Here, several clusters of +1 g/t Au historic surface samples in outcropping rusty, iron-formations are seen on the compilation map.
Rockland controls the best prospects in the district by first optioning 100% of E.D. Black's Ashuanipi Claims (southern block) and by earning a 55% interest in the Schefferville Gold Project claims, in both the northern and southern blocks, with Joint Venture partner Western Troy Capital Resources Inc. (45%) (TSX VENTURE:WRY).