Aldebaran Resources Inc. (TSX-V:ALDE) is pleased to report assays from the final two holes completed in the 2020/2021 campaign at the Altar copper-gold project located in San Juan, Argentina. The highlights are listed below, with corresponding images in Figures 1-3 and detailed results in Table 1.
John Black, Chief Executive Officer of Aldebaran, commented as follows: “QDM-21-42 represents one of the best holes drilled on the project to date and opens a large area to be drill tested in the next field season. While there is already a significant resource at Altar, we view the discovery of this high-grade zone in Radio Porphyry as transformative for the project, especially considering none of this mineralization is currently in the resource. Radio Porphyry will clearly be one of the priority targets in our next field season which will be much larger in scale.”
Dr. Kevin B. Heather, Chief Geological Officer of Aldebaran, commented as follows: “QDM-21-042 confirms our belief that the Radio Porphyry area offers excellent potential to discover high-grade copper and gold mineralization with minimal arsenic content, which was one of the reasons we were originally attracted to the Altar project. We are currently evaluating these extremely exciting results in relation to our recently completed 3D IP-MT geophysical survey results, and strongly believe that we have only tested a small portion of the prospective target area. ALD-21-219 is also encouraging as it is drilled into a previously untested area, so intercepting a long run of low- to medium-grade copper mineralization within a new porphyry phase suggests we could be on the edge of another new porphyry system.”
Discussion of Results:
Drill Hole QDM-21-42 was drilled at an azimuth of 306 degrees and dip of -80 degrees to a final depth of 1,047.0 m (see Figure 2). The hole was targeting a geophysical magnetic-high anomaly, as well as testing for the southern extension of higher-grade mineralized intercepts from historical drilling into the Radio Porphyry. The top 818 m of the hole intersected andesite wall rocks, which are typically favourable host rocks for copper-gold mineralization, and diorite porphyry intrusion from 818 m until the end of the hole. From the top of the hole, the andesites are strongly altered and contained abundant quartz veins with sulphides +/- magnetite, all of which are increasing in intensity until the contact with the Radio diorite porphyry at 818 m. Quartz veining, as well as sulphide content (consisting of chalcopyrite and bornite), are at their maximum intensity near the contact between the andesite wall rocks and the diorite porphyry intrusion. Alteration, mineralization, and quartz veining continue within the porphyry.
Drill Hole ALD-21-219 was drilled at an azimuth of 026 degrees and dip of -74 degrees to a final depth of 1,164.5 m (see Figure 3). The hole was collared towards the southeast edge of Altar Central and was targeting a geophysical magnetic-high anomaly, which was believed to be a deep magnetite bearing porphyry unit. As well, it tested the northwest edge of a promising surface talus fines geochemical anomaly. The top 299 m of the hole intersected rhyolite host rocks, portions of which were oxidized. From 299 m to 740 m, the hole stayed in rhyolite host rocks which displayed localized high-sulphidation mineralization consisting of pyrite and enargite. Arsenic was elevated in the areas where high-sulphidation mineralization was observed in the hole due to presence of enargite. From 740 m to the end of the hole, a new diorite porphyry phase was intercepted, which locally had intense alteration and displayed disseminated mineralization throughout consisting of chalcopyrite, bornite and locally magnetite.
Table 1 below provides more detail on the mineralized intercepts encountered in drill holes QDM-21-42 and ALD-21-219. The locations of the reported drill holes are indicated in Figure 1.
|Table 1 – 2021 Altar Drill Hole Results|
The grades are uncut. CuEq values were calculated using copper, gold, silver and molybdenum. Metal prices utilized for the calculations are Cu = US$3/lb, Au = US$1,400/oz, Ag = US$18/oz, and Mo = US$10/lb. No adjustments were made for recovery as the project is an early-stage exploration project and metallurgical data to allow for estimation of recoveries is not yet available. The formulas utilized to calculate equivalent values is CuEq % = Cu % + Au g/t * 0.6805 + Ag g/t * 0.00875 + Mo ppm / 3000.
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Kevin B. Heather, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc, Ph.D, FAusIMM, FGS, Chief Geological Officer and director of Aldebaran, who serves as the qualified person (QP) under the definitions of National Instrument 43-101.
About Aldebaran Resources Inc.
Aldebaran is a mineral exploration company that was spun out of Regulus Resources Inc. in 2018 and has the same core management team. Aldebaran acquired the Rio Grande copper-gold project located in Salta Province, Argentina from Regulus along with several other early-stage projects in Argentina. Aldebaran also has the right to earn up to an 80% interest in the Altar copper-gold project in San Juan Province, Argentina from Sibanye Stillwater Limited. The Altar project hosts multiple porphyry copper-gold deposits with potential for additional discoveries. Altar forms part of a cluster of world-class porphyry copper deposits which includes Los Pelambres (Antofagasta Minerals), El Pachon (Glencore), and Los Azules (McEwen Mining). A total of 259 drill holes (119,052 m) have been completed at Altar between 1995 and 2019. In March 2021 the Company announced an updated mineral resource estimate for Altar, prepared by Independent Mining Consultants Inc. and based on the drilling completed up to and including 2020. Aldebaran’s primary focus is the Altar project with a view to discovering new zones with higher-grade mineralization.
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