Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSX-V: KTN) is pleased to announce results from the first six holes of the Phase 4 drilling program on the Columba High-Grade Silver Project in Chihuahua State, Mexico. The previously announced 15,000-meter drilling program is designed to extend known mineralization and to test additional veins across the target-rich Columba Silver Project. The results detailed below extend known mineralization at both the D Vein and F Vein targets.
Link to Drill Plan and Long Sections
Kootenay Silver’s President and CEO Mr. James McDonald stated “We are extremely pleased with the new results from Columba. Each of the holes was designed to extend the F and D veins beyond previous drilling, in some cases returning high silver grades which we expect from this project. As work continues to discover high grade shoots at Columba, we see increasing potential to identify a significant silver resource.”
The D Vein is a northwest striking, silver-bearing epithermal vein with associated mineralized quartz stockwork and hydrothermal breccia. The D Vein remains open in all directions. Kootenay has intercepted the D Vein over a strike length of 425 meters to a depth of roughly 340 meters with assays pending. The holes reported herein (CDH-22-115, CDH-22-117 and CDH-22-119) test and extend the northwestern end of the D Vein, with a best result from CDH-22-119 of 0.89 meters grading 1,550 gpt silver, 0.95% lead and 4.5% zinc. Mineralization at the D Vein is open to depth and in both directions along strike (see drill plan and long section Figure 1 and 2). To date drillhole CDH-22-117 is the furthest step-out to the northwest on the D Vein. This drillhole intersected the target within an interpreted down-dropped fault block and thus is thought to represent a higher stratigraphic level and expected to have lower values than holes to the southeast, for example, CDH-22-115.
The F Vein is located 600 meters northeast of, and roughly parallel to the D Vein. Most of the historical production at Columba came from the F Vein which has been mapped for over 1,000 meters on surface. As at the beginning of 2022, drilling had intercepted the F Vein for over 700 meters along trend to a maximum depth of 200 meters. The three F Vein drillholes (CDH-22-114, CDH-22-116 and CDH-22-118) reported below represent 50-meter step-outs of the structure beneath previous drilling (see drill plan and long section Figure 3 and 4).
|CDH-22-115||81.1||92.4||11.3||449||0.3||0.66||Quartz stockwork-hydrothermal breccia and D Vein|
|CDH-22-117||111.0||118.0||7.0||108||0.05||0.09||Quartz stockwork and D Vein|
|AND||233.15||236.0||2.85||183||0.1||0.35||Hydrothermal breccia New System|
|AND||240.0||242.0||2||109||0.03||0.09||Quartz stockwork New System|
|AND||268.2||268.86||0.66||604||0.34||1.2||Quartz stockwork in rhyolite|
|AND||275.0||276.0||1.0||213||0.26||0.74||Quartz barite vein|
|AND||368.0||370.0||2.0||190||0.07||0.06||Quartz-Chlorite stockwork New System|
|CDH-22-114||NSR||F Vein intercepted with low values|
|CDH-22-116||NSR||F Vein intercepted with low values|
|CDH-22-118||223.05||225.0||1.95||103||0.03||0.16||Intrusive with calcite veins and quartz veins and hydrothermal breccias|
|1True widths are estimated at between 65% an 85% of the downhole lengths.|
A comprehensive list of drill results completed on the Columba Property since 2019 can be viewed here: Columba Drill Results.
Sampling and QA/QC at Columba
All technical information for the Columba exploration program is obtained and reported under a formal quality assurance and quality control program. Samples are taken from core cut in half with a diamond saw under the direction of qualified geologists and engineers. Samples are then labeled, placed in plastic bags, sealed and with interval and sample numbers recorded. Samples are delivered by the Company to ALS Minerals (“ALS”) in Chihuahua. The Company inserts blanks, standards and duplicates at regular intervals as follows. On average a blank is inserted every 100 samples beginning at the start of sampling and again when leaving the mineral zone. Standards are inserted when entering the potential mineralized zone and in the middle of them, on average one in every 25 samples is a standard. Duplicates are taken in the mineralized zone, on average 1 to 2 duplicates for each hole.
The samples are dried, crushed and pulverized with the pulps being sent airfreight for analysis by ALS in Vancouver, B.C. Systematic assaying of standards, blanks and duplicates is performed for precision and accuracy. Analysis for silver, zinc, lead and copper and related trace elements was done by ICP four acid digestion, with gold analysis by 30-gram fire assay with an AA finish. All drilling reported is HQ core and has been contracted to Globexplore Drilling from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
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The Kootenay technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and reviewed and approved on behalf of Kootenay by James McDonald, P.Geo, President, CEO & Director for Kootenay, a Qualified Person.
About Kootenay Silver Inc.
Kootenay Silver Inc. is an exploration company actively engaged in the discovery and development of mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico. Supported by one of the largest junior portfolios of silver assets in Mexico, Kootenay continues to provide its shareholders with significant leverage to silver prices. The Company remains focused on the expansion of its current silver resources, new discoveries and the near-term economic development of its priority silver projects located in prolific mining districts in Sonora, State and Chihuahua, State, Mexico, respectively.
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