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Marimaca Infill Drilling Extends Copper Oxide Mineralization at the MOD

 

 

 

 

 

Marimaca Copper Corp. (TSX: MARI) is pleased to announce results from the first seven reverse circulation drill holes, totaling 2,150m, from the 2022 infill drilling campaign at the Marimaca Oxide Deposit. The first drill holes were completed in the south-eastern area of the MOD in an area previously considered to be on the margin of the near-surface oxide copper mineralization.

 

The drilling intersected broad zones of near-surface green copper oxide mineralization in six out of seven holes. Importantly, several zones appear to be extensional to the existing Mineral Resource Estimate (released December 2019) for the MOD, and the interpretation of the new mineralized intersections indicates that the MOD remains open at depth and to the south-east, indicating potential upside with ongoing drilling in this area.

 

A video is available with Hayden Locke, President & CEO, discussing today’s results.

 

Highlights

  • Expected mineralization encountered in six out of seven holes with grades often exceeding those modelled in MRE
  • MAR-134 and MAR-132 extend mineralization into areas previously interpreted to be barren or lower-grade
    • Expected to have positive implications for the updated MRE
  • Notable intersections include:
    • MAR-134 intercepted 106m of 0.53% CuT from 2m, including 28m of 1.05% CuT from 72m
    • MAR-132 intercepted 54m of 0.62% CuT from 80m and a high-grade feeder structure of 20m at 1.62% CuT from 278m at the bottom of the hole, all within a broader intercept of 226m of 0.43% CuT from 72m
    • MAR-135 intercepted 58m of 0.41% CuT from 2m
    • MAR-131 intercepted 202m of 0.31% CuT from 42m, including 74m of 0.47% CuT from 162m
    • MAR-133 intercepted 76m of 0.26% CuT from 156m
    • MAR-129 intercepted 58m of 0.27% CuT from 68m
    • MAR-130 intercepted lower grade copper mineralization corresponding to leached and fractured rocks along a known late fault zone
  • Drilling continues to highlight the lateral continuity as well as the thickness of the MOD mineralized column as well as ongoing potential for extensions at depth
    • The MOD remains open to the southeast towards the Sierra satellite target, located 400m southeast from the margin of the MOD (see Figure 5 and announcement dated January 20, 2022)

 

Sergio Rivera, VP Exploration of Marimaca Copper, commented:

 

“The first seven drill holes were aimed at infilling an area in the south-eastern corner of the MOD that was interpreted in previous as lower grade material and was considered to mark the limits of copper oxide mineralization. We were pleasantly surprised with the results, which show significant mineralization in nearly all of these holes.

 

“There are two important takeaways from today’s results: firstly, there remains potential resource upside at the MOD, demonstrated by the first holes from the infill program, where several intersections had grades well above those interpreted in the 2019 MRE. Secondly, the results provide confirmation that the MOD remains open to the south-east towards the Sierra Target and at depth. The Sierra Target was hypothesised as an extension of the MOD and these results support that conclusion, which provides an exciting opportunity for further resource growth.

 

“The infill program will now progress north towards the central part of the MOD targeting conversion of our existing Inferred Resources to Measured and Indicated categories.”

 

Overview of Drilling Campaign Objectives and Results

 

Marimaca’s 2022 drilling campaign consists of 22,500m of planned infill drilling of the MOD and an additional 10,000m of drilling of the MAMIX zone, the depth extension of the MOD (see press releases dated February 9, 2022 and January 20, 2022). Both programs will support an updated Mineral Resource Estimate planned for early Q3 2022. The 2022 programs are aimed at converting the MOD’s existing Inferred Resource (see press release dated December 2, 2019) to Measured and Indicated categories, as well as resource growth through infill drilling of the MAMIX discovery made in 2021 (see press release dated October 14, 2021).

 

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8429ae3a-d213-4021-a540-cde2b88c3646

 

Figure 1: Plan View of Infill Drilling Results, Planned Holes and MOD PEA Pit Shell

 

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/230204dd-6d3a-49e9-843b-8d206c121780

 

Figure 2: 2022 Infill Drilling, Looking East, with 2020 PEA Pit Shell

 

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Figure 3: 2022 Infill Drilling, Looking East with 2020 PEA Pit Shell and 0.4% CuT Grade Shell

 

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Figure 4: 2022 Infill Drilling, Looking North, with 2020 PEA Pit Shell and 0.4% CuT Grade Shell

 

https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ea965903-8afb-4c6f-b56f-6d4bf5b48df9

 

Figure 5: Plan View of Marimaca Oxide Deposit + Satellite Targets (Sierra immediately southeast of MOD)

 

Table 1. Summary of Drill Results

 

Hole From (m) To (m) Length (m) %CuT
MAR-129 16 34 18 0.12%
and 68 126 58 0.27%
including 68 82 14 0.13%
and 94 126 32 0.42%
including 102 126 24 0.51%
and 184 316 132 0.31%
including 184 194 10 0.32%
and 214 302 88 0.40%
including 220 248 28 0.65%
and 266 290 24 0.54%
MAR-130 4 16 12 0.16%
and 128 160 32 0.20%
including 132 142 10 0.34%
and 182 214 32 0.26%
including 204 214 10 0.36%
MAR-131 42 244 202 0.31%
including 42 74 32 0.25%
including 50 60 10 0.45%
including 92 146 54 0.31%
including 106 118 12 0.72%
including 162 236 74 0.47%
including 162 186 24 0.66%
including 210 234 24 0.51%
MAR-132 4 20 16 0.24%
and 72 298 226 0.44%
including 80 134 54 0.62%
including 102 134 32 0.92%
and 156 200 44 0.47%
including 172 200 28 0.60%
and 230 248 18 0.38%
and 278 298 20 1.62%
MAR-133 24 62 38 0.10%
and 118 136 18 0.14%
and 156 232 76 0.26%
including 156 166 10 0.24%
including 184 216 32 0.30%
MAR-134 2 108 106 0.53%
including 2 46 44 0.43%
including 2 24 22 0.58%
including 72 100 28 1.05%
including 82 100 18 1.57%
and 150 174 24 0.13%
and 216 238 22 0.12%
MAR-135 2 98 96 0.32%
including 2 60 58 0.41%
including 6 42 36 0.52%
including 78 98 20 0.27%

 

 

Table 2. Drill collars and survey

 

Hole Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth Inclination Depth (m)
MAR-129 375,268.14 7,435,167.07 1061.2 310 -60 350
MAR-130 375,224.61 7,435,232.15 1065.2 310 -60 300
MAR-131 375,314.41 7,435,059.43 1047.8 310 -60 250
MAR-132 375,250.53 7,435,123.43 1046.6 310 -60 300
MAR-133 375,264.30 7,435,030.51 1019.9 310 -60 350
MAR-134 375,213.47 7,435,087.36 1043.8 310 -60 350
MAR-135 375,216.08 7,435,079.50 1043.9 220 -60 250

 

Sampling and Assay Protocol

 

True widths cannot be determined with the information available at this time. RC holes were sampled on a 2m continuous basis, with dry samples riffle split on site and one quarter sent to the Andes Analytical Assay preparation laboratory in Calama and the pulps then sent to the same company laboratory in Santiago for assaying. A second quarter was stored on site for reference. Samples were prepared using the following standard protocol: drying; crushing to better than 85% passing -10#; homogenizing; splitting; pulverizing a 500-700g subsample to 95% passing -150#; and a 125g split of this sent for assaying. All samples were assayed for %CuT (total copper) and %CuS (acid soluble copper) by AAS. A full QA/QC program, involving insertion of appropriate blanks, standards and duplicates was employed with acceptable results. Pulps and sample rejects are stored by Marimaca Copper for future reference.

 

Qualified Person

 

The technical information in this news release, including the information that relates to geology, drilling and mineralization was prepared under the supervision of, or has been reviewed by Sergio Rivera, Vice President of Exploration, Marimaca Copper Corp, a geologist with more than 36 years of experience and a member of the Colegio de Geólogos de Chile and of the Institute of Mining Engineers of Chile, and who is the Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101 responsible for the design and execution of the drilling program.

 

The QP confirms he has visited the project area, has reviewed relevant project information, is responsible for the information contained in this news release, and consents to its publication.

 

 

Posted March 28, 2022

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