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SENDERO RESOURCES INTERSECTS 114M OF 0.84 G/T GOLD EQUIVALENT INCLUDING 22M OF 1.61 G/T GOLD EQUIVALENT AT THE PEÑAS NEGRAS PROJECT IN THE VICUÑA DISTRICT

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SENDERO RESOURCES INTERSECTS 114M OF 0.84 G/T GOLD EQUIVALENT INCLUDING 22M OF 1.61 G/T GOLD EQUIVALENT AT THE PEÑAS NEGRAS PROJECT IN THE VICUÑA DISTRICT

 

 

 

Sendero Resources Corp. (TSX-V: SEND) is pleased to announce results of three more diamond drillholes from its maiden drilling program at its 100% owned Peñas Negras Project in the Vicuña District in La Rioja, Argentina. These latest results from holes PNDH004 to PNDH006 continue to demonstrate the significant potential of the project.

Highlights

  • PNDH006 (La Ollita) intersected 364m of 0.51 g/t Gold Equivalent “AuEq” from a shallow depth of 34m to the bottom of the hole. The upper part of the hole intersected 114m of 0.84 g/t Gold Equivalent “AuEq” including 22m of 1.61 g/t AuEq
  • PNDH004 (La Ollita) intersected 266m of 0.52 g/t AuEq from 96m to post-mineral fault zone. The upper part of the hole intersected 166m of 0.63 g/t AuEq including 72m of 0.72 g/t AuEq and 20m of 0.82 g/t AuEq
  • Maiden drilling at La Ollita PNDH003-PNDH008 is confirming the presence of a large, high-level mineralized advanced argillic epithermal lithocap telescoped on a porphyry gold–copper system
  • All five holes drilled at La Ollita (PNDH003-PNDH008) ended in severe faulting with strong silica-sericite clay alteration, at what is considered to be the base of the large mineralized lithocap, and have not tested the porphyry system below
  • PNDH007 and PNDH008 (assays pending) designed to test the large magnetic anomalies intersected high levels of magnetite and in PNDH008 bornite replacement of the chalcopyrite was identified
  • The exploration focus going forward at La Ollita is finding the high-grade feeder zone/s into lithocap and navigating out of the base of the lithocap to test the porphyry system below

 

 

Sendero Executive Chairman, Michael Wood, commented:

“La Ollita is a large telescoped mineral system with multiple phases of porphyry and epithermal mineralization identified in our initial drilling. We are learning a great deal with each hole that is drilled and starting to find higher grade zones such as 22m of 1.61 g/t AuEq. The feeder zone into the advanced argillic lithocap is the big prize for us where the grade should be substantially higher and often where large amounts of the metals are contained within lithocap deposits.

We have seen extensive mineralization and alteration telescoping in holes 3, 4 and 6 with multiple phases of porphyry and epithermal mineralization identified, creating scale with continuous mineralization of 250m+ from beneath the moraine cover until we encountered the extensive fault zone at what we believe is the base of the lithocap, in all holes drilled to date at La Ollita.”

 

 

Watch a news summary from Executive Chairman, Michael Wood below:

Figure 1: Plan View of La Ollita Drill Holes (PNDH003-008) with historic drill holes of significance

 

PNDH006

Hole PNDH006, showed telescoping of alteration and mineralization, intersecting a complex of porphyries, and associated phreatomagmatic breccias hosted in volcanic host rocks. The hole ended in mineralization at a depth of 398m for a total intersection of 364m averaging 0.51 g/t AuEq (Figure 2 and Table 1).

 

The alteration in the upper part of the hole is prominently advanced argillic, characterized by quartz-alunite-sericite with incipient vuggy quartz, which hosted the highest-grade mineralization including 22m of 1.61 g/t AuEq, with individual metal values of up to 1.28 g/t Au, 115 g/t Ag, 0.42% Cu, 4.73% Zn, 1.18% Pb and 195 ppm Mo.

 

Lower in the hole strong potassic alteration (K feldspar-biotite-magnetite) is observed, particularly in early porphyry dykes with high density quartz veinlets, superimposed by intense sericite-quartz. The late-stage porphyries, on the other hand, are chloritized with scarce to no quartz veining.

 

Primary mineralization consists of disseminated and quartz vein-hosted chalcopyrite, overlain by pyrite-chalcocite-black sulfides filling fractures and breccia matrix. Additionally, numerous intermediate sulfidation epithermal veins have been identified, composed of quartz and massive sulfides, predominantly galena and sphalerite together with elevated gold, silver and zinc values. The hole ended in a fault zone with strong silica-sericite clay alteration, the believed base of the lithocap.

 

Figure 2: PNDH006 La Ollita – Grade Distribution, Lithology and Alteration 

 

PNDH004

Hole PNDH004 exhibits similar characteristics to Hole PNDH006 with telescoping of the alteration and mineralization from beneath the moraine cover returning an intersection of 266m averaging 0.52 g/t AuEq. Mineralisation terminated when a large post-mineral fault zone was encountered with strong silica-sericite clay alteration at 362m (Figure 3 and Table 2).

The upper part of the hole intersected a series of porphyries exhibiting potassic alteration (K feldspar and biotite). An early intermineral porphyry with intense porphyry style quartz veining was recognized as well as a late-stage porphyry with minimal quartz veining. Associated phreatomagmatic breccias were also observed. There is an intense general overprinting by epithermal-style advanced argillic alteration, represented by the association of sericite-quartz-alunite-pyrophyllite in the upper part of the hole. This telescoped alteration hosts the highest-grade mineralization including an intercept of 166 m of 0.63 g/t AuEq (see Table 2). Individual metals values up to 0.55 g/t Au, 0.3% Cu and 193 ppm Mo are related to epithermal overprint on early-stage porphyry mineralization, while individual values up to 1.51 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, 2.26% Zn and 1.04% Pb are related to late-stage intermediate sulphidation veins and epithermal-related mineralization (black sulfides) filling breccias.

Lower in the hole begins a transition to sericite-illite-clays overprinting the K silicate alteration, hosting Au-Ag-Cu-Mo mineralization with lower grades extending to 362 m where the hole entered a large post-mineral fault zone with strong silica-sericite clay alteration, the believed base of the lithocap (Figure 3).

Figure 3: PNDH004 La Ollita – Grade Distribution, Lithology and Alteration 

 

PNDH005

Hole PNDH005, after penetrating the moraine cover, intersected mostly fine volcanic tuff of andesitic composition, with extensive evidence of tectonic activity manifested by wide intervals of tectonic breccias hosting Au-Ag-Zn-Pb mineralization.

The alteration observed is silica-clay to advanced argillic, characterized by the general association of quartz-sericite-alunite-clays, displaying a distinct spotty and wormy texture down to a depth of 193 meters.  Minor remnants of K feldspar are suggestive of early potassic alteration. The mineralization is mostly late-stage, disseminated and within microfractures and breccias, consisting of pyrite + black sulfides containing Ag-Zn-Pb, with minor amounts of chalcopyrite.

PNDH005 was drilled in a more northern part of the target and Au-Cu-Ag grades did pick up as the hole moved further south with the highest grades present in zones of intense fracturing generating crackle breccias in the volcanic rocks, as well as zones of tectonic breccias (pre-mineral faults). These zones returned intersections of 24 meters grading 0.52 g/t AuEq, 38 meters at 0.60 g/t AuEq and 12 meters at 0.78 g/t AuEq. (Table 3)

Next Steps

Drilling for the season was completed for a total of 3,124m across 8 holes with results from holes PNDH007 and PNDH008 pending, with depths of 95m and 88m, respectively. PNDH007 was designed to test the centre of the central magnetic anomaly at La Ollita, while PNDH008 was designed to test the centre of the eastern magnetic anomaly. Both are sizable magnetic anomalies that are untested by drilling. However difficult drilling conditions, including heavily fractured rock with strong silica-sericite clay alteration at the base of the lithocap, resulted in both holes being stopped before testing the magnetic anomalies. However, both holes showed very encouraging signs, with both showing high-levels of magnetite and in PNDH008 bornite replacement of the chalcopyrite was identified. These porphyry targets, below the base of the lithocap, are priority targets to be tested in the next drill program with zoning around the central magnetic anomaly suggesting it could be the potential centre of the system and a possible high-grade feeder zone.

The Company plans to complete a geophysical program at La Ollita to gain a greater understanding of the system at depth, guiding towards the feeder zone/s of the lithocap at La Ollita and to navigate the extensive faulting seen at the base of the lithocap to test the porphyry complex below. The Company is planning to conduct a Magnetotelluric (MT) survey, which is a geophysical approach that has been used successfully elsewhere in the Vicuña District, such as at Filo Del Sol, to identify feeder zones and navigate the base of the lithocap to test porphyries at depth. The feeder zones into the lithocap can potentially be a fault and/or an intrusive porphyry body. They typically carry higher metal grades than the lithocap itself and often host most of the metal in the system. Therefore, finding the feeder zones and navigating out of the base of the lithocap are the priority exploration goals for the Company now at La Ollita.

Table 1: PNDH006 Drill Highlights

Table 2: PNDH004 Drill Highlights

 

 Table 3: PNDH005 Drill Highlights

 

 Note: Gold Equivalent Values (“AuEq”) are based on metals prices of $2000/oz Au $4/lb Cu, $25/oz Ag, $20/lb Mo, $1.30/lb Zinc and $1/lb lead and recovery is assumed to be 100% as no metallurgical data is available.

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About Sendero Resources Corp.

The Company is focused on copper-gold exploration at its 100% owned Peñas Negras Project in the Vicuña Belt in Argentina. The Peñas Negras Project has similar geological characteristics to other deposits in the Vicuña Belt and a cluster of porphyry and epithermal targets have been identified on the project. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Barton SAS, is the holder of ten granted mining concessions covering 120 km2 in the province of La Rioja, Argentina. The company also has an option agreement to earn 80% interest on eight granted mining concessions covering 91.7 km2 adjacent to the East of the Peñas Negras Project. The Company has an experienced management and exploration team who will use their expertise and operational knowledge to advance the multiple targets across the project.

 

 

Posted May 1, 2024

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