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Solaris Reports: 1,010m of 0.71% CuEq and 660m of 0.97% CuEq From Surface, Major Expansion of Warintza Central

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Solaris Reports: 1,010m of 0.71% CuEq and 660m of 0.97% CuEq From Surface, Major Expansion of Warintza Central

 

 

 

 

 

Solaris Resources Inc. (TSX-V: SLS) is pleased to report assay results for the second and third drill holes from the ongoing 40,000 metre diamond drill program at its Warintza Project in south-eastern Ecuador. The drill program aims to expand the lateral footprint and depth extent of the high-grade Warintza Central zone, discovered by the late David Lowell in 2000.

 

Highlights from the recent drilling are listed below and summarized in Table 1 and 2.

 

Highlights

 

  • SLS-02 returned a consistent, high grade interval from surface of 660m of 0.97% CuEq¹ (0.79% Cu, 0.03% Mo, and 0.1 g/t Au), confirming the significant extension of mineralization relative to historical drilling first reported in SLS-01 (see August 10, 2020 Press Release)
  • SLS-03 returned a much longer and open interval of high-grade mineralization from surface to the depth capacity of the drill rig: 1,010m of 0.71% CuEq¹ (0.59% Cu, 0.02% Mo, and 0.1 g/t Au), including 716m of 0.75% CuEq¹ (0.63% Cu, 0.02% Mo, and 0.1 g/t Au)

  • SLS-03 was collared approximately 426m east of the first two holes and greatly improves upon the depth extent of known mineralization, with historical drilling averaging less than 200m in depth (see Images 1 & 2)
  • Geological interpretation suggests that the mineralization encountered to date is representative of the ‘outer halo’ of the porphyry system, with the higher-grade core to be vectored toward with future drilling locations

  • The first three holes were drilled with one rig; drilling is now ongoing with two rigs and a third rig with greater drilling capacity is due imminently

 

Mr. Jorge Fierro, Vice President, Exploration, commented, “The third hole stepped out over 400m to the east of the first drilling location within Warintza Central (see Image 3) and provided further evidence of the depth extent of the system, which still remains open. In addition, the results continue to support our interpretation that our drilling is confined to the ‘outer halo’ of the porphyry system. Additional drilling locations will be required to triangulate the high-grade core.”

 

Mr. Richard Warke, Executive Chairman, commented, “Warintza Central continues to demonstrate the potential to become a large, high-grade open pit copper porphyry deposit, which is a rarity in the modern context of the industry. As strong as results are, what’s extremely exciting is that we are at a very early stage of exploration on the property and drilling has only occurred at Warintza Central. The trend is 5km long and includes Warintza East, West and South, all of which are approximately of equal footprint and West and South have yielded higher soil and chip samples.”

 

Warintza Central is presently defined by a pit-optimized Mineral Resource estimate of 124 Million tonnes of Inferred Resources grading 0.70% CuEq² (0.56% Cu, 0.03% Mo and 0.1 g/t Au), based on historic drilling totaling less than 7,000m and averaging less than 200m in depth. The resource is entirely open laterally and at depth and is set within the 5 km-long Warintza trend of porphyry mineralization. There has been no drilling outside of the Warintza Central area.

 

Table 1

 

 

Drill Hole From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Cu (%) Mo (%) Au (g/t) CuEq³ (%)
SLS-02 0 660 660 0.79 0.03 0.1 0.97
Including 48 656 608 0.83 0.03 0.1 1.01
SLS-03 4 1014 1010 0.59 0.02 0.1 0.71
Including 4 892 888 0.61 0.02 0.1 0.73
Including 176 892 716 0.63 0.02 0.1 0.75
Grades are uncut and true widths have not been determined.

 

Table 2

 

 

Drill Hole Datum Easting Northing Elevation
(m)
Depth
(m)
Azimuth
(degrees)
Dip
(degrees)
SLS-02 WGS84 17S 799765 9648033 1571 744 0 -90
SLS-03 WGS84 17S 800191 9648059 1570 1090 289 -79

 

(1) 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. Solaris defines copper equivalent calculation for reporting purposes only. Copper-equivalence calculated as:  CuEq (%) = Cu (%) + 3.33 × Mo (%) + 0.73 × Au (g/t), utilizing metal prices of Cu – US$3.00/lb, Mo – US$10.00/lb and Au – US$1,500/oz.
(2) The Warintza Mineral Resource estimate was reported in the “Resource Estimate Of The Warintza Central Cu-Mo Porphyry Deposit” prepared by Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd. with an effective date of December 13, 2019. The Warintza Central Mineral Resource statement has been prepared by Trevor Rabb, PGeo who is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101. The resource is reported using a cut-off of 0.2% copper. Solaris defines copper equivalent calculation for reporting purposes only. Copper-equivalence calculated as: CuEq (%) = Cu (%) + 3.33 × Mo (%) + 0.73 × Au (g/t), utilizing metal prices of Cu – US$3.00/lb, Mo – US$10.00/lb and Au – US$1,500/oz. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
(3) 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. Solaris defines copper equivalent calculation for reporting purposes only. Copper-equivalence calculated as:  CuEq (%) = Cu (%) + 3.33 × Mo (%) + 0.73 × Au (g/t), utilizing metal prices of Cu – US$3.00/lb, Mo – US$10.00/lb and Au – US$1,500/oz.

 

Technical Information and Quality Control & Quality Assurance

 

Sample assay results have been independently monitored through a quality control/quality assurance program that includes the insertion of blind certified reference materials (standards), blanks and field duplicate samples. Logging and sampling are completed at a secured Company facility located in Quito, Ecuador. Drill core is cut in half on site and samples are securely transported to ALS Labs in Quito. Sample pulps are sent to ALS Labs in Lima, Peru and Vancouver, Canada for analysis. Total copper and molybdenum contents are determined by four-acid digestion with AAS finish. Gold is determined by fire assay of a 30-gram charge. ALS Labs is independent from Solaris. In addition, selected pulp check samples are sent to Bureau Veritas lab in Lima, Peru. Solaris is not aware of any drilling, sampling, recovery or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to herein.

 

Qualified Person

 

The technical content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Jorge Fierro, M.Sc., DIC, PG, Vice President Exploration of Solaris who is a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.  All technical information related to Warintza is based on the “Resource Estimate of the Warintza Central Cu-Mo Porphyry Deposit” prepared by Equity Exploration Consultants Inc. with an effective date of December 13, 2019 and available on the Company website.

 

About Solaris Resources Inc.

 

Solaris is advancing a portfolio of copper and gold assets in the Americas, which includes: a high-grade resource with expansion and additional discovery potential at the Warintza copper and gold project in Ecuador; discovery potential on the grass-roots Tamarugo project in Chile and Capricho and Paco Orco projects in Peru; exposure to US$130M spending / 5-yrs through a farm-out agreement with Freeport-McMoRan on the Ricardo Project in Chile; and significant leverage to increasing copper prices through the 60%-interest in the development-stage La Verde joint-venture project with Teck Resources in Mexico.

 

Image 1 (CNW Group/Solaris Resources Inc.)

Image 2 (CNW Group/Solaris Resources Inc.)

Image 3 (CNW Group/Solaris Resources Inc.)

 

Posted September 28, 2020

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