Solaris Resources Inc. (TSX-V: SLS) is pleased to report assay results for the first hole from the ongoing 40,000 metre diamond drill program at its Warintza Project in south-eastern Ecuador. This is the first drill program made possible in nearly 20 years at Warintza and 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.
Mr. Jorge Fierro, Vice President, Exploration, commented, “We are very pleased to have intersected a long interval of consistent, high grade porphyry mineralization from surface on the first-ever deep hole drilled on this property. The hole was collared within the footprint of Warintza Central, but greatly extends mineralization to depth before terminating in a barren dyke. As expected, no significant values of deleterious elements were detected in assaying.”
Mr. Daniel Earle, President & CEO, commented, “We are delighted to report the results of the first drill hole completed on the Warintza Project in nearly 20 years, an achievement made possible through the Strategic Alliance with the Warints and Yawi indigenous communities that forms the foundation of social support for this project. With this result, we have begun to write a fitting epilogue to David Lowell’s legendary career.”
Warintza Central is presently defined by a pit-optimized Mineral Resource estimate of 124 Million tonnes of Inferred Resources grading 0.56% Cu, 0.03% Mo and 0.1 g/t Au (0.70% CuEq)(2), 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.
|Drill Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Cu (%)||Mo (%)||Au (g/t)||CuEq(³) (%)|
|Grades are uncut and true widths have not been determined.|
|Drill Hole||Datum||Easting||Northing||Elevation (m)||Depth
|Azimuth (degrees)||Dip (degrees)|
|(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.
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.
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