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Mirasol Reports on Exploration Drilling of New Targets, Joaquin Silver Project, Argentina

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VANCOUVER, BC, April 16, 2012. Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: MRZ, Frankfurt: M8R) is pleased to announce the generation and drill testing of new exploration targets at the Joaquin Silver Project in Santa Cruz, Argentina, a joint venture with Coeur d’Alene Mines (“Coeur”). The new targets lie between the La Morena Main prospect where drill holes previously encountered significant gold mineralization near surface, and the newly-discovered Morena North zone. At Morena North, base metal mineralization has been intersected through blind drilling of a strong geophysical anomaly. The target area between these two mineralized areas is interpreted to be highly prospective for precious metals, and has recently been partially drill-tested..

Mirasol believes that the Joaquin Project hosts excellent exploration potential for new precious metal discoveries in addition to the drilled resources at the La Morocha and La Negra deposits (Figure 1 and Appendix A). Approximately a quarter of the property has received systematic surface exploration. Current geological knowledge of the property, based on integrated targeting, mapping and interpretation suggests that multiple ring fractures and faults form important controls on mineralization. These faults host silver-gold mineral resources at the La Morocha and La Negra deposits. Figure 1 shows all holes drilled at the Joaquin property up to DDJ-192, most of which have been previously published except for the results in holes DDJs-147, 149, 150 and 152 which are presented here.

The new Morena North mineralization was discovered by drill testing of a strong chargeability geophysical anomaly, identified by a single, isolated line of IP (pole-dipole Induced Polarization) survey conducted over a soil-covered valley. In mid-2011, three holes (DDH-147, 150 and 152) were completed, all of which intersected long intervals of base metal mineralization. Lead and zinc values occur where galena, sphalerite and pyrite, are found in stockworks, veinlets, and disseminations over a large volume of altered rock, with local silver and gold values. Considering that the geophysical anomaly is associated with significant metallic mineralization, Coeur expanded IP coverage, ultimately surveying a 3 by 3.5 kilometre area with eleven IP lines (Figure 2) that extend from Morena North to the La Morena Main prospect. La Morena Main is principally a gold prospect defined by outcropping gold-silver anomalies, initially scout drilled in October 2008. The longest mineralized intercept to date returned 37.7 metres of 1.08 g/t gold with 4 g/t silver in DDJ-14 (Table 1, Figure 3). DDJ-10 returned the highest grade intercept of 0.9 metre containing 11.96 g/t gold and 13 g/t silver. New hole DDJ-149 and six previously reported La Morena Main holes are characterized by gold values with variable silver content. Base metals were not assayed but are believed to be low, based on visual observations of the core.

The initial three holes at Morena North returned individual core assays as high as 18.2% lead, 14.3% zinc, 91 g/t silver g/t and 1.42 g/t gold, clearly demonstrating the polymetallic nature of the mineralization (Figure 3). Using a 20 g/t silver equivalent cut-off, based on silver and gold with no credit for base metals, the best precious metal intercept is 1.5 metre of 69 g/t silver equivalent (Table 1). Using a 0.5 percent lead plus zinc cut-off, these holes define numerous intercepts with a best intercept of 3.2 metres of 32 g/t silver, 5.09% lead and 4.88% zinc (Appendices B and C). However when the numerous individual intercepts at 0.5% lead plus zinc cut-off are combined, the true large-scale nature of mineralization becomes apparent, as all three holes have long intercepts of 79.0, 131.5, and 211.4 metres’ core length with very similar grades of about 0.28% lead and 0.38% zinc (Table 2 and Figure 3b). DDJ-152 contains the longest intercept of 0.62 percent combined lead plus zinc over 211.4 metres of core length.

Table 1. Joaquin Silver Project — Morena North and La Morena Main Drilling – Silver Equivalent Intercepts.
 

Drill Hole

Intercept

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Intercept
length
(metres)

Core
Recv.
(%)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

AgEQ
(g/t)

AgEQ gram
meter
product

Morena North

DDJ-147

 

236.0

237.5

1.5

96%

69

69

104

DDJ-150

no significant silver equivalent intercepts

DDJ-152

 

247.6

248.0

0.4

98%

1.42

92

35

La Morena Main

DDJ-149

1st

19.0

20.0

1.0

94%

2.23

145

145

And

2nd

43.0

45.0

2.0

99%

0.60

39

78

DDJ-09*

1st

21.0

30.2

9.2

97%

2

1.16

78

715

And

2nd

46.3

48.0

1.7

99%

2

0.57

39

66

And

3rd

55.0

58.2

3.2

100%

3

1.72

115

367

DDJ-10*

1st

32.2

36.0

3.8

98%

6

0.51

39

146

And

2nd

66.9

70.3

3.4

81%

2

2.56

168

566

And

3rd

81.3

82.2

0.9

99%

13

11.96

790

711

DDJ-11*

1st

110.7

114.5

3.8

99%

15

0.62

56

213

And

2nd

120.0

124.6

4.6

100%

1

0.49

34

155

And

3rd

132.1

133.5

1.4

99%

17

1.79

134

191

DDJ-12*

 

71.7

74.0

2.3

97%

1

0.67

44

103

DDJ-14*

 

22.8

60.5

37.7

91%

4

1.08

74

2,785

including*

 

27.2

29.5

2.3

98%

3

3.03

200

460

Also including*

 

45.8

48.1

2.3

97%

6

3.91

261

600

Also including*

 

57.2

60.5

3.3

70%

5

1.80

122

402

DDJ-63*

1st

169.0

175.0

6.0

79%

9

0.71

55

333

including*

 

172.0

174.0

2.0

72%

16

1.47

111

222

DDJ-63*

2nd

202.0

206.0

4.0

95%

23

0.75

72

288

including*

 

204.5

206.0

1.6

96%

51

1.10

122

189

  • Silver equivalent is calculated as AgEQ g/t = Ag g/t + 65 x Au g/t. Metallurgical recoveries are unknown and therefore assumed to be 100%.
  • Primary intersections are calculated at a cut-off grade of 20 g/t with some internal dilution allowed at the discretion of the project’s Qualified Person.
  • “Included” intersections are calculated at a 50 g/t or higher cut-off grade.
  • Reported grades are not capped.
  • Estimated true widths have not been calculated and the AgEq gram metre product is thus based on the uncorrected core lengths of the intercepts
  • * denotes previously published


Mapping by Coeur geologists suggests that Morena North is located near the margin of a large felsic dome. The dome is interpreted to be the heat source that produced metal zoning. Mirasol believes that there is metal zoning from a distal gold-rich area at La Morena Main, to the newly-discovered, proximal, base metal-rich area at Morena North, and that the intervening zone is highly prospective for silver and/or gold for a distance of 950 metres. The dimensions of the mineralized system indicated by the initial three Morena North drill holes cover a minimum of 150 metres perpendicular to the drill holes, by 110 metres between holes, by 100 metres in depth, and it is open in all directions (Figure 3). The IP chargeability anomaly suggests that sulphide mineralization could be present over an area of 400 by 1,000 metres. Ground magnetic data show a strong magnetic lineament that links Morena North with La Morena Main (Figure 2 and Figure 3), which parallels the northwest regional ring fractures (Figure 1). It is cut by a northeast-trending lineament, which provides a highly prospective structural junction. Coeur has tested the prospective junction area with five drill holes for which results are pending.

Table 2. Joaquin Silver Project – Diamond Drilling Intercepts Morena North
 

Drill Hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Intercept
length
(metres)

Core
Recv. (%)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

Pb (%)

Zn (%)

Pb+Zn (%)

DDJ-147

107.00

238.50

131.50

98%

1

0.00

0.29

0.38

0.67

DDJ-1501

100.00

179.00

79.00

99%

1

0.00

0.26

0.36

0.62

DDJ-1522

53.90

265.25

211.35

99%

1

0.02

0.25

0.37

0.62

1. 5.0m of the above interval was not sampled and was included at zero grade.
2. 44.86 m of the above interval was not sampled and was included at zero grade.

  • Combined intersections are the length weighted average of the Primary intersections as defined below
  • Primary intersections are calculated at a cut-off grade of 0.5 percent lead plus zinc with the combined intercept of all the primary intercepts also shown for each hole – any unsampled material in the combined intercept was included at zero grade. See Appendix B for details
  • Reported grades are not capped.
  • Estimated true widths have not been calculated as the shape of the mineralized body is unclear

The IP survey also indicated other anomalies that warrant drill testing (Figure 2). Within the mapped dome, Coeur drilled a fence of holes (DDJ-292, 294 and 295) across an IP chargeability anomaly of moderate intensity. Mirasol’s Qualified Person (QP) viewed the core from this fence of holes; mineralization was not observed and the IP anomaly remains unexplained. At the time of the QP’s visit, hole DDJ-297 was being drilled further to the east towards where a narrow hydrothermal breccia crops out and two rock chip samples collected contained 297 and 459 g/t silver with 2.07 and 2.4 g/t gold, respectively. Hole DDJ-297 had not yet reached the target depth. Other large IP anomalies have not been tested; of particular interest is the large, strong and open chargeability IP anomaly to the east of the La Morena Main gold occurrence (Figure 2).

The Joaquin Project is a joint venture between Mirasol and Coeur d’Alene Mines (“Coeur”). Coeur is the operator with a vested 51% interest in the project and has elected to proceed to increase its equity to 61% by funding all expenditures through to the delivery of a feasibility study. Coeur has completed drilling of expansion and infill holes at the La Negra and La Morocha deposits to define and expand existing in-pit resources of 19.7 million silver ounces in the indicated category and 47.6 million ounces of silver in the inferred category (Appendix A). Coeur anticipates completion of a new resource estimate by mid-2012.

Mirasol believes that continued exploration of new targets at the Joaquin Project is important. During a recent Coeur d’Alene Mines’ quarterly webcast, Don Birak, Senior Vice President of Exploration, stated with respect to Joaquin: “We only have really explored a small part of this large 24,000 acre hectare property and we look forward to new efforts on both the feasibility and exploration fronts”. Mirasol concurs that Joaquin warrants significant exploration focus on discovery of new silver-gold deposits, in addition to feasibility-track work that Coeur is undertaking at the La Negra and La Morocha deposits.

Coeur has now commenced an aggressive program of exploration drilling using two drills with the first holes from La Morena reported here. Other exploration drilling is planned for targets at Morocha West, Morocha NW, La Negra NW, and Cañadon Sur targets.

For further information, contact:

Mary L. Little
President and CEO
Tel: (604) 602-9989: Fax: (604) 609-9946
Email: contact@mirasolresources.com
Website: www.mirasolresources.com

About Mirasol Resources

Mirasol Resources Ltd. is a prospect generation exploration company focused on the discovery of new, high-potential precious metals deposits in the Americas. Mirasol currently holds 100% of the rights of twenty silver-gold exploration prospects, including eight advanced exploration stage precious metals properties located in Santa Cruz Province of southern Argentina. These include the Virginia Silver Project, where near-surface, high grade oxidized silver mineralization has been defined. The company operates subsidiary companies in Argentina and Chile, holds the Rubi copper-gold porphyry property, strategically located in the El Salvador district of northern Chile, and is engaged in generative exploration in prospective regions elsewhere in the Americas.

Qualified Person

Paul G. Lhotka, Principal Geologist for Mirasol, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 who has approved the technical content of this news release.

Appendix A
Resources – Joaquin Project (100% of Project)

Mineral Type
and Category

Ktonnes

Silver
g/t

Contained
Koz Silver

Gold
g/t

Contained
Koz Gold

Oxides

Indicated

6,785

77.7

16,952

0.16

34

Inferred

11,128

86.6

30,989

0.09

32

 

Sulphides

Indicated

419

203.5

2,741

0.16

2

Inferred

2,667

197.8

16,963

0.12

10

 

Total of Oxides & Sulphides

Indicated

7,204

85.0

19,693

0.16

36

Inferred

13,794

108.1

47,952

0.10

43

Effective April 2010. Metal prices used were US$20 /oz Ag and US$1,300 oz/Au.
Oxide mineral resources estimated using a cut-off grade of 33 g/t Ag Eq and sulphide mineral resources
with a cut-off of 51.9 g/t Ag Eq. within Whittle(r) surface mine designs.
Ag Eq (silver equivalent) = Ag grade in grams per tonne + Au grade in grams per tonne x 65.
Mineral resources estimated by the consulting firm of NCL Ingeniería y Construcción Ltda. in Santiago, Chile.
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves have not demonstrated economic viability

Appendix B
Joaquin Silver Project – Regional Drilling Intercepts Morena North

Drill Hole

From
(metres)

To
(metres)

Intercept
length
(metres)

Silver
(g/t)

Gold
(g/t)

Pb
(%)

Zn
(%)

Pb+Zn
(%)

DDJ-147

107.00

238.50

131.50

1

0.00

0.29

0.38

0.67

Combined intercept of all the primary intercepts that follow.
All of the above interval was sampled.

Including

107.00

112.00

5.00

0

0.00

0.27

0.92

1.20

Including

127.00

128.00

1.00

6

0.00

2.97

2.14

5.11

Including

157.00

160.00

3.00

2

0.00

0.56

1.72

2.28

Including

167.00

171.00

4.00

1

0.00

0.24

0.82

1.06

Including

179.00

182.00

3.00

0

0.00

1.23

0.81

2.04

Including

198.20

200.10

1.90

0

0.00

0.28

1.05

1.33

Including

210.50

211.50

1.00

0

0.00

1.59

0.09

1.68

Including

221.00

224.00

3.00

0

0.00

0.23

0.89

1.13

Including

224.80

227.00

2.20

6

0.00

0.82

1.04

1.86

Including

235.30

238.50

3.20

47

0.00

5.09

4.88

9.66

DDJ-150

100.00

179.00

79.00

1

0.00

0.26

0.36

0.62

Combined intercept of all the primary intercepts that follow.
5.0m of the above interval was not sampled and was included at zero grade.

Including

100.00

102.00

2.00

0

0.00

1.41

2.73

4.14

Including

106.00

108.00

2.00

0

0.00

0.48

0.16

0.64

Including

118.00

120.00

2.00

3

0.00

0.44

4.00

4.44

Including

126.00

127.00

1.00

0

0.00

0.21

0.90

1.12

Including

142.00

149.00

7.00

1

0.04

0.41

0.75

1.16

Including

161.00

162.00

1.00

15

0.00

4.00

0.77

4.77

Including

168.00

175.00

7.00

0

0.00

0.36

0.36

0.72

Including

177.00

179.00

2.00

0

0.00

1.16

0.14

1.30

DDJ-152

53.90

265.25

221.35

1

0.02

0.25

0.37

0.62

Combined intercept of all the primary intercepts that follow.
53.06 m of the above interval was not sampled and was included at zero grade.

Including

53.90

54.20

0.30

9

0.00

2.37

3.49

5.86

Including

56.10

56.50

0.40

9

0.00

0.90

3.54

4.44

Including

67.00

67.50

0.50

0

0.00

0.34

0.40

0.74

Including

81.30

82.20

0.90

0

0.00

0.40

6.71

7.11

Including

84.00

85.00

1.00

0

0.00

0.44

0.79

1.22

Including

85.80

86.10

0.30

0

0.00

0.55

2.57

3.12

Including

92.50

92.70

0.20

5

0.00

1.94

5.11

7.05

Including

98.50

99.00

0.50

0

0.00

0.15

0.44

0.60

Including

107.00

108.50

1.50

0

0.00

0.28

0.40

0.68

Including

109.70

112.00

2.30

0

0.00

0.45

1.47

1.91

Including

117.00

118.00

1.00

0

0.01

0.39

0.48

0.87

Including

119.00

119.50

0.50

0

0.01

0.29

0.80

1.09

Including

120.75

122.50

1.75

0

0.01

0.27

0.55

0.82

Including

139.00

140.50

1.50

0

0.00

0.21

0.47

0.68

Including

145.00

146.00

1.00

0

0.00

0.32

0.58

0.90

Including

149.75

151.50

1.75

2

0.00

0.65

1.40

2.05

Including

158.50

159.00

0.50

0

0.00

0.67

0.03

0.69

Including

168.40

169.00

0.60

0

0.00

0.43

0.57

1.00

Including

170.50

177.60

7.10

5

0.05

1.77

1.00

2.77

Including

179.20

180.00

0.80

0

0.06

0.39

1.11

1.50

Including

183.00

187.00

4.00

0

0.01

0.43

0.96

1.39

Including

206.70

208.00

1.30

0

0.00

1.69

0.71

2.40

Including

218.40

218.75

0.35

13

0.00

2.66

0.96

3.62

Including

223.40

226.50

3.10

3

0.20

0.65

0.68

1.33

Including

263.00

265.25

2.25

0

0.00

0.43

1.05

1.49

  • Primary intersections are calculated at a cut-off grade of 0.5 percent lead plus zinc with the combined intercept of all the primary intercepts also shown for each hole – any unsampled material in the combined intercept was included at zero grade.
  • Reported grades are not capped.
  • Estimated true widths have not been calculated as the shape of the mineralized body is unclear

 

Appendix C
La Morena and Morena North – Locations of Previously Unpublished Holes

Hole
ID

E
GKCI

N
GKCI

Elevation
m

Az
degrees

Dip
degrees

Length
m

DDJ-147

2,451,828.4

4,679,591.9

816.1

247.40

-45.2

250.00

DDJ-149

2,452,493.7

4,678,225.8

852.5

252.00

-45.4

186.80

DDJ-150

2,451,758.7

4,679,569.9

817.1

240.40

-45.4

180.00

DDJ-152

2,451,888.2

4,679,512.1

813.9

240.40

-46.3

290.00

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