Vancouver, BC, 21 February, 2017 — Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: MRZ, “Mirasol”) Recent exploration at the 100%-owned La Curva gold project Santa Cruz Argentina, has identified a 300 m-long zone of Au+Ag-bearing epithermal veinlets which crosscut a well-developed barren silica cap at the Cerro Chato prospect. The veinlets assay up to 10.76 g/t Au and 24 g/t Ag, and directly overlie a portion of a 1.2 km-long IP geophysical resistivity anomaly centred at shallow depths beneath the Au+Ag barren silica cap. Mirasol’s geologists interpret the veinlets as possible indications of “geochemical leakage” from a concealed zone of Au+Ag mineralization beneath the silica cap evidenced by the large IP resistivity anomaly at the Cerro Chato prospect.
La Curva is a 100% Mirasol-owned, 36,100 ha project at low attitude with excellent infrastructure on the maritime side of Santa Cruz Province. The Company has recently announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) for a JV with gold and copper producer OceanaGold Corporation (OGC) to explore and develop the project (see news release January 30, 2017). The LOI is subject to due diligence currently being completed by OGC. Mirasol has granted OGC an exclusivity period ending on March 31, 2017, to negotiate and enter into a binding JV agreement with Mirasol.
Mirasol has previously reported on the La Curva Project where the Company’s exploration has lead to the discovery of wide-spread, undrilled precious metal mineralization (Figure 1; see news releases; January 23, 2014, February 24, 2009 and April 11, 2008). Between 2008 and 2014, Mirasol conducted several phases of exploration at the project which identified the three drill-ready prospects at Cerro Chato, Loma Arthur and SouthWest; these are aligned along the 6 km-La Castora gold trend. These prospects are characterized by coincident large-scale outcropping alteration, IP geophysical anomalies, and wide-spread anomalous rock chip assays ranging up to 66.8 g/t Au. Additionally, a series of early-stage prospects have also been identified in the Curva West area where rock chip anomalies ranging up to 20.73 g/t Au and 153.6 g/t Ag are found in a prospective geological setting which warrants further exploration to define drill targets.
During December 2016, Mirasol re-initiated exploration at La Curva, initially focused on the Cerro Chato prospect where select veinlet rock chip samples were collected along recently recognized veinlet trends that transect a 500 m by 650 m silica cap (Figure 2). These veinlets are individually up to 20 cm wide, defining three parallel trends that together encompass a 300 m by 55 m wide veinlet zone. The 109 select rock-chip samples from the veinlets returned; a maximum assay of 10.76 g/t Au, an average assay of 1.21 g/t Au, and with 50 samples assaying greater than 0.5 g/t Au and 14 samples assaying greater than 2 g/t Au (Table 1). The veinlets have textures typical of the upper zones of high-grade, low-sulphidation epithermal precious vein and stockwork deposits, suggesting the potential for improving Au+Ag grades at depth beneath the silica cap.
These anomalous veinlet trends overlie a portion of a 1.2 km-long northwest-trending IP geophysical resistivity anomaly that in plan view has a northwest-trending, sigmoidal (“s”) shape (Figure 2) and in cross section has an upward flaring funnel shape, as in seen three dimensional models developed by Mirasol from the IP resistivity sections (Figure 3). The northwest-trend, plan view and cross sectional shape of the Cerro Chato IP resistivity anomaly are characteristics of a number of important Au+Ag deposits in Santa Cruz Province, where IP resistivity has been used to “map” the dimensions of Au+Ag deposits developed in large extensional faults.
Table 1: Cerro Chato Veinlet Rock Chip Assay Summary, December 2016
% of Samples
Cerro Chato hosts a number of features indicative of the presence of concealed high grade vein and bulk mineable stockwork Au+Ag mineralization, marking this prospect as a priority conceptual drill target. These include; a large-area of alteration evidenced by the silica cap, the structural fabric of Au+Ag veinlets, and a large-scale IP resistivity anomaly mapping out a potentially concealed zone of stockwork and veining. Mirasol’s exploration has developed additional compelling drill targets at Loma Arthur and SouthWest prospects at La Curva.
Mirasol is pleased to be partnering with OceanaGold at La Curva. Mirasol has initiated drill permitting of the La Curva project to facilitate a rapid first-pass drill test following the anticipated late March execution of the JV. Further updates on additional La Curva prospects will be provided as we progress toward the start of drilling at the project.
Stephen Nano, President and CEO of Mirasol, has approved the technical content of this news release and is a Qualified Person under NI 43 -101.
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All previous exploration on the projects was supervised by Mirasol CEO Stephen C. Nano, who is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101. The technical interpretations presented here are those of Mirasol Resources Ltd.
Mirasol applies industry standard exploration methodologies and techniques. All geochemical rock and drill samples are collected under the supervision of the Company’s geologists in accordance with industry practice. Geochemical assays are obtained and reported under a quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) program. Samples are dispatched to an ISO 9001:2008 accredited laboratory in Argentina for analysis. Assay results from drill core samples may be higher, lower or similar to results obtained from surface samples due to surficial oxidation and enrichment processes or due to natural geological grade variations in the primary mineralization.
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