La Curva

  • Property Type

    LSE Gold Silver Project


    36,100 ha


    Available for Partnership

    Exploration Stage

    Pre-discovery drilling, metallurgy, induced polarization (IP) and magnetic geophysical surveys, soil sampling, and rock sampling


    • Located in the prolific Deseado Massif of Santa Cruz province, southern Argentina
    • Located at low elevation in an area with favorable infrastructure on the western side of Santa Cruz province

    The La Curva gold project in Santa Cruz hosts multiple prospects along the six-kilometer La Castora gold trend and additional prospects in the Curva West area. The La Curva project forms part of a newly recognized low sulphidation precious metal district within the Deseado epithermal province which contains multiple operating multi million-ounce gold and silver mines.

    The project was under an option to joint venture agreement with OceanaGold from May 2017 to March 2019.

  • Exploration

    In 2008, Mirasol has discovered multiple surface gold occurrences hosted in quartz vein structures and breccias at La Curva and initiated detailed ground magnetic and IP/resistivity surveys at the Cerro Arthur prospect. Later, more extensive exploration and geophysical programs were implemented and identified three key target areas: Cerro Chato, Loma Arthur and South West.

    In 2017, Mirasol entered into an exploration agreement with OceanaGold under which C$3.7 million in exploration expenditures was incurred on the project and 6,250 m in 36 holes drilled.

    Phase I drilling at the La Curva Castora trend provided an initial test of three prospects: Cerro Chato, Loma Arthur and SouthWest.

    This drilling campaign has intersected widespread pervasive argillic alteration, silicification and Au+Ag mineralization indicative of a low-sulfidation epithermal gold system. Mineralization is developed as a series of veinlet zones within the structurally prepared welded ignimbrite wall rock, as disseminations within laminated water lain sediments and as matrix fills in phreatomagmatic and dome margin autobreccia bodies. Preliminary geological interpretation suggests the Castora Trend prospects represent a series of intrusive dome related maar diatreme breccias.

    Assay results from Phase I drilling confirm the presence of a large mineralized system within the Castora trend with broad zones of anomalous Au+Ag intersected including:

    • 47.9 m at 0.48 g/t Au and 2.1 g/t Ag (CC-DDH-01)
    • 106.2 m at 0.61 g/t Au and 2.7 g/t Ag (SW-DDH-02)

    The better downhole intersections at a 0.3 AuEq 60* g/t cut off include:

    • 19.65 m grading 0.72 g/t Au and 2.6 g/t Ag, including 0.80 m grading 6.12 g/t Au and 18.6 g/t Ag, and 5.75 m grading 1.24 g/t Au, and 2.0 g/t Ag, including 0.85 m grading 5.99 g/t Au and 5.9 g/t Ag (CC-DDH-01),
    • 13.00 m grading 1.22 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Ag, including 7.4 m grading 1.81 g/t Au and 0.7 g/t Ag (LA-DDH-04),
    • 6.20 m grading 2.33 g/t Au and 31.1 g/t Ag, including 1.80 m grading 6.88 g/t Au and 84.9 g/t Ag, and 26.7 m grading 0.82 g/t Au and 2.2 g/t Ag, including 1.45 m grading 3.50 g/t Au and 11.3 g/t Ag (SW-DDH-02).

    Two distinct stages of gold mineralization are recognized:

    Stage 1: This stage is characterized by broad zones (up to 106.2 m downhole) of lower-grade, early quartz-pyrite.

    Stage 2: This is a later, overprinting phase of higher-grade multi-pulse epithermal veins and veinlets with individual assays up to 0.8 m grading 12.72 g/t Au and 145.4 g/t Ag (SW-DDH-02).

    The Phase II program of diamond core and reverse circulation drilling completed in late 2018 at the project, totalled 3,227.8 m in 17 holes, testing targets at the Curva West prospect and the Castora Trend’s Cerro Chato, SouthWest and Pison prospects. Encouraging anomalous Au+Ag intersections were returned at the 3 Castora trend prospects, with best results received from SouthWest drill holes SW-DDH-08, 09 and SW-RC-01, and Cerro Chato drill hole CC-DDH-010:

    • SW-DDH-08: 20 m at 0.97 g/t Au and 1.9 g/t Ag,
      • Including, 5.50 m at 2.11 g/t Au and 4.3 g/t Ag
    • SW-DDH-09: 135.6 m at 0.54 g/t Au and 3.8 g/t Ag,
      • Including, 0.60 m at 12.95 g/t Au and 220.0 g/t Ag,
      • 5.40 m at 1.55 g/t Au and 10.4 g/t Ag, and
      • 1.05 m at 10.72 g/t Au and 60.0 g/t Ag
    • SW-RC-01: 60 m at 0.43 g/t Au and 6.6 g/t Ag,
      • Including, 3.0 m at 3.62 g/t Au and 54.3 g/t Ag
    • CC-DDH-010: 26.3 m at 0.56 g/t Au and 10.7 g/t Ag
      • Including, 0.45 m at 24.1 g/t Au and 87.3 g/t Ag.

    Results from all drilling to date and surface geology at SouthWest, outline an NW oriented 1,100 m long and up to 300 m wide target zone for Au+Ag mineralization. Cross sections through this target, show grades vector to depth and to the north, towards a large NW striking normal fault that may have acted as a “feeder structure” to mineralization. This structure represents a compelling drill target for higher grade Au+Ag mineralization.

    Nine samples weighing up to 1 kg, composited from mineralized drill assay pulps from the SouthWest and Cerro Chato prospects, were assayed via the LeachWELLTM process, as an initial test of cyanide recoverable gold characteristics of the main styles of mineralization recognized to date.

    Encouraging gold recoveries were received from the SouthWest prospect with 93.9% gold recovery achieved from banded epithermal vein style mineralization and an average 69.5% from Mineralization Style 2, breccia matrix mineralization (with an average of 73.6% recovery from all samples for the prospect). The banded epithermal vein style mineralization at Cerro Chato returned a gold recovery of 98.58%, however, recoveries for Style 1 sulfide veinlet and breccia matrix mineralization were much lower at the Cerro Chato prospect, averaging 26.2%.

    Petrographic analysis of the different styles of mineralization confirm free gold and ruby silver (proustite-pyrargyrite) are consistently present in the banded vein mineralization at Cerro Chato and SouthWest, and also present in the Style 2 breccia matrix mineralization at SouthWest, correlating with the samples showing better cyanide leachable gold recovery. Further exploration at La Curva will be directed toward drill targets where these metallurgically more favourable styles of mineralization are dominant.

    * AuEq60 is the sum of the value of gold and silver in a given interval represented as a gold equivalent g/t value calculated via the formula: Au assay in g/t + (silver assay in g/t ÷ 60)

  • March 22, 2019
    Termination of the Option Agreements for La Curva and Claudia Projects

    March 4, 2019
    Mirasol Announces Assay Results from the Second Drill Program and Results from Initial Gold Leach Recovery Tests from the La Curva OceanaGold JV

    September 19, 2018
    Mirasol Reports Encouraging Exploration Results from Curva West Prospect and Prepares Second Season Drill Program at the OceanaGold La Curva Joint Venture

    February 28, 2018
    Mirasol Announces Assay Results from the Phase I Drilling Campaign at the La Curva OceanaGold JV, Santa Cruz, Argentina

    October 26, 2017
    Mirasol Commences 2,500 m Drilling campaign at La Curva, Santa Cruz, Argentina

    May 25, 2017
    Mirasol and OceanaGold Sign Definitive Exploration Option Agreement for the La Curva Gold Project, Santa Cruz, Argentina

    February 21, 2017
    Mirasol Upgrades La Curva Project with New Gold-Silver Rock Chip Results from Cerro Chato Drill Target, Santa Cruz Argentina

    January 30, 2017
    Mirasol Signs Letter of Intent with OceanaGold Corporation for La Curva Project, Santa Cruz, Argentina

    January 23, 2014
    Mirasol advances La Curva gold project with geophysics and surface gold results at Cerro Chato drill target

    February 24, 2009
    Mirasol’s La Curva Project Returns High-Grade Gold Values and New Disseminated Gold Potential

    April 11, 2008
    Mirasol Announces High Grade Gold Results from the Curva Project

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