VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: MRZ) (OTCPK: MRZLF) (the “Company” or “Mirasol”) is pleased to announce it has entered into a binding letter of intent (“LOI”) with Golden Arrow Resources Corporation (TSX-V: GRG) (“Golden Arrow”) granting to Golden Arrow an option (the “Option”) to acquire a 75% undivided interest in Mirasol’s Libanesa project (“Libanesa”) in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. Under the terms of the LOI, Golden Arrow may exercise the Option by incurring certain exploration expenditures and making staged cash payments over six years.
Mirasol’s President, Tim Heenan stated: “Libanesa is an advanced exploration project with multiple attractive drill targets. Golden Arrow has been a successful explorer in Argentina for well over a decade and will be a strong partner to advance Libanesa. Mirasol is securing the permits necessary for the start of exploration during H2 2021.”
Summary of Terms
Under the terms of the LOI, Mirasol will grant Golden Arrow an option to earn a 75% interest in Libanesa over six years (the “Option Period”) by:
incurring exploration expenditures totaling US$4,000,000
US$500,000 per year during the first 2 years; and
US$750,000 per year thereafter.
making cash payments to Mirasol totaling US$1,000,000
US$100,000 to be paid on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th anniversaries;
US$250,000 on the 5th anniversary; and
US$450,000 on the 6th anniversary.
The initial US$500,000 in exploration expenditures is a firm commitment, but it may be incurred over 24 months instead of 12 months, if the required exploration permits are not in place by October 2021. In addition, Golden Arrow is required to complete a minimum of 2,000m of drilling by the end of the second year. Golden Arrow will be the operator during the Option Period.
Upon completion of the option, Mirasol and Golden Arrow will hold 25% and 75%, respectively, in a participating JV company holding Libanesa. If either party’s equity interest is diluted below 10%, it will convert to a 2% net smelter return royalty.
The transaction contemplated in the LOI is subject to customary due diligence and the finalization of a definitive agreement. Mirasol has granted Golden Arrow a 90-day exclusivity period.
Libanesa is a 14,500 ha Ag-Au (Pb) project, discovered and staked by Mirasol. It is located at the north eastern margin of the Deseado Massif Au-Ag metallogenic province, approximately 70 km west from the port of Puerto Deseado, 40 km northwest of the Cerro Moro Mine operated by Yamana Gold and 100 km northeast of the Don Nicolas mine operated by Cerrado Gold.
Libanesa is a drill ready project hosting several diversified geological, geochemical and geophysical supported drill targets. Cerro Plomo is the principal target and is characterized by a well mineralized Au/Ag hydrothermal breccia that is exposed at surface, and supported by both chargeability and resistivity geophysical anomalies at depth. Peripheral polymetallic veins at the Libanesa Main prospect represent secondary targets and are supported by strong base metal +/- Au mineralization. The Lagunita prospect is a third prospective zone, which has reported some encouraging rock chip Au values from more typical low sulfidation type epithermal veins and breccias. This prospect requires additional surface exploration to vector into the potentially better mineralized parts of this extensive vein system, where intermittent vein occurrences, outcropping/subcropping through post mineral cover, have been mapped over a strike length of at least 2.3 km.
Libanesa Main prospect:
The Libanesa Main prospect lies along a dilational northwest structure and within a north-northwest corridor bounded by large-scale transfer faults that are clearly identified by the ground magnetic surveys. The main outcropping geological unit comprises partially welded and massive, crystal-rich, rhyolitic flow tuffs intruded by an andesitic to trachytic dike swarm that displays a radial distribution.
The principal target at Libanesa Main is the Cerro Plomo hydrothermal breccia pipe, which is approximatively 50m in diameter and forms an obvious geomorphic positive relief feature at this prospect. The Cerro Plomo breccia pipe has returned strong Au/Ag mineralization from both rock chip sampling and trench sampling (see Table 1, Figure 3 and 4), displaying a geochemical signature characterized by an Ag(±Au)-base metal association. A trenching program completed to explore under shallow lacustrine sediments confirmed the continuity of the mineralization, which remains open under a clay pan (dry lake) to the south. Highlighted results from the trench sampling include:
6m at 0.8 g/t Au, 243.8 g/t Ag and 0.4% Pb
10.5m at 0.98 g/t Au, 53.4 g/t Ag and 0.9% Pb
11m at 1.21 g/t Au, 13.5 g/t Ag and 1.4% Pb
These positive geochemical results are coincident with shallow and deep-seated geophysical anomalies below the Cerro Plomo target that are defined by the Magnetotellurics (MT) and Audio MT (AMT) geophysical surveys completed by Mirasol (2009/2010 and 2019), further strengthening the target.
In addition, a series of epithermal polymetallic veins (Bajo Aspero, Anibal, NE Zone), located peripheral and outboard from the Cerro Plomo breccia system, and associated with patchy argillic/pyritic alteration, have returned a strong Ag-Au-Pb-Zn and As-Sb-Te geochemical signature. Notably, the Au values do not correlate well with other metals, but Ag values are strongly correlated with Pb, Cu and Sb (+/-As,Te). This distribution of mineralization suggests the presence of at least two mineralization events related to the polymetallic veins and the Cerro Plomo hydrothermal breccia at the Libanesa Main prospect.
The Lagunita prospect, located approximately 6 km north of Cerro Plomo, is a 10 km2 erosional window exposed through the quaternary gravel cover, where reconnaissance prospecting has identified multiple quartz veining and structural breccia occurrences. The local geology is comprised of small outcrops of Jurassic aged fine ash, rhyolitic tuffs, andesitic dykes and minor calcareous rocks. A strong northwest structural trend appears to focus pervasive silicification and emplacement of crystalline, drusy and saccharoidal quartz veinlets. At Lagunita, rock chip geochemistry returned good Au values (see Table 1) with lower Ag values and base metals including Pb, Zn and Cu, thus displaying a more typical low sulfidation epithermal signature and clearly distinguishing the Lagunita veins from the breccias and polymetallic veins located at the Libanesa Main prospect.
Table 1: Au and Ag geochemistry result statistics
Libanesa Peripheral veins
127 Rock Chip Samples
> 25 g/t Ag
> 0.5 g/t Au
> 25 g/t Ag
> 0.1 g/t Au
- % of total
- % of total
- # of Samples
- # of Samples
*Surface rock chip sampling (40) and the detailed trench samples (107)
** The average excludes isolated 18 g/t sample
255 Rock Chip Samples
> 25 g/t Ag
> 0.5 g/t Au
- % of total
- # of Samples
About Mirasol Resources Ltd
Mirasol is a well-funded exploration company focused in Chile and Argentina. Mirasol has seven partner-funded projects, two with Newcrest Mining Ltd (Chile), and one with each First Quantum Minerals (Chile), Mine Discovery Fund (Chile), Mineria Activa (Chile), Silver Sands Resources (Argentina), and Patagonia Gold (Argentina). Mirasol is currently self-funding exploration at two projects, Inca Gold (Chile) and Sacha Marcelina (Argentina).
For further information, contact:
Tim Heenan, President
Jonathan Rosset, VP Corporate Development
Qualified Person Statement: Mirasol’s disclosure of technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Tim Heenan (MAIG), the President for the Company, who serves as a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.
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