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Positive Infill Drilling Continues at the Marimaca Oxide Deposit

·12 min read
Marimaca Copper Corp.
Marimaca Copper Corp.

Figure 1

Plan View 2022 Infill Drilling at MOD with Current Release Results
Plan View 2022 Infill Drilling at MOD with Current Release Results

Figure 2

3D Section, Looking North, 2022 Infill Drilling with 2020 PEA Pit Shell
3D Section, Looking North, 2022 Infill Drilling with 2020 PEA Pit Shell

Figure 3

3D Section, Looking East, MOD Depth (MAMIX) Extensions with 2020 PEA Pit Shell
3D Section, Looking East, MOD Depth (MAMIX) Extensions with 2020 PEA Pit Shell

Figure 4

3D Section and Plan View, North-East High Grade Extensions, 2020 PEA Pit Shell with 0.4% CuT MRE Grade Shell
3D Section and Plan View, North-East High Grade Extensions, 2020 PEA Pit Shell with 0.4% CuT MRE Grade Shell

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marimaca Copper Corp. (“Marimaca Copper” or the “Company”) (TSX: MARI) is pleased to announce results from a further thirteen (13) reverse circulation (RC) drill holes, totaling 2,910m, from the 2022 infill drilling campaign at the Marimaca Oxide Deposit (“MOD”).

Similar to the previously released results (see release from March 28, 2022 and May 10, 2022), these holes confirmed the mineralized zones as interpreted in the existing Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) (released December 2019) area for the MOD, and, in several cases, extended mineralization outside the 2019 MRE block model or encountered higher grades than expected. Deeper drilling in the centre of the deposit continues to highlight the excellent continuity of the newly discovered MAMIX zone at depth.

Highlights

  • Drilling continues to highlight excellent continuity of the mineralized system from surface to depths of nearly 500m

  • Several holes confirm extension potential outside the historical MRE limits

    • Deeper drilling continues to define broad depth extensions in the MAMIX zone with better grades at depth

    • East and northeastern extensions to the MOD identified in MAR-140, MAR-146, MAR-147 and MAR-148

  • Infill drilling grades continue to surprise to the upside

    • MAR-149 intersected 190m @ 0.39% CuT from 2m including 126m @ 0.53% CuT from 2m

      • Zone previously interpreted in MRE to be in the range of 0.10-0.30% CuT

      • Result is supported by MAR-148 which intersected 70m @ 0.34% CuT from 20m

  • MAR-145A intersected 462m of 0.31% CuT from 8m

    • Bottom of the hole intersected 76m of 0.50% CuT ending in mineralization and remains open at depth

  • ATR-110 intersected 438m of 0.24% CuT from 2m

    • Bottom of the hole intersected 76m of 0.60% CuT from 364m to 440m

  • ATR-111 intersected 262m of 0.41% CuT from 2m

Sergio Rivera, VP Exploration of Marimaca Copper, commented:

“Once again, we are impressed by the remarkable continuity and predictability of the MOD. Drilling intersected mineralization at the expected depths in all drill holes as well as extending mineralization in several areas.

“Grades observed in the drilling campaign continue to surprise on the upside, which is a phenomenon we have experienced in our previous infill drilling programs. We note infill holes MAR-148 and MAR-149, which are in an area previously interpolated in the MRE to be lower grade material in the range of 0.1% to 0.3% CuT. Both intersected broad zones of green oxide, mixed and enriched materials with MAR-149 encountering 126m of 0.53% CuT from 2m and MAR-148 returning 70m of 0.34% CuT from 20m. These results are a significant improvement in grade from the MRE interpolations and have positive implications for average grade in the area and could even enable some lower grade areas, previously stranded, to be captured in the updated mine plans.

“The MAMIX zone also continues to show good continuity and our confidence in it is growing. MAR-145A and ATR-110 both intersected the MAMIX zone at the expected depth and with strong grades providing approximately 150m of vertical (200m downhole) depth extension beyond the limits of the 2020 PEA pit limits.

“Several drill holes on the eastern flank of the deposit offer the strong possibility of extending the MRE, a result which has been consistently seen across the first 6,300m of infill drilling. We look forward to the updated MRE which will provide an indication of the scale increase we can expect for the MOD.”

Overview of Drilling Campaign Objectives and Results

Marimaca’s 2022 drilling campaign consists of 22,500m of planned infill drilling of the MOD and an additional 10,000m of drilling of the MAMIX zone, the depth extension of the MOD (see press releases dated February 9, 2022, and January 20, 2022). The objective of these programs is to convert the MOD’s existing Inferred Resource to Measured and Indicated (“M&I”) categories, as well as growing the M&I resource inventory through infill drilling of the MAMIX discovery made in 2021 (see press release dated October 14, 2021). The initial results of the infill program (see press releases dated March 28, May 10 and May 19 2022) extended the known mineralized envelope, especially along the southern margin of the deposit and encountered grades above those interpreted in previous MREs.

The current results (refer to Figure 1) have confirmed the geological and resource modelling, with mineralization encountered in the expected areas. Once again, there have been positive surprises. Several zones encountered grades exceeding expectations in the MRE models and interpretation, with zones extending well beyond the previously interpreted mineralized envelope on the eastern flank of the MOD around holes MAR-140, MAR-146, MAR-147 and MAR-148.

Figure 1: Plan View 2022 Infill Drilling at MOD with Current Release Resultshttps://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/dfd31ad7-5ed2-4488-9446-f0d973e52796 

Drill holes MAR-140, MAR-146, MAR-147 and MAR-148 are all located on the eastern and north-eastern flank of the deposit, an area which was previously interpreted to be of lower grade and with limited opportunities for resource expansion. Holes MAR-140, MAR-146 and MAR-147 all intersected broad zones of mineralization which extend well outside the limits of the previous MRE and PEA pit shell. These are expected to have positive implications for future MRE and mine plans.

Figure 2: 3D Section, Looking North, 2022 Infill Drilling with 2020 PEA Pit Shell: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0c50f6ab-e37b-45db-b10c-8014f53ed86b

Figure 3 helps visualize drill holes MAR-145A and ATR-110, which are both located in the center of the MOD and intersected nearly 500m of mineralized column from surface to the bottom of the holes. The drill holes were notable for the consistency of mineralization downhole, further underpinning the deposit’s amenability to bulk tonnage mining methods. Both holes also intersected the higher grade MAMIX depth extension at depth, which provides further support for the continuity of this zone.

MAR-145A intersected 462m of 0.32% CuT from 8m as part of a fully intact oxide mineralized horizon. The hole ended in mineralization, with the intersection of 76m of 0.5% CuT material from 394m until the end of the hole, interpreted to be the extension of the previously defined MAMIX zone.

ATR-110, which is located approximately 100m step out from MAR-145A, also intersected over 400m of continuously mineralized column from 2m. Similar to MAR-145A, it also intersected the interpreted MAMIX zone at the expected depth, intersecting 76m of 0.6% CuT material from 364m until 440m.

The MAMIX zones for both holes were logged as mixed oxide, secondary sulphides and enriched materials, consistent with the broader MAMIX target.

Figure 3: 3D Section, Looking East, MOD Depth (MAMIX) Extensions with 2020 PEA Pit Shell: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/cbd4875e-9f80-4f74-a99c-e826fa890ddb

Figure 4 shows MAR-149 and MAR-148 relative to the PEA pit shell and the 0.4% CuT grade shell from previous MRE. Both holes are in the north-eastern limb of the MOD and intersected mineralization which is of higher grade than the interpolations in the block model for the previous MRE. MAR-149, which intersected 190m of 0.39% CuT material including 126m of 0.53% from 2m, is expected to be particularly positive for the overall grade for the north-eastern flank.

Figure 4: 3D Section and Plan View, North-East High Grade Extensions, 2020 PEA Pit Shell with 0.4% CuT MRE Grade Shell: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e7fdcc22-4731-481d-9342-e0beed31a558

The results of the current batch of drill holes once again confirm the excellent lateral and vertical continuity of mineralization and confirm the previous interpretations underpinning the 2019 MRE. As with previous drilling, several holes extended mineralization outside the previous MRE envelope and encountered higher grades, with positive implications for the future MREs.

The updated MRE is planned to be completed following the completion of the current drilling program.

Table 1. Summary of Drill Results

Hole

TD

 

From

To

m

%CuT

MAR-140

350

 

152

294

142

0.44

including

152

206

54

0.30

including

152

162

10

0.21

and

170

206

36

0.39

 

224

294

70

0.64

including

224

242

18

1.94

and

280

290

10

0.54

MAR-141

290

 

50

172

122

0.15

including

50

60

10

0.35

and

74

86

12

0.21

and

128

172

44

0.32

and

280

288

8

0.46

MAR-144

350

 

20

244

224

0.21

including

20

72

52

0.20

 

88

168

80

0.37

including

88

132

44

0.49

and

278

288

10

0.35

MAR-145A

470

 

8

470

462

0.32

 

8

212

204

0.40

including

58

112

54

1.02

 

310

470

160

0.35

including

310

342

32

0.51

and

394

470

76

0.50

MAR-146

250

 

86

210

124

0.33

including

86

126

40

0.53

and

170

210

40

0.44

MAR-147

270

 

42

234

192

0.22

including

76

102

26

0.58

and

142

158

16

0.48

and

214

234

20

0.56

ATR-110

450

 

2

440

438

0.24

including

18

150

132

0.31

including

54

106

52

0.50

including

240

440

200

0.29

including

240

286

46

0.15

and

364

440

76

0.60

TAR-27

250

 

36

66

30

0.23

 

126

242

116

0.18

including

142

180

38

0.32

and

204

242

38

0.15

TAR-28

170

 

96

138

42

0.35

including

96

118

22

0.57

MAR-148

250

 

8

236

228

0.17

including

20

90

70

0.34

including

42

78

36

0.53

 

126

142

16

0.29

 

214

236

22

0.22

ATR-111

300

 

2

264

262

0.41

including

2

22

20

0.46

and

64

150

86

0.70

and

154

264

110

0.30

MAR-149

250

 

2

192

190

0.39

including

2

128

126

0.53

including

6

28

22

0.55

and

58

128

70

0.68

MAR-150

180

 

30

154

124

0.13

including

30

60

30

0.16

and

96

114

18

0.23

and

130

148

18

0.20

Table 2. Drill collars and survey

Hole

Easting

Northing

Elevation

Azimuth

Inclination

Depth

MAR-140

375200.7

7435434.1

1107.9

310

-60

350

MAR-141

375129.8

7435612.9

1137.5

310

-60

290

MAR-144

374863.8

7435766.8

1095.3

310

-60

350

MAR-145A

374865.8

7435758.8

1095.4

220

-60

470

MAR-146

375202.0

7435760.6

1087.3

220

-60

250

MAR-147

375263.4

7435828.6

1103.2

220

-60

270

MAR-148

375275.9

7436017.9

1136.5

220

-60

250

MAR-149

375247.3

7435981.5

1133.4

310

-60

250

MAR-150

375216.9

7435940.3

1119.3

310

-60

180

TAR-27

375345.3

7436076.2

1140.5

220

-60

250

TAR-28

375342.8

7436086.7

1140.4

310

-60

170

ATR-110

374910.4

7435718.7

1081.1

220

-60

450

ATR-111

374943.0

7435700.2

1080.3

310

-60

300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sampling and Assay Protocol

True widths cannot be determined with the information available at this time. RC holes were sampled on a 2m continuous basis, with dry samples riffle split on site and one quarter sent to the Andes Analytical Assay preparation laboratory in Calama and the pulps then sent to the same company laboratory in Santiago for assaying. A second quarter was stored on site for reference. Samples were prepared using the following standard protocol: drying; crushing to better than 85% passing -10#; homogenizing; splitting; pulverizing a 500-700g subsample to 95% passing -150#; and a 125g split of this sent for assaying. All samples were assayed for %CuT (total copper) and %CuS (acid soluble copper) by AAS. A full QA/QC program, involving insertion of appropriate blanks, standards and duplicates was employed with acceptable results. Pulps and sample rejects are stored by Marimaca Copper for future reference.

Qualified Person

The technical information in this news release, including the information that relates to geology, drilling and mineralization was prepared under the supervision of, or has been reviewed by Sergio Rivera, Vice President of Exploration, Marimaca Copper Corp, a geologist with more than 40 years of experience and a member of the Colegio de Geólogos de Chile and of the Institute of Mining Engineers of Chile, and who is the Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101 responsible for the design and execution of the drilling program.

The QP confirms he has visited the project area, has reviewed relevant project information, is responsible for the information contained in this news release, and consents to its publication.

Contact Information
For further information please visit www.marimaca.com or contact:

Tavistock
+44 (0) 207 920 3150
Jos Simson/Emily Moss/ Adam Baynes
marimaca@tavistock.co.uk

Forward Looking Statements

This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by Marimaca Copper, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors, both known and unknown, could cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and the parties have made assumptions and estimates based on or related to many of these factors. Such factors include, without limitation: risks related to share price and market conditions, the inherent risks involved in the mining, exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling results and other geological data, fluctuating metal prices, the possibility of project delays or cost overruns or unanticipated excessive operating costs and expenses, uncertainties related to the necessity of financing, the availability of and costs of financing needed in the future as well as those factors disclosed in the annual information form of the Company dated March 25, 2022, the final short form base prospectus and other filings made by the Company with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities (which may be viewed at www.sedar.com). Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Marimaca Copper undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements contained herein whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.