Vancouver, BC / TNW-Accesswire / Apr 24 2014 / Golden Arrow Resources Corporation (TSX-V: GRG, FRA: GAC (WKN: A0B6XQ), "Golden Arrow" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from the first seven holes of the 6000 metre Phase III drill program at the Chinchillas Silver Project in Jujuy province, Argentina.
"We are excited by these initial results from the Phase III exploration program. Some of the targets that have been drilled were based on geophysics. The fact that we have had success with this method gives us confidence that we will be able to build on our existing resource at Chinchillas with other similar targets. Management has now approved increasing the program to 8,000 metres, with most of the additional drilling directed at new targets". Joseph Grosso, President & C.E.O.
The Phase III drill program is designed to expand the existing resource at Chinchillas. The results reported below indicate that drilling has successfully intersected significant new silver, lead and zinc mineralization not reported in the projects current NI 43-101 resource estimate1. Highlights of the results include:
- 54 m at 290 g/t silver, 1.8% lead and 0.5% zinc at 130m depth in CGA-93,
- Including 4m @ 882 g/t silver, 3.3% lead and 1.3% zinc
- And also 5m @ 1172g/t silver, 4.2% lead and 1.4% zinc
- 13 m at 359 g/t silver, 2.4% lead at 199m depth also in CGA-93
- 43 m at 181 g/t silver, 1.3% lead at 106m depth in CGA-94
- 44 m at 102 g/t silver, 0.8% lead and 0.8% zinc at 11m depth in CGA-95
- Including 13m @ 218 g/t silver, 1.4% lead and 1.1% zinc
- 28 m at 105 g/t silver, 1.2% lead and 0.8% zinc at 157m depth in CGA-98
"Results from these holes represent expansion of the known mineralization," commented Golden Arrow VP Exploration and Development Brian McEwen. "We believe this will continue to be the case based on visual estimates of mineralization in the core from which results are pending, including from new targets that are over a kilometre from the existing resources."
The Phase III program plan initially included a minimum of 6000 metres of diamond drilling, and this has now been increased to 8000 metres. To date, 4200 metres has been completed, and the holes highlighted in Table 1 below include 1382 metres of the completed drilling.
The Chinchillas deposit remains open to expansion in most directions and at depth, and there are areas within the deposit that were not drilled at sufficient spacing to be included in the 2013 resource estimate. Approximately 3700 metres of drilling in this program aims to expand the existing resources.
The remaining holes in the program target several new areas throughout the property that were identified by the 2013 geophysics and surface mapping program, including an area over a kilometre to the southeast of the main resource zones.
The following is the map associated with this drill program. Corebox(r) interactive 3-D models of the deposit and drill holes can also be found on the website, here and will be updated with these new intercepts.
Intercepts for the first seven drill holes (1382 metres) are reported in Table 1. The Silver Mantos zone comprises the western portion of the deposit, while the Socavon comprises the eastern portion. The Mantos Basement Zone is situated approximately below the Silver Mantos Zone. These zones were described in detail as part of the NI 43-101 Technical Report and resource estimate1. The North Slope is a newer target area along the slope of the basin to the north of both the Silver Mantos and Socavon Zones.
Holes CGA-93 and CGA-94 are on the western margin the Silver Mantos area. These holes were targeted to intersect mineralized brecciated schist basement rocks. The intersection of additional high-grade silver, lead and zinc mineralization over thick widths is expected to increase the Silver Mantos and Mantos Basement resources in this area.
Holes CGA-95 and CGA-96 were collared near the centre of the Silver Mantos area. Their main target was the deep eastern extension of the Mantos Basement Zone as well as providing infill drilling for the Silver Mantos. CGA-95 encountered good mineralization in the Silver Mantos Zone that will help build resources, with over 100g/t silver in a 44-metre near-surface intersection and again in a 9-metre intersection at approximately 200 metres depth that also included lead and zinc. Eighty-eight metres to the southeast, hole CGA-96 was terminated in mineralization at 194 metres depth, prior to reaching the target contact with the basement due to the jamming of drill rods and casing. The drill company has agreed to re-drill this hole later in the program.
Hole CGA-97 was drilled to test a northwest extension of the main Socavon zone. It returned moderate grades and intervals.
Hole CGA-98 targeted the western continuation of a deep mineralization feeder zone in the basement, at the north end of the Socavon Zone. This was previously encountered by hole CGA-71 situated 50m to the east (see News Release dated March 14, 2013). The structure and associated mineralization was successfully identified, including an intersection of 28 metres of greater than 100g/t silver, 1.2% lead and 0.8% zinc. No basement mineralization from this area was included in the 2013 resource estimate and the area will now be a target for infill drilling and resource expansion.
Hole CGA-99 was the first hole from this campaign to target the North Slope, with moderate results, as it encountered a previously unidentified dacite body. Phase II drill holes in this area include CGA-59 and CGA-75, approximately 100 and 50 metres to the north-northwest respectively, both of which encountered silver mineralization. (See news releases dated February 7, 2013 and March 14, 2013.)
|True widths have not yet been calculated.|
About the Chinchillas Silver Project
Golden Arrow is earning a 100% interest in the Chinchillas Silver Project. After less than two years exploration, the Company announced a NI 43-101 resource estimate1 in 2013, including:
- 27.4 Moz silver / 32.6 Moz silver equivalent in Indicated Resources
(7.2 Mt @ 119g/t silver, 0.57% lead, 0.48% zinc : 141g/t silver equivalent )
- 53 Moz silver / 72.2 Moz silver equivalent in Inferred Resources
(21 Mt @ 78.5 g/t silver, 0.69% lead, 0.62% zinc : 107g/t silver equivalent)
The first NI 43-101 preliminary economic assessment2 returned an after-tax NPV 8% of US$98.5M, highlighting the benefits of the project's near-surface mineralization, conventional metallurgy and access to infrastructure. The deposit is open to expansion and Golden Arrow is now drilling to increase resources.
1 "Mineral Resource Estimate for the Chinchillas Silver-Lead-Zinc Project, Jujuy Province, Argentina" filed on SEDAR dated June 20th, 2013.
2 "Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Chinchillas Silver-Lead-Zinc Project, Jujuy Province, Argentina" filed on SEDAR dated January 20th, 2014.
Methodology and QA/QC
Analyses of the drill core were performed by Alex Stewart Assayers, in Mendoza, Argentina, an internationally recognized assay service provider. All samples were analyzed by method ICP-MA-39 that consists of a four acid digestion followed by ICP-OES detection. Silver results >200 Ag g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish on 50-gram samples. Lead and zinc results >10,000 ppm were re-analyzed by a 3 acids and ICP-OES detection. The Company followed industry standard procedures for the work carried out on the Chinchillas Project, with a quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program. Blank, duplicate and standard samples were inserted into the drill core sample sequence sent to the laboratory for analysis. Golden Arrow detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data.
The contents of the news release have been reviewed and approved by Brian McEwen, P.Geol., VP Exploration and Development to the Company, and a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
About Golden Arrow:
Golden Arrow is a Vancouver-based explorer focused on identifying, acquiring and advancing precious and base metal projects in Argentina with the goal of achieving a world class discovery. The main focus is on advancing the flagship Chinchillas Silver Project located in Jujuy, Argentina. Golden Arrow has a strong treasury which will allow the company to advance its Chinchillas Silver Project. Golden Arrow will continue to execute its strategy to leverage the Company's exploration exposure by attracting partners to fund work on its other high quality mineral projects. Golden Arrow is a member of Grosso Group, a management company specialized in resource exploration, and working in Argentina where it is highly regarded and trusted since 1993.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Mr. Joseph Grosso
Executive Chairman, President, CEO and Director
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