AZARGA Metals Initiates Induced Polarization Survey on High-Grade Copper-Rich VMS Marg Project in Yukon
AZARGA METALS CORP. ("Azarga Metals" or the “Company”) (TSX-V:AZR) is pleased to announce that it has initiated an induced polarization (“IP”) survey at its high-grade copper-rich Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) Marg project (the “Marg Project”) within the Keno Hill Silver District, Yukon Territory.
President, CEO and Director, Gordon Tainton, said: “Abitibi Geophysics has commenced a 27 line-kilometre program using its proprietary OreVision® induced polarization survey method at the Company’s Marg Project. Similar state-of-the-art advanced IP surveys carried out by Abitibi Geophysics have been employed with great success on other VMS projects throughout Canada to locate and define VMS alteration-related disseminated sulphide haloes frequently enveloping and indicating the likely presence of nearby high-grade, Au-Ag-Cu-Zn-rich massive sulphides. Our main aim with this survey is for the IP data to identify drilling targets with high prospectivity to extend the known Marg mineralisation to the north and west of the existing deposit.”
It is anticipated that the OreVision® IP survey method will provide an excellent means of confirming the presence of disseminated sulphide alteration haloes up to 580 metres below surface and confirming their association with the known Marg VMS lenses. Ideally, geophysical inversions of the newly acquired IP survey data will eventually result in the creation of 3D isoshells outlining strong chargeability and resistivity anomalies hidden below the many formational graphite and barren sulphide-caused conductive ‘marker horizons’ that run the length and breadth of the Marg property and that frequently occur as ‘cap rocks’ to the underlying VMS systems, such as at the Marg deposit. While conventional electromagnetic (“EM”) systems are often used to target VMS mineralisation, the ubiquitous presence of formational graphite and barren sulphide-caused anomalies throughout the Marg Project area makes EM targeting without additional geological, geochemical and/or geophysical support more challenging.
As shown in Figure 1 below, the prime area of interest for the OreVision® survey is a largely untested, strong copper in soil anomaly occurring along a possible northern fold repeat of the currently known Marg VMS horizon. A multitude of possible very tightly folded, VMS-controlling growth fault possibilities as defined by interpreted magnetic linears and shown on Figure 1 below will also be examined by the IP survey. The overall aim is to identify drilling targets with high prospectivity to extend the known Marg mineralisation to the north and west of the existing deposit.
ABOUT THE MARG PROJECT
The most recent NI 43-101 Mineral Resource estimate for the Marg Project (see Table 1 below) was completed by Mining Plus Canada Consulting Ltd. in 2016 and incorporated into a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for the project (note: the PEA title is “Revere Development Corp, Marg Project Preliminary Economic Assessment, Technical Report, Yukon Canada” and is dated August 31, 2016).
The mineral resource estimate in the 2016 PEA was prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 standards and is considered by Azarga management to have a high degree of reliability, however, the resource has not been verified by Azarga and is considered historical in nature. A qualified person representing Azarga has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource and Azarga is not treating it as a current mineral resource.
Table 1 – August 31, 2016 Historical Resource estimate for the Marg Project at a 0.5% copper equivalent cut-off (combining high-grade and low-grade zones)1
|Category||Tonnage (mt)||Cu%||Pb%||Zn%||Ag g/t||Au g/t|
Note: 1. Where CuEq% was calculated = Cu% + 0.28 Pb% + 0.32 Zn% + 0.39 Au g/t + 0.0055 Ag g/t, which was assessed based on the following metal price and recovery assumptions: Cu price of 2.5 US$/lb and recovery of 80% (96.5% payable); Pb price of 0.8 US$/lb and recovery of 70% (95% payable); Zn price of 0.8 US$/lb and recovery of 90% (85% payable); Au price of 1100 US$/oz and recovery of 50% (90% payable); and Ag price of 16 US$/oz and recovery of 50% (90% payable).
James Pickell, P.Geo., a consultant to Azarga Metals and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, verified the data disclosed and has reviewed and approved the disclosure contained in this Press Release.
About Azarga Metals Corp.
Azarga Metals is a mineral exploration and development company that owns 100% of the high-grade copper-rich VMS Marg project located in the Mayo Mining District in Central Yukon, approximately 40 kilometres east of Keno City (which itself is approximately 465 kilometres by road north of Whitehorse).
AZARGA METALS CORP.
President and Chief Executive Officer
For further information please contact Doris Meyer, at +1 604 536-2711 ext. 3, or Gordon Tainton, at + 1-604-248-8380 or visit www.azargametals.com or follow us on Twitter @AzargaMetals. The address of the head office of Azarga Metals is Unit 1 - 15782 Marine Drive, White Rock, BC V4B 1E6, British Columbia, Canada.
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