VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marimaca Copper Corp. (“Marimaca Copper” or the “Company”) (TSX: MARI) is pleased to provide an update on the ongoing exploration work being completed, ahead of drilling, at the Roble Target (“Roble”). Roble is located less than 3km to the northeast of the Company’s flagship Marimaca Oxide Deposit (“MOD”), and mineralization may extend over 3km of potential strike. The commencement of drilling at Roble has been delayed primarily because the Company elected to expand the drilling program at the Mercedes Target based on encouraging mineralization observed in drilling, but also due to some delays caused by COVID restrictions.
Sergio Rivera, VP Exploration of Marimaca Copper, commented:
“We have expanded our reconnaissance work at Roble which continues to indicate a potentially significant mineralized system, with outcropping mineralization now extending over quite a broad 3km corridor of strike. It is highly unusual to identify an undrilled target, with extensive outcropping mineralization, in a mature copper jurisdiction like Chile.
“We have also completed Induced Polarization (IP) surveys to complement the magnetics, surface reconnaissance and sampling work. This shows, quite clearly, the extensive north trending structural controls of the Roble Fault System are identifiable at depth. Notably, the resistivity anomaly is strongly coincident with the northern trend identified in the surface sampling work, highlighting a broad area of greater than 0.1% CuT coincident with the Roble Fault System and the magnetic anomaly identified in previous surveys. For IOCG deposits, large-scale structures controlling mineralization are essential for forming more extensive systems, and we believe the indications are Roble could be a significant system.
“We have been delayed slightly in commencing our drilling campaign at Roble, but we are currently finalizing our planning and infrastructure construction and expect to be drilling Roble during July.”
Overview of Exploration Results
Roble is located less than 3km to the northeast of the Company’s flagship Marimaca Oxide Deposit (“MOD”), within the north-north-east trending Roble Fault System. This is a splay off the regional scale Naguayán Fault System, which is an important control for mineralization at the MOD.
Figure 1: Map with New Targets for Exploration Defined by Magnetic Survey Relative to Marimaca Oxide Deposit
Roble is associated with a large magnetic anomaly previously identified in the regional, high-resolution, drone mounted magnetics survey (refer to announcement on 23 September 2020). The Company has subsequently completed surface exploration work including rock grid geochemical sampling, reconnaissance mapping and outcrop sampling which defined a large copper-in-rock anomaly and also highlighted the significant extent of outcropping copper oxide mineralization at the surface (refer to announcement on 22 April 2021).
The initial exploration work and subsequent reconnaissance mapping and sampling of outcropping oxide mineralization has defined three distinct zones, each extending approximately 600m along strike by 400m across strike. These zones are separated by post mineralization gravels and sands and the Company believes there is the potential for them to be connected under the areas of cover.
Figure 2: Map Showing Three Discrete Areas with Interpreted Limits of Outcropping Cu Oxide Mineralization > 0.1% CuT on IP-R Survey Lines
Following the success of the initial surface exploration work, the Company engaged GRS Geophysics to complete two 2.5km Induced Polarization (“IP”) surveys (AMT-MIMDAS) for a total of 5km of survey, with one line located in the central area, the other approximately 750m to the north, on the northern part of the area of interest.
Both lines show attractive coincident resistivity and chargeability anomalies associated with the high magnetic response and clearly highlights the regional scale of Roble Fault System, which the Company believes could be important for controlling copper mineralization in the area. Furthermore, the geophysical anomalies (both magnetic and IP) appear to be strongly coincident with the outcropping copper mineralization mapped in the reconnaissance work, both of which follow the broader northerly trend of the Roble Fault System.
Figure 3: IP and Magnetic Section 7.437.950-N
Figure 3: IP and Magnetic Section 7.438.700-N
Figure 4: Typical Copper Oxide Exposures
Preparation of drill pads and associated infrastructure at Roble is currently underway and the Company expects to be drilling the target during July 2021. The Company will complete an initial twelve-hole RC drilling program to test key targets at Roble, Nepal and Pele.
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 36 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.
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Forward Looking Statements
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