Marimaca Copper Identifies Large Surface Geochemical Anomaly at Mercedes Target
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Marimaca Copper Corp. (“Marimaca Copper” or the “Company”) (TSX: MARI) is pleased to announce the results of a recently completed surface geochemical sampling and reconnaissance mapping program at the Mercedes Target, which is located 3km to the north of the Company’s flagship Marimaca Oxide Deposit (“MOD”).HighlightsGeochemical sampling has identified a large copper anomaly with grades as high as 0.6% in surface samplingCentral geochemical high is approximately 300 metres by 300 metres and is coincident with historical mine workings with grades ranging from 0.2% up to 0.6% copperA large plus 200ppm Cu anomaly extends over an area of approximately 600 metres by 500 metres, which compares favorably to the MODApproximately half of the Mercedes Target is concealed by post mineral gravelsThe geochemical anomaly is potentially larger than the footprint indicatesVery little of the mineralized zone is exposed at surface and there is a superficial leached zoneIndicates the current anomaly is strong relative to typical background copper levels in this area and compares favorably to the MODThe geochemical anomaly has the same host rocks and controlling structures as observed at the MODIntensely fractured monzodiorite host rockNorth-south striking, east dipping, parallel sheeted fractures hosting mineralizationNorth-west trending late or post mineral fractures that control the supergene oxidation at MODNaguayán Fault System, the key controlling fault at the MOD, crosses the Mercedes Target1:1000 geological mapping and reconnaissance and geochemical sampling has commenced at the Cindy Target, approximately 1.5km to the north of the Mercedes TargetExploration work is underway to further refine targets for the upcoming drilling campaigns which are expected to commence in early Q1 2021.Sergio Rivera, VP Exploration of Marimaca Copper, commented:“We have identified a large surface copper anomaly coincident with the previously identified magnetic anomaly at Mercedes, which is very encouraging. We continue to note the many similarities with the MOD including the intensely fractured intrusive host rock, the presence of key copper oxides, the flat sheeted structural controls of mineralization as well as dyke swarms and faulting which cross the anomalous area.“We believe this anomaly compares favourably with the surface anomaly encountered at the MOD and, while the anomalous area is already large, a significant proportion of it is covered by gravels. Unlike the MOD, very little of the mineralization is exposed. To have grades as high as 0.6% Cu in surface geochemical sampling – which is well above the economic cut-off grade at the MOD – is a very encouraging indication of the potential mineralization. As a result, it presents an exciting target for a shallow scout drilling program early in the New Year.“We are in the process of building our surface facilities and mobilizing our drilling contractors to start the next phase of exploration drilling which, based on our current timelines, we expect to commence in early 2021.”Surface Geochemical Sampling and Reconnaissance GeologyThe Mercedes Target is located approximately 3km to the north of the MOD and was identified as a large-scale magnetic anomaly, which has many characteristics in common with the MOD (refer to release 23 September 2020) including its structural orientation and size.The magnetic anomaly is within close proximity to the important, regionally extensive, Naguayán Fault System, dips in a similar orientation to the magnetic anomaly at Marimaca and is also coincident with historical artisanal, open pit, oxide copper workings. The Company has completed a sampling program on a 50 metre by 50 metre grid in the area immediately coincident with the magnetic anomaly, extending to the west over the area believed to be prospective for oxide mineralization, as well as completing geological mapping and reconnaissance work over the same area. This defined a large copper anomaly extending approximately 600 metres by 500 metres with values above 200ppm copper.Key features noted were similar host rocks (a strongly fractured monzodiorite) and structures to those observed at Marimaca. In particular, north-south striking, east dipping, parallel sheeted fracturing intruded by various dykes and crosscut by late stage faulting on a west north west orientation. The copper mineralization includes brochantite, chrysocolla and atacamite, which are the key oxide minerals at the MOD.Figure 1: Map Showing the Area of Interest and Geochemical Anomaly Relative to the Magnetic Anomaly – https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/9cb09514-ae90-48ba-a11e-f26c0d8addc8The core of the geochemical anomaly is also coincident with an area which has several small scale historical artisanal workings. Grades in this area were as high as 0.6% Cu, with numerous samples of between 0.2% and 0.5% Cu. These workings have exposed mineralization and structural controls and allowed Marimaca Copper’s geological team to observe numerous similarities with the MOD. One key feature is the presence of easterly dipping, north-south oriented, sheeted fracture zones which were prevalent at the MOD. As at Marimaca, the sheeted fractures host and control the copper mineralization at Mercedes.Figure 2 shows a small artisanal pit which has exposed oxide mineralization. Importantly, it very clearly shows a similar style of easterly dipping, sheeted, fracturing which controls the oxide mineralization at Mercedes, and which is so prevalent at the MOD.Figure 2: Photo of Small-Scale Artisanal Workings, looking South, Exposing Mineralization and Structure – https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6c185bef-a393-4cdb-b09b-0d9715152429As part of the mobilization process for the upcoming drilling campaigns, the Company will build new roads and drill pads, which should expose the mineralization horizon and allow for more detailed mapping and sampling to be completed prior to drilling these exciting targets.The area coincident with the large magnetic anomaly at Mercedes is overlain by an extensive cover of post mineralization gravels. These gravels tend to get thicker towards the west of the magnetic anomaly, which is the area believed to be most prospective for Marimaca Style oxide mineralization. Surface geological mapping has identified several areas where oxide mineralization has been exposed below gravel cover which provides additional evidence for the potential for oxide mineralization at Mercedes.Figure 3: Oxide Mineralization Exposure below Gravel Cover and Extensive Gravel Cover at the Mercedes Target – https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/2fb28a0a-e2ff-455d-b891-f3ad4b0008bcQualified PersonThe 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.Mr. Rivera confirms that he has visited the Marimaca Project on numerous occasions, is responsible for the information contained in this news release and consents to its publication.Contact Information
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