Halcones Precious Metals Intersects 3.91% Cu and 0.21 g/t Au Over 8 Metres at Carachapampa Project, Chile
TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halcones Precious Metals Corp. (TSX – V: HPM) (the “Company” or “Halcones”) is pleased to provide results from the first hole of the ongoing exploration program at the Carachapampa project (“Carachapampa or the “Project”). Carachapampa is located in the prolific Maricunga belt approximately 180 km northeast of the city of Copiapó with year-round road access. In the immediate vicinity of Carachapampa are several large-scale operating mines including La Coipa (Kinross) and Salares Norte (Gold Fields) hosted in similar geology to Carachapampa.
The upper section of Hole CAR23-015 returned 3.91% Cu and 0.21 g/t Au over 8 m from 151 m downhole at the Northwest target. This intercept is approximately 60 m from the 0.55% Cu over 2m intercept at the end of hole CAR23-012 (Figure 1; see press release dated April 27, 2023). The return of assay results has been slow and approximately 50 assays are currently outstanding from the bottom of hole CAR23-015.
According to Ian Parkinson, CEO and Director of Halcones, “High grade copper over a significant intercept is a great start to our ongoing drill program. This program was designed to follow-up on the successes of our previous work and that momentum continues. The presence of high-grade copper coupled with strong alteration and highly anomalous pathfinder elements over greater than 100 m of core length indicates we have the potential to make a significant discovery at Carachapampa.”
Halcones plans to drill an initial 5 holes in the current drill campaign targeting the Northwest and Central targets. Following receipt of data from the ongoing drill program, next steps will be planned accordingly. This phase of drilling plans for each hole to be approximately 300 m in length, which is approximately double the depth of the previous campaign (see press release dated April 27, 2023). The improved understanding of the geology at Carachapampa has indicated previous drilling was likely not deep enough.
Vernon Arseneau, P.Geo., COO and Director of Halcones states, “In addition to the high-grade copper intercept, drill hole CAR23-015 confirmed the presence of a significant alteration zone typical of intermediate to high sulphidation Au-Ag mineralized systems. More specifically, the presence of significant widths and grades of covellite are reminiscent of other deposits in the belt such as El Indio and Guanaco. The presence of high arsenic and native sulphur defines what the Company interprets as a steam heated zone associated with advanced argillic alteration including covellite and orpiment. The presence of covellite and orpiment is generally interpreted as evidence of proximity to a high sulphidation feeder where the grade of Cu and Au usually increases. The intense alteration in core from CAR23-015 aligns with outcrop and colluvial samples taken previously by Halcones at surface.”
Intense alteration is observed over a core length of greater than 100 m in hole CAR23-015 and is also reflected at surface. The colluvial anomaly shows direct correlation with anomalous multi-element values in holes CAR23-012 and CAR23-015, and it can be followed for over 500 m trending to the southeast where it is undrilled.
Anomalous values of Pb-Zn-As-Sb and Ag are all considered pathfinder elements in high sulphidation systems, and the company plans follow-up drill testing of this significant target.
Assay results are expected to be steadily received over the next 4 to 6 weeks. The Halcones exploration team plans to spend time analysing these results before planning next steps for Carachapampa.
Table 1: Assay summary
Figure 1: Copper intervals; CAR23-012 and CAR23-015
Figure 2: CAR23-015 arsenic anomaly
Figure 3: Drill hole locations and soil anomaly
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. David Gower, P.Geo., as defined by National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators.
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