AbraSilver Reports Wide, High-Grade Intercepts in the Northeast Zone Well Beyond the Whittle Pit Boundary Including 35.5m at 3.11 g/t Gold-Equivalent
Additional Shallow, High-Grade Oxide Intercepts Include 45.5 meters at 1.77 g/t Gold-Equivalent
Toronto - December 13, 2021: AbraSilver Resource Corp. (TSX.V:ABRA; OTCQX: ABBRF) ("AbraSilver" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the latest diamond drill hole assays from the Company’s ongoing Phase II drill program, on its wholly-owned Diablillos property in Salta Province, Argentina. The reported drill holes were focused on two key areas: (i) Northeast zone (holes DDH-21-053, DDH-21-054 and DDH-21-055), and (ii) shallow gold zone (holes: DDH-21-051 and DDH-21-056)
The latest assay result highlights are summarized in Table 1 and Table 2 below.
Results from Northeast Zone
Results include several wide, high-grade oxide gold intercepts in the Northeast zone testing the extension of the Oculto system well beyond the Whittle pit boundary:
- DDH-21-053: 17.0m at 0.81 g/t gold and 88.3 g/t silver (203-220m)
- DDH-21-054: 28.5m at 1.00 g/t gold and 55.7 g/t silver (136-164.5m)
- DDH-21-055: 35.5m at 2.83 g/t gold and 19.4 g/t silver (230-265.5m)
Table 1 – Drill Results of Holes in Northeast Zone
(Intercepts greater than 2,000 gram-meter AgEq shown in bold text):
Results from Shallow gold zone
Holes DDH-21-051 and DDH-21-056 both encountered wide, consistent intercepts in the shallow gold zone aimed at testing the western continuation of shallow mineralization at Oculto:
- DDH-21-051: 45.5m at 1.24 g/t gold & 37.2 g/t silver, incl. 8m at 4.02 g/t gold & 28.2 g/t silver
- DDH-21-056: 25m at 1.74 g/t gold & 35.5 g/t silver, incl. 18m at 2.34 g/t gold & 36.7 g/t silver
Table 2 – Drill Results of Holes in the Shallow Gold Zone
(Intercepts greater than 2,000 gram-meter AgEq shown in bold text):
1 AgEq & AuEq calculations for reported drill results are based on USD $1,750/oz Au and $25.00/oz Ag. The calculations assume 100% metallurgical recovery and are indicative of gross in-situ metal value at the indicated metal prices.
John Miniotis, President and CEO, commented, “Our Phase II program continues to generate results that indicate excellent potential to further expand Mineral Resources at Diablillos. All holes announced today were drilled outside of the existing Mineral Resource boundary and demonstrate strong continuity of gold-silver mineralization over extensive widths. The easternmost hole (DDH 21-053) is located approximately 300 meters beyond the limit of the current Mineral Resource, highlighting the potential for the Northeast zone to become a significant host of high-grade gold resources.”
Figure 1 – Drill Hole Location Map
Discussion of Drill Hole Results
Hole DDH 21-051 was drilled to test for the western continuation of shallow mineralisation at Oculto. The hole successfully intersected 45.5 meters of 1.24 g/t gold and 37.2 g/t silver from 49.5 to 95.0 meters, including 8.0 meters grading 4.02 g/t gold and 28.2 g/t silver from 52.5 to 65.0 meters. This hole demonstrates the westward extension of substantial shallow mineralisation.
Hole DDH 21-053 was a step-out hole drilled in the extreme east of Oculto to test the extension of system beyond the Whittle pit margin. The hole intersected numerous zones of oxide mineralisation, with 17.0 meters grading 0.81 g/t gold and 88.3 g/t silver and from 203 to 220 meters and also encountered deeper oxide intercepts including 8.0 meters grading 0.96 g/t gold and 13.2 g/t silver from 312 to 320 meters. This hole ended in mineralisation at 320 meters. A deeper hole in this area is planned.
Hole DDH 21-054 was drilled in the northeast zone to test the extension of the Oculto system beyond the Whittle pit margin. The hole intersected gold and silver mineralisation over substantial thicknesses, demonstrating part of a robust mineralised system that is being drilled systematically.
Hole DDH 21-055 was drilled in the northeast zone to test the extension of the Oculto system beyond the Whittle pit margin. The hole successfully intersected numerous zones of mineralisation, with 35.5 meters grading 2.83 g/t gold and 19.4 g/t silver from 230 to 265.5 meters, including 19.5 meters grading 3.62 g/t gold and 17.7 g/t silver.
Hole DDH 21-056 was drilled to test the western extent of shallow mineralisation. The hole intersected 25 meters grading 1.74 g/t gold and 35.5 g/t silver from 78 to 103 meters.
Figure 2 – Cross Section (Looking East) with Highlighted intercepts in Hole DDH 21-051
Figure 3 - Cross Section (Looking East) with Highlighted intercepts in Hole DDH 21-053
Figure 4 – Cross Section (Looking East) with Highlighted intercepts in Hole DDH 21-054
Figure 5 – Cross Section (Looking East) with Highlighted intercepts in Hole DDH 21-055
Figure 6 – Cross Section (Looking East) with Highlighted intercepts in Hole DDH 21-056
|Hole Number||UTM Coordinates||Elevation||Azimuth||Dip||Depth|
The 80 km2 Diablillos property is located in the Argentine Puna region - the southern extension of the Altiplano of southern Peru, Bolivia, and northern Chile - and was acquired from SSR Mining Inc. by the Company in 2016. There are several known mineral zones on the Diablillos property, with the Oculto zone being the most advanced with over 90,000 meters drilled to date. Oculto is a high-sulphidation epithermal silver-gold deposit derived from remnant hot springs activity following Tertiarty-age local magmatic and volcanic activity. Comparatively nearby examples of high sulphidation epithermal deposits include: Yanacocha (Peru); El Indio (Chile); Lagunas Nortes/Alto Chicama (Peru) Veladero (Argentina); and Filo del Sol (Argentina).
The Mineral Resource for the Oculto Deposit is shown in Table 3 below:
Table 3 - 2021 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Oculto Deposit, Diablillos Project
|Au (g/t)||Contained Ag
(000 oz Ag)
(000 oz Au)
|Measured & Indicated||41,193||68||0.76||90,165||1,002|
Effective September 8, 2021. The Mineral Resource estimate and supporting Technical Report are N.I. 43-101 compliant. Full details of the Mineral Resources are available in a Company news release dated September 15, 2021. For additional information please see Technical Report on the Diablillos Project, Salta Province, Argentina, dated October 28, 2021, completed by Mining Plus, and available on www.SEDAR.com.
QA/QC and Core Sampling Protocols
AbraSilver applies industry standard exploration methodologies and techniques, and all drill core samples are collected under the supervision of the Company’s geologists in accordance with industry practices. Drill core is transported from the drill platform to the logging facility where drill data is compared and verified with the core in the trays. Thereafter, it is logged, photographed, and split by diamond saw prior to being sampled. Samples are then bagged, and quality control materials are inserted at regular intervals; these include blanks and certified reference materials as well as duplicate core samples which are collected in order to measure sample representivity. Groups of samples are then placed in large bags which are sealed with numbered tags in order to maintain a chain-of-custody during the transport of the samples from the project site to the laboratory.
All samples are received by the SGS offices in Salta who then dispatch the samples to the SGS preparation facility in San Juan. From there, the prepared samples are sent to the SGS laboratory in Lima, Peru where they are analyzed. All samples are analyzed using a multi-element technique consisting of a four acid digestion followed by ICP/AES detection, and gold is analyzed by 50g Fire Assay with an AAS finish. Silver results greater than 100g/t are reanalyzed using four acid digestion with an ore grade AAS finish.
David O’Connor P.Geo., Chief Geologist for AbraSilver, is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and he has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
AbraSilver is a well-funded silver-gold focused advanced-stage exploration company. The Company is rapidly advancing its 100%-owned Diablillos silver-gold project in the mining-friendly Salta province of Argentina, which has a current Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource of over 90 million ounces of silver and 1.0 million ounces of gold. The Company is led by an experienced management team and has long-term supportive shareholders including Mr. Eric Sprott and SSR Mining. In addition, AbraSilver owns a portfolio of earlier-stage copper-gold projects. AbraSilver is listed on the TSX-V under the symbol “ABRA” and in the U.S. under the symbol “ABBRF”.
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The Diablillos resource estimate and supporting technical report are N.I. 43-101 compliant. Full details of the Mineral Resources are available in a Company news release dated September 15, 2021. For additional information please see Technical Report on the Diablillos Project, Salta Province, Argentina, dated October 28, 2021, completed by Mining Plus, and available on www.SEDAR.com.
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