SILVER SPRUCE SAMPLES 557 g/t SILVER - TO DRILL PINO DE PLATA
Silver Spruce Resources (SSE.V) plans to drill their Pino de Plata silver project.
The 397-hectare project is located in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Western Chihuahua state, Mexico, approximately 15 kilometres from Coeur Mining’s large Palmarejo silver project and approximately 12 kilometres due south of the town of Chinipas, Chihuahua state, Mexico.
This first-ever drill program and it is based on recommendations contained in the company's NI 43-101 report.
Reported Drill Targets
The first high-priority drill target is El Terrero, a 2,000-square-metre area of disseminated epithermal mineralization in igneous (intrusive) rock, characterized by at least five adit portals and a significant tailings pile left by Spanish miners active there in the 1880s. During the preparation of the NI 43-101 report completed last year, surface samples in this area returned values as high as 557 grams per tonne (g/t) silver (Ag) or (over 17.9 ounces per tonne Ag), and these samples also returned highly anomalous values of gold (Au), lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu). Up to six holes are planned in this area with planned depths up to 100 metres.
The second high-priority drill target is focused on the veins in the Theodora through El Sierpe I and II areas, in which samples taken during the preparation of the NI 43-101 report returned values as high as 553 grams per tonne (17.78 ounces per ton) Ag, and these samples also returned anomalous values of gold (Au), lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu). Up to three holes are planned in this area with planned depths up to 100 metres.
The third high-priority target is the Santa Elena — Gossan area which presents a viable target for replacement Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu deposits. The gossans are anomalous in Ag and base metals and this allows for the possibility of economic grades in the unweathered marble. Unoxidized replacement mineralization from the Santa Elena mine approaches 200 g/t Ag. This area has the potential for relatively shallow replacement mineralization over an area of over 20 square hectares. An enrichment layer may be encountered by drilling below the weathered surface of the outcropping and highly weathered gossan. Three to five holes are proposed to be drilled in this target area with planned depths of up to 100 m.
About Pino de Plata
The 397-hectare Pino de Plata Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu-Au project is located approximately 15 kilometres from Coeur Mining Inc.’s Palmarejo open pit and underground operations. Although the Pino de Plata project has supported small-scale historical production of high-grade mineralization from numerous areas, it had never been systematically explored and has had no drilling.
Ninety-two samples were taken during the NI 43-101 field examination and show the examined project area to host widespread intrusive epithermal mineralization at surface with silver values, on average, of greater than 50 grams per tonne (g/t), that is 1.6 ounces per ton, over an area of more than one square km (greater than 100 hectares). Within the area examined, specific targets were sampled with silver (Ag) assays of up to 557 g/t or 17.9 ounces in outcrop.
Three types of mineralization were identified in the maiden NI 43-101 report: disseminated epithermal mineralization in igneous (intrusive) rock, carbonate replacement mineralization in sedimentary limestone/marble and sandstone/hornfels and several areas of significant outcropping vein mineralization. Each of the host areas identified in the 43-101 technical report provide immediates drill targets with open pit potential.
The company intends to initiate a 1,000- to 1,500-metre reverse circulation drill program to test these defined targets where high grades of mineralization were sampled at surface.