VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ) (NASDAQ OMX:NGQ) ("NGEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from the final fourteen holes of the 2014/2015 drill program at the Filo del Sol copper-gold-silver project located in Region III, Chile and San Juan Province, Argentina. Filo del Sol is a high sulphidation epithermal copper-gold-silver deposit associated with a porphyry copper-gold system. The drill holes announced today continue to extend the high-grade silver resource announced on December 2, 2014 and confirm that this resource is part of a much larger mineralized system. The fourteen holes released here span a north-south distance of just over 3,800 metres, with RCVI-20 at the southern edge of the drill pattern and VRC93 at the north. Highlights include:
- VRC89 which intersected 42 meters of 1.13 g/t gold and 145.6 g/t silver 170 metres north of the resource block model. VRC89 tested a target that was interpreted to be one of several possible feeder zones. The elevated gold grades suggest that this hole may be proximal to a feeder.
- VRC93 which intersected 26 meters of 0.48 g/t gold and 39.5 g/t silver within a wider zone of 166 meters of 0.24 g/t gold and 11.9 g/t silver 1,900 metres north of the resource block model and 1,700 metres north of VRC89.
- RCVI-20 which intersected 114 meters of 0.15 g/t gold and 0.51% copper 750 metres to the south of the resource block model.
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO of NGEX commented: "The drill results released today and particularly VRC93 confirm our view that the current Filo resource is part of a much larger mineralized system. These drill results, together with the new surface geology mapping, indicate that the Filo del Sol hydrothermal system extends well beyond the resource area and demonstrate the potential to both significantly expand the current resource and discover new deposits, including feeder zones, within this large system."
Geological mapping completed during the field season demonstrates that the Filo del Sol epithermal system extends for a distance of at least 4,000 metres north-south by 900 metres east-west and is buried under a thin layer of post-mineral volcanics to the north. The current resource extends for 1.5 kilometres at the southern end of this system, and remains open to expansion towards the north.
The mapping also confirmed that the Filo del Sol system is divided between a southern fault block which hosts deeper-level porphyry-style mineralization and a northern down-dropped fault block which preserves the shallower epithermal system.
A total of 7,060 metres of drilling was completed in 23 holes during the 2014/2015 program which finished on March 4th. All of these holes were reverse circulation (RC) drilling, with the exception of a single diamond drill hole which was abandoned at 156 metres depth. Drill hole locations are shown on the plan map which accompanies this news release: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1002214m.pdf
Holes RCVI-19, 20, 21 and 22 were drilled on the Chilean side of the border (indicated by different nomenclature) to the south of the resource area. These holes were drilled into the southern fault block and intersected wide zones of porphyry-style copper-gold mineralization with both RCVI-20 and 21 ending in mineralization. It should be noted that RCVI-20 was a re-drill of RCVI-19 from the same location and, although they are reported separately here, they effectively represent a single drill hole.
VRC87 was drilled to the west, across the interpreted structure which bounds the Filo del Sol deposit in this direction and into barren wall rock on the western side.
VRC88 was collared 105 metres to the east of VRC74 (2013/2014 season: 44m @ 1.1 g/t Au and 0.80 % Cu plus 18m @ 237 g/t Ag) in order to test the eastern extension of the deposit in this area. The hole intersected a wide zone of low-grade mineralization consistent with the overall mineralized envelope, but failed to extend the high-grade gold/silver zone into this area.
VRC89 was collared 170 metres to the north of the resource block model and intersected strong mineralization confirming extension of the deposit to this location and leaving it open to the north. This hole intersected the mineralized zone 200 metres to the north east of the closest previous hole, VRC77 (2013/2014 season: 14m @ 110 g/t Ag).
VRC90 and VRC94 were drilled to test a high-resistivity zone identified by the induced polarization (IP) geophysical survey. The geophysical signature is consistent with a possible silicified breccia source however the holes encountered rhyolite volcanics with only weak mineralization interpreted to be peripheral to the porphyry zone.
VRC93 was a large step out to the north targeted on an area of intense alunite alteration and surface hydrothermal brecciation. The hole intersected strong silica and alunite alteration with sections of gold, copper and silver mineralization indicating that the mineralized zone continues much further north than previously recognized. Mineralization included the silver zone, with 4 metres at 96.5 g/t silver, which potentially extends this zone 1,700 metres north of VRC89 although additional drilling is required to establish continuity. Projection of the zone between these two holes suggests that the holes which were drilled in between the two (VRC91, 92 and 95) may have not been drilled deep enough to intersect it.
Holes VRC91, 92, 95 and 96 were drilled to the north and northwest of the resource area, between holes VRC89 and VRC93. These widely-spaced holes were designed to explore an area with strong brecciation and quartz-alunite alteration identified by surface mapping over approximately 700 metres NS by 1,000 metres EW. The holes intersected strong silica and alunite alteration with sporadic copper +/- gold mineralization extending the alteration and mineralization several hundred metres to the north of the deposit area.
The results from the final holes of the 2014/2015 season are presented below:
|HOLE-ID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Est. True|
|Au g/t||Cu %||Ag g/t|
|VRC87||No Significant Values|
|VRC94||No Significant Values|
Collar coordinates and drill hole orientations for the holes in this news release are shown below:
NGEx is a Canadian mineral exploration company with exploration projects in Chile, Argentina, and Canada. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol "NGQ". The Company's focus is on advancing its South American projects which include several large copper-gold systems including the Josemaria, Los Helados, and Filo del Sol projects, located on a land package that the Company holds in Chile's Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. Los Helados is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Pan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. holds 40%. Josemaria is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) owns 40%. NGEx holds a 100% interest in Filo del Sol amongst an extensive portfolio of other 100% owned early stage exploration projects located in Chile and Argentina.
On behalf of the board
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
Mr. Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc, P.Eng., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. The Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) program on the Filo del Sol Project is under the management of Diego Charchaflie MSc., P.Geo (BC), a Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101.
Reverse circulation drill samples were collected at the drill site by Company personnel with initial splitting carried out at a facility near the drill sites and final splitting completed at the Company's core processing facility located in Copiapß╜╣, Chile. Individual samples represent final splits from 2 metre intervals down the hole. Samples were delivered to Acme Analytical Laboratories S.A. sample preparation facility in Copiapß╜╣ and shipped on to the Acme lab in Santiago, Chile. Samples were crushed, split and 500g was pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh. Gold analyses were by fire assay fusion with AAS finish on a 30g sample. Silver was analyzed both as part of the 36 element ICP package and also by 4 acid digestion with AAS finish. Copper was analyzed by digestion in three steps of a representative 1 gram from the sub-sample: 1) with a 10% sulphuric acid cold solution, 2) a 10% sodium cyanide digestion of the residue of step 1, and 3) a 3-acid digestion of the residue of step 2. Solutions from each step were analyzed by atomic absorption. Samples were also analyzed for a suite of 36 elements with ICP-ES. Copper and gold standards as well as blanks and duplicates (field, preparation and analysis) were randomly inserted into the sampling sequence for Quality Control. On average, 9% of the submitted samples correspond to Quality Control samples.
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