Vancouver, British Columbia – Radius Gold Inc. (TSXV:RDU) is pleased to report progress from joint venture partner, Volcanic Gold Mines Inc., on exploration work in Guatemala.
The next round of drilling at Holly will focus on resource definition at La Peña vein system which has to date delivered high-grade and consistent drill results, including recently published:
HDD-21-017 8.83m @ 8.81 g/t Au and 355 g/t Ag (Sep 9, 2021)
HDD-21-019 1.53m @ 191.8 g/t Au and 539 g/t Ag (Oct 5, 2021)
And 6.52m @ 11.72 g/t Au and 340 g/t Ag
HDD-21-020 5.40m @ 4.38 g/t Au, 350 g/t Ag (Oct 5, 2021)
HDD-21-023 4.58m @ 79.84 g/t Au and 5,053 g/t Ag (Oct 19, 2021)
Field crews have continued detailed mapping and sampling at Holly project. This work has identified new drill targets on splay structures of the Jocotan fault where 2 large zones of mineralized breccia have been mapped and are coincident with high grade soil and rock chip results (Figure 1).
Volcanic plans systematic drill testing of these new targets including the Jocotan splay faults and to continue testing the extensions, both strike and dip, of La Peña vein system. Assays are still pending on drill holes HDD-21-024 to 028 and the samples from the detailed rock chip sampling of the Jocotan splay targets. Drilling will recommence at Holly once outstanding assays have been received and interpreted.
As part of the ongoing community support programs, Volcanic is currently working with the local communities around Holly to increase water supply. Several wells in the region are dry and good water supply is a significant issue for the local villages. In co-operation with the local communities, Volcanic is working on water resource and hydrogeological studies and assisting with improving the water infrastructure of the communities at the Holly project.
Figure 1: Holly Project geological Map with Au geochemistry
At Banderas the planned drill program has been suspended while the Company works on access agreements with an adjoining community. Access agreements are in place with the community covering the drill project at Banderas, but further consultation and work is required with an adjoining community to ensure the benefits of the project are spread out and all affected communities in the area consent.
Evaluation of the Volcanic / Radius joint venture’s regional license applications has resulted in the discovery of the first new project for advancement. Along the Motagua fault, 40km north of Holly project, Volcanic has identified two large areas (150m x 200m and 200m x 200m) covered by sub-cropping quartz vein boulders with exceptionally high-grade gold mineralization. The entire area is densely covered by boulders ranging in size up to maximum 3m diameter. Samples range from anomalous gold up to 320 g/t. Within these two distinct zones a total of 60 subcrop rock chip samples have been assayed. 26 samples grade over 10 g/t Au including 17 samples over 30 g/t Au, of which 13 are over 50 g/t Au. Mineralization is hosted in massive quartz veining and stockwork veining within sericite altered schist and is interpreted to be mesothermal shear hosted gold and silver. The project has low population density with the main target areas having large farms with just a few private owners. Volcanic has submitted environmental permits for drilling and granting of the exploration titles and is working on formal landowner access agreements.
Bruce Smith, M.Sc. (Geology), a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, is Radius’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Smith has 27 years of mineral exploration experience and has prepared and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Volcanic Gold Mines follows industry standard procedures for diamond core drilling and analysis. Drilling is carried out using NQ and HQ size tooling. Drill core is cut in half using a rock saw with one-half of the core then taken as a sample for analysis. Sample intervals are generally 1m intervals, producing samples of between 2 to 9 kg. Half-core samples are delivered to the internationally certified Bureau Veritas Mineral laboratory facilities in Nicaragua where the samples are prepared. Assays are completed by Bureau Veritas certified laboratories. The samples are fire assayed for Au and are analyzed for Ag and multi-elements using method code ICP following a four-acid digestion. Overlimits are analyzed using an appropriate method. Multi-element geochemical standards and blanks are routinely entered into the drill core sample stream to monitor laboratory performance. Quality control samples submitted were returned within acceptable limits.
Terms of Guatemala Radius Gold and Volcanic Gold Mines option
Pursuant to an option agreement signed in May 2020 , Volcanic can earn a 60% interest in Radius’s Holly and Banderas projects by spending the cumulative amount of US$7.0 million on exploration of the properties within 48 months from the date of the agreement. An initial US$1M must be spent on exploration within the 12 months of receiving the required drill permits, which expenditure will include a minimum 3,000m of drilling on the properties.
Following the exercise of the Option, Volcanic will enter into a standard 60/40 Joint Venture in order to further develop the Properties. Volcanic has also been granted an exclusive right to evaluate all other property interests of Radius in Guatemala with a right to acquire an interest in any or all other such properties on reasonable terms.
Radius Gold Inc.
Radius has a portfolio of projects located in Mexico, United States and Guatemala which it advances utilizing partnerships where appropriate in order to retain the Company’s strong treasury. At the same time, management is seeking out additional investment and project acquisition opportunities across the globe.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President and CEO
Contact: Bruce Smith
200 Burrard Street, Suite 650
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6
Tel: 604-801-5432; Toll free 1-888-627-9378; Fax: 604-662-8829
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