Vancouver, British Columbia – Radius Gold Inc. (TSXV: RDU) (“Radius” or the “Company”) is pleased to report results received from two holes drilled in October 2021 at the Holly property, Guatemala by joint venture partner, Volcanic Gold Mines Inc.
“We are pleased to see progress at the Holly property and look forward to pending assay results and the commencement of additional drilling this month,” commented Bruce Smith, President and CEO of Radius Gold.
2021 Drilling Summary
Drillholes HDD-21-024 and 025 were drilled on the potential northern extension of the La Peña vein system, hosted in Paleozoic schistose rocks on the north side of the Jocotan fault zone. A trail of quartz vein boulders, thought to be a combination of float and sub-crop, extended north downslope for over 500m. These two holes were drilled scissor under this boulder trail to confirm the northern extension of the La Peña vein system. While apparent structural zones hosting weak mineralization were intersected in both holes, with results up to 1.53m of 207 g/t Ag in hole 024, no significant gold mineralization was returned from these holes.
With the continued drilling of the La Peña vein, Volcanic geologists have better defined the structure. The vein’s strike and dip in relation to the topography would indicate the vein passes east of the quartz float trail and drill holes HDD-21-024 and 025, and therefore, remains open and untested to the north in the Paleozoic schistose rocks. However, apart from hole HDD-21-015 that cut 15.55m @ 7.67 g/t Au and 615 g/t Ag in the schistose rocks, no other holes have returned strong mineralization in this rock unit.
Results from holes HDD-21-026 to -029 are still pending. Like many companies in the sector, Volcanic is suffering from significant laboratory turn-around times. To mitigate this, equipment has been shipped into Guatemala in order for Volcanic to crush the drill core and surface rock samples. This allows Volcanic to ship directly to the assay laboratory eliminating the long waits at the preparatory lab.
Upcoming Drilling Plan
Drilling will commence within the first week of February. The focus will be extending the La Peña vein system to the south in the younger volcanics and sediments where hole HDD-21-023 cut 4.58m @ 79.84 g/t Au and 5,053 g/t Ag, 200m south of Hole HDD-21-015 reported above. Volcanic will also target mineralization down dip along the 200m strike so far established.
Drill holes are also planned at the El Pino vein where previous drilling intersected significant results up to 4.23m @ 4.0 g/t Au, 136 g/t Ag from veins and veinlets at much higher elevations. Drilling is also planned at the undertested large Ipala structure where anomalous gold/silver has been defined in soil and rock samples over several hundred meters.
Regional work continues to identify new target areas, especially along the Motagua Norte structural zone where prospects continue to demonstrate visible coarse gold in stream sediments and in rock crushed in the field and panned. The delays in laboratory turn around time have allowed Volcanic to return to this basic method that generated the gold rushes of old. Results of this work are indicating that this is an important target area that has been mapped over several kilometers. The contact of serpentinite bodies with metamorphosed volcanic rocks appears to localize the quartz bearing fluids that are associated with free gold yielding values up to 320 g/t Au.
Volcanic and Radius are working with environmental consultants to complete the studies needed to have these concessions granted with Q1 2022.
At Banderas Volcanic continues the effort to regain the social licence in order to continue with the exploration work that generated excellent result previously. The communities at Banderas suffer from significant poverty and unemployment, and a large percentage of the local population would like to see us return, generate employment and assist with community development and infrastructure. Access agreements are in place with the community covering the drill project, but further consultation and work is required.
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
Diamond drilling at Holly project followed industry standard procedures for 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.
Radius Gold Inc.
Radius has a portfolio of projects located in Mexico, United States and Guatemala which it continues to advance, 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. Radius is a member of the Gold Group of companies, led by Simon Ridgway.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President and CEO
Contact: Bruce Smith
200 Burrard Street, Suite 650
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6
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