Vizsla Resources Corp. (OTCQB: VIZSF) (TSX-V: VZLA) is pleased to announce the latest results from the Company’s exploration program at the Panuco silver-gold district in Mexico. Seven holes have been completed on the Honduras Vein with high grade intercepts returned. Infill surface and underground sampling of the Animas, Cordon del Oro and Napoleon vein corridors are also reported. To date, the Company has completed 25% of its initial discovery drill campaign for 3,639 metres of a total 14,500 metre drilling program. Drilling is expected to restart at the Panuco project shortly.
Drilling continues to define sizeable widths and good grades on the veins, particularly on the northern section of the extensively mined Animas vein corridor. The Company is also highly encouraged by the results of sampling on the Cordon del Oro corridor, the next vein corridor to the west of Animas. Cordon del Oro has never been drilled and is essentially unexplored yet is demonstrating thick vein widths and high grades. Vizsla’s review of data generated over the past months has determined that this corridor offers an excellent opportunity to make significant discoveries. With more than $2.5 million in cash, Vizsla is well-funded for this work and looks forward to reporting results as soon as possible.
- 4.35 metres at 275 g/t silver equivalent (208.5 grams per tonne (“g/t”) silver and 0.83 g/t gold) in hole AMS-20-08 – Honduras Vein including;
- 2.6 metres at 232 g/t silver equivalent (150.6 g/t silver and 1.02 g/t gold) in hole AMS-20-12 – Honduras Vein including;
|Note: All numbers are rounded and widths represent downhole lengths. True widths are estimated at between 57-82% of downhole lengths. Silver equivalent is calculated by multiplying the gold grade by 80 and adding it to the silver grade. All calculations assume 100% metallurgical recovery.|
- 3.2 metres at 1,365 g/t silver equivalent (44.1 g/t silver and 16.52 g/t gold) at Mojocuan 2 prospect on Cordon del Oro Vein including;
- 11.9 metres at 273.4 g/t silver equivalent (140.0 g/t silver and 1.67 g/t gold) at Rosarito prospect – Animas Vein including;
- 4.2 metres at 479.9 g/t silver equivalent (229.7 g/t silver and 3.13 g/t gold) at Napoleon 4 prospect – Napoleon Vein including;
|Note: All numbers are rounded, and widths represent true widths. Silver equivalent is calculated by multiplying the gold grade by 80 and adding it to the silver grade. All calculations assume 100% metallurgical recovery.|
Vizsla continues to aggressively explore the Panuco project with a systematic program of vein prospecting, detailed surface and underground mapping and sampling, and discovery-oriented drilling. Drill holes AMS-20-08 and AMS-20-12 at the Honduras Vein show the continuation of high-grade mineralization from surface though the specific geometry of mineralization to depth is not yet well understood. Vein prospecting has generated several new areas requiring immediate follow up while detailed mapping has generated spectacular assays that upgrade targets along the Cordon del Oro and Napoleon vein corridors.
CEO Michael Konnert stated “The Panuco silver district continues to offer excellent results and significant discovery potential. Detailed mapping has still only been completed on 19% of the cumulative vein strike length and both Vizsla and historical drilling on 10%, demonstrating the impressive scale of this silver district. The Cordon del Oro and Napoleon veins have never been drilled. These two veins will be the first targets drilled when drilling resumes. The Concordia district, where Panuco is located, is fortunate to have no COVID-19 cases and the Company is working with local authorities to recommence drilling in mid to late May if infection rates remain low.”
Complete table of drillhole intersections
|AMS-19-10||No Significant Intersection|
|AMS-19-11||No Significant Intersection|
|AMS-20-13||No Significant Intersection|
Table 1: Downhole drill intersections from the holes completed at the Honduras Vein, Panuco.
|All numbers are rounded and widths represent downhole lengths. True widths are estimated at between 57-82% of downhole lengths. Silver equivalent is calculated by multiplying the gold grade by 80 and adding it to the silver grade. All calculations assume 100% metallurgical recovery.|
Selected surface and underground sample results
|Cordon del Oro||Mojocuan 2||Surface||3.2||44.1||16.52||1,365.4|
Table 2: Selected vein sampling results from Surface and Underground mapping, Panuco.
|Note: All numbers are rounded and sample widths are estimated at 85%-100% of true widths. Silver equivalent is calculated by multiplying the gold grade by 80 and adding it to the silver grade. All calculations assume 100% metallurgical recovery.|
Drill holes AMS-20-08 through AMS-20-14 were drilled from two drills pads to test the Honduras vein which is located just to the north of the town of Panuco. The Honduras vein is a near vertical vein that saw limited shallow mining in the late 1800’s. These drill holes tested beneath the northern part of those mines and further north along strike.
Very encouraging surface values were reported in the Company’s press release on March 9, 2020. AMS-20-08 was the first test hole and returned 4.35m at 275 g/t silver equivalent (208.5 g/t silver and 0.83 g/t gold). That intercept included 556 g/t silver equivalent (432.0 g/t silver and 1.55 g/t gold) over 1.0m approximately 70m below surface. The mineralization was in a massive quartz vein with irregular patches of very fine-grained argentite. AMS-20-09 was drilled 50m to the north and returned 86.2 g/t silver equivalent over 0.5m. Drill holes AMS-20-10 and 11 were drilled 50m to the south and down dip of the first hole and returned no significant intersections.
The next three holes were drilled from a pad 200m to the NNE of the first holes. AMS-20-12 returned 2.6m at 232 g/t silver equivalent (150.6 g/t silver and 1.02 g/t gold), including 461 g/t silver equivalent (294.0 g/t silver and 2.09 g/t gold) over 0.7m. The mineralization in this hole was mainly massive white quartz with minor fine-grained argentite and minor bands of amethyst. Hole AMS-20-13 was drilled approximately 70m beneath this hole and intersected a wide (12.8m) vein though failed to return significant values. Hole AMS-20-14 was drilled 50m to the south and returned 143 g/t silver equivalent over 0.9m and 136.7 g/t silver equivalent over 0.4m.
Mineralization is open between the drilled areas and to the north and further drilling is required to understand the controls on higher grade mineralization.
Detailed Mapping and Sampling
Detailed mapping has continued at the Panuco project to follow-up initial prospecting results at the northern end of the Animas Vein, along Cordon del Oro and along Napoleon. The work has been undertaken to finalise drill targeting and prioritisation.
In the northern end of the Animas Vein Corridor, a number of narrow, but often high-grade, northeast trending veins have been sampled including the Pecari, Chinacates, La Gallina, El Aventurero and El Tiempo. Some of these veins have seen significant underground development.
Where the La Gallina vein intersects the main Animas vein a large mined out area known as the Rosarito mine has been sampled. That sampling has revealed a vein up to 11.9 metres wide with consistent mineralisation. Drilling this target beneath the lowest level of mine workings will be the next target along the Animas vein corridor.
The Cordon del Oro vein has never been drilled and presents as an over six-kilometre-long vein with locally significant widths. The vein dips steeply to the northeast and is interpreted to exploit the opposite side of a graben basin fault to the Animas Vein. Locally it has workings down to 50 metres below surface in at least three mines. The higher overall elevation and higher gold content indicate it could be a fully preserved analogue to the Animas vein.
Within the Cordon del Oro corridor the Mojocuan 2 prospect returned excellent gold results over a 1.4-5.9m wide vein in systematic sampling. It will be the first target drilled along the trend once man portable drill pads have been constructed. Further along the trend to the southeast zones of mineralization at Mojocuan 1, Cobriza, El Creston and Peralta have a regular periodicity along trend suggesting potential for repeated zones of dilation. In the far south very high grades from Peralta strongly upgrade this target.
Detailed mapping and the compilation of historic sampling from the Napoleon 7 mine have refined drill targets along the corridor. The Napoleon vein locally splits into two 0.5-2m wide veins with locally very high grades that remain open at the lowest level of the mine. Drilling at the Napoleon 7 and Napoleon 4 prospects has been prioritised and will be the first targets drilled on upon resumption of the program.
COVID-19 Update and Restart of Drilling Program
In compliance with government requirements, work on the Panuco project has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government of Mexico has announced municipalities with no or a very low number of COVID-19 cases can transition back to work beginning on the 18th of May. The Concordia municipality has yet to record a COVID-19 case, and as such the Company is planning to recommence drilling next week. The Company will start with one drill rig and supporting crew and then will safely ramp up to prior levels.
The Company plans on adding a second rig to the Panuco project to complete the announced 14,500 metre program and is planning for a second drill rig to be operating at the beginning of June. With two drill rigs the Company expects to maintain its previously stated goal of completing its discovery-oriented drilling program in 2020 and upon success resource drilling will be the 2021 focus.
Drill Collar Table
Table 3: Drill hole details. Coordinates in WGS84, Zone 13.
About the Panuco project
Vizsla has an option to acquire 100% of the newly consolidated 9,386.5 Ha Panuco district in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, near the city of Mazatlán. The option allows for the acquisition of over 75 km of total vein extent, a 500 tpd mill, 35 kms of underground mines, tailings facilities, roads, power and permits.
The district contains intermediate to low sulfidation epithermal silver and gold deposits related to siliceous volcanism and crustal extension in the Oligocene and Miocene. Host rocks are mainly continental volcanic rocks correlated to the Tarahumara Formation.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
Drill core and rock samples were shipped to ALS Limited in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico and in North Vancouver, B.C. Canada for sample preparation and for analysis at the ALS laboratory in North Vancouver. The ALS Zacatecas and North Vancouver facilities are ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 certified. Silver and base metals were analyzed using a four-acid digestion with an ICP finish and gold was assayed by 30-gram fire assay with atomic absorption (“AA”) spectroscopy finish. Overlimits analyses for silver, lead and zinc were re-assayed using an ore-grade four-acid digestion with AA finish.
Control samples comprising certified reference samples, duplicates and blank samples were systematically inserted into the sample stream and analyzed as part of the Company’s quality assurance / quality control protocol.
The technical or scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Stewart Harris, P.Geo. for the Company. Mr. Harris serves as a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.