Silver Junior Assays Bonanza-Grade Copper in Samples From Argentina Project
Bonzana-grade copper in a hot copper market? Samples found by one Vancouver-based explorer have returned copper grades as high as 9.63% in a region of Argentina known for its world-class discoveries.
Assays on rock samples taken from a calcite-quartz-sulphide vein on Norseman Silver Ltd. (NOC:TSX.V) Taquetren silver-gold project in Rio Negro province, Argentina, have returned copper grades as high as 9.63%.
“They’re huge copper numbers.”
—Norseman Silver President and CEO Sean Hurd
The seven rock chip samples found during reconnaissance exploration were from a 10-20 cm-wide vein known as Veta Juan. They were collected along a strike length of roughly 300 meters.
The sample grades averaged 7.73%, with the lowest registering at a robust 2.46%. And with copper prices more than doubling since April 2020 against a backdrop of global supply constraints, the discovery comes at good a time.
Assay labs use different techniques in assaying. The method used initially on the Taquetren samples measured metals values up to a certain threshold but nothing more.
Once Norseman learned that the samples had returned grades above the detection limit, they sent them back to be re-assayed — only without any detection limits in place. That’s when the company learned it had bonanza-grade samples.
“We had a bunch of assays back that were at the upper limit of the detection limit. So we sent them back, and they use a different technique to test for higher grade. And we got the results back and we were pleasantly surprised. They’re huge copper numbers,” Norseman Silver President and CEO Sean Hurd told Streetwise Reports.
The re-analysis confirms the vein mineralization potential along this zone of the 285-sq.-kilometer Taquetren land package in southern Argentina’s Navidad-Calcatreu Mining District.
Sector Pundits Weigh In
And sector experts are taking note.
As early as last Spring, Michael Ballanger affectionately named the Taquetren project the “Son of Navidad” and flagged it as a “world-class exploration play.”
Michael Swanson of WallStreetWindow tagged Norseman as his top stock pick just last month — and NOC is not finished its initial exploration work and continues to collect reconnaissance-scale sediments and other rock samples at Taquetren.
Preliminary assay results of the current samples confirm the anomalous multi-element concentrations along the northwest-southeast trending Veta Juan to the Veta Nueva (new vein) zone.
Veta Nueva is close to Area Marta, a zone which was mapped out with distinct features of low-sulphidation epithermal-style rock textures and alteration. Several outcrops and rock float fields of variably silicified volcanic rocks and calcites with bladed textures were encountered along Area Marta.
Based on the sampling to date, Norseman says the northwest-southeast trending zone extends for a strike length of about 5 km and lies along the rim of a caldera (a former volcano).
Argentina is the world’s eighth-largest country but it remains largely unexplored.
World-Class Discoveries Made
Despite the lack of attention, several world-class discoveries have been made there, including Patagonia Gold Plc’s (PGD:LSE) Calcatreu gold-silver deposit and Pan American Silver Corp.’s (PAAS:TSX; PAAS:NASDAQ) Navidad silver project— the world’s largest undeveloped silver deposit, with a measured and indicated resource exceeding 600 million oz silver.
Hurd is no stranger to Argentina. In 2002, he was a director of former Grosso Group company IMA Exploration when it discovered Navidad in north-central Chubut province.
He later founded Blue Sky Uranium and started development of the Amarillo Grande uranium-vanadium project, also in Rio Negro province.
Norseman has an option to earn a 100% interest in Taquetren.
The company has about CA$1.8 million in cash and plans to spend the summer conducting a modest drill program on its Silver Switchback project near Terrace, B.C.
Norseman trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.48-$0.165 and has about 68.8 million shares outstanding.
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