During reconnaissance traverses, the La Paloma prospect was discovered, covering an extensive area of approximately forty square kilometers with promising copper porphyry signatures

ASTER imaging initially identified areas of advanced argillic and propylitic alteration which were confirmed on the ground, as well as abundant copper oxide mineralization and a prominent magnetic anomaly. In many cases copper mineralization was recognized by remnants of ancient artisanal mines, including small shafts and open pits

Thirteen of the 49 outcrop and subcrop samples collected in this first phase of exploration returned highly anomalous copper values ranging from 0.1%Cu to greater than 10%. Some samples also returned anomalous Ag up to 253 g/t

La Paloma displays abundant structural components including intense NNW and EW fracturing and lies in close proximity to the Antofagasta-Calama lineament ("ACL") that hosts the Spence and Sierra Gorda deposits

The target area hosts two individual copper porphyry targets of approximately nine square kilometers each that are believed to lie under between 6 to 20 metres of ground cover.

  • Prospect located in Sierra Gorda area immediately south of the ACLLa_Paloma_Prospect_Open_to_JV
  • Area selected initially due to combination of favourable alteration, structure/geology, radiometric & magnetic anomalies
  • Subsequent prospecting found abundant Cu-Ox mineralization in adjacent outcropping areas, including ancient working and pervasive propyllitic alteration
  • Prospect combines two targets separated by large andesite outcropping area
    • LP North Target: associated alteration, magnetic & geochemical anomalies
    • LP South: coincident radiometric, magnetic & geochemical anomalies