Toronto, Ontario (February 23, 2022) – C3 Metals Inc. (TSXV: CCCM) (OTCQB: CUAUF) (“C3 Metals” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its drilling programs at the Jasperoide copper-gold skarn/porphyry project in southern Peru. Results received for five of the ten outstanding drill holes included some of the highest copper grades reported on the project to date.
High grade oxide copper-gold mineralization was intersected in two holes drilled to test the up dip and lateral continuity of the enrichment zone defined at eastern Montaña de Cobre Zone. Results include:
- 32.4m @ 3.75% Cu, 0.80 g/t Au from 84.0m
including 20.1m @ 5.83% Cu, 0.87 g/t Au from 96.3m
including 4.9m @ 16.5% Cu from 111.5m
- 15.1m @ 2.02% Cu and 0.37 g/t Au from 89.3m
Including 2.8m @ 10.29% Cu from 100.1m
The Company is also pleased to report that the recently arrived larger rig is currently drilling the first of several deeper holes targeting potential stacked skarns and underlying porphyry copper-gold deposits at the Montaña de Cobre Zone.
Montaña de Cobre Copper-Gold Skarn Highlights
- Oxide domain defined by a total of 98 historic and recent drill holes
- Mineralized strike length is approximately 450m with a lateral extent up to 650m
- High-grade copper-gold mineralization over true thickness ranges of typically 75m to 150m
- A copper-rich enrichment blanket is well developed proximal to the marble front
- Strong epithermal gold overprint
Kevin Tomlinson, President & CEO of C3 Metals commented,
“These most recent results from shallow drilling at the Montaña de Cobre Zone are impressive by any measure. To see such high copper grades over wide intervals so close to surface on the first of multiple targets to be evaluated, highlights the potential of the Jasperoide project. Our Phase 1 program successfully demonstrated that the copper-gold oxide mineralization has both the scale and grade to represent a potential stand-alone development opportunity. The Montaña de Cobre Zone remains open down dip to the west on some sections and further drilling will be required to fully define the mineralization in this area. The results of our current deeper drilling and surface work currently underway on several new targets will in part set priorities and timing for this additional drilling. Samples of the various types of mineralization present are currently being analysed and results will be used to evaluate mining and processing options for Montaña de Cobre.”
An initial 5,000 meters of drilling is in progress to assess the potential for stacked skarns and porphyries at deeper levels of the mineralized systems at the Montaña de Cobre and Cresta Verde Zones. Drill hole targeting is based in part on data collected from a Hybrid-CSAMT geophysical survey that identified two sub-vertical resistive features which are interpreted to be coincident with the district-scale Constancia and Benoni Faults. The Hybrid-CSAMT model indicates that feeder structures to the Montaña de Cobre Zone copper-gold mineralization are connected to a large resistive feature/body at depth, interpreted as a concealed porphyry. Figure 3 below shows the position of three planned drill holes relative to the Montaña de Cobre Zone deposit and airborne magnetic data.
Kevin Tomlinson, President & CEO of C3 Metals further commented,
“Jasperoide is located in a district of large scale mineralized systems where numerous major and mid-tier companies are actively mining, exploring and acquiring new ground. Our initial drilling has been limited to the permitted area inherited when the Project was acquired. Since acquisition, we have identified several outstanding additional targets, and applications to drill beyond the current permit boundaries are in process. Furthermore, the Company has been expanding its property footprint and an update on this activity will be provided in due course. We are in the early stages of exploration on an extensively mineralized system, in a highly prospective area surrounded by two of the world’s largest copper deposits. The discovery process at Jasperoide, especially the deeper drilling now in progress, will continue to evolve in the coming months.”
Montaña de Cobre Zone Drilling Details
Recent drilling at the Montaña de Cobre Zone continues to define a shallow dipping, oxide copper-gold domain that is laterally extensive for up to 650 metres and has a strike length of more than 450 metres. The mineralized skarn system at the Montaña de Cobre Zone remains open to the north, west and down-dip, with significant potential for stacked skarns and porphyry style mineralization at depth and along strike.
Assays for drill holes JAS2700-09, 10 and 11 intersected thick zones (50m to +100m) of skarn altered carbonate rocks of the Ferrobamba Formation with secondary copper species (chrysocolla, malachite, azurite) and locally primary sulphides (pyrite ± chalcopyrite). Drill hole JAS2700-09 successfully confirmed extensions to the bonaza grade copper mineralization intersected 60m to the west in JAS2700-07, which intersected 43.45m @ 2.21% Cu and 0.49 g/t Au from 85.85m and included 15.0m @ 5.44% Cu and 0.39 g/t Au from 113.5m (Press release dated September 8, 2021). Drill hole JAS2700-09 continued to define a well developed enrichment zone proximal to the marble front (Figure 4). JAS2700-09 returned 20.1m @ 5.83% Cu and 0.87 g/t Au from 96.3m including 4.9m @ 16.5% from 111.5m.
Two holes were completed at southern Montaña de Cobre Zone on section line JAS2500, collared 100m southeast of section line JAS2600. JAS2500-01 and 02 intersected narrow widths of strongly oxidized garnet-diopside and magnetite skarn that returned low grade copper-gold mineralization (Table 1). Exploration data for the Montaña de Cobre Zone is being evaluated in order to define targets for additional drilling.
Table 1. Significant drilled intercepts at the Montaña de Cobre Zone
- Significant intercepts reported as length-weighted averages exceeding 0.15% Cu and 0.10g/t Au, with <5m of consecutive internal dilution.
- Copper is uncut.
- True width of down-hole intersections reported are estimated to be approximately 60-90% of the down-hole lengths.
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ABOUT C3 METALS INC.
C3 Metals Inc. is a junior minerals exploration company focused on creating substantive value for its shareholders through the discovery and development of large copper and gold deposits. The Company’s flagship project is the 57km2 Jasperoide high-grade copper-gold skarn and porphyry system located in the prolific Andahuaylas-Yauri Porphyry-Skarn belt of Southern Peru. Mineralization at Jasperoide is hosted in a similar geological setting to the nearby major mining operations at Las Bambas (MMG), Constancia (Hudbay) and Antapaccay (Glencore). C3 Metals also holds a 100% interest in five licenses covering 207km2 of highly prospective copper-gold terrain in Jamaica and a 2% royalty in Tocvan’s Rogers Creek project.
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Stephen Hughes, P.Geo. is Vice President Exploration and a Director for C3 Metals and is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Hughes has reviewed the technical information in this news release and approves the written disclosure contained herein.
C3 Metals adheres to a strict QA/QC protocol for core handling, sampling, sample transportation and analyses. Chain-of-custody protocols are designed to ensure security of samples until their delivery at the laboratory.
Half core samples are analysed by 4-Acid digest ICP-MS finish for 60 elements, including pathfinder REE elements with pulps from samples reporting greater than 1.0% copper being re-assayed by the ore grade method. Gold is analysed by 30g Fire Assay AAS finish, with pulps from samples reporting greater than 5ppm re-assayed by 1kg Screen Fire Assay. The Company inserts blanks and certified reference standards in the sample sequence for quality control.
The Company continues to implement its COVID-19 safety protocols at site to ensure the safety of employees and the communities surrounding the Jasperoide project area.
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