|May 15, 2012|
Minaurum Commences Drill Program at Corazonada Silver-Zinc Project and Launches New Website
|Minaurum Gold Inc. ("Minaurum") is pleased to announce the beginning of a minimum 2,500-metre diamond-drilling program on its 5,800-ha Corazonada silver-zinc skarn project in Morelos State, Mexico. The Corazonada project is an intrusion-centered skarn system hosted by carbonate rocks identical to those of the numerous gold deposits of the 15 Moz Guerrero Gold Belt as well as Esperanza Resources's nearby 1 Moz Cerro Jumil Gold deposit. Drilling at Corazonada will both test a prominent aeromagnetic anomaly in the southwest portion of the project and follow up on strong silver and zinc values from surface rock-chip sampling. |
The surface exposure of the Corazonada skarn system flanks a north-northwest-trending ridge of altered intrusive and carbonate rocks about 8.5 km long and up to 3.5 km wide. Garnet and pyroxene skarn affects both the carbonate and intrusive rocks, and has associated zinc, lead, and silver mineralization. Surface rock chip assays have returned up to 698 g/t Ag, 2.7% Zn and 1.9% Pb. Project infrastructure is excellent with good road access and electricity.
Zinifex USA Ltd conducted an exploration program at Corazonada from 2007 to 2008 consisting of geologic mapping, surface sampling, a helicopter-borne magnetic survey, and a 2000-metre core drilling program. After Zinifex was merged with Oxiana Minerals to form OZ Minerals, OZ dropped the project without drill testing the strongest magnetic anomalies.
"Corazonada is a large system with similar size potential to that of the major gold skarns of the Guerrero Gold Belt," remarked Darrell Rader, President and CEO of Minaurum. "Cerro Jumil began as a silver-zinc skarn prospect, but important gold values were intersected in drilling in the West Zone, and later in surface exploration and drilling in the southwest extension area. We believe that the large and prominent magnetic anomaly we are targeting represents a deeper part of the Corazonada skarn system that, in addition to silver-zinc mineralization, may encounter gold-dominant mineralization. "
Minaurum is also pleased to announce the launch of its new website with informational videos on the 15 million-ounce Guerrero Gold Belt, Mexico. The web address remains www.minaurum.com. The website has a new, user-friendly interface providing visitors a clearer understanding of Minaurum's exploration portfolio in Mexico.
The informational videos on the Guerrero Gold Belt are presented by gold-skarn expert David M. Jones, a Director & Senior Geologist for Minaurum Gold. Mr. Jones' exploration model was pivotal in the discovery of a number of gold deposits in the Guerrero Gold Belt including Goldcorp's 8 million-ounce Los Filos deposit.
Minaurum Gold is an aggressive exploration company focusing on gold- and silver-dominant projects in Mexico that have district-scale exploration potential. Including the recently completed drill program at Capilla and the present Corazonada project, four of Minaurum's projects will have been tested by more than 10,000 meters of drilling by mid 2012. Drilling is currently underway on the Adelita copper-gold project in Sonora.
Qualified Person: Mr. Stephen R Maynard, M.S., C.P.G., has acted as the qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 for this disclosure and supervised the preparation of the technical information in this release.
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