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Mundoro Options to BHP Exploration Properties in Timok, Serbia

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – January 23, 2023) – Mundoro Capital Inc. (TSXV: MUN) (www.mundoro.com) (“Mundoro” or the “Company“), announces it has entered into a definitive agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Group Limited (“BHP“), which provides BHP with the right to earn-in to three (each, an “Option“) exploration areas that Mundoro holds in the Timok region (“Timok Properties“).

Ms. Teo Dechev, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Mundoro commented,Mundoro welcomes BHP as an exploration partner that recognizes the potential of further exploration in the western Tethyan Belt. We are looking forward to commencing field exploration at the Timok Properties in order to advance targeting and testing of undercover, and near surface, porphyry and related epithermal systems in the Timok region of eastern Serbia.”

Ms. Dechev added, “Mundoro has established a decade-long history of generative and early-stage exploration in Serbia and Bulgaria. Partner funded exploration programs along with Mundoro’s generative programs have invested over C$30 million of exploration expenditures which bring value to stakeholders in the communities where we operate, to our partners, and to our shareholders.”

Regional Setting

The porphyry copper projects under the Options with BHP are located in and around the Timok Magmatic Complex in Serbia. The Timok region is known as a mining district with more than 100 years of mining comprising approximately 4 billion tons in porphyry systems over 5 known mines. The Timok Magmatic Complex is host to the largest copper-gold porphyry deposits in the western portion of the Tethyan Belt such as (i) Cukaru-Peki, a high sulphidation epithermal copper-gold and porphyry copper deposit, (ii) Bor underground mine which is a copper-gold porphyry (“Bor Mining Complex”), (iii – iv) Veliki Krivelj and Majdanpek open-pit mines which are both copper-gold porphyries and (v) the recently re-opened Cerovo porphyry copper -gold open-pit mine (see Figure 1).

Dr. Richard Jemeilita, Chief Geologist at Mundoro commented: “The Timok Properties represent a district scale, attractive exploration package in this prospective mineral belt in Serbia. Our exploration team in the region has identified, in the South Timok Properties exploration area, extending south from the Timok Magmatic Complex, continuation of fertile geological units for further copper exploration. We are encouraged by the initial reconnaissance sampling which has identified anomalous copper zones.”

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Figure 1 – Location Map for Timok Region, Serbia

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Property Information

Borsko

The Borsko Jezero Project (“Borsko“) is located in the central portion of the Timok Magmatic Complex and aggregates an exploration area of 34.5 sqkm. The project is directly adjacent to and west of the producing Bor copper porphyry mine (see Figure 1). Exploration completed to date by Mundoro has identified several targets of which, Target 1 is an undercover preserved advanced argillic alteration lithocap covering an area approximately 1.6 km in strike length, discovered using a combination of geophysical techniques. The Target 1 system contains elevated copper-gold-arsenic geochemical results indicative of high sulphidation epithermal type mineralization with elevated copper at the bottom of the lithocap suggesting a porphyry source beyond the immediate drill tested area.

South Timok

An area that aggregates 213 sqkm, located at the southern end of the Timok Magmatic Complex and approximately 60 km south-southeast of Bor mining district in Central Timok. The northern parts of exploration ground is covered by Paleogene sediments interlayered with Paleogene pyroclastics, while the central area consists of Upper Cretaceous sediments and volcanics. To the east the area is almost entirely covered by Upper Cretaceous volcanics from the Timok Magmatic Complex. Hornblende andesite that intrudes the Upper Cretaceous sediments from both licenses are considered to have the potential for copper-gold porphyry and epithermal related systems. Several small-scale coal mines and old workings have been exploited by the state during the 1950’s in this area.

The southern portion of the exploration area comprises Cretaceous volcano-sedimentary lithologies intruded by late Cretaceous latite intrusions and partly overlain by Paleogene sediments. The volcanic-intrusive lithologies form part of the northwest-southeast L-shape-striking Cretaceous magmatic arc of Eastern Serbia. Mundoro started a stream sediment program over the favorable geological setting in the southern portion of the exploration area that yielded several drainage areas anomalous for gold, copper, lead and zinc within two outlined targets internally named Ponor North and Ponor South, respectively.

Trstenik

This exploration area covers an aggregate of 55 sqkm and lies within the northern portion of the Timok Magmatic Complex directly north of Majdanpek Mine Complex. To date, the systematic exploration work carried out by Mundoro in the exploration area has identified several target areas. Two of the targets at the southern end of the exploration area have similarities with the Majdanpek deposit in that the targets share similar geology, structural settings, and mineralisation – porphyry and skarn/massive sulphide replacement type and occur along strike of the main Timok trend.

Transaction Overview

Each of the three Options provides BHP with the right to earn a 100% interest in the relevant Timok Property by making (i) annual cash payments and operator payments (“Payments”) to Mundoro, with the aggregate amount of Payments for the three properties over three years amounting to approximately US$1,700,020, and (ii) incurring exploration expenditures within three years on the three properties amounting to US$7,500,000. The earn-in also includes an exploration expenditure commitment related to drilling by March 2023. BHP may exercise each Option independently or elect to extend each Option by one year by making additional Payments and incurring additional exploration expenditures. Upon exercise of each Option, Mundoro will retain a 2% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty that includes development milestone payments for a total up to US$9,000,000 and annual cash payments until commercial production commences. Mundoro is appointed as the initial operator under the Options.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information in this news release was prepared under the supervision of, and approved by, T. Dechev, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, and the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and R. Jemielita, PhD, MIMMM, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and Chief Geologist to the Company.

About Mundoro Capital Inc.

Mundoro is a publicly listed company on the TSX-V in Canada and OTCQB in the USA with a portfolio of mineral properties focused primarily on base and precious metals. To drive value for shareholders, Mundoro’s asset portfolio generates near-term cash payments to Mundoro from partners and creates royalties attached to each mineral property. The portfolio of mineral properties is currently focused on predominantly copper in two mineral districts: Western Tethyan Belt in Eastern Europe and the Laramide Belt in the southwest USA.

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This News Release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe” or “continue” or similar words or the negative thereof, and include the following: completion of earn-in expenditures, options and completion of a definitive agreement by the parties. The material assumptions that were applied in making the forward looking statements in this News Release include expectations as to the mineral potential of the Company’s projects, the Company’s future strategy and business plan and execution of the Company’s existing plans. We caution readers of this News Release not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements contained in this News Release, as there can be no assurance that they will occur and they are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include general economic and market conditions, exploration results, commodity prices, changes in law, regulatory processes, the status of Mundoro’s assets and financial condition, actions of competitors and the ability to implement business strategies and pursue business opportunities. The forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this News Release are made as of the date of this News Release and the Board undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Shareholders are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and for a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, refer to the Company’s filings with the Canadian securities regulators available on www.sedar.com.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information, please visit Mundoro Capital website www.mundoro.com

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Granite Creek Copper Announces Positive PEA with Net Present Value of $324M on Carmacks Copper-Gold Project in Yukon, Canada

Granite Creek Copper, Proven and Probable

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 19, 2023 / Granite Creek Copper Ltd. (TSXV:GCX)(OTCQB:GCXXF) ( “Granite Creek” or the “Company” ) is pleased to report positive results from its Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for the Carmacks Copper-Gold-Silver project (the “Project” or “Carmacks Project”), located in the Yukon, Canada’s Minto Copper District within the traditional territories of Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation and Selkirk First Nation.

The PEA demonstrates attractive project economics with significant opportunities for additional mine life expansion, reinforcing the potential of the Minto Copper District to become a top-tier global copper district.

Granite Creek Copper will be hosting a live webinar to review the PEA results on January 24th , 2023, at 9:00am PT | 12:00PM ET. To register, click here .

PEA Highlights

  • Attractive project economics:
    • Base case metal prices of US$3.75/lb Cu, US$1,800/oz Au and US$22/oz Ag:
      Pre-tax NPV 5% of C$324 million and 36% IRR
      After-tax NPV 5% of C$230 million and 29% IRR
    • Case 1 metal prices of US$4.25/lb Cu, US$2,000/oz Au and US$25/oz Ag:
      Pre-tax NPV 5% of C$475 million and 48% IRR
      After-tax NPV 5% of C$330 million and 38% IRR
  • Mine life of nine years at 7,000 tonnes per day with clear exploration potential to extend mine life with four target areas within 1km of the current resource.
  • Capital cost of C$220m with payback of 2 years from commencement of production.
  • Head grade of 1.10% copper equivalent (“CuEq”) consisting of 0.90% Cu, 0.30 g/t Au and 3.5 g/t Ag.
  • Average cash operating costs of US$1.76/lb CuEq and all-in sustaining costs of US$2.57/lb CuEq.
  • Option for tailings treatment: PEA study identifies additional potential cash flow through processing of oxide tailings to increase total copper recovery. Recovery sensitivity shows an additional $180M pre-tax NPV based of a 20% increase in recovery rates.

The Company envisions developing the Carmacks Project into a low-carbon source of copper. A critical mineral, as defined by the Canadian government, copper is key to the transition to a zero-carbon economy through the electrification of transportation and other industries, and the development of renewable energy production. The 2023 PEA clearly demonstrates the viability of the Carmacks Deposit as a robust open pit sulphide and oxide copper-gold-silver project with significant potential upside from both resource expansion and secondary processing of oxide material to further improve oxide recoveries. The Project is to be powered by the Yukon’s electrical grid which uses primarily renewable electricity.

“The completion of the PEA is a major accomplishment that doesn’t just advance the Project beyond previous studies but completely re-envisions Carmacks as a high-grade, open pit copper, gold and silver producer with excellent expansion potential in a tier one jurisdiction”, commented Timothy Johnson, President and CEO. “The inclusion of sulphide alongside oxide ore, either as a blend or a straight sulphide feed, has resulted in significant upside on the Project, with further opportunities recognized in both processing and exploration.”

“Potential for near mine resource expansion is demonstrated in new volumetrically significant targets identified by comparison of the geophysical signatures of known mineralization with similar signatures of untested targets near the proposed pits “, continued Mr. Johnson. “These strong geophysical responses have a high correlation with copper sulphide minerals on the Project, giving us high confidence in these new targets, which are a priority for testing in upcoming drill campaigns.”

PEA Study Approach

The PEA contemplates open pit mining using a conventional truck and shovel operation in two separate pits. Mining targets the high-grade, near surface oxide material in the 147 pit, then transitions to target sulphide material in the 1213 pit followed by final mining of the deeper oxide and sulphide material in 147. Mined material would be delivered to a crushing and grinding circuit consisting of a primary crusher, SAG mill and ball mill. Both oxide copper ore and sulphide copper ore would be processed via a simplified flow sheet consisting of well-established flotation technology producing a high-quality copper-gold-silver concentrate. Oxide and sulphide ore would be blended and sequenced to provide optimal cash flow and to minimise the environmental footprint with mined-out pits or portions of pits being reclaimed as mining commences in the next area. Both conceptual pits lie within 2km of the proposed mill site.

Tailings from the flotation circuit would be filtered and water recirculated into the flotation circuit. This would improve water management and limit environmental impact, with final tailings placement on a lined dry stack tailings facility at site.

A high-grade, premium copper, gold and silver concentrate would be shipped via deep seaports in Skagway, Alaska or other nearby facilities. Treatment and refining charges terms are within standard market rates.

Average copper recovery during life of mine (“LOM’) is calculated to be 64% with approximately 2/3 of material processed being oxide ore and 1/3 being sulphide ore. Metallurgical studies returned 93% copper recovery when processing sulphide ore, 40% copper recovery while processing oxide ore and 82% when processing a 50:50 blend. Metallurgical work highlights the opportunity for further optimization of the Project through more detailed mine sequencing or discovery of near mine sulphide or that could be blended with ore from the 147 pit.

Table 1: PEA Key Parameters

ParameterUnitBase Case 1Case 1
Metal Prices
Copper PriceUS$/pound$3.75$4.25
Gold PriceUS$/troy ounce$1,800.00$2,000
Silver PriceUS/troy ounce$22.00$25
Average Recovery to Cu Concentrate 2
Copper Recovery%64%
Gold Recovery%58%
Silver Recovery%60%
Concentrate Grade
Copper%40%
Goldg/t11.0 g/t
Silverg/t134.4 g/t
Production Data
Resource Tonnes21,270,518
Copper Equiv. Grade1.10%
Daily Mill ThroughputTonnes / day7,000 t7,000 t
Annual Processing RateKilo tonnes/ year2,495 kt2,495 kt
LOM Strip ratioWaste: Ore4.6:14.6:1
Mine LifeYears9 years9 years
Average annual production
Copper EQ production 6Million Pounds / year33.9 M
Copper in concentrateMillion Pounds / year27 M
Gold in copper concentrateTroy ounces / year12 385
Silver in copper concentrateTroy ounces / year151 584
Operating Costs (LOM avg) 2
MiningC$/t mined$3.16
MillingC$/t processed$18.30
G&AC$/t processed$4.93
All in Sustaining Costs 4,5US$/lb CuEq$2.57
Capital Costs
Initial Capital CostC$C$220M
LOM Sustaining Capital CostC$C$130M
Financial Analysis
Pre-Tax NPV 5%C$C$324MC$475M
Pre-Tax IRR%36%48%
After Tax NPV 5%C$C$228MC$330M
After Tax IRR%29%38%
Payback period 7Years2.01.5
  1. Base case metal prices based on 36-month trailing average from January 15, 2022.
  2. Recovery includes both oxide and sulphide ore and is based on mining 2/3 oxide and 1/3 sulphide LOM.
  3. Total operating costs include mining, processing, tailings, surface infrastructures, transport, and G&A costs.
  4. AISC includes cash operating costs, sustaining capital expenses to support the on-going operations, concentrate transport and treatment charges, royalties and closure and rehabilitation costs divided by copper equivalent pounds produced.
  5. AISC is a non-IFRS financial performance measures with no standardized definition under IFRS. Refer to note at end of this news release.
  6. The copper equivalent grade (CuEq) is determined by (total copper x US$3.75) + (total gold x US$1800) + (total silver x $22)/$3.75)/total resource tonnes.
  7. Payback period is from commencement of mining.

Capital Cost

The PEA for the Project outlines an initial (pre-production) capital cost estimate of C$220 million and LOM sustaining capital costs of C$130 million, including overall closure costs of C$5 million. Initial capital costs include the construction of milling and processing facilities, lined dry stack tailings and lined waste rock facilities, on-site infrastructure of 15km of access road and facilities for water capture and treatment. Construction of a powerline (12.8 km, 138 kV) from an existing substation is placed under sustaining capital to allow for construction time of the power grid.

Table 2: Capex Estimates 1

Cost ElementBase Case
Mine CostsC$25M
ProcessingC$84M
InfrastructureC$27.7M
TailingsC$14.7M
EPCM and Indirect CostsC$34.1M
Sub total CapexC$185 M
Sustaining CapitalC$130.M
ContingencyC$35.0M
Reclamation and ClosureC$5.0M

1 All values stated are undiscounted.

Operating Costs

Operating costs estimates were developed using first principles methodology, vendor quotes received in Q3 2022, and productivities being derived from benchmarking and industry best practices. Over the LOM, the average operating cost for the Project is estimated at C$3.16/t mined and C$18.30/t processed. Tailings costs are included in processing costs.

The average cash operating costs over the LOM is US$1.76/lb CuEq and the average AISC is US$2.57 /lb CuEq.

Economic Analysis and Sensitivities

The PEA indicates that the potential economic returns from the Project justify advancing to a feasibility study.

The Project generates cumulative cash flow of C$371.2 million on an after-tax basis and C$505.8 million pre-tax at a base case of $3.75/lb Cu based on an average mill throughput of 7,000 t/day over the 9-year life of mine.

Table 3: Summary of Economic Analysis 1,2

ElementBase CaseCase 1
Metal Price Assumptions (US$) Copper, Gold Silver$3.75, $1800, $22$4.25, $2000, $25
Exchange Rate0.750.75
Average annual cash flowC$61.8MC$76.9M
Payback Period2.5 years1.5 years
EBITDAC$505.8MC$710M
LOM Undiscounted Net Cash Flow After TaxC$371.2MC$505M
NPV (5% discount) After TaxC$230.5MC$328M
IRR After Tax29%38%

1 The analysis assumes that the Project is 100% equity financed (unlevered).
2 Appropriate deductions are applied to the concentrate produced, including treatment, refining, transport and insurance costs.

The PEA is significantly influenced by copper price assumptions. Using the Case 1 metal price scenario consists of near current prices of US$4.25/lb Cu, US$2000/oz Au and US$25/oz silver, the Project generates an after-tax Net Present Value (“NPV”) using an 5% discount rate of $328 million and an after-tax IRR of 38% with a payback period of 1.5 years from the commencement of production. (Table 3), Outlined below in Table 4 is a detailed sensitivity analysis across gold and copper prices with silver kept at $22/ounce. Table 5 below highlights additional sensitivities to foreign exchange, recovery, CAPEX and OPEX.

Table 4: Copper and Gold Metal Price Sensitivity Analysis NPV- Pre-Tax values in Million CDN$

Copper Price per pound US$
Gold price per ounce
US$ 1
3.253.503.75
Base Case
4.004.25
Case 1
4.50$4.75$5.00$5.25
1500$165.7$227.6$289.4$351.3$413.1$474.9$536.8$598.6$660.5
1600$177.3$239.1$301.0$362.8$424.7$486.5$548.3$610.2$672.0
1700$188.9$250.7$312.5$374.4$436.2$498.0$559.9$621.7$683.6
1800 Base$200.4$262.2$324.1$385.9$447.8$509.6$571.4$633.3$695.1
1900$212.0$273.8$335.6$397.5$459.3$521.1$583.0$644.8$706.7
2000 Case 1$223.5$285.3$347.2$409.0$470.9$532.7$594.5$656.4$718.2
2100$235.1$296.9$358.7$420.6$482.4$544.3$606.1$667.9$729.8
2200$246.6$308.4$370.3$432.1$494.0$555.8$617.6$679.5$741.3

Table 5: Multiple variable sensitivity analysis (all values $CDN)

VariablePre-Tax NPV 5%After – Tax NPV 5%
-20 %Base+20%-20 %Base+20%
Copper Price$138.6M$324.1M$509.6M$88.3M$230.5M$361.0M
FX Rate$129.7M$324.1M$615.6M$118.6M$230.5M$381.8M
Recovery$138.6M$324.1M$509.6M$88.3M$230.5M$361.0M
CAPEX$381.9M$324.1M$266.2M$243.5M$230.5M$215.6M
OPEX$452.2M$324.1M$196.0M$318.9M$230.5M$131.2M

Opportunities

  • The third conceptual pit, 2000S as identified in the Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE), could be brought into the mine plan if sufficient additional resources were defined by drilling to offset pre-stripping costs.
  • Electrification of the mining fleet. Significant cost saving and reduction in greenhouse gas production may be possible through the sourcing of electric vs. diesel haul trucks for the Project. The PEA envisions using a contract mining fleet for the Project and preference will be given to suppliers that can provide either fully electric or hybrid equipment.
  • Further discovery. Exploration conducted in 2022 consisting of geophysics, trenching and soil sampling identified four areas proximal to the proposed mine plan that if successfully drilled could enable longer mine life beyond nine years or provide additional sulphide mill feed earlier in the mine’s life. Four targets on the Property require evaluation, all located within 1km of the current deposits. Two of the targets are located beneath the current resource and there is higher geological certainty that these may contain appreciable copper mineralization.
    • Zone 1213 shallow:
      Downward continuation of Zone 12 and 13. Estimated dimensions are 360m long, 15 – 40m wide, starting at approximately 65m below the current drilling.
    • Zone 12 deep:
      Downward continuation of Zone 12. Estimated from geophysics to be continuing for an additional 170m below current resource modelling. Approximated to be 580m long and 15-40m wide.
    • Gap Zone target:
      Geophysical anomaly that fits with current geological understanding of the fault offset between 147 and 2000S Zone. Estimated to be 500m long, up to 400m deep, and 30-50m wide.
    • Sourtoe target:
      Estimated from geophysics to be a lensoidal body of similar size to known deposits at 370m long x 370m deep with an estimated width of 15-50m. It has been lightly tested at surface by trenching and is weakly mineralized.
  • In addition, the Carmacks North target area is host to several mineralized zones that have the potential to add resources to the mine plan, all within 15 km of the proposed mill site.
  • Additional recovery through metallurgical improvements. The Company has retained Kemetco Laboratories to complete additional leaching and copper precipitating testing to evaluate the processing of tailings. The calculated grade of copper in tailings averages 0.32% with over 140 Mlbs of copper not recovered LOM. Recovery sensitivity show an additional $180M pretax NPV based of a 20% increase in recovery rates. Review of historical metallurgical testing has indicated that copper minerals present in oxidized material respond well to leaching. Once the copper is in solution the copper would be chemically precipitated to produce sulphide minerals that can be added back into the flotation cells.

Mineral Resources

The basis for the PEA uses an updated mineral resource estimate (“MRE”) for the Carmacks deposit (effective date March 30, 2022). The mine plan contemplates processing 62% of resources outlined in the MRE. The MRE includes inferred resources that are too speculative to have economic parameters applied to them. Resources are not reserves and there is no certainty that the resources outlined on the Project can be converted to reserves.

Table 6: Mineral Resource Estimates

CATEGORYCut -Off
Cu (%)
Quantity (Mt)Grade
Cu†AuAgMoCuEq
Total (%)(g/t)(g/t)(%)Total (%)
In Pit Oxide
Measured0.3011.3610.960.404.110.0061.30
Indicated0.304.3300.910.283.370.0071.16
Measured &Indicated0.3015.6910.940.363.910.0061.26
Inferred0.300.2160.520.092.440.0060.63
In Pit Sulphide
Measured0.305.7050.680.162.540.0160.88
Indicated0.3013.4860.720.192.830.0130.93
Measured &Indicated0.3019.1910.710.182.740.0140.92
Inferred0.301.6750.510.132.240.0200.70
Below Pit Sulphide
Measured0.600.0260.710.162.540.0100.88
Indicated0.601.3410.820.192.880.0121.03
Measured &Indicated0.601.3670.820.192.880.0121.03
Inferred0.600.9670.770.172.480.0120.96

Notes:

  1. CIM (2014) definitions were followed for Mineral Resources.
  2. The effective date of the Mineral Resources is March 30, 2022.
  3. Mineral Resources are estimated using an exchange rate of US$0.75/C$1.00.
  4. Mineral Resources are estimated using a long-term gold price of US$1,800/oz Au with a metallurgical gold recovery of 60%, and a long-term copper price of US$3.75/lb with a metallurgical copper recovery of 95% for sulphide material and 60% for oxide material.
  5. Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 0.30 copper equivalent.
  6. Bulk density of 2.83 t/m 3 was used for tonnage calculations.
  7. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  8. Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

Mining

The overall mining operation is expected to consist of two open pits completed over three phases. Phase I contemplates development of the 147 zone with low strip ratio. Phase 2 contemplates the mining of 1213 zone with a slightly higher strip ratio. Phase 3 contemplates pushback on the 147 pit to a final LOM strip ratio of 4.6:1, resulting in a total of 9 years of operation, plus one year of pre-stripping. Following this mining period, a low-grade stockpile of 2Mt grading 0.18% Cu, 0.06 g/t Au and 0.8 g/t Ag may be reprocessed once mining operations cease. All waste and tailings will be disposed near the mining infrastructure.

The contract mining operation is planned to be a conventional truck and shovel open pit operation, moving approximately 118Mt of material over the 9-year life of mine. This would provide the floatation processing plant with 21.3Mt of ore at a rate of 7 000 tonnes per day.

Metallurgy and Processing

The processing facilities and saleable mineral products are fundamentally different from the beneficiation procedures that were contemplated in the 2006 Feasibility Study and updated in the 2017 PEA. The processing facilities currently being recommended for the Project would include a simplified flotation circuit, capable of processing three individual types of feed materials, oxide, sulphide, and blended ores, each of which would produce a high grade, premium concentrate.

Metallurgical testing both by Bureau Veritas in 2021 and by SGS Vancouver in preparation for the PEA study support the simplified flotation circuit. Flotation testing of individual oxide copper ores, sulphide copper ores as well as blended ores has been completed in this initial phase of the process investigation.

A test program including mineralogy and flotation was completed on samples from the Carmacks Project. The flotation test program included test work on sulphide, oxide, and blend ores.

  • The sulphide ore assayed 0.92% Cu, 0.67% S, and 0.24 g/t Au. Gold and copper head grades calculated from the flotation test assays agreed well with the direct head assays.
  • The oxide ore assayed, 0.60% Cu, 0.06% S, and 0.25-0.82 g/t Au, indicating that nugget gold may exist. However, the gold head grade calculated from the flotation tests was consistently between 0.20 g/t to 0.23 g/t with an average of 0.21 g/t.
  • Sulphide flotation recovered 93.7% of copper and 69.0% of gold at 42.7 % Cu and 7.7 g/t Au grade (Sulphide F4) while oxide flotation recovered 39.8% of copper and 57.5% of gold at 26.2% Cu and 13.6 g/t Au grade.
  • A 50/50 oxide/sulphide blend batch flotation program recovered 75.3% of copper and 65.7% of gold at 40.8 % Cu and 12.4 g/t Au grade (Blend F4).
  • Locked cycle flotation on blend sample recovered 82.0% of copper and 70.1% of gold at 40.1% Cu and 10.6 g/t Au grade (Blend LCT1).
  • Flotation optimization and an economical evaluation of the target copper grade versus recovery is recommended in future test work.

As mentioned above, the Company has commissioned additional test work to evaluate the potential for further recovery of copper from tailings when material in the mill contains a significant percentage of oxide material. Review of historical metallurgical testing has indicated that copper minerals present in oxidised material respond well to leaching. Once the copper is in solution the copper will be chemically precipitated to produce sulphide minerals that can be added back into the flotation cells.

Infrastructure

The Project lies along the Freegold Road, a Yukon government-maintained gravel road, currently being upgraded as part of the Yukon Resource Gateway Program. The road would ultimately lead to the near by Casino Project and other significant development projects in the area. A 12.8 km transmission line would be constructed to access the 138 kV Carmacks-Stewart transmission at McGregor Creek. Future studies will look at alternate routes for powerlines that could also benefit projects near the proposed Carmacks Project.

Next Steps

Additional Metallurgical work. In addition to the metallurgical work underway to assess further recovery from tailings work will be completed to optimise recoveries of both copper and precious metal. Additional studies will also be completed to identify any metallurgical variability between the two proposed mining areas to assist in further mine plan optimization through sequencing and blending of ore.

Exploration Drilling. Significant resource expansion potential exists within 1 km of the proposed pits. In addition to the new zones identified by 2022 geophysical and geochemical surveys, and trenching, many areas of both the 2000S and 12-13 zones remain open for expansion.

Geotechnical drilling on 1213 pit. In order to advance the Project towards feasibility geotechnical drilling will need to be completed on the proposed 1213 pit. Significant geotechnical drilling in the 147 area dating back to 2006 when a full feasibility study was completed on that portion of the Project will also be reviewed.

Baseline environmental studies. In preparation for advancing the Project towards feasibility existing environmental studies including ongoing water sampling programs will be reviewed and updated.

Continued community engagement. The Company is dedicated to working with communities effected by the Project including Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation and Selkirk First Nation to ensure that the Project advances in a respectful way with maximum benefit to the effected communities.

Technical Report and Qualified Persons

The PEA was prepared by SGS Geological Services. (“SGS”). with several individuals and departments within SGS contributing to sections of the study. William Van Breugel P.Eng., is the lead consultant for this study. SGS Geological Services is known globally as the expert in ore body modelling and resource/reserve evaluation with over 40 years and 1000 consulting projects of experience providing the mining industry with computer-assisted mineral resource estimation services using cutting edge geostatistical techniques. SGS bring the disciplines of geology, geostatistics, and mining engineering together to provide accurate and timely mineral project evaluation solutions.

As part of the larger SGS Natural Resources group, they draw upon their massive network of laboratories, metallurgists, process engineers and other professionals to help bring mineral projects to the next level.

Table 7: Qualified Person

DepartmentArea of ResponsibilityQualified Person
SGSMine DesignJohnny Canosa, P.Eng and William Van Breugel, P.Eng
Mine InfrastructureJohnny Canosa, P.Eng
SGS TucsonMetallurgy. Processing and process plant operating costsJoseph Keane PE
SGS TucsonProcess plant and infrastructure capital costsJoseph Keane PE
Financial analysisWilliam Van Breugel, P.Eng

Note: The Qualified Persons are independent as defined by Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”. The Qualified Persons are not aware of any environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing, political, or other relevant factors that could materially affect the PEA.

The Company cautions that the results of the PEA are preliminary in nature and do not include the calculation of mineral reserves as defined by NI 43-101. There is no certainty that the results of the PEA will be realized.

A NI 43-101 technical report supporting the PEA will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days of this news release and will be available at that time on the Company’s website. Readers are encouraged to read the Technical Report in its entirety, including all qualifications, assumptions and exclusions that relate to the details summarized in this news release. The Technical Report is intended to be read as a whole, and sections should not be read or relied upon out of context.

A presentation summarizing the Project’s PEA results is available on the Company’s website.

Qualified Persons

All scientific and technical data contained in this presentation relating to the PEA has been reviewed and approved by William Van Breugel P.Eng., a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. All exploration data including exploration upside potential has been reviewed and approved by Debbie James P.Geo., for the purposes of NI 43-101 The Qualified Persons mentioned above have reviewed and approved their respective technical information contained in this news release.

About Granite Creek Copper

Granite Creek, a member of the Metallic Group of Companies, is a Canadian exploration company focused on the 176-square-kilometer Carmacks Project in the Minto Copper District of Canada’s Yukon Territory. The Project is on trend with the high-grade Minto copper-gold mine, operated by Minto Metals Corp., to the north, and features excellent access to infrastructure with the nearby paved Yukon Highway 2, along with grid power within 12 km. More information about Granite Creek Copper can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.gcxcopper.com .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Timothy Johnson, President & CEO
Telephone: 1 (604) 235-1982
Toll-Free: 1 (888) 361-3494
E-mail: info@gcxcopper.com
Website: www.gcxcopper.com
Twitter: @yukoncopper

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, potential economic estimates, capital costs, operating costs, potential cash flows, historic production, estimation of mineral resources, the realization of mineral resource estimates, interpretation of prior exploration and potential exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, permitting time lines, metal prices and currency exchange rates, availability of capital, government regulation of exploration operations, environmental risks, reclamation, title, and future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Granite Creek Copper believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to obtain necessary approvals, unsuccessful exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, risks associated with regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, uninsured risks, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the companies with securities regulators. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral exploration and development of mines is an inherently risky business. Accordingly, the actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Granite Creek Copper and the risks and challenges of their businesses, investors should review their annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com .

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Granite Creek Copper Ltd.

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Stillwater Critical Minerals Reports up to 0.396 g/t Rhodium in Drill Results from the Stillwater West PGE-Ni-Cu-Co + Au Project, Montana, USA

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 18, 2023 / Stillwater Critical Minerals Corp. (formerly Group Ten Metals) (TSXV:PGE)(OTCQB:PGEZF)(FSE:5D32) (the “Company” or “SWCM”) is pleased to announce results of rhodium assays conducted on core from resource expansion drilling on its 100%-owned Stillwater West platinum group element, nickel, copper, cobalt, and gold (“PGE-Ni-Cu-Co + Au”) project in Montana, USA, adjacent to Sibanye-Stillwater’s world-class critical minerals mining operations.

These results, along with the integration of deposit models from South Africa’s Bushveld complex, provide the Company and SGS Geological Services (“SGS”) with the remaining components necessary to finalize an update of the Company’s inaugural October 2021 resource estimate (the “2021 Resource”), which delineated five Platreef-style deposits totaling 1.1 billion pounds of nickel, copper and cobalt, and 2.4 million ounces of palladium, platinum, rhodium and gold (see Figure 1).

Rhodium intercept highlights from resource expansion drilling include:

  • Widespread rhodium in drill results at potentially significant co-product grades including:
    • 0.122 g/t Rh over 7.2 meters in CM2021-01 starting at 304.8 meters;
    • 0.104 g/t Rh over 8.3 meters in CM2021-03 starting at 252.2 meters; and
    • 0.396 g/t Rh over 1.2 meters in CM2021-01 starting at 411.6 meters.
  • Current results expand upon similar results in past campaigns which returned 0.103 g/t Rh over 7.9 meters in hole CM2020-05, and 0.100 g/t Rh over 6.1 meters in hole CM2007-02.
  • Rhodium is mined solely as a co-product at grades that are often below 0.1 g/t. South Africa dominates global production, and there is very little mine supply in North America. Sibanye-Stillwater, adjacent to SWCM’s Stillwater West project, is the primary US producer.
  • Supply constraints have resulted in elevated rhodium prices since 2017. At its current spot price of more than USD 12,000/oz, 0.1 g/t rhodium equates to more than 0.6 g/t gold or palladium equivalent, and more than 1.2 g/t platinum equivalent.
  • Rhodium has a high melting point, is highly corrosion resistant, and is critical in catalytic converters, along with platinum and palladium, for cleaner vehicle emissions.
  • Complete results from the 14-hole expansion drill campaign, which consisted of wide step-outs at three of the five deposits defined by the 2021 Resource, are being incorporated into the updated block models by SGS. As shown in Table 1, results continue to demonstrate impressive grade and scale with wide intervals at successively higher grades contained within very wide bulk-tonnage grade intervals, including:
    • 13.2 meters of 2.31% Ni, 0.35% Cu, 0.115% Co, and 1.51 g/t 4E (Pt+Pd+Au+Rh) starting at 37.6 meters and within 400.8 meters of continuous mineralization in hole CM2021-05;
    • 44.1 meters of 0.57% Ni, 0.34% Cu, 0.045% Co, and 0.74 g/t 4E starting at 32.8 meters and within 367.6 meters of continuous mineralization in hole CZ2021-01; and
    • 50.2 meters of 1.05 g/t 4E plus 0.19% Ni and other values within 728.1 meters of continuous mineralization in hole CM2021-01.
  • Metallurgical testing completed by AMAX confirmed recovery of rhodium along with palladium and platinum in preliminary bench-scale flotation testing at the CZ deposit area in the early 1970s.
  • Past work previously reported by the Company included surface sample results of up to 5.78 g/t Rh at the HGR target in the Iron Mountain area, and 1.07 g/t Rh at Chrome Mountain in reconnaissance-scale rock sample programs (see June 11, 2020, news release).
  • Early results for other rare Platinum Group Elements (“PGE”) show potential for additional value from iridium, osmium, and ruthenium which often occur along with platinum, palladium, and rhodium at Stillwater West.

Table 1 – Final results from resource expansion drilling including recent rhodium assay results.

INTERVALPRECIOUS METALSBASE METALSTOTAL METALEQUIVALENTS
HOLE IDFrom(m)To(m)Width(m)Pt(g/t)Pd(g/t)Au(g/t)Rh(g/t)4E(g/t)Ni(%)Cu(%)Co(%)NiEq*(%)NiEq*(%)PdEq*(g/t)
DR / HYBRID DEPOSIT AREA – RESOURCE EXPANSION DRILLING
CM2021-010.0728.1728.10.120.170.020.0130.320.130.030.0130.160.260.66
including230.5583.4352.90.210.270.030.0220.540.170.040.0150.200.380.95
including304.8312.07.20.630.640.030.1221.430.110.020.0080.130.671.68
including324.0385.261.20.190.170.020.0390.420.200.040.0150.230.390.98
including397.2556.4159.20.310.410.050.0250.790.180.030.0170.220.471.17
including397.2447.450.20.480.480.040.0501.050.190.030.0150.220.561.40
including423.4430.67.20.931.330.050.0272.340.240.030.0180.270.962.39
including479.8549.269.40.270.470.060.0170.820.180.040.0170.220.481.20
including530.0543.213.20.260.810.060.0391.170.210.060.0170.250.671.67
including530.0537.27.20.331.070.080.0491.540.210.050.0170.240.791.97
including687.4728.140.70.070.200.020.0080.290.180.070.0210.240.340.84
CM-2021-020.0333.0333.00.080.100.020.0060.200.110.040.0110.140.210.52
including118.7232.8114.10.070.120.040.0070.240.190.090.0150.240.320.79
including131.5148.417.00.160.250.050.0240.490.190.100.0220.270.441.11
including256.9267.010.20.140.380.070.0160.610.250.130.0140.310.521.29
CM-2021-030.0428.2428.20.080.130.020.0090.240.100.030.0150.140.220.56
including106.0115.29.20.020.030.060.0080.120.280.110.0450.410.461.14
including165.0215.450.40.060.060.030.0050.150.130.040.0170.170.220.55
including165.0172.27.20.010.050.040.0020.100.290.100.0440.410.451.11
including240.1270.430.30.310.650.050.0481.060.140.030.0130.170.551.37
including252.2260.58.30.491.060.050.1041.700.130.030.0130.160.812.02
CM-2021-040.0208.8208.80.050.080.020.0040.140.110.050.0150.160.200.50
including0.067.267.20.100.170.020.0100.300.130.050.0160.180.280.69
including3.616.813.20.170.520.030.0250.750.150.040.0150.190.461.14
including198.0208.810.80.020.040.030.0020.100.250.220.0260.380.411.02
CM-2021-0536.4437.2400.80.060.120.040.0080.220.170.030.0150.200.270.68
including36.4132.496.00.060.120.120.0020.300.400.050.0240.430.521.30
including37.650.813.20.250.430.820.0151.512.310.350.1152.432.897.21
including37.643.66.00.500.771.340.0242.633.470.240.1953.584.3810.92
including190.0208.018.00.180.580.040.0250.820.160.050.0150.200.491.22
including191.2196.04.80.401.410.090.0711.980.210.070.0160.260.982.43
including345.7364.018.30.210.430.050.0340.720.160.060.0140.200.461.14
CM-2021-060.0376.8376.80.080.130.020.0090.240.120.030.0140.150.230.57
including123.0150.827.80.150.410.040.0300.630.160.050.0150.200.431.07
including125.1129.44.30.280.990.070.0961.440.230.070.0200.280.862.15
including254.0264.810.80.050.120.030.0040.210.270.060.0300.330.401.01
including303.4376.873.40.200.260.030.0200.510.140.020.0170.170.340.84
including305.8328.422.60.320.440.020.0350.810.110.010.0170.140.421.04
including315.4327.211.80.420.630.020.0481.120.100.010.0170.140.521.29
CZ DEPOSIT AREA – RESOURCE EXPANSION DRILLING
CZ2021-0110.8378.4367.60.060.170.020.0090.260.150.060.0150.200.290.72
including13.276.963.70.120.420.070.0270.640.470.270.0400.620.862.15
including32.876.944.10.120.490.090.0350.740.570.340.0450.751.042.58
CZ-2021-0287.694.87.20.030.100.080.0020.210.170.110.0180.240.310.78
HGR DEPOSIT AREA – RESOURCE EXPANSION DRILLING
IM-2021-01Did not reach target depth due to bad ground conditions
IM-2021-02Did not reach target depth due to bad ground conditions, repeated as IM-2021-03
IM-2021-03Did not reach target depth due to bad ground conditions
115.0118.63.60.321.170.060.0671.620.140.020.0120.160.761.90
IM-2021-040.0306.5306.50.050.090.020.0050.150.130.080.0130.180.230.57
including92.2207.6115.40.090.160.030.0090.280.190.100.0150.250.340.85
including92.2102.09.80.391.020.060.0691.540.190.060.0180.240.802.00
including147.6200.452.80.070.110.040.0030.220.230.160.0140.310.370.93
including256.0260.84.80.000.150.090.0550.300.740.650.0701.111.283.19
IM-2021-050.0379.2379.20.070.130.020.0060.220.170.090.0140.220.290.74
including66.899.232.40.150.300.040.0170.500.220.110.0160.280.451.12
including310.2378.067.80.060.160.030.0060.260.250.140.0160.320.401.01
including313.4334.921.50.070.240.040.0130.350.380.130.0240.450.581.43
including313.4315.82.40.000.650.110.0860.851.550.170.0871.632.045.08
including327.7334.97.30.130.340.040.0070.510.450.170.0260.530.701.74
including346.8347.81.00.030.310.110.0900.552.520.310.0972.542.847.09
including354.3364.810.50.070.220.040.0030.330.340.330.0180.490.591.48
including354.3355.51.20.070.820.060.0010.951.330.710.0551.601.924.79
IM-2021-060.0333.0333.00.080.140.020.0080.250.130.040.0120.160.240.60
including70.8164.894.00.140.320.050.0160.530.200.090.0140.250.431.06
including82.8109.226.40.190.410.080.0130.690.270.140.0160.340.561.40
including298.6314.215.60.160.330.020.0310.550.140.030.0160.180.380.95
including299.8304.64.80.420.830.050.0771.380.160.030.0160.190.701.75

*Notes to reported values:

  1. Ni and Pd equivalents are presented for comparative purposes using conservative long-term metal prices (all USD): $8.00/lb nickel (Ni), $4.00/lb copper (Cu), $24.00/lb cobalt (Co), $1,000/oz platinum (Pt), $2,200/oz palladium (Pd), $1,800/oz gold (Au), and $10,000/oz rhodium (Rh).
  2. Recovered Nickel Equivalent in Table 1 is determined as follows: NiEq% = [Ni% x recovery] + [Cu% x recovery x Cu price/ Ni price] + [Co% x recovery x Co price / Ni price] + [Pt g/t x recovery / 31.103 x Pt price / Ni price / 2,204 x 100] + [Pd g/t x recovery / 31.103 x Pd price / Ni price / 2,204 x 100] + [Au g/t x recovery / 31.103 x Au price / Ni price / 2,204 x 100]
  3. Palladium Equivalent is determined as follows: PdEq g/t = NiEq x 0.401
  4. In the above calculations: 31.103 = grams per troy ounce, 2,204 = lbs per metric tonne, and 100 and 0.01 convert assay results reported in % and g/t.
  5. The following recoveries have been assumed for purposes of the above equivalent calculations: 85% for Ni and 90% for all other listed metals, based on recoveries at similar nearby operations.
  6. Intervals are reported as drilled widths and are believed to be representative of the true width of mineralization.

Dr. Danie Grobler, Vice-President of Exploration, commented, “We see an overall trend of increasing PGE content up-sequence within the Ultramafic Series of the Stillwater Complex (“SWC”), like that observed within ultramafic portions of the Bushveld Complex (South Africa), as well as the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe. Scientific studies have shown that the Ultramafic Series of the SWC are enriched in PGE relative to most mafic magmas. Furthermore, the chromitite layers correlate with and are particularly enriched in rhodium and the lesser PGEs osmium, iridium, and ruthenium. More importantly, the reported high-grade rhodium results correlate with specific chromite seams and correspond to geochemical and geophysical anomalies associated with our existing resource areas defined during 2021, highlighting our rapidly advancing understanding of their occurrence, and our ability to effectively target new areas.”

Stillwater Critical Minerals President and CEO, Michael Rowley, stated, “Our 2022 programs built on the success of past campaigns, continuing to return rhodium at significant potential co-product values at a time when the U.S. is looking to increase domestic supplies of this very rare element, alongside 49 other critical minerals. We look forward to reporting our updated and expanded resource models in the near term as we advance Stillwater West towards its potential to become a primary low-carbon source of eight of the minerals listed as critical by the US government, effectively ushering in the next phase of critical mineral supply from the iconic and productive Stillwater Complex.”

Upcoming Events

The Company at is pleased to advise it will be presenting at the Emerging Growth Conference: January 25th at 9:30am PT | 12:30pm ET (virtual). To register, click here.

For a full list of upcoming events, visit our website: https://criticalminerals.com/investors/events/

About Stillwater West

Stillwater Critical Minerals is rapidly advancing the Stillwater West PGE-Ni-Cu-Co + Au project towards becoming a world-class source of low-carbon, sulphide-hosted nickel, copper, and cobalt, critical to the electrification movement, as well as key catalytic metals including platinum, palladium and rhodium used in catalytic converters, fuel cells, and the production of green hydrogen. Stillwater West positions SWCM as the second-largest landholder in the Stillwater Complex, with a 100%-owned position adjoining and adjacent to Sibanye-Stillwater’s PGE mines in south-central Montana, USA1. The Stillwater Complex is recognized as one of the top regions in the world for PGE-Ni-Cu-Co mineralization, alongside the Bushveld Complex and Great Dyke in southern Africa, which are similar layered intrusions. The J-M Reef, and other PGE-enriched sulphide horizons in the Stillwater Complex, share many similarities with the highly prolific Merensky and UG2 Reefs in the Bushveld Complex. SWCM’s work in the lower Stillwater Complex has demonstrated the presence of large-scale disseminated and high-sulphide battery metals and PGE mineralization, similar to the Platreef in the Bushveld Complex2. Drill campaigns by the Company, complemented by a substantial historic drill database, have delineated five deposits of Platreef-style mineralization across a core 12-kilometer span of the project, all of which are open for expansion into adjacent targets. Multiple earlier-stage Platreef-style and reef-type targets are also being advanced across the remainder of the 32-kilometer length of the project based on strong correlations seen in soil and rock geochemistry, geophysical surveys, geologic mapping, and drilling.

About Stillwater Critical Minerals Corp.

Stillwater Critical Minerals (TSX.V: PGE | OTCQB: PGEZF) is a mineral exploration company focused on its flagship Stillwater West PGE-Ni-Cu-Co + Au project in the iconic and famously productive Stillwater mining district in Montana, USA. With the recent addition of two renowned Bushveld and Platreef geologists to the team, the Company is well positioned to advance the next phase of large-scale critical mineral supply from this world-class American district, building on past production of nickel, copper, and chromium, and the on-going production of platinum group and other metals by neighbouring Sibanye-Stillwater. The Platreef-style nickel and copper sulphide deposits at Stillwater West contain a compelling suite of critical minerals and are open for expansion along trend and at depth, with an updated NI 43-101 mineral resource update expected in 2022.

Stillwater Critical Minerals also holds the high-grade Black Lake-Drayton Gold project adjacent to Treasury Metals’ development-stage Goliath Gold Complex in northwest Ontario, which is currently under an earn-in agreement with an option to joint venture whereby Heritage Mining may earn up to a 90% interest in the project by completing payments and work on the project. The Company also holds the Kluane PGE-Ni-Cu-Co project on trend with Nickel Creek Platinum‘s Wellgreen deposit in Canada‘s Yukon Territory.

Note 1: References to adjoining properties are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of the exploration potential, extent or nature of mineralization or potential future results of the Company’s projects.

Note 2: Magmatic Ore Deposits in Layered Intrusions-Descriptive Model for Reef-Type PGE and Contact-Type Cu-Ni-PGE Deposits, Michael Zientek, USGS Open-File Report 2012-1010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Michael Rowley, President, CEO & Director

Email: info@criticalminerals.com Phone: (604) 357 4790
Web: http://criticalminerals.com Toll Free: (888) 432 0075

Quality Control and Quality Assurance

2021 drill core samples were analyzed by ACT Labs in Vancouver, B.C. Sample preparation: crush (< 7 kg) up to 80% passing 2 mm, riffle split (250 g) and pulverize (mild steel) to 95% passing 105 µm included cleaner sand. Gold, platinum, and palladium were analyzed by fire assay (1C-OES) with ICP finish. Rhodium was analyzed by fire assay (1C-Rhodium). Selected major and trace elements were analyzed by peroxide fusion with 8-Peroxide ICP-OES finish to insure complete dissolution of resistate minerals. Following industry QA/QC standards, blanks, duplicate samples, and certified standards were also assayed.

Mr. Mike Ostenson, P.Geo., is the qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, and he has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward Looking Statements: This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, historic production, estimation of mineral resources, the realization of mineral resource estimates, interpretation of prior exploration and potential exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, permitting time lines, metal prices and currency exchange rates, availability of capital, government regulation of exploration operations, environmental risks, reclamation, title, and future plans and objectives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Stillwater Critical Minerals believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to obtain necessary approvals, unsuccessful exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, risks associated with regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, uninsured risks, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the companies with securities regulators. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral exploration and development of mines is an inherently risky business. Accordingly, the actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Stillwater Critical Minerals and the risks and challenges of their businesses, investors should review their annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Stillwater Critical Minerals Corp.



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Granite Creek Copper Reports on Metallurgical Results in Support of an Updated PEA on the Carmacks Copper-Gold Project in Yukon, Canada

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VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 10, 2023 / Granite Creek Copper Ltd. (TSXV:GCX | OTCQB:GCXXF) (“Granite Creek” or the “Company“)is pleased to report positive metallurgical results in support of the upcoming Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) for the Carmacks copper-gold-silver project (“the Project” or “Carmacks Project”) located in the Minto copper district, within the traditional territories of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation and the Selkirk First Nation, Yukon Canada.

Metallurgical testing completed by SGS Vancouver Metallurgy (“SGS”) supports a simplified process consisting of froth flotation for the recovery of copper, gold and silver from both sulphide and oxide ores at Carmacks. These tests demonstrate outstanding recovery levels and concentrate grades in both the sulphide only and blended sulphide/oxide samples, which would be utilized by the mine. Testing was done on samples consisting of material in which copper was present primarily in oxide minerals, where the copper was present as primarily sulphide minerals, and samples that were a blend of oxide and sulphide minerals. Table 1 below highlights selected results from this testing:

Table 1 – Flotation Recovery and concentrate grade.

Recovery %Concentrate Grade
SampleCuAuAgCu %Au g/tAg g/t
Sulphide/Oxide blend182.070.168.640.110.6104
Sulphide Sample293.769.078.442.77.7117
Oxide Sample339.857.537.426.213.693
  1. Locked cycle flotation on blend sample consisting of 60% sulfide and 40% oxide.
  2. The sulphide ore assayed 0.92% Cu, 0.67% S, and 0.24 g/t Au. Gold and copper head grades calculated from the flotation test assays agreed well with the direct head assays.
  3. The oxide ore assayed, 0.60% Cu, 0.06% S, and 0.25-0.82 g/t Au indicating that nugget gold may exist. However, the gold head grade calculated from the flotation tests was consistently between 0.20 g/t to 0.23 g/t with an average of 0.21 g/t. Locked cycle testing was not completed on the oxide samples.

Test work produced a very clean, premium, high-grade concentrate that forms the metallurgical basis for the process flow sheet of the PEA, which the company expects to publish by the end of the current quarter. Flotation optimization and an economic evaluation of the target copper grade versus recovery has been recommended by SGS and will be considered in future test work.

President and CEO, Tim Johnson, stated, “Building on the success of sulphide flotation testing completed in 2021, this study directly supports the PEA allowing a simplified flow sheet consisting of well-established froth flotation technology to be considered for increased overall recoveries at the Carmacks Project. Metallurgy is a key component of the upcoming PEA and with this important work complete we look forward to delivering the updated study to the market within the current quarter.”

Options

Granite Creek also announces that, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, it has granted 1,250,000 incentive stock options to directors, officers, employees, and consultants of the Company, under its long-term incentive plan. The options are exercisable for up to five years, expiring on January 10th, 2028 and each option will allow the holder to purchase one common share of the Company at a price of $0.08 per share.

About Granite Creek Copper

Granite Creek, a member of the Metallic Group of Companies, is a Canadian exploration company focused on the 176 square kilometer Carmacks project in the Minto copper district of Canada’s Yukon Territory. The project is on trend with the high-grade Minto copper-gold mine, operated by Minto Metals Corp., to the north, and features excellent access to infrastructure with the nearby paved Yukon Highway 2, along with grid power within 12 km. More information about Granite Creek Copper can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.gcxcopper.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Timothy Johnson, President & CEO
Telephone: 1 (604) 235-1982
Toll-Free: 1 (888) 361-3494
E-mail: info@gcxcopper.com
Website: www.gcxcopper.com
Twitter: @yukoncopper

Qualified Persons

Ms. Debbie James, P.Geo., a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release. Ms. James is a Senior Geologist with TruePoint Exploration and a Project Manager at Carmacks.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, historic production, estimation of mineral resources, the realization of mineral resource estimates, interpretation of prior exploration and potential exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, permitting time lines, metal prices and currency exchange rates, availability of capital, government regulation of exploration operations, environmental risks, reclamation, title, and future plans and objectives of the company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Granite Creek Copper believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include failure to obtain necessary approvals, unsuccessful exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, risks associated with regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, uninsured risks, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the companies with securities regulators. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral exploration and development of mines is an inherently risky business. Accordingly, the actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Granite Creek Copper and the risks and challenges of their businesses, investors should review their annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Granite Creek Copper Ltd.

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Base Metals Collective Mining Energy Junior Mining

Step Out Drilling Expands Collective Mining’s Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo to The West and At Depth

  • Visual observations from two more step-out diamond drill holes, APC-25 and APC-28, within the Company’s Main Breccia discovery at the Apollo target (“Apollo”) have expanded the mineralized footprint of the system to the west and at depth. These holes are in addition to previously announced visual observations for step-out hole APC-22, which was drilled from Pad 3 to the northeast and cut more than 400 metres of continuous mineralization.
  • APC-28, which was drilled westwards from Pad 2, is the longest and deepest hole drilled to date into the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo. The hole intersected over 600 metres of continuous breccia mineralization which represents the longest continuously mineralized intercept drilled to date. Visual inspection of the mineralized intercept includes an upper copper rich zone followed by multiple zones enriched by sheeted carbonate base metal (“CBM”) vein overprinting. The hole terminated at approximately 956 metres while still in mineralization.
  • Hole APC-25, which was drilled to the northwest from Pad 3 and designed as a short step-out hole, cut more than 100 metres of favourable mineralization beginning at 65 metres below surface. Visual inspection of mineralization indicates that the intercept will be enriched in copper with 1.5% to 2.5% chalcopyrite being recorded in the logs. This is the westernmost hole drilled to date within the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo and opens the potential for further shallow mineralization expansion to the west.
  • Assay results for the remaining nine holes from the 2022 program are outstanding and expected in the near term.

Ari Sussman, Executive Chairman commented: To date, every time that we have undertaken step-out drilling at the Main Breccia system of Apollo, we have expanded the size of the discovery. The exceptional continuity encountered in drilling highlights the potential for a very large, bulk tonnage deposit with robust grades due to the copper-silver-gold mineralization within the breccia matrix being deposited from both a porphyry source as well as low and intermediate sulphidation vein systems. We will remain aggressive in 2023 with drilling set to resume in the coming days.”

TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2023 /CNW/ – Collective Mining Ltd. (TSXV: CNL) (OTCQX: CNLMF) (“Collective” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce visual observations from two additional step-out holes drilled into the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo (“Apollo”), which is located within the Guayabales project in Caldas, Colombia. The Main Breccia discovery is a high-grade, bulk tonnage copper-silver-gold porphyry-related system, which owes its excellent metal endowment to multiple phases of mineralization which include older copper-silver-gold porphyry mineralization and younger, overprinting, sheeted carbonate base metal vein systems.

Details

Twenty-two diamond drill holes with accompanying assay results have now been announced at Apollo and a further nine holes await assay results in the near term. The Company recently completed two westerly directed step out diamond drill holes, APC-25 and APC-28, drilled from its southernmost drill pad (Pad 3) and from its easternmost drill pad (Pad 2). The holes were designed to test for western and depth extensions to the Main Breccia discovery. The following visual observations are highlighted from the two step out holes:

Hole APC-25 was drilled approximately northwest from Pad 3 to a maximum depth of 215.80 metres and was designed to test for potential westerly extensions to shallow and outcropping breccia mineralization. The hole intersected more than one hundred metres of continuous mineralization beginning at 73 metres down hole (65 metres vertical) and continued until approximately 180 metres downhole (160 metres vertical). The mineralized angular breccia contains a sulphide matrix which includes 1.5% to 2.5% chalcopyrite and between 1% and 3% pyrite plus pyrrhotite. The breccia has been overprinted by a zone of carbonate and base metal (sphalerite and galena) veins which based on previously announced results, host higher gold grades. APC-25 is the westernmost hole drilled into the main breccia discovery and opens the potential for further shallow mineralization in the west.

Hole APC-28 was drilled steeply to the west from Pad 2 to a maximum depth of 956.35 metres and was designed to test for western and depth extensions to the Main Breccia system. The hole intersected a hanging wall zone followed by the main zone of mineralized breccia material. The hanging wall zone was 19 metres thick beginning at 286 metres downhole and then the main zone of mineralization began at 354 metres downhole and continued to the end of the hole at 956.35 metres. The main zone of mineralized breccia hosts an upper portion where the sulphide matrix is rich in copper (chalcopyrite 0.7% to 1.5%), pyrite and pyrrhotite, and a lower portion where multiple zones of overprinting CBM veins were observed. APC-28 is the deepest and longest hole drilled to date and hosts the widest zone of continuous breccia mineralization intercepted to date. The hole was terminated while still in mineralization due to the limitations of the drill rig.

In 2022, a total of 14,975 metres (31 holes) were drilled at the Apollo target. To date assay results have been released for 22 holes with results for the holes that remain outstanding expected in early 2023.

The Company’s 2023 drill program will begin in the coming days and will focus on targeting the high-grade subzones within the Main Breccia system while simultaneously expanding the potential size of the system. Additionally, the Company will remain aggressive in testing new targets at Apollo including the newly generated copper and molybdenum porphyry target located 150 metres south of the Main Breccia system.

Figure 1: Plan View Outline of the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo Highlighting Step-Out Drill Holes APC-25 and APC-28 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 1: Plan View Outline of the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo Highlighting Step-Out Drill Holes APC-25 and APC-28 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 2: Plan View of the Guayabales Project Highlighting the Apollo Target (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 2: Plan View of the Guayabales Project Highlighting the Apollo Target (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 3: Selection of Core from Drill Hole APC-25 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 3: Selection of Core from Drill Hole APC-25 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 4: Selection of Core from Drill Hole APC-28 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)
Figure 4: Selection of Core from Drill Hole APC-28 (CNW Group/Collective Mining Ltd.)

About Collective Mining Ltd.

To see our latest corporate presentation and related information, please visit www.collectivemining.com

Founded by the team that developed and sold Continental Gold Inc. to Zijin Mining for approximately $2 billion in enterprise value, Collective Mining is a copper, silver and gold exploration company based in Canada, with projects in Caldas, Colombia. The Company has options to acquire 100% interests in two projects located directly within an established mining camp with ten fully permitted and operating mines.

The Company’s flagship project, Guayabales, is anchored by the Apollo target, which hosts the large-scale, bulk-tonnage and high-grade copper, silver and gold Main Breccia discovery. The Company’s near-term objective is to continue with expansion drilling of the Main Breccia discovery while increasing confidence in the highest-grade portions of the system.

Management, insiders and close family and friends own nearly 35% of the outstanding shares of the Company and as a result, are fully aligned with shareholders. The Company is listed on the TSXV under the trading symbol “CNL” and on the OTCQX under the trading symbol “CNLMF”.

Qualified Person (QP) and NI43-101 Disclosure

David J Reading is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same. Mr. Reading has an MSc in Economic Geology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of the Society of Economic Geology (SEG).

Technical Information

Rock and core samples have been prepared and analyzed at SGS laboratory facilities in Medellin, Colombia and Lima, Peru. Blanks, duplicates, and certified reference standards are inserted into the sample stream to monitor laboratory performance. Crush rejects and pulps are kept and stored in a secured storage facility for future assay verification. No capping has been applied to sample composites. The Company utilizes a rigorous, industry-standard QA/QC program.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about the drill programs, including timing of results, and Collective’s future and intentions. Wherever possible, words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict” or “potential” or the negative or other variations of these words, or similar words or phrases, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management as at the date hereof.

Forward-looking statements involve significant risk, uncertainties, and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Collective cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and Collective assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

SOURCE Collective Mining Ltd.

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Base Metals Junior Mining Precious Metals Uncategorized

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Base Metals Energy Junior Mining Nevada Copper

Nevada Copper Receives US$20 Million from Closing of Second Tranche of Restart Financing Package and Provides Update

Nevada Copper, Proven and Probable

YERINGTON, Nev., Dec. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU) (OTC: NEVDF) (FSE: ZYTA) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the second tranche of funding of an aggregate of US$20 million provided by Mercuria Energy (“Mercuria”) and Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. (“Triple Flag”) has been released from escrow to Nevada Copper as part of the Company’s restart financing package (the “Restart Financing Package”), the first tranche of which closed on October 28, 2022. In exchange for its US$10 million portion of the second tranche of funding, Mercuria received 63,411,540 common shares of the Company. The US$10 million portion of the second tranche of funding provided by Triple Flag resulted in the completion of the increase of its existing net smelter returns royalty on the Company’s open pit project from 0.7% to 2%. In connection with the closing conditions relating to the second tranche, the Company and Mercuria have determined that certain informational and other matters will be addressed post-closing. Please see the Company’s prior press releases on October 28, 2022 and October 25, 2022 for additional details regarding the Restart Financing Package, including the use of proceeds therefrom.

The Company continues to progress restart activities at its Pumpkin Hollow underground copper mine (the “Underground Mine”), including:

  • Development mining contractor – the Company is finalizing its selection of a development mining contractor and expects to award a contract in Q1 2023.
  • Capital projects – the Company is finalizing contract conditions with a capital projects contractor to complete the installation of the Geho dewatering system and coarse ore bin and rehabilitation of the vent shaft. Authorization to proceed with mobilization planning has been given to allow for an expedient ramp-up once the contract has been awarded.
  • Underground development work – hoisting of material to surface recently commenced at the Underground Mine and other development activities, such as advancing through the final dike crossing, completion of the maintenance shop and rehabilitation of ore passes, continue in preparation for mobilization of a development mining contractor in 2023.

About Nevada Copper

Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU) is a copper producer and owner of the Pumpkin Hollow copper project. Located in Nevada, USA, Pumpkin Hollow has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. Its two fully permitted projects include the high-grade Underground Mine and processing facility, which is now in the production stage, and a large-scale open pit PFS stage project.

Randy Buffington
President & CEO

For additional information, please see the Company’s website at www.nevadacopper.com, or contact:

Tracey Thom Vice President, IR and Community Relations
tthom@nevadacopper.com
+1 775 391 9029

Cautionary Language on Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements specifically include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to development and ramp-up plans and activities at the Underground Mine and the timing in respect thereof.

Forward-looking statements and information include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information should not be read as guarantees of future performance and results. They are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results and events to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those relating to: requirements for additional capital and no assurance can be given regarding the availability thereof; the outcome of discussions with vendors; the ability of the Company to complete the ramp-up of the Underground Mine within the expected cost estimates and timeframe; the impact of COVID-19 on the business and operations of the Company; the state of financial markets; history of losses; dilution; adverse events relating to milling operations, construction, development and ramp-up, including the ability of the Company to address underground development and process plant issues; ground conditions; cost overruns relating to development, construction and ramp-up of the Underground Mine; loss of material properties; interest rate increases; global economy; limited history of production; future metals price fluctuations; speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labour disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates from management’s expectations and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents; title matters; regulatory approvals and restrictions; increased costs and physical risks relating to climate change, including extreme weather events, and new or revised regulations relating to climate change; permitting and licensing; dependence on management information systems and cyber security risks; volatility of the market price of the Company’s securities; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; other risks of the mining industry as well as those risks discussed in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis in respect of the year ended December 31, 2021 and the quarter ended September 30, 2022 and in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2022. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release are based upon assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including, without limitation: no adverse developments in respect of the property or operations at the project; no material changes to applicable laws; the ramp-up of operations at the Underground Mine in accordance with management’s plans and expectations; no worsening of the current COVID-19 related work restrictions; reduced impacts of COVID-19 going forward; the Company will be able to obtain sufficient additional funding to complete the ramp-up, no material adverse change to the price of copper from current levels; and the absence of any other factors that could cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

The forward-looking information and statements are stated as of the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events, or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that could cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Specific reference is made to “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis in respect of the year ended December 31, 2021 and the quarter ended September 30, 2022 and “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2022, for a discussion of factors that may affect forward-looking statements and information. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, should other risks or uncertainties materialize or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and events may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements and information. For more information on the Company and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review the Company’s filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements and information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

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Base Metals Collective Mining Energy Junior Mining Precious Metals Uncategorized

Collective Mining Discovers a High-Grade Copper and Molybdenum Porphyry Related Soil Anomaly 150 metres South of the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo 

  • New assay results from detailed soil geochemistry sampling have outlined a high-grade porphyry anomaly averaging greater than 500 parts per million (“ppm”) copper and 30 ppm molybdenum with highest values up to 1,125 ppm copper and 163 ppm molybdenum.  
  • Located only approximately 150 metres south of the southernmost modelled boundary of the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo, this new high-grade anomaly covers an area measuring 250 metres by 150 metres and remains completely open for expansion to the west, east and south. 
  • Follow-up reconnaissance geological work at surface has identified a potassic altered porphyry diorite hosting quartz, molybdenum, and chalcopyrite veins. Surface rock chip sampling from limited weathered (leached) outcrop has returned grades of up to 0.28% copper and 0.13% molybdenum. 
  • The soil anomaly compares favorably in grade and is slightly larger than the soil anomaly covering the southern portion of the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo where recent assay results from drilling have intercepted the highest copper grades to date including drill hole APC-18 which averaged 168.6 metres at 0.98 g/t gold, 69 g/t silver and 0.5% copper. 
  • Immediate plans are underway to test the porphyry target with the first drill hole expected to begin in early Q1, 2023. 
  • Three rigs continue to drill the Main Breccia at Apollo with holes APC-22 through APC-27 awaiting assay results and holes APC-28 through APC-30 nearing completion ahead of a short break for the seasonal holiday.  

Toronto, Ontario, December 14, 2022 – Collective Mining Ltd. (TSXV: CNL) (OTCQX: CNLMF) (“Collective” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce assay results from soil and rock chip sampling undertaken south of the Main Breccia discovery at the Apollo target (“Apollo”) within the Company’s Guayabales project located in Caldas, Colombia. As part of its fully funded 23,000 metre drill program for 2022, there are currently three diamond drill rigs operating at the Apollo target.  The Main Breccia discovery at Apollo is a high-grade, bulk tonnage copper-gold-silver porphyry-related breccia system with previously announced assay results including:  

Hole  Intercept (m)  Au (g/t)  Ag (g/t)  Cu %  Zn %  Pb %  Mo %  AuEq (g/t) *  
APC-2  207.15  1.46  45  0.31  0.08  0.05  0.002  2.68  
APC-8  265.75  1.26  55  0.22  0.07  0.05  0.045  2.44  
APC-12  237.70  1.15  72  0.38  0.08  0.07  0.001  2.88  

* See press releases dated August 10th, September 13th and October 6th respectively.   

Executive Chairman, Ari Sussman stated: “The discovery of a high-grade copper and molybdenum soil anomaly associated with a mineralized porphyry body just south of our Main Breccia discovery at Apollo is exciting. As drilling continues to expand the Main Breccia discovery at Apollo, our early-stage exploration team has been focused on prospecting the rest of the Apollo target area to determine if a possible source exists for the copper mineralization found within the breccia discovery. Given the proximity to our Main Breccia discovery, this new high-grade porphyry target suggests we may have found the source. We are eager to test the new target and plan to initiate drilling in January as part of our upcoming 2023 drilling program. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023 as we continue to drive shareholder value through aggressive expansion drilling of the Main Breccia discovery while testing new targets.” 

Details (See Figures 1–3) 

The Company’s exploration teams have recently undertaken outcrop mapping and soil sampling within the Apollo area with the objective of outlining new targets for drilling. This work has outlined a coherent and well-defined soil anomaly for copper and molybdenum covering dimensions of 250 metres east-west by 150 metres north-south. The anomaly is defined by over 70 soil samples with copper values ranging from 310-1,125pmm and Molybdenum values up to 163ppm. Gold in soil within the anomaly has also returned numerous samples (n=12) ranging from 0.1 to 0.4 g/t. The soil anomaly locates only 150 metres south of the southernmost outcropping portion of the northerly dipping Main Breccia discovery at Apollo as defined by drilling and surface outcrop sampling. The southern copper and molybdenum anomaly is still open at surface to the west, east and to the south. 

Reconnaissance geological mapping and rock chip sampling within the anomalous soil area has identified porphyry diorites with secondary biotite alteration hosting porphyry “B” veins with center and border lines of chalcopyrite and molybdenum. Disseminated chalcopyrite was also observed within the limited outcrop exposures with rock chip sampling reporting grades up to 0.28% of copper, 0.13% of molybdenum and 0.8 g/t gold. 

The Company is currently organizing and constructing a new drill pad to test the target with diamond drilling in January 2023. 

The larger Apollo target area, which includes the Main Breccia discovery and other breccia and porphyry targets, is defined to date by surface mapping, rock sampling and copper and molybdenum soil geochemistry and covers a 1,000 metres X 1,200 metres area. The Apollo target area hosts the Company’s new Main Breccia discovery plus multiple CBM vein systems located within and above and below the mineralized angular breccia. Additional untested breccia discoveries locate to the NE and SE of the main breccia discovery. The newly defined porphyry target, as outlined in this press release, is located 150 metres due south of the southernmost end the Main Breccia discovery and is flanked to the southeast by outcrops hosting a high density of porphyry quartz veins associated with early biotite veins in diorite porphyry.  The larger Apollo target area also remains open for further expansion. 

Figure 1: Plan View of the New Porphyry Target Soil Anomaly in Relation to the Main Breccia Discovery at Apollo  

Figure 2: Detailed View of the Soil Anomaly Covering the New Porphyry Target with Photos and Assay Results for Rock Samples 

Figure 3: Plan View of the Guayabales Project Highlighting the Apollo Target Location 

About Collective Mining Ltd. 

To see our latest corporate presentation and related information, please visit www.collectivemining.com 

Founded by the team that developed and sold Continental Gold Inc. to Zijin Mining for approximately $2 billion in enterprise value, Collective Mining is a copper, silver and gold exploration company based in Canada, with projects in Caldas, Colombia. The Company has options to acquire 100% interests in two projects located directly within an established mining camp with ten fully permitted and operating mines. 

The Company’s flagship project, Guayabales, is anchored by the Apollo target, which hosts the large-scale, bulk-tonnage and high-grade copper, silver and gold Main Breccia discovery. The Company’s near-term objective is to continue with expansion drilling of the Main Breccia discovery while increasing confidence in the highest-grade portions of the system. 

Management, insiders and close family and friends own nearly 35% of the outstanding shares of the Company and as a result, are fully aligned with shareholders. The Company is listed on the TSXV under the trading symbol “CNL” and on the OTCQX under the trading symbol “CNLMF”. 

Qualified Person (QP) and NI43-101 Disclosure 

David J Reading is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same. Mr. Reading has an MSc in Economic Geology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and of the Society of Economic Geology (SEG). 

Technical Information 

Rock and core samples have been prepared and analyzed at SGS laboratory facilities in Medellin, Colombia and Lima, Peru. Blanks, duplicates, and certified reference standards are inserted into the sample stream to monitor laboratory performance. Crush rejects and pulps are kept and stored in a secured storage facility for future assay verification. No capping has been applied to sample composites. The Company utilizes a rigorous, industry-standard QA/QC program. 

Contact Information 

Collective Mining Ltd.  

Steven Gold, Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations 

Tel. (416) 648-4065 

  

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Forward-looking statements involve significant risk, uncertainties, and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Collective cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and Collective assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.  

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Lion One Discovers New Near-Surface Lode at Tuvatu and Intersects Ore-Grade Mineralization Associated with Near-Mine CSAMT Anomaly

Lion One Metals, Proven and Probable

North Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – December 8, 2022) – Lion One Metals Limited (TSXV: LIO) (OTCQX: LOMLF) (ASX: LLO) (“Lion One” or the “Company”) provides results from near-mine exploration, identifying two new zones of significant mineralization within the footprint of the deposit. A new lode, named URA1 has been discovered during construction of the development decline; its location corresponds to Tuvatu’s near-surface and earliest scheduled production area: Zone 2. The lode has been further defined through underground channel sampling and subsequent diamond drilling. The URA1 lode will be included in the updated Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) that the Company aims to release in early 2023. Additionally, several hundred meters to the east of Tuvatu, drillhole TUDDH-612 has intersected mineralization corresponding to a distinct CSAMT gradient anomaly. This release presents significant new results from two separate areas within the general Tuvatu deposit footprint (Figure 1).

Highlights URA1

  • Discovery of near-surface, high-grade URA1 lode from intersection with the development decline, defined through channel sampling (up to 29 g/t Au over 1m in MD-CH-002) and diamond drilling of holes TUDDH-617, 619, and 621 (up to 167.42g/t Au over 0.3m in TUDDH-617, and 27.99 g/t Au over 1.2m in TUDDH-621).
  • Provides increase in volume of mineralized material within the portion of the deposit scheduled for earliest production.
  • A general N-S orientation of the lode corresponds to other major lodes (e.g., URW1) and may indicate the presence of an additional series of undiscovered lodes further to the West of Tuvatu.
  • Underscores the substantial near-mine exploration upside.

Highlights TUDDH-612

  • New ore-grade mineralization of 18.53 g/t Au over 0.6m from 492m corresponding to a sharp CSAMT geophysical gradient anomaly.
  • May represent the possible strike extension of the UR4 lode at Tuvatu, that may also include the deep high-grade intercept in TUDDH-494 at >1100m depth.
  • Tuvatu itself is coincident with a CSAMT gradient of similar magnitude; the recurring correspondence of mineralization with such gradients provides strong validation for the viability of this method for discovery of additional mineralized centers in the caldera. Once completed, this data will provide robust drill targets and substantial projected upside for new discovery.

URA1 lode, Zone 2
During advancement of the 2022 development decline, approximately 75m from the portal entrance, a sharp, clearly defined quartz-sulfide lode was intersected striking NNE-SSW and dipping 84°SE (Figure 2a). This newly identified structure is defined through underground mapping and has control points in space from chip-channel sampling, (results: Table 1) and a three-hole DDH program (TUDDH-617, 619 and 621; Figure 2b) to test the extent of this new lode (results: Table 2). The lode is named URA1, and represents a completely new, previously unmapped structure occurring within the northwestern, near-surface portion of the Tuvatu deposit (Zone 2). The new occurrence discovered near-surface, in a portion of the Tuvatu orebody that is within the current resource estimation extents, illustrates the extraordinary upside potential of the Tuvatu orebody in general. Table 2 lists the interpreted lode for each of the mineralized intercepts in boreholes TUDDH-617, 619, and 621. It is notable that the high-grade intercepts near the bottom of hole TUDDH-617 between 140.1 and 144.6m remain undefined, potentially representing yet another new lode. Moreover, this illustrates the discovery potential of additional mineralization, especially toward the West Zone where relatively sparse drilling has been completed. Notably, this area is defined by historic drilling carried out at a N-S orientation, which would have limited the exposure of the drilling to mineralized lodes trending in the same orientation.

As the discovery and definition of new features continues to add upside, intersection with known lodes, like the Murau 8 lode, intersected with TUDDH-621 at 105.3m returning 4.8m at 30.75 g/t gold continues to provide confidence in the grade continuity of known lodes.

TUDDH-612 and CSAMT profile 6
As part of the Company’s ongoing near-mine exploration program, drillhole TUDDH-612 was completed to test the sharply defined CSAMT1 gradient anomaly on profile 6 (Figure 3). Drill hole TUDDH-612 intersected 18.53 g/t Au over 0.6m at 491.8m depth along the borehole.

As shown in Figure 1, this area is located several hundred meters from the current Tuvatu mineral resource outline. As such, the mineralization intersected at this location represents a new target zone of potential high-grade mineralization that warrants follow-up. Furthermore, the mineralized intercept in hole TUDDH-612 corresponds closely to the strike projection of the UR4 lode, along with the previously reported, deep intercept in TUDDH-494 of 12.2 g/t Au at a depth along the hole of 1106.3m (see April 8, 2022 news release). As such, these intercepts may indicate the extension of the UR4 lode toward the northeast and at depth, increasing LIO’s confidence that the mineralized structure has continuity over space for several hundred meters both to the east and at depth. This structure remains open along strike and up and down dip.

The mineralization observed (Figure 3) corresponds directly with a sharply defined CSAMT gradient anomaly, thus lending significant credence to the application of CSAMT for targeting new zones of potential mineralization. The infill CSAMT survey lines completed in 2022 to complement the previous 2019 survey, are currently in final phase of interpretation. The interpreted survey results will be the subject of a future release. It is expected that once finalized, the combined CSAMT geophysical data from previous and recent surveys will play a significant role in outlining new zones of mineralization near Tuvatu, as well as regionally throughout the Navilawa caldera. A third program of CSAMT geophysics will commence in 2023 and is expected to contribute to coverage of the Navilawa caldera within LIO’s most prospective areas of interest.

Table 1. Chip-channel results from sampling of the URA1 lode, development decline.

Channel IDFrom mTo mWidth mComposited Grade g/t AuCumulative g*m
MD-CH-0010.02.52.59.9424.86
MD-CH-0020.01.01.029.0229.02
MD-CH-0031.03.02.08.9117.83
MD-CH-0041.53.01.511.9317.89
MD-CH-0051.02.51.515.1722.75
MD-CH-0060.03.03.05.6216.87
MD-CH-0110.02.52.510.4626.15



Figure 1. Plan view of the Tuvatu deposit lodes (gray) showing the locations of the exploration and development declines (red), the new URA1 lode (blue) to the west, and TUDDH-612 borehole to the east. The dotted arrow indicates the possible strike extension of the UR4 lode.

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Figure 2a. Photo of URA1 lode located along the northeast wall of the new development decline. The vein at this location is approximately 20 cm wide.

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Figure 2b. Oblique view (looking NE) of the URA1 lode (blue) showing the locations of the exploration and development declines (red), and the follow-up boreholes TUDDH-617, 619, and 621.

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Figure 3. Oblique view showing the locations of borehole TUDDH-612 relative to the CSAMT profile 6, and the exploration and development declines. The location of the high-grade intercept in TUDDH-612 at 18.53 g/t Au is indicated by the red dot. Green dots represent values between 0.5 and 3.0 g/t Au.

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Table 2. Results from URA1 drilling. The interpreted lode for each intercept is indicated.

Hole IDFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)Au g/tLode
TUDDH-61751.953.11.20.99Murau 4
56.158.22.11.76URA 1
including57.958.20.36.30URA 1
59.763.33.62.93URA 1
including59.760.00.317.01URA 1
81.982.80.91.20undefined
140.1141.00.956.22undefined
including140.7141.00.3167.42undefined
143.4144.61.219.27undefined
TUDDH-61929.332.63.31.82Murau 4
41.342.51.20.52undefined
47.648.81.22.79Murau 5
50.651.20.65.03Murau 5
including50.951.20.38.26Murau 5
52.452.70.30.66Murau 5
65.065.30.33.48URA 1
72.273.71.52.78Murau 7
including73.473.70.39.66Murau 7
148.1148.70.60.59Murau 12
TUDDH-62177.780.12.46.03Murau 6
including78.378.60.343.13Murau 6
81.383.42.12.68Murau 7
including82.883.40.65.26Murau 7
84.687.63.02.24Murau 7
including86.787.30.67.37Murau 7
105.3110.14.830.75Murau 8
including105.3105.90.654.31Murau 8
and105.9106.50.68.10Murau 8
and106.5107.40.956.17Murau 8
and107.4108.30.946.55Murau 8
and108.3108.60.311.39Murau 8
and108.6108.90.313.49Murau 8
and108.9110.11.28.56Murau 8
123.6124.20.62.62Murau 10
156.0157.21.20.81Murau 11
159.3160.51.227.99URA 1
168.0170.42.417.06Murau 12
including168.0169.21.28.62Murau 12
and169.2170.41.225.51Murau 12

Table 3. Survey details of diamond drill holes referenced in this release.

Hole NoCoordinates (Fiji map grid)RLfinal depthdipazimuth
NEmmDeg.(TN)
TUDDH-6123920929.11876512.6236.3905.8-60097
TUDDH-6173920800.61876257.3203.1149.9-60266
TUDDH-6193920801.21876257.7203.2161.1-60297
TUDDH-6213920799.91876257.7203.0200.7-69225

About Tuvatu
The Tuvatu Alkaline Gold Project is located on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The January 2018 mineral resource for Tuvatu as disclosed in the technical report “Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Tuvatu Gold Project, Republic of Fiji”, dated September 25, 2020, and prepared by Mining Associates Pty Ltd of Brisbane Qld, comprises 1,007,000 tonnes indicated at 8.50 g/t Au (274,600 oz. Au) and 1,325,000 tonnes inferred at 9.0 g/t Au (384,000 oz. Au) at a cut-off grade of 3.0 g/t Au. The technical report is available on the Lion One website at www.liononemetals.com and on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

Qualified Person
In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43- 101”), Sergio Cattalani, P.Geo, Senior Vice President Exploration, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has reviewed and is responsible for the technical and scientific content of this news release.

QAQC Procedures
Lion One adheres to rigorous QAQC procedures above and beyond basic regulatory guidelines in conducting its sampling, drilling, testing, and analyses. The Company utilizes its own fleet of diamond drill rigs, using PQ, HQ and NQ sized drill core rods. Drill core is logged and split by Lion One personnel on site. Samples are delivered to and analyzed at the Company’s geochemical and metallurgical laboratory in Fiji. Duplicates of all samples with grades above 0.5 g/t Au are both re-assayed at Lion One’s lab and delivered to ALS Global Laboratories in Australia (ALS) for check assay determinations. All samples for all high-grade intercepts are sent to ALS for check assays. All samples are pulverized to 80% passing through 75 microns. Gold analysis is carried out using fire assay with an AA finish. Samples that have returned grades greater than 10.00 g/t Au are then re-analyzed by gravimetric method. For samples that return greater than 0.50 g/t Au, repeat fire assay runs are carried out and repeated until a result is obtained that is within 10% of the original fire assay run. Lion One’s laboratory can also assay for a range of 71 other elements through Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES), but currently focuses on a suite of 9 important pathfinder elements. All duplicate anomalous samples are sent to ALS labs in Townsville QLD and are analyzed by the same methods (Au-AA26, and Au-GRA22 where applicable). ALS also analyses 33 pathfinder elements by HF-HNO3-HClO4 acid digestion, HCl leach and ICP-AES (method ME-ICP61).

About Lion One Metals Limited
Lion One’s flagship asset is 100% owned, fully permitted high grade Tuvatu Alkaline Gold Project, located on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. Lion One envisions a low-cost high-grade underground gold mining operation at Tuvatu coupled with exciting exploration upside inside its tenements covering the entire Navilawa Caldera, an underexplored yet highly prospective 7km diameter alkaline gold system. Lion One’s CEO Walter Berukoff leads an experienced team of explorers and mine builders and has owned or operated over 20 mines in 7 countries. As the founder and former CEO of Miramar Mines, Northern Orion, and La Mancha Resources, Walter is credited with building over $3 billion of value for shareholders.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Lion One Metals Limited
Walter Berukoff“, Chairman and CEO

Contact Investor Relations
Toll Free (North America) Tel: 1-855-805-1250
Email: info@liononemetals.com
Website: www.liononemetals.com

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This press release may contain statements that may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are forward-looking information. Generally, forward-looking information may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “proposed”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases which state that certain actions, events or results may, could, would, or might occur or be achieved. This forward-looking information reflects Lion One Metals Limited’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to Lion One Metals Limited and on assumptions Lion One Metals Limited believes are reasonable. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, the actual results of exploration projects being equivalent to or better than estimated results in technical reports, assessment reports, and other geological reports or prior exploration results. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Lion One Metals Limited or its subsidiaries to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors may include, but are not limited to: the stage development of Lion One Metals Limited, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the actual results of current research and development or operational activities; competition; uncertainty as to patent applications and intellectual property rights; product liability and lack of insurance; delay or failure to receive board or regulatory approvals; changes in legislation, including environmental legislation, affecting mining, timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; not realizing on the potential benefits of technology; conclusions of economic evaluations; and lack of qualified, skilled labour or loss of key individuals. Although Lion One Metals Limited has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Lion One Metals Limited does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

1 CSAMT = Controlled Source Audio Magneto-Tellurics – a ground based geophysical technique that maps 3D electrical resistivity contrasts, inferred to be structural, lithological or hydrothermal-alteration related.

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