CuOro Resources Corp. announces that Geotech Ltd. of Aurora, Ontario (“Geotech”) has been engaged to complete a 416 line-kilometre, helicopter-borne versatile time-domain electromagnetic (“VTEM”) survey of the Santa Elena Copper-Gold Project, in Antioquia Department, Colombia.
Geotech’s VTEM system has been shown to be excellent at identifying conductive, massive-sulphide bodies as well as mapping lateral and vertical variations in resistivity. The VTEM system is also equipped with a high sensitivity magnetometer which can aid in mapping geologic structure and lithology.
The survey is expected to be completed during October 2012. The Company will immediately investigate any targets generated by the survey with exploration and drilling.
Santa Elena Overview
Santa Elena is classified as a bimodal-mafic VMS deposit. This type of deposit is similar to that found in many of the major district of the Precambrian Shields of Canada, Western Australia, and Scandinavia, as well as the Urals and in the Cretaceous of Peru. The latter is comprised of the giant Tambo Grande deposits; TG1 and TG3, adjacent deposits comprising a single ore system contain a non 43-101 compliant resource of over 138 MT of 1.3% Cu and 1.1% Zn. The Tambo Grande deposits are in a very similar setting to the Santa Elena occurrence, and given that both are in what appears to be an oceanic back-arc setting, this district may be a model for Santa Elena. It is important to note that VMS deposits almost always occur in districts, and that their sizes are log-normally distributed.
The concessions contain 1,287.5 hectares near the north end of the Antioquia batholith, at the intersection between the San Pablo formation (Cretaceous marine sediments) located to the north, the basaltic volcanic flows located to the west, and the Antioquia batholith quartz-diorite complex to the east.
The infrastructure is excellent and includes paved road access, two hydroelectric plants within 5 km, and abundant water supply.
Geological mapping and sampling has identified 3 VMS areas of outcropping (TEM-1, TEM-2, and TEM-3) all of which coincide with historical geophysical anomalies. Several new mineralized outcrops have been located recently south of the known VMS outcrops.
Recently completed geophysical surveys have validated the historical data, as well as produced many new targets which will be drill tested.
Summary of Geophysics
A surface geophysical TEM survey at 50 m intervals was conducted on a selected area of the property where outcropping mineralization was visible. The survey was conducted by VAL D’OR Geophysics for Noranda Mining and Exploration Inc in 1996-1997.
The historical ground geophysics had identified 4 strong conductors with good vertical extent, 3 of which are coincident with the TEM-1, TEM-2, and TEM-3 outcrops.
An airborne magnetometer and radiometric survey was flown in August 2011. These surveys were followed-up by ground based induced polarization and resistivity surveys. These surveys validated the original survey data, and also generated several new drill targets which are currently being drill tested.
The company plans to initiate down-hole TEM surveys along with additional induced polarization and resistivity surveys in January 2012.