Copper Basin 2013 Drill Results. EMX’s Copper Basin drill program was funded 100% by Vale and consisted of seven diamond holes totaling 2,776 meters. The program was designed to test copper and molybdenum mineralization first identified by historic drilling from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as new targets identified by the Company’s surface mapping, structural geologic reconstructions, geochemical sampling, and geophysical surveying. All seven holes intersected significant to anomalous copper-molybdenum grades in, and around an exposed portion of the porphyry target area. A summary of drill results is shown in the table below, and reports copper-molybdenum mineralization over the entire length of the holes, as well as higher grade sub-intervals (also see attached map).
|CB-13-01||0.0||919.7||919.7||0.18||0.029||0.34||Vertical hole, TD = 919.7 m. Intersected igneous and hydrothermal breccias cemented by quartz-chalcopyrite-molybdenite-pyrite and cut by quartz-sulfide veins and porphyritic dikes hosted in Proterozoic granite.|
|CB-13-02||0.0||377.95||377.95||0.19||0.019||0.29||Vertical hole, TD = 377.95 m. Several porphyry dikes cutting Proterozoic granite. All rock types cut by quartz-chalcopyrite and quartz-molybdenite veins.|
|CB-13-03||0.0||298.7||298.7||0.04||0.004||0.06||Vertical hole, TD = 298.7 m. Breccia- and granite-hosted, with sericite-pyrite alteration with increasing Cu & Mo at depth.|
|CB-13-04||0.0||371.9||371.9||0.17||0.016||0.26||Vertical hole, TD = 371.9 m. Intersected chalcopyrite-dominant disseminated and vein-controlled mineralization cutting granite.|
|CB-13-05||0.0||192.02||192.02||0.01||nil||0.01||Vertical hole, TD = 192.02 m. Transition from sericitic at top of hole to propylitic alteration w/ anomalous Pb-Zn at depth.|
|CB-13-06||0.0||304.8||304.8||0.13||0.019||0.23||Angle hole (318°, -60°), TD = 304.8. Intersected quartz-sulfide veins and stockworks. Did not reach target depth.|
|CB-13-07||0.0||310.9||310.9||0.17||0.016||0.26||Vertical hole, TD = 310.9 m. Chalcopyrite dominant disseminated and vein-controlled mineralization cutting Proterozoic granite.|
The combination of EMX and historic drilling delineates a 900 by 850 meter area of copper-molybdenum mineralization open in all directions, and situated within a broader area of porphyry alteration and mineralization. EMX is currently planning to follow-up on the encouraging 2013 drill results with a second phase program of additional drilling and surface exploration. In particular, the source(s) for higher grade hydrothermal and igneous breccia zones and porphyry dikes, partially concealed beneath less altered surface exposures, are among the priority targets.
Vale can earn up to a 75% interest in the Copper Basin Designated Project by fulfilling work commitments, making cash payments, and completing a feasibility study (see Company news release dated September 28, 2011). At present, Vale is funding 100% of exploration expenditures at Copper Basin, and to date has invested more than US $2 million in the project. EMX is the project operator through its wholly-owned subsidiary Bronco Creek Exploration.
Copper Basin Overview. The Copper Basin project is located in central Arizona, and was last explored during the porphyry copper exploration boom of the 1960’s and 1970’s. This work included surface sampling, geophysics, and drill testing (see Company news release dated September 28, 2011). The property was identified as a prospective porphyry copper-molybdenum target from EMX’s regional exploration work, and staked in 2010 on open ground. The Company’s 2013 program represents the first drill testing of the property since the early-1970s.
The property contains Proterozoic granites cut by younger Laramide-age quartz diorite stocks and dikes. These rocks are cut by zones of quartz-pyrite-chalcopyrite-molybdenite veins, stockworks, and mineralized breccias. In addition, numerous surface shows of mineralization are exposed along Copper Basin Creek and its tributaries as copper seeps, ferricretes, and manganocretes. Many of these occurrences lie outside of the drill tested area.
EMX’s structural geologic interpretations suggest that the Copper Basin porphyry system is tilted on its side, topping to the east. Alteration and mineralization zoning patterns from drilling and surface mapping, as well as a pronounced overlapping magnetic low, corroborate this interpretation. The resulting geologic model was a basis for the successful 2013 drill program, as well as surface exploration programs that identified additional copper-molybdenum multi-phase, mineralized breccias outside of the drilled area. The Copper Basin system consists of multiple nested pulses of porphyry-style alteration and mineralization with at least one kilometer of vertical extent and exposed over a 1.5 square kilometer target area. Further, the structural reconstructions, zoning relationships, and extension of the magnetic low to the north-northeast suggest additional upside exploration targets lie beneath less altered cover rocks peripheral to the exposed portion of the porphyry system.
Comments on Sampling, Assaying, and QA/QC. EMX’s drill samples were collected and analyzed in accordance with industry best practice standards. The samples were submitted to ALS Chemex laboratories in Elko and Reno, Nevada for sample preparation, and Vancouver, Canada (ISO 9001:2000 and 17025:2005 accredited) for analysis. Samples were analyzed utilizing four-acid digestion and ICP-MS/AES techniques. Over limit analyses for copper were conducted by reanalysis using ICP methods. As standard procedure, the Company conducts routine QA/QC analysis on all assay results, including the systematic utilization of certified reference materials, blanks and duplicates.
About Vale. Vale is one of the largest metals and mining companies in the world. It is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and iron ore pellets and the second largest producer of nickel. Vale also produces manganese ore, copper, thermal and coking coal, phosphates, potash, cobalt, gold, silver and platinum group metals. To support Vale’s growth strategy, the company is actively engaged in mineral exploration efforts in several countries around the globe.
About EMX. Eurasian is a global gold and copper exploration company utilizing a partnership business model to explore the world’s most promising and underexplored mineral belts. Eurasian generates wealth via grassroots prospect generation, strategic acquisition and royalty growth.
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