MAG Silver Announces Juanicipio Resource Estimation and Exploration Update
Indicated Resources: 5.20 Million Tonnes containing 110.8 million ounces of silver, 321,300 ounces of gold
Inferred Resources: 7.72 Million Tonnes containing 93.3 million ounces of silver, 387,200 ounces of gold
Vancouver, B.C. MAG Silver Corp. (TSX: MAG; NYSE-A: MVG) ("MAG" or the "Company") announces an independent updated mineral resource estimate for the Juanicipio Property made by Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. (Scott Wilson RPA) on behalf of MAG Silver. The Juanicipio property, located in the Fresnillo District, Zacatecas State, Mexico, is owned and operated by Minera Juanicipio S.A. de C.V., a Mexican incorporated joint venture company held 56% by Fresnillo plc and 44% by the Company. The updated mineral resource estimate is based on drill results available to September 8, 2010 and used methods similar to the previous estimate of March 2009. A National Instrument 43-101 technical report documenting the mineral resource estimate will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days.
Indicated Mineral Resources are now estimated to total 5.20 million tonnes of 662 grams per tonne (g/t) (19.3 ounces per ton (opt)) silver, 1.92 g/t gold, 1.78% lead, and 3.66% zinc at an NSR cut-off value of US$50 per tonne. Total contained metals in the Indicated Resource are 110.8 million ounces of silver, 321,300 ounces of gold, 204.4 million pounds of lead, and 419.7 million pounds of zinc. At the same cut-off value of US$50 per tonne, Inferred Mineral Resources are estimated to total 7.72 million tonnes of 376 g/t (11.0 opt) silver, 1.56 g/t gold, 1.53% lead, and 2.74% zinc. The Inferred Resources contain an additional 93.3 million ounces of silver, 387,200 ounces of gold, 260.7 million pounds of lead, and 466.1 million pounds of zinc.
The Indicated Mineral Resources are located exclusively in the Valdecañas Main Vein and Hanging Wall Vein #1. The Inferred Mineral Resources are contained within the Valdecañas Main Vein, several hanging and footwall veins and in a stockwork zone located within the Valdecañas structure. For the first time, an Inferred Resource is included for the Juanicipio Vein, located 1100 metres to the south of the Valdecañas Vein. Note that the Juanicipio Vein estimates do not include new Hole 18R (reported in detail below) that cut 1.56 metres (true thickness) grading 4,223 g/t (123 opt) silver, 2.97 g/t gold, 5.57% zinc, and 3.00% lead.
"We are pleased, but not surprised, to have added over 2 million tonnes and more than 27 million ounces of silver and 111 thousand ounces of gold to our Indicated Resources," said Dan MacInnis, MAG's President and CEO. "The 77% increase in Indicated tonnes shows a much larger high grade mineral inventory for the Prefeasibility Study anticipated by the end of the year, when compared to the 2009 Scoping Study (see www.sedar.com). The increase was largely achieved by infill drilling that elevated over 2 million tonnes from the Inferred category to Indicated. Inferred tonnes stayed basically the same thanks to drilling outside the previous resource area that replaced the elevated tonnes with 2 million new tonnes. Using mining rate estimates from our 2009 Scoping Study, these increases add over 3 years to our estimated mine life. We are also pleased to have an Inferred Resource on our original discovery, the Juanicipio Vein, and look forward to seeing what the new exceptionally high-grade intercept in hole 18R may add to resources there over time."
Table 1 - Mineral Resource Estimate for the Juanicipio Project as of September 8, 2010
|M t||g/t||g/t||%||%||US$/t||M oz||K oz||M lbs||M lbs|
|Valdecañas Main Vein||4.81||645||1.87||1.82||3.77||346||99.7||288.4||193.2||400.0|
|Hanging Wall Vein 1||0.40||868||2.57||1.28||2.25||430||11.1||32.9||11.2||19.7|
|Valdecañas Main Vein||5.04||386||1.72||1.90||3.37||243||62.6||278.0||211.1||374.1|
|Footwall (Desprendido) Vein||0.79||510||0.69||0.51||0.82||231||12.9||17.5||8.8||14.1|
|Hanging Wall Vein 1||0.12||554||0.53||0.75||1.54||232||2.2||2.1||2.0||4.2|
|Hanging Wall Vein 2||0.35||802||1.17||1.79||3.68||368||9.0||13.1||13.8||28.3|
|Footwall Vein 2||0.19||136||1.21||2.97||4.55||139||0.8||7.3||12.3||18.9|
- CIM Definition Standards have been followed for classification of mineral resources.
- Mineral resources are reported at a NSR value cut-off of US$50/tonne.
- NSR values are calculated in US$ using factors of $0.42 per g/t Ag, $21.25 per g/t Au, $9.73 per % Pb and $8.14 per % Zn. These factors are based on metal prices of US$16.00/oz Ag, US$1000/oz Au, $0.80/lb Pb and $1.00/lb Zn and estimated recoveries and smelter terms.
- The mineral resource estimate uses drill hole data available as of September 8, 2010.
- Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
- Totals may not add correctly due to rounding.
Resource Estimation Details
The Juanicipio drill hole database includes 107 diamond core holes totaling 87,731 metres drilled prior to September 8, 2010. A set of cross sections and plan views were interpreted to construct three-dimensional wireframe models of the mineralized veins using the descriptive logs, a minimum NSR value of approximately US$50 per tonne, and a minimum thickness of 1.5 metres. Prior to compositing to two metre lengths, high grades were cut to 6,000 g/t silver, 16 g/t gold, and 15% for both lead and zinc. Grades and density were estimated using inverse distance cubed. All blocks within the wireframes are reported as mineral resource. Approximately 2% of the Indicated tonnes and 7% of the Inferred tonnes have values less than US$50 per tonne but are included for continuity. Much of the Stockwork Zone has NSR values less than US$50 per tonne, but it is included as mineral resource because it represents incremental tonnage adjacent to the Valdecañas and Footwall Veins. Classification into the Indicated and Inferred categories was guided by the drill hole density and the apparent continuity of the mineralized zones.
Comparison with Previous Results
Table 2 compares the current and previous mineral resource estimate made by Scott Wilson RPA. The 77% increase in Indicated tonnage reflects the closer spaced drilling and improved confidence in the grade continuity. The addition of Inferred resources along and across strike more than offsets the elevation of resources to the Indicated category. Slight decreases in average grades in both the Indicated and Inferred categories are due to the addition of lower grade material both up and down dip of the main, high grade core.
Table 2 - Comparison of Current and Previous Mineral Resource Estimates
|M t||g/t||g/t||%||%||M oz||K oz||M lbs||M lbs|
|March 2009 Estimate|
Exploration Results for the Juanicipio Vein
Drilling continues on the Juanicipio Vein, primarily in the area around the Inferred Resource mentioned above (see Longitudinal Section). The Juanicipio Vein lies 1.1 kilometers south of the Valdecañas Vein and was discovered in the first hole drilled in the Juanicipio Claim by MAG Silver in 2003. Overall, the Juanicipio Vein behaves more erratically in width and grade than the Valdecañas Vein, but the local extremely high grades maintain high exploration interest. The general textural and grade patterns of the Juanicipio Vein suggest that its Bonanza Zone lies deeper than that of the Valdecañas Vein, which is consistent with well documented vertical and lateral shifts in the centres of mineralization over time in the Fresnillo District.
The best of the recent holes is Hole 18R, which cut 1.56 metres (true thickness) reporting 4,223 g/t (123.2 opt) silver, 2.97 g/t gold, 3.00% lead and 5.57% zinc. Hole 18.5R, drilled 125 metres west of 18R cut a wider (3.55 metre true width thickness) segment of the vein, with significant but lower grades (see Table 3). More importantly, hole 18.5R cut several hanging wall veins, the first seen along the Juanicipio Vein; the most important of these is 0.55 metre wide and carries 453 g/t (13.2 opt) silver. Hole 17.5 R is currently in progress to determine if the mineralization cut in 18.5R continues to depth.
Table 3- Juanicipio Vein Drilling Results
*Represents core length
Qualified Person -- Resource: The Mineral Resources for the Juanicipio Property disclosed in this press release have been estimated by Mr. David Ross, P.Geo., an employee of Scott Wilson RPA and independent of MAG. By virtue of his education and relevant experience Mr. Ross is a "Qualified Person" for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101. The Mineral Resources have been classified in accordance with CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, (December 2005). Mr. Ross, P.Geo. has read and approved the contents of this press release as it pertains to the disclosed mineral resource estimate.
Qualified Person- Exploration: Dr. Peter Megaw, Ph.D., C.P.G., has acted as the qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 for this disclosure and supervised the preparation of the remaining technical information in this release. Dr. Megaw has a Ph.D. in geology and more than 20 years of relevant experience focused on silver and gold mineralization, and exploration and drilling in Mexico. He is a certified Professional Geologist (CPG 10227) by the American Institute of Professional Geologists and an Arizona registered geologist (ARG 21613). Dr. Megaw is not independent as he is a Director and Shareholder of MAG and is the vendor of this project, whereby he may receive additional shares. Dr. Megaw is satisfied that the results are verified based on an inspection of the core, a review of the sampling procedures, the credentials of the professionals completing the work and the visual nature of the silver and base metal sulphides within a district where he is familiar with the style and continuity of mineralization.
Quality Assurance and Control: The samples are shipped directly in security sealed bags to ALS-Chemex Laboratories preparation facility in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (Certification ISO 9001). Samples shipped also include intermittent standards and blanks. Pulp samples are subsequently shipped to ALS-Chemex Laboratories in North Vancouver, Canada for analysis. Two extra pulp samples are also prepared and are analyzed (in progress) by SGS Laboratories (Certification ISO 9001) and Inspectorate Laboratories (Certification ISO 9001) (or other recognized lab). The bulk reject is subsequently sent to CIDT (Center for Investigation and Technical Development) of Peñoles in Torreon, Mexico for metallurgical testing where a fourth assay for each sample is analyzed and a calculated head grade is received on the basis of a concentrate balance. The CIDT also does a full microscopic, XRF and XRD mineralogical analysis.
About MAG Silver Corp. (www.magsilver.com)
MAG is focused on district scale projects located within the Mexican Silver Belt. Our mission is to become one of the premier companies in the Silver Mining Industry. MAG is conducting ongoing exploration of its portfolio of 100% owned properties in Mexico including a silver, lead and zinc discovery and a moly-gold discovery at its 100% owned Cinco de Mayo property in Chihuahua State. MAG and Fresnillo plc are jointly delineating a significant new silver vein discovery on the Juanicipio Joint Venture in Zacatecas State. MAG is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol MAG and on the NYSE Amex under the symbol MVG.
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