MAG Silver Discovers High Grade Molybdenum with Gold at Cinco de Mayo
0.307% molybdenum (Mo) over 75 metres, including
0.637% molybdenum with 0.140 ppm gold over 34.5 metres
Vancouver, B.C -- MAG Silver Corp. (TSX:MAG) (NYSE-A:MVG) ("MAG") is pleased to announce assay and geological results from ongoing exploration drilling on its 100% owned Cinco de Mayo property in northern Chihuahua State, Mexico. The most significant result from this ongoing program is the discovery of a high grade Molybdenum (Mo) (gold) zone at Pozo Seco located 4.0 kilometres southwest of the Jose Manto Discovery (see Tables 1.0 and 2.0).
Hole 130, reported 75 metres (beginning near surface) averaging 0.307% molybdenum (Mo), including 34.5 metres averaging 0.637% Mo with 0.140 ppm gold, and also including 4.65 metres that runs 1.64% Mo with 0.467 ppm gold.
A second hole, 83, cut a 56.8 metre section (beginning near surface) running 0.19% molybdenum with 0.11 ppm gold, including a 17.4 metre section within the lower part of the zone that runs 0.47% molybdenum with 0.20 ppm gold. The base of this zone also includes a 2.3 metre section carrying 4% Zinc (see attached diagram).
Table 1.0 Highlights from Pozo Seco Moly (gold) Zone
"The Pozo Seco moly-gold zone intersections are significant in that they not only report high grade Mo (Au) over appreciable widths...creating potential as a stand-alone high-grade molybdenum target, but they are remarkably similar to mineralization that flanks the central parts of San Martin-Sabinas, Zacatecas, the largest skarn-replacement deposit known in Mexico", said Dan MacInnis, MAG Silver President. "The Cinco de Mayo system continues to demonstrate its extent and strength as a very high percentage of the recent holes, drilled in the 7.5 by 16 kilometre area south and west of the Jose Manto, have encountered new silver, gold and molybdenum mineralization. The Pozo Seco moly-gold results may be a strong indicator that a causitive intrusive center is located nearby. The data are being compiled into a state-of-the-art database which indicates we have numerous additional geophysical targets to test and we look forward to continued significant advances in our understanding of this very large, complex, and poorly exposed system."
Result details, Cinco de Mayo Project
Recent drilling has focused on testing a series of geophysical anomalies revealed by a new district-scale airborne survey designed to locate the centre of what is emerging as a large scale Carbonate Replacement Deposit (CRD). Three of these anomalies, Pozo Seco, Sierra Ruso and La Gloria have proven to be associated with significant mineralization and alteration, with Holes 83 and 130 at Pozo Seco showing high-grade molybdenum-gold mineralization similar to that seen flanking the central parts of several of Mexico's largest Silver-Lead-Zinc-Copper-Gold CRD systems.
Pozo Seco lies above a strong 2 by 3 kilometres positive magnetic anomaly lying 4 kilometres southwest of the Jose Manto. To date five vertical holes have been drilled on 250 metre centres and all have encountered molybdenum-gold mineralization, starting at or near the surface, in a broad, gently east-dipping, pervasively silicified structural breccia.
Additional holes (91, 123, and 129), drilled as 250 metre offsets to the east and southeast of Hole 83, encountered the same breccia and confirm continuity of the moly-gold mineralization within the breccia. Hole 123, drilled 250 metres southwest of Hole 83 cut 23 metres (21.08-44.17 metres down-hole) reporting 0.33 ppm gold, including 1.55 metres grading 1.09 g/t gold. The airborne electromagnetic VTEM system indicates increasing conductivity coincident and on-trend with the mineralization moving towards the southeast (Figure 01).
Sierra Ruso: Hole 127, drilled on a covered magnetic anomaly, 5.8 kilomtres to the SSE of Pozo Seco along the same mineralized structural trend, cut a pervasively silicified and locally mineralized breccia more than 20 metres wide with a 4.55 metre wide zone that reports 186 g/t (5.4 opt) silver, including a 1.5 metre zone carrying 496 g/t (14.5 opt) silver. This breccia is the focus of on-going drilling. Very well-developed gold-bearing jasperoids crop out sporadically between Sierra Ruso and Pozo Seco, indicating that mineralization may be laterally coherent along the fault zone that appears to link these two discovery zones.
The La Gloria area lies 3.5 kilometres southeast of the Jose Manto above a strong, "L"-shaped magnetic low of similar magnitude to the elongate magnetic low flanking the Jose Manto. Twelve holes have been drilled in this completely featureless area, with most cutting strong hornfels, tungsten-bearing skarn and thin felsite dikes. Ten of the holes report more than 0.25 ppm gold. Hole 114 cut multiple mineralized horizons ranging from 0.33 to 2.3 metres in thickness that reported 0.1 to 1.67 g/t gold, 75.7 g/t (2.2 opt silver), 1.3 to 7.6% lead, and 0.15 to 0.7% zinc. Holes 116, 122, and 124 also report significantly anomalous values in skarn associated with felsic intrusions.
Nineteen additional holes have been drilled around the Jose Manto, and along its projections, seeking extensions and feeders to this zone. Of these, all but one hit significantly anomalous mineralization and several have hit mineralization comparable in grade but not thickness to previous drilling in this area. Hole 79, hit 2.59 metres carrying 0.1 g/t gold, 163 g/t (4.8 opt silver, 2.49% lead, and 2.72% zinc including 0.18 metres with 0.45 g/t gold, 1,835 g/t (53.5 opt silver), 20.1% lead, and 6.29% zinc.
Twelve other geophysical anomalies and geological targets throughout the range have been tested with one or more holes, with four holes (88, 96, 97 and 110) yielding significant anomalies.
Diagrams can also be found on the website www.magsilver.com.
About Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a 15,000 hectare property straddling the same regionally-mappable structure that contains the largest Carbonate Replacement Deposits (CRDs) in Chihuahua. Exposures are very limited, so exploration is guided by MAG's CRD exploration model, airborne magnetic and VTEM and ZTEM surveys, surface mapping of the sparse outcrops, and drilling. Results to date indicate the presence of a deep 2 by 3 kilometre intrusive center with high-level intrusive offshoots lying beneath a high limestone ridge, flanked by a series of prominent linear magnetic lows that coincide with NW-SE structural zones created during pre-mineral regional thrust faulting. The Jose Manto and Pozo Seco trends have poor to no outcrop, but have yielded the best results. At least three other trends, some marked by pervasive silicification (jasperoid) locally carrying strongly anomalous (> 200 ppb) gold values, remain to be tested.
Overall, drilling has encountered strong CRD-skarn style mineralization and alteration throughout an area roughly 8 by 16 kilometres, with very few drillholes completely lacking mineralization. The ability to test the system with such large drilling step outs is testimony to the widespread development and potential size of this carbonate replacement (CRD) system. Recent drilling has focused on locating the central (proximal) intrusive source for the system, to which outer (distal) styles of mineralization should be zonally related. Strong molybdenum mineralization in silicified breccias above the large regional positive magnetic anomaly is comparable to what is seen in the proximal parts of several major Mexican and US CRD systems and is consistent with what MAG's CRD exploration model predicts. Development of increasingly distal mineralization styles in structural corridors leading outwards from this centre is also consistent with the model. Despite these significant advances in the understanding of this system, this must still be considered an early-stage project.
Cinco de Mayo is held 100% by MAG and is one of six other district scale projects operated by MAG.
Quality Assurance and Control: The Company has in place a quality control program to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis. Samples were collected by employees of consulting firm Minera Cascabel S.A. de C.V. on behalf of MAG Silver Corp. The surface rock samples are shipped directly in security sealed bags to ALS-Chemex Laboratories preparation facilities in Hermosillo, Sonora or Chihuahua City (Certification ISO 9001). Sample pulps are shipped from there to ALS-Chemex Laboratories in North Vancouver, Canada for analysis. All samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 50 gram charge. Gold values in excess of 3.00 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish for greater accuracy. Silver, zinc, copper and lead values in excess of 100 ppm, 1%, 1% and 1% respectively are also repeated by fire assay.
Qualified Person: 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 technical information in this release. Dr. Megaw has a Ph.D. in geology and more than 20 years of relevant experience focussed 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.
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 and its partner Fresnillo plc are delineating a significant new silver vein discovery on the Juanicipio property in Zacatecas State, Mexico. The total contained metals at the Juanicipio property on a 100% project basis in the Indicated Resource are 83 million ounces of silver, 210,000 ounces of gold and 155 million pounds of lead and 269 million pounds of zinc. The Inferred Resources contain an additional 106 million ounces of silver, 356,000 ounces of gold and 301 million pounds of lead and 498 million pounds of zinc. MAG has also identified a new silver, lead and zinc discovery at its 100% owned Cinco de Mayo property. MAG is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. MAG's common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol MAG and on the NYSE-A under the symbol MVG.
On behalf of the Board of
MAG SILVER CORP.
President and CEO
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Table 2 Drill Intercepts by Area
|CM09-087||Pozo Seco South||104.55||108.55||4.00||0.68||3.5||0.00||0.00|
|CM09-087||Pozo Seco South||115.50||118.15||2.65||0.92||3.4||0.11||0.01||0.16|
|CM09-087||Pozo Seco South||132.50||136.90||4.40||0.85||3.1||0.00||0.00|
|CM09-125||West Sierra Ruso||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-126||West Sierra Ruso||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-127||East Sierra Ruso||441.96||446.51||4.55||0.01||186.1||0.03||0.32|
|CM09-127||East Sierra Ruso||441.96||443.46||1.50||0.03||496.0||0.04||0.74|
|CM09-128||East Sierra Ruso||262.74||263.41||0.67||0.00||24.7||0.01||0.05|
|CM09-111||La Gloria||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-117||La Gloria||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-095||Jose Manto NW||296.95||297.20||0.25||0.09||52.6||1.5||0.63||5.67|
|CM09-095||Jose Manto NW||300.05||301.15||1.10||0.15||25.5||0.7||1.28||5.10|
|CM09-095||Jose Manto NW||336.08||336.71||0.63||0.17||121.0||3.5||6.13||7.03|
|CM09-101||Jose Manto NW||454.58||454.84||0.26||0.17||79.7||2.3||1.32||24.80|
|CM09-102||Jose Manto NW||575.84||576.07||0.23||0.10||32.8||1.0||0.41||10.15|
|CM09-107||Jose Manto NE||259.78||260.64||0.86||0.05||18.1||0.63||4.36|
|CM08-079||Jose Manto N||465.40||467.99||2.59||0.10||163.5||4.8||2.49||2.72|
|CM08-079||Jose Manto N||465.40||465.58||0.18||0.45||1835.0||53.5||20.10||6.29|
|CM08-079||Jose Manto N||488.77||489.00||0.23||0.30||455.0||13.3||8.65||16.25|
|CM08-081||Jose Manto N||539.66||540.02||0.36||1.60||106.0||3.1||1.28||0.54|
|CM08-081||Jose Manto N||768.47||768.70||0.23||2.15||52.5||1.5||0.37||0.04|
|CM09-092||Jose Manto||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-108||Jose Manto E||756.59||757.02||0.43||0.31||248.0||7.2||1.99||9.99|
|CM08-080||Jose Manto SE||499.75||500.00||0.25||0.01||12.8||0.37||4.21|
|CM08-082||Jose Manto SE||245.58||246.03||0.45||0.06||143.0||4.2||3.72||11.25|
|CM09-089||Fluorite Breccia||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-093||South Pass||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-094||South Pass||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-096||N end Sierra Santa Lucia||288.26||289.91||1.65||1.38||4.5||0.00||0.00|
|CM09-097||South of Cinco Ridge||407.47||408.89||1.42||0.01||109.0||3.2||0.19||0.02|
|CM09-099||Canyon S Bx||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-100||Canyon SW of Celia||No Significant Intercepts|
|CM09-110||Range Front - Structure Intersection||72.85||75.35||2.50||0.73||1.2||0.00||0.01|
|CM09-112||NE Mag Low||No Significant Intercepts|