Vancouver, B.C. – Latin Metals Inc. ("Latin Metals" or the "Company") - (TSXV: LMS) (OTCQB: LMSQF) provides an update on exploration at the Company's 100%-owned Lacsha copper property ("Lacsha" or the "Project") located in the Peruvian Coastal Copper Belt. Stream sediment sampling results further confirm the existence of copper mineralization at Lacsha and helps delineate priority areas for follow-up.
Lacsha Stream Sediment and Rock Sampling
Phase I exploration at the 4,000-hectare Lacsha property was initiated in January 2021 with initial rock sampling, which identified outcropping copper mineralization ranging from 110 ppm up to 6,410 ppm and molybdenum ranging from 1.5 ppm up to 86.8 ppm. The sampling and historical work defined a total area of 5.0 km by 2.5 km with anomalous copper and pathfinder elements.
Phase II work included 34 stream sediment samples designed to screen the entire property and additional rock sampling and mapping. Results of the stream sediment survey has confirmed the existence of a core 5.0 km by 2.5 km copper-molybdenum anomaly with multi-element support (Figure 1). Within this large geochemical anomaly, there appears to be at least two mineralized centers. Results for rock sampling have not yet been received.
Phase III exploration has begun and will be completed in early Q2. Ongoing work includes two areas of detailed talus sampling, which cover the two mineralized centers with approximately 100 samples, as well as continued mapping and rock sampling. On completion and once results are available, it is expected that geophysical surveying will commence aiming to define drill targets for testing during 2021.
Social and Community
Prior to commencing Phase II exploration, the Company signed an agreement with the local community, under the terms of which the Company has permission to complete all necessary surface exploration to define drill targets, at which time an additional agreement will be required. Under the terms of the current community agreement, the Company is assisting the community with materials for an irrigation project.
Coastal Copper Belt
The Coastal Copper Belt in Peru is a Cretaceous belt hosting various deposit types, including porphyry, epithermal, VMS and IOCG. Latin Metals' 100%-owned Lacsha copper-molybdenum and Auquis copper-gold projects are located in the northern Lima-Ica portion of the coastal belt (Figure 2). The Lacsha Project is located approximately 110 km by road from Lima, 40 km from the coast, and is accessible year-round by paved road. The Project was acquired by staking based on the results of historical multi-element geochemistry. The Lacsha claims lie immediately south and contiguous with Newmont Corporation's Sumacwayra copper-molybdenum property.
Figure 1: Stream sediment sampling results from Lacsha showing copper (left) and molybdenum (right), highlighting the 5.0 km by 2.5 km copper-molybdenum geochemical anomalies.
About Lacsha Copper Property
The 4,000-hectare property was acquired by staking in 2020 (news release August 4, 2020). Verification of altered and mineralized outcrop at surface confirms the Company's exploration model.
Property geology is dominated by tonalite pluton intruded by various granitic bodies up to 1 km length cut by monzonitic and diorite dykes with dominant north to northeast orientation. The area is largely covered by recent quaternary material of approximately 1 m in thickness obscuring much of the outcrop. There is significant potential for additional altered and mineralized rock to be discovered beneath this thin cover. Alteration mapped at surface is dominated by epidote as veinlets cutting the intrusive rocks and chlorite-magnetite replacing mafic minerals. Mineralization is related to oxidation of disseminated sulfides and quartz-copper oxide zones up to 2 m thick.
Figure 2: Northern portion of the Cretaceous coastal belt (Lima-Ica segment) showing the location of Latin Metals' Lacsha and Auquis projects as well as known deposits.
The work program at Lacsha was designed and supervised by Eduardo Leon, the Company's Exploration Manager, who is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program.
On-site personnel at the project rigorously collect and track samples which are then security sealed and shipped to the ALS laboratory in Lima. Samples used for the results described herein are prepared and analyzed by multi-element analysis using an inductively coupled mass spectrometer in compliance with industry standards.
The technical content of this release has been approved for disclosure by Keith J. Henderson P.Geo, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and the Company's CEO. Mr. Henderson is not independent of the Company, as he is an employee of the Company and holds securities of the Company.
About Latin Metals
Latin Metals is a mineral exploration company acquiring a diversified portfolio of assets in South America. The Company operates with a Prospect Generator model focusing on the acquisition of prospective exploration properties at minimum cost, completing initial evaluation through cost-effective exploration to establish drill targets, and ultimately securing joint venture partners to fund drilling and advanced exploration. Shareholders gain exposure to the upside of a significant discovery without the dilution associated with funding the highest-risk drill-based exploration.
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LATIN METALS INC.
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