Vancouver, B.C. – Latin Metals Inc. (“Latin Metals” or the “Company”) - (TSXV: LMS) OTCQB: LMSQF) is pleased to announce positive exploration results from its 100%-owned Auquis copper project (“Auquis” or the “Project”), located in the Coastal Copper Belt, where soil sampling results define high-grade anomalous copper over a 3km x 2km area.
Auquis Copper Project
The Company initiated exploration at the 4,000-hectare Auquis in February this year. Exploration completed to date includes an extensive soil sampling program designed to screen the most prospective portions of the property. A total of 253 soil samples were collected on a 400m x 200m grid. Results are positive (Figure 1), defining a coincident copper and molybdenum anomaly over an area of 3km x 2km. Within this area, copper-in-soil values are greater than 500 ppm (0.05%) and up to 2,300 ppm (0.23%) copper.
Latin Metals is committed to regularly engaging with community stakeholders and backing local projects with positive and lasting community benefits. Having reached an agreement with the communities at Auquis, the Company will undertake various capacity-building projects focused on agricultural development and irrigation projects. Community engagement and consultation continues at the Auquis project and is ongoing at this and other Latin Metals’ projects.
Latin Metal’s CEO, Keith Henderson, commented: “Exploration at Auquis offers compelling discovery potential as little historical work has been done on these highly prospective targets. The project remains an exciting exploration story that can expose investors to a top mining jurisdiction as well as commodities in high demand and short supply, such as copper. We look forward to updating our shareholders with progress as we move through exploration milestones over the coming months.”
Latin Metals will begin a comprehensive rock chip sampling and mapping program in April, focusing on the high-grade copper anomalies identified by the soil survey.
Coastal Copper Belt
The Coastal Copper Belt in Peru is a Cretaceous belt hosting a variety of deposit types, including porphyry, epithermal, VMS and IOCG. Latin Metals has staked six exploration projects in the Belt, totalling 15,900 hectares. In 2021, the Company focused on the Lacsha copper-molybdenum discovery, where extensive exploration has been completed, including surface geochemistry and geophysical surveys. The Auquis copper-molybdenum project will see similar levels of exploration over the coming months.
The work program at Auquis was designed and supervised by Eduardo Leon, the Company's Exploration Manager. He 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.
Soil samples were extracted from prospecting pits measuring 40cm x 40 cm, where the uppermost A horizon was removed to collect the underlying B horizon. A total of 1.5 to 2.0 kg of B Horizon material was collected at each sampling site, before the sampling pit was reclaimed. A total of 253 samples were collected on a grid of 200m north-south and 400m east-west orientation.
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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