C3 Metals Intersects 178.5m at 0.37% Copper, 0.16 g/t Gold and 108.0m at 0.42% Copper, 0.26 g/t Gold in Near-Surface Porphyry-Style Mineralization at Bellas Gate
Both drill holes at Camel Hill intersected copper-gold-silver porphyry mineralization within 10.0 and 6.0 metres from surface, respectively. Intense biotite and magnetite alteration, as well as a large magnetic and chargeability anomaly, suggest significant depth potential. The mineralization tested to date is predominantly hosted by volcanics and is interpreted to be high in the porphyry system.
Table 1. Significant Intercepts from Camel Hill Target at Bellas Gate Project
Dan Symons, President & CEO, stated, "We have now intersected broad widths of near-surface porphyry mineralization at both the Camel Hill and Connors targets on our Bellas Gate Project. Wherever we have drilled a coincident magnetic and chargeability geophysical anomaly, we have intersected porphyry mineralization. A significant, untested geophysical anomaly sitting at depth between Camel Hill and Connors is interpreted to be the heart of the porphyry system. However, our current drill rig does not have the capacity to test the deeper target. We plan to secure a drill rig capable of reaching target depths of this geophysical anomaly. In the meantime, the existing drill rig on-site will be utilized for a maiden 5,000 metre drill program targeting the extensive, at-surface epithermal vein swarm recently discovered on our Arthurs Seat Project."
Bellas Gate Drill Highlights:
- Multiple, broad intercepts of copper-gold-silver porphyry mineralization intersected at both the Connors (see September 12, 2022 press release) and Camel Hill targets;
- Geophysics have proven to be a successful targeting tool for porphyry mineralization;
- Pyrite - chalcopyrite mineralization occurs as disseminations and in veins;
- Intense biotite and magnetite alteration in volcanic host rocks, as well as geophysical anomalies, suggest significant depth potential;
- Drilling has intersected the pyrite-rich shell of the porphyry as well as intermediate-sulphidation epithermal veins; and
- Bornite mineralization has not been intersected to date and is interpreted to occur deeper in the system.
Figure 1: Map showing Bellas Gate Magnetic MVI Image. Depth slice at -800 meters showing multiple large-scale magnetic anomalies. Dashed polygon shows outline of coincident IP chargeability anomaly at the deepest slice -400 meters.
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Figure 2: Cross section through Geo Hill - Epidote Ridge - Connors showing coincident magnetic (Top) and IP chargeability anomalies (Bottom) at Bellas Gate. The interpreted porphyry center has not been drill tested due to the limited depth capacity of the on-site drill rig. Once C3 Metals sources and mobilizes a larger drill rig, it intends to drill test this target.
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Plus Minerals (Imants Kavalieris and Khashgeral Bat-Erdene), a consulting company with extensive experience evaluating some of the world's largest porphyry copper-gold systems, has completed an ASD spectrometer alteration study on the Camel Hill and Connors drill core. The independent study concluded:
- Early potassic alteration overprinted by late stage tremolite-actinolite-chlorite-magnetite veins;
- A and B porphyry style quartz veins associated with gold-rich chalcopyrite-pyrite mineralization;
- Unusually intense biotite-magnetite alteration in andesitic wall rocks that broadens at depth;
- Porphyry intrusions at Connors and Camel Hill are inferred to have stalled in andesitic wall rocks and appear to widen at depth; and
- High-grade intermediate sulfidation Au-Ag-base metal-carbonate veins are potentially an extension of the Stamford Hill vein to the southeast.
Figure 3: Cross section through drill holes CMH8400-001 & 002 showing assays and interpreted geology.
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As the current drill rig does not have the capacity to reach beyond 700 metres depth, the Company is planning a remapping program over the Bellas Gate Project area before continuing to drill test the porphyry systems. C3 Metals intends to continue drill testing the porphyry targets once a larger drill rig is sourced and mobilized to site. The current drill rig has now been re-directed to undertake a maiden drilling program at the Arthurs Seat Project where epithermal gold-copper quartz veins that have been mapped over widths to 40m. The Company anticipates drilling at Arthurs Seat will commence before the end of 2022.
About Arthurs Seat
The Arthurs Seat mineral tenement adjoins the Bellas Gate mineral tenement to the northwest. Arthurs Seat is a 6,000-hectare area in which C3 Metals has made a grassroots copper-gold-silver discovery with an 8.0 km by 4.5 km copper-gold-silver footprint. Within this larger system, a high-density, low-intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein swarm has been discovered over a 5.0 km by 3.0 km area. Of the 1,775 rock-chip samples assayed to date, 161 rock chip samples have assayed greater than 1% copper and 41 rock chip samples have assayed greater than 1.0 g/t gold at Arthurs Seat (see press releases dated September 13, 2022, October 11, 2022, and November 7, 2022).
Figure 4: Geology map showing 8.0 km by 4.5 km footprint of copper-gold-silver mineralization. Location of the most recent high-grade copper in rock chip samples are highlighted in dashed outlines. All rock chip samples assaying greater than 1% copper are shown as magenta triangles.
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Figure 5: Map showing 5.0 km by 3.0 km area of high-density, low-intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein swarm. Location of the most recent vein discoveries are highlighted in dashed yellow. Rock chip samples assaying greater than 2.0 g/t gold are shown as magenta triangles.
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ABOUT C3 METALS INC.
C3 Metals Inc. is a junior minerals exploration company focused on creating substantive value for its shareholders through the discovery and development of large copper and gold deposits. The Company's holds the Jasperoide project is located in the prolific high-grade Andahuaylas-Yauri Porphyry-Skarn belt of Southern Peru and covers 26,800 hectares. Mineralization at Jasperoide is hosted in a similar geological setting to the nearby major mining operations at Las Bambas (MMG), Constancia (Hudbay) and Antapaccay (Glencore). C3 Metals also holds a 100% interest in five licenses covering 20,700 hectares of highly prospective copper-gold terrain within the Crawle River-Rio Minho Fault Porphyry and Epithermal District in Jamaica, where mining history dates to the 1500s and 1800s when Spanish and British mining companies targeted high grade copper in veins. The Company also holds a 2% royalty in Tocvan's Rogers Creek project.
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Samples are analysed by 4-Acid digest ICP-MS finish for 63 elements, including pathfinder REE elements with pulps from samples reporting greater than 1.0% copper being re-assayed by the ore grade method. Gold is analysed by 30g Fire Assay AAS finish, with pulps from samples reporting greater than 5ppm re-assayed by 1kg Screen Fire Assay. The Company inserts blanks and certified reference standards in the sample sequence for quality control.
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