November 16, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Volcanic Gold Mines Inc. (TSXV: VG) (“Volcanic” or the “Company”) is pleased to report on progress on its Guatemala property package. Since completing the agreement with Radius Gold for an option on Radius’s large land holdings in Eastern Guatemala, the Company has raised sufficient funds for an aggressive exploration campaign in this highly prospective gold/silver district.
Operations and Permitting
Since Guatemala’s international borders opened in September, the Company has made significant progress establishing a presence in the country. Mr. Pedro Garcia has been appointed Country Manager to oversee the permitting and social development in the region. Drill planning and corresponding environmental reports for drilling at Holly and Banderas projects have recently been completed and drill permit applications for Holly submitted to the responsible authority. Banderas drill permit applications will be filed in the coming days. The Company has conducted formal meetings with the municipalities covering the Holly and Banderas targets which have been positively received. Access agreements with private land owners are ongoing, with a majority already signed at Holly and agreements at Banderas to follow. With a new geological, community relations, logistics and administrative team, Volcanic is building capacity for a large multi-target drill program in early 2021.
Holly Project: Drill Targets
Volcanic has defined compelling drill targets at Holly Ridge zone through analysis of all historic geological and geophysical data and comparison with recent discoveries in the region.
The Holly Ridge target is an east-west orientated topographic high at the fault boundary between Tertiary volcanics to the south and Paleozoic meta-sediments to the north. The Jocotan fault zone outcrops as an approximately 2km long by 50m wide zone of intensely clay/silica altered and stockwork veined breccia and conglomerate. A high grade gold in soil anomaly is co-incident with this target. The Jocotan fault at Holly is cut by a series of NE orientated high-grade gold and silver veins and veinlets. It was these NE veins and their extensions to the south of the ridge in the Volcanic rocks that were targeted by former explorers. This work resulted in several high-grade intercepts, including:
HDD-001 14.2 m @ 4.14 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag
HDD-005 3.6 m at 22.03 g/t Au, 697 g/t Ag
Of the 15 short historic drill holes at Holly project, 14 drill holes were drilled entirely within the volcanic rocks to the south of the Jocotan fault. Only one drill hole was located in the Jocotan fault conglomerate / breccia zone. This hole cut 23 meters of silicified and veined conglomerate / breccia that graded 3.78 g/t Au and 133 g/t Ag. No follow-up holes have been conducted to date and no drilling has tested the main structure or targeted the intersection of the EW orientated fault breccia zone and the NE orientated high grade veins/stockworks. Recent geophysical modelling has shown strong resisters at depth directly below the trace of the fault zone. A 5,000 meter drill program is planned for Holly and will commence upon granting of the permit, which is expected in 45 working days.
Volcanic Gold is earning a 60% interest in the Holly and Banderas projects in Guatemala and has an exclusive option to evaluate Radius Gold’s 240,000 hectares of applications for mineral concessions. The property package covers a majority of the highly prospective terrain between Pan American Silver’s world class Escobal Mine and Bluestone Resource’s Cerro Blanco development project, where recent bonanza grade drill results continue to highlight the potential of the district. Holly and Banderas projects host high grade epithermal gold-silver drill ready targets.
Bruce Smith, M.Sc. (Geology), a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, is the Company’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Smith has prepared and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
Volcanic brings together an experienced and successful mining, exploration and capital markets team focused on building multi-million ounce gold and silver resources in underexplored countries. Through the strategic acquisition of mineral properties with demonstrated potential for hosting gold and silver resources, and by undertaking effective exploration and drill programs, Volcanic intends to become a leading gold-silver company.
For further information, visit our website at www.volgold.com.
Volcanic Gold Mines Inc.
Charles Straw, Director/CEO
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