Sonoro Gold Discovers New Potential at Cerro CalicheBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 02/18/2021 - 11:49
Sonoro Gold Corp (Sonoro) has announced the results of its latest drilling program at its Cerro Caliche gold project in Sonora. The company reported a significant increase in strike length at the Buena Suerte zone, the confirmation of the 2km-long El Rincón-Veta de Oro-Abejas vein and the identification of the new Bellotoso gold mineralized zone.
The Cerro Caliche gold project is located between two mining districts: the Sierra Madre Gold Belt and the Sonora-Mojave Mega-shear. "The types of mineralization throughout the Cucurpe mining district include variants of epithermal low sulfidation veins and related mineralized dikes and associated volcanic domes," reported the company. Sonoro announced that the goal of the Cerro Caliche’s exploration program is to increase the size of the many precious metal mineralized zones.
In December, Sonoro announced that its Cerro Caliche gold project remained on schedule and on budget. In addition, the company explained that its fast-track program was establishing viability for production, while its exploration efforts were defining and expanding the established gold mineralized zones. The results supported an increase in the scope of the planned project from a proposed pilot operation to a potentially full-scale mining operation expected to start in December 2021, reported MBN.
In a recent press release, the company reported that the Buena Suerte Zone has the potential to become a major contributor to the growth of Cerro Caliche's resources. The company's drilling program has extended its length to 900m and expanded the southern half of the zone to more than 300m with multiple south-trending vein structures. Sonoro told MBN that Buena Suerte has produced encouraging interceptions of high-grade and higher- grade gold as it potentially lies within a bulk mining resource.
“Our strategy of infill and expansion drilling in our defined gold mineralized zones, together with strategically located scout holes in prospective new zones, is proving to be very successful,” said Kenneth MacLeod, President & CEO of Sonoro.
The company also announced that between El Rincón and Veta de Oro, drill holes confirmed a 1km-long gold mineralized zone, which connects the 250m-long El Rincón zone with the 500m-long Veta de Oro vein system. The zone also extends southeast to the 300m-long Abejas stockwork zone and has the potential to be extended 500m to include the Chinos Altos historic mine area.
The recently discovered Bellotoso zone is located parallel to the east side of the El Rincón-Veta de Oro zone. Its mineralized trend is 1.2km long and has shown wider zones containing higher grade gold intercepts and geological indications that could merge with the Espanola vein zone.
Bellotoso has exceptional potential as its drilling results are part of a larger anomalous gold mineralized zone. "The three intervals reported in SCD-043 are within a wider 48.8m zone of anomalous gold mineralization averaging 0.372g/t Au." Sonoro told MBN that in the original 43-101 technical report, the cut was 0.25g/t Au, showing that the company does not need to conduct interceptions similar to SCD-043, to make the zone an important contributor to Cerro Caliche’s resource growth.
“The continued material expansion of the Buena Suerte Gold Zone and the positive drilling results at El Rincón and the newly identified Bellotoso zone not only bring us closer to our goal of developing a major bulk-tonnage, oxide gold resource to support both the conceptual 20,000t/d target capacity being addressed by our planned preliminary economic assessment, but also the potential for gold production growth in the years to come,” said John Darch, Chairman of Sonoro,in a press release.