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Marifil Announces Final Drilling Results at Its Flagship San Roque Property



VANCOUVER, British Columbia , Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Marifil Mines Limited (TSX.V: MFM) (MFMLF) ("Marifil" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received all assay results for its 2018 San Roque property diamond core drilling program as initially reported in the Company's press release titled "Marifil Reports San Roque Drilling Preliminary Results", dated September 11, 2018 . The San Roque property (the "Property") is located near the Atlantic coast in the Province of Rio Negro , Argentina . The Property is held by Minas San Roque S.A., which is jointly owned by Marifil's wholly owned subsidiary Marifil Mines S.A . (51%) and NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC.'S (NG) (NG.TO) wholly-owned subsidiary NovaGold Argentina Inc. (49%).  Marifil is the project operator.

2018 Drill Holes Map


The Property is an advanced stage exploration property which encompasses a polymetallic mineral deposit of precious and base metals. It exhibits widely distributed low grade gold-silver-lead-zinc mineralization in veins, stockworks, fractures, breccia fillings, and disseminated sulfides in breccia zones, primarily within volcanic rocks. Company geologists hypothesize this mineralization may have migrated upward from a deep-seated porphyry copper-molybdenum-gold system.

The Minas San Roque S.A. partnership has invested about US$8 million into the exploration of the Property, where there are now 112 drill holes tallying 16,683 meters. Every one of these drill holes has intercepted some degree of mineralization, indicating an extensive and largely unexplored system of hydrothermal mineralization over several square kilometers. All of the known zones of mineralization are open to expansion by continued drilling. Equally important, mineralization at these drill holes frequently starts at surface and has been followed to the bottom of the deepest holes, about 200 vertical meters. The Company intends to focus on furthering the evaluation of the Property.

Four HQ-size core drill holes were completed on the Property for a total of 846 meters. Three of the four holes (MFMDDHs 56, 58 & 59) increased the bulk of two known zones of mineralization, while the far reaching fourth hole (MFMDDH-57) tested a geophysical anomaly.

Mr. Robert Abenante , CEO of Marifil added, "San Roque continues to be a first class gold exploration project, and it is the Company's intent to commission a NI 43-101 report on it before the end of the year."

Table 1 and the 2018 Drill Holes Map (both below) show the locations and main features of the four drill holes in the local coordinate system.

Table 1
2018 San Roque Drill Holes

MFM DRILL HOLE I.D.

LOCATION (POSGAR 94, FAJA 3)

BEARING

DIPPING

TOTAL DEPTH

(m)

Easting

Northing

DDH-56

3517888

5485417

250

-60

270

DDH-57

3516831

5487597

60

-60

270

DDH-58

3517104

5487081

60

-60

148

DDH-59

3517860

5485355

250

-60

158

 

2018 Drill Holes Map



Summaries of calculated drill core assay intervals using a lower and alternately a higher gold grade cut-off grade for comparison are shown in Tables 2 and 3, respectively.

Table 2
2018 San Roque Drill Holes Summary Assays
Based on a Cut-Off Grade of 1.5 meters at 0.10 g/t Au

MFM Drill

From

To

Interval

Au*

Ag

Cu

Mo

Pb

Zn

Hole I. D.

(m)

(m)

(m)

g/t

g/t

ppm

ppm

ppm

ppm

DDH-56

0.0

20.5

20.5

0.27

1

34

36

46

409


21.4

33.5

12.1

1.28

1

48

29

134

457


35.0

44.5

9.5

0.89

3

38

50

355

472


74.0

75.5

1.5

0.16

5

214

411

5,985

2,967


78.5

87.5

9.0

0.36

12

21

27

858

221


92.0

93.5

1.5

0.18

4

4

4

50

559


95.0

96.5

1.5

0.16

2

10

3

47

314


98.0

101.0

3.0

0.25

5

10

21

51

137


107.0

108.5

1.5

0.11

1

128

7

41

231


137.0

143.0

6.0

0.36

8

73

11

180

560


164.0

166.0

2.0

0.18

0

20

4

70

116


173.5

175.0

1.5

0.10

2

105

7

171

1,106


187.0

188.5

1.5

0.61

17

893

16

576

560


206.5

220.0

13.5

0.18

3

46

70

772

1,399


244.0

247.0

3.0

0.10

5

52

143

417

1,005

Weighted avg. 15 intervals

87.6

0.47

4

59

46

422

627











DDH-57

0.0

1.5

1.5

0.11

3

47

13

357

3,269


19.5

31.5

12.0

0.15

1

22

6

78

1,997


49.5

52.5

3.0

0.20

8

40

9

60

905


67.5

69.0

1.5

0.11

8

33

16

199

596


100.5

102.0

1.5

0.18

3

13

1

34

187


226.0

228.0

2.0

0.13

4

69

5

1,115

1,831

Weighted avg. 6 intervals

21.5

0.15

3

31

7

197

1,694











DDH-58

4.5

19.5

15.0

0.42

2

12

18

662

784


30.0

49.5

19.5

0.49

2

14

7

1,996

2,944


60.0

69.0

9.0

0.20

6

15

7

968

2,167


78.0

100.5

22.5

0.54

6

18

8

3,078

8,088


105.0

134.0

29.0

0.43

8

22

13

2,292

4,475


140.0

144.5

4.5

0.15

2

7

7

695

1,650


146.0

148.0

2.0

0.18

5

7

3

620

1,549

Weighted avg. 7 intervals

101.50

0.43

5

16

11

1,947

4,049











DDH-59

2.00

33.50

31.50

1.21

2

28

17

296

343


39.50

41.00

1.50

0.10

0

12

3

169

110


47.00

48.50

1.50

0.15

1

28

11

285

145


65.00

77.00

12.00

0.21

5

12

7

140

61


89.00

93.50

4.50

0.17

9

18

7

125

109


120.00

122.00

2.00

8.27

13

164

8

283

815

Weighted avg. 6 intervals

53.00

1.10

4

28

13

241

265



 

Table 3
2018 San Roque Drill Holes Summary Assays
Based on a Cut-Off Grade of 1.5 meters at 0.30 g/t Au

 

MFM Drill

From

To

Interval

Au*

Ag

Cu

Mo

Pb

Zn

Hole I. D.


(m)

(m)

g/t

g/t

ppm

ppm

ppm

ppm

DDH-56

5.0

14.0

9.0

0.45

1

36

40

73

503


21.4

31.0

9.6

1.58

1

50

5

100

492


35.0

44.5

9.5

0.89

3

38

50

355

472


78.5

87.5

9.0

0.36

13

21

28

857

221


98.0

99.5

1.5

0.38

6

8

36

60

157


137.0

143.0

6.0

0.36

8

73

11

180

560


187.0

188.5

1.5

0.61

17

893

16

576

560


206.5

214.0

7.5

0.26

3

62

108

1,367

2,355

Weighted avg. 8 intervals

53.6

0.68

5

67

39

466

706











DDH-57

22.5

25.5

3.0

0.31

1

17

8

39

1,698


51.0

52.5

1.5

0.29

8

3

11

57

911

Weighted avg. 2 intervals

4.5

0.30

3

12

9

45

1,436











DDH-58

6.0

18.0

12.0

0.48

2

11

17

583

735


33.0

49.5

16.5

0.56

3

14

7

2,058

3,354


63.0

69.0

6.0

0.26

6

18

8

1,330

2,785


78.0

100.5

22.5

0.54

6

18

8

3,064

8,115


105.0

123.5

18.5

0.49

7

14

12

2,208

4,067


125.0

132.5

7.5

0.42

10

41

15

2,634

5,512

Weighted avg. 6 intervals

83.0

0.49

5

17

11

2,154

4,571











DDH-59

6.2

26.0

19.8

1.86

3

37

21

385

438


66.5

68.0

1.5

0.44

30

15

4

20

63


71.0

75.5

4.5

0.38

1

13

9

234

75


90.5

92.0

1.5

0.39

17

20

8

145

115


120.0

122.0

2.0

8.27

13

164

8

283

815

Weighted avg. 5 intervals

29.3

1.92

5

40

17

324

373



 

Assay results of previous drilling campaigns show local areas of significant indium content. Indium was not systematically assayed for in this campaign, but numerous spot checks on the better gold assay core runs did not find indium greater than the detection limit of 1 ppm.

Drill holes MFMDDH-56 and MFMDDH-59 continued delineation of the Zone 34 gold zone as step-outs off of DDHMSR-0034 (-60°), drilled in 2011. It intercepted 35 meters of 2.27 g/t Au with 42.6 g/t Ag, as announced in the Company's press release titled "Marifil Reports Positive Drill Results From San Roque Project In Argentina ", dated February 14, 2012 . The true width of this cored mineralization is unknown. MFMDDH-56 is 50 meters from DDHMSR-0034 at a right angle to the strike of the mineralization, being positioned as a downward extension or down-dip test. It encountered 9.6 meters of 1.58 g/t Au within a broader mineralized zone of 39.5 meters at 0.74 g/t Au from 5.0 meters to 44.5 meters (not shown in Table 2). MFMDDH-59 is 50 meters from DDHMSR-0034 along the structural strike of the mineralization, encountering 19.8 meters of 1.86 g/t Au from 6.2 meters to 26.0 meters within a broader intercept of 31.5 meters of 1.21 g/t Au from 2.0 meters to 33.5 meters.  

Both of these new holes hit significant shallow zones of correlative gold mineralization, although of lower grades than those in DDHMSR-0034. As with previous drilling results in Zone 34, there are only trace amounts of base metals, but, notably, molybdenum is anomalous in MFMDDH-56.

Drill hole MFMDDH-57 is a 600 meter exploratory step-out to the northwest along a linear geophysical (induced potential (I.P.)) anomaly extending from drill hole MSRDDH-0033. This exploratory drilling discovered that the I.P. anomaly is caused by pyrite rich rock formation of schist within the Precambrian age basement strata upon which the mineralized Jurassic age rhyolitic volcanic rocks sit. Nonetheless, the first 45 meters of this drill hole crossing that geologic boundary at only seven meters down-hole intersected a weighted average of 0.30% zinc with less than 100 ppm lead, carrying mostly trace gold values.

Richard Walters , Vice President of Marifil said, "The Induced Potential geophysical anomaly tested by drill hole MFMDDH-57 is apparently caused by a rock formation containing disseminated pyrite. However, the first 45 meters of this hole assays 0.3% zinc with abnormally absent lead. The drill core contains oxidized rock near the surface, and it is plausible this zinc mineralization has been selectively leached from a nearby source stratigraphically higher in the volcanic section leaving the insoluble lead behind, and geochemically transported and redeposited in the area of our drilling as zinc oxides. We are keen to identify the source, and think a step back hole about a hundred meters to the west could be rewarding."

Drill hole MFMDDH-58 was drilled as a 50 meter step-off from DDHMSR-0033, which was also drilled in 2011, and shows two intercepts with a weighted average of 93.9 meters at 0.80 g/t Au, 9.0 g/t Ag, 0.31% Pb and 0.58% Zn, as also announced in the Company's press release titled "Marifil Reports Positive Drill Results From San Roque Project In Argentina ", dated February14, 2012. MFMDDH-58 shows six intercepts having a combined weighted average of 83.0 meters at 0.49 g/t Au, 5.0 g/t Ag along with 0.22% Pb plus 0.46% Zn. (Table 3).

The potential quality and grade of the aforementioned exploration targets are conceptual in nature, and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource.  It is uncertain if further exploration of these or other targets at the Property will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.

Quality Control – Quality Assurance
Marifil adheres to rigorous Quality Assurance – Quality Control (QA/QC) standards. The Company carried out a very careful and systematic Quality Assurance/Quality Control program on the San Roque property drilling. Drill core samples were kept in a secure location at all times. Representative half core samples were collected and shipped in sealed tamper proof bags to Alex Stewart (International) Argentina S.A. (ASI (ISO 9001:2015 certified) in Mendoza, Argentina for assaying. A secure chain of sample custody was maintained in delivery to ASI. ASI code P-5 was used for sample preparation procedure, and ASI code P-1 was used for pulp homogenization and bar code assignment. All samples were analyzed under ASI code Au4-30 with those sample assays exceeding its upper detection limit re-assayed under ASI code ICP-ORE. ASI has an arm's length relationship with the Company and its partners in the Minas San Roque S.A. partnership.

The following QA/QC protocols were adopted for the San Roque drilling campaign: 1) Blank samples and Standards – Certified Reference Material (CRM's) together duplicate samples account for approximately 5% of core samples submitted to the laboratory, 2) QA/QC samples are spaced no more than twenty samples apart, 3) geologists instruct the lab to run clean rock through equipment immediately following samples containing visible native gold, and 4) the laboratory prepares coarse crush and fine pulverized duplicate samples and analyzes the duplicates.

The Qualified Person, Richard R. Walters , received certified assay reports directly from ASI, and is of the opinion that the results reported in this press release are reliable.

Qualified Person
The scientific and technical information disclosed within this document has been prepared, reviewed and approved by Richard R. Walters , Executive Vice President, Exploration and a director of Marifil Mines Ltd. The data presented herein was reviewed and verified as part of a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program under the direction of Mr. Walters. Mr. Walters visited the analytical laboratory (ASI) and reviewed the sample processing and analytical procedures with its management prior to the project drilling. He also set up the drill core sampling procedures, and then personally examined all of the drill hole sites, sampled drill cores, drill core geologic and geotechnical logs and corresponding drill core assays together with the project manager, field geologists and geotechnicians crew on the project site. There were no data verification failures. Mr. Walters is a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and is the person under whose directions the San Roque, Argentina exploration program has been and is being carried out. Mr. Walters is a certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

ON BEHALF OF MARIFIL MINES LIMITED
 " Rob Abenante "
Robert Abenante , President & CEO

For further information regarding Marifil Mines Limited, please refer to the Company's filings available on SEDAR (http://www.sedar.com) or at Marifil's Website (http://www.marifilmines.com).

Forward-Looking Statements
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