Arizona Mining Reports Further Drilling Results At Hermosa-Taylor; Includes 45 Foot Interval Assaying 12.7% Zinc; 31.7% Lead And 10.4 Opt Silver Within Broader 124 Foot Mineralized Zone
Vancouver, B.C., January 26, 2017 – Arizona Mining Inc. (TSX: AZ) (“Arizona Mining” or the “Company”) announces the results of three (3) exploration drill holes from its current program on the Taylor zinc-lead-silver sulfide deposit located on its 100%-owned Hermosa Project in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. This brings the total number of drill holes reported in the 2016-2017 program to fifty-six (56).
HDS-399 is a near vertical hole (-87 degree) drilled to expand the northeast section of the previously reported resource area. HDS-399 intersected four (4) mineralized veins and three (3) distinct mineralized CRD horizons with a total cumulative mineralized thickness of 210 feet. Particularly interesting in this drill hole is the 124 foot thick mineralized interval which occurs in the lower carbonate sequence. This is the thickest and highest grade intercept to date from the lower carbonates and opens up additional drill targets for future exploration. Most notable among the mineralized zones are:
- 33 feet assaying 3.9% zinc, 6.7% lead and 2.6 ounces per ton (“opt”) silver
- 124 feet assaying 7.4% zinc, 14.8% lead and 5.2 opt. silver
- Including a 45 foot zone which assayed 12.7% zinc, 31.7% lead and 10.4 opt silver
HDS-401 is a vertical infill drill hole located on the northern margin of the previously reported mineral resource. The drill hole encountered nine (9) distinct CRD mineralized horizons with a cumulative thickness of 416.5 feet. Additionally this drill hole intersected four (4) veins including two (2) significant veins in the volcanics. Notable CRD mineralized horizons include:
- 65 feet assaying 3.6% zinc, 2.3% lead and 1.6 opt. silver
- 30 feet assaying 5.3% zinc, 3.8% lead and 1.6 opt. silver
- 104 foot zone which assayed 2.6% zinc, 3.4% lead and 1.2 opt silver
- 50 feet assaying 5.8% zinc, 4.6% lead and 1.4 opt. silver
- 55.5 foot zone assaying 3.8% zinc, 4.3% lead and 1.4 opt silver
HDS-403 is a vertical infill drill hole on the southwest margin of the resource area that intersected three (3) distinct CRD horizons with a cumulative thickness of 406 feet. The best intervals in the drill hole were:
- 117 feet assaying 4.0% zinc, 3.1% lead and 1.1 opt silver
- Including a 28 foot zone which assayed 12.9% zinc, 9.1% lead and 3.1 opt silver
- 30.5 feet assaying 9.3% zinc, 7.7% lead and 2.2 opt silver
- 34 feet assaying 6.7% zinc, 18.9% lead and 6.4 opt silver
For a full list of the vein and CRD mineralized intervals from these holes please refer to Table I below.
CEO Jim Gowans commented: “The latest drill results continue to support the continuity of the deposit with respect to thickness and grade within the resource area, however the most notable interval in today’s results is the high-grade zinc/lead/silver from the lower portion of HDS-399. This is the best interval we have encountered to date from the lower carbonate sequence and provides encouragement for potential resource expansion at depth.”
Table I. ASSAY SUMMARIES FOR HDS-399, HDS-401 & HDS-403
Drill intersections with a combined zinc and lead grade of greater than 9% are highlighted. CRD drill intervals are down-the-hole drill widths but are considered to be within +/- 5% of true width based on the dip of the ore body at 22 degrees. The exception to this are the intervals noted as veins. It is not possible to determine the true width of the veins based on the drill density and no representation is made here regarding true width of the veins.
The results of the Arizona Mining Inc. drilling have been reviewed, verified and compiled by Donald R. Taylor, MSc., PG, Chief Operating Officer for Arizona Mining Inc., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101). Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years of mineral exploration and mining experience, and is a Registered Professional Geologist through the SME (registered member #4029597).
Assays and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
To ensure reliable sample results, the Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place that monitors the chain-of-custody of samples and includes the insertion of blanks, duplicates, and certified reference standards at statistically derived intervals within each batch of samples. Core is photographed and split in half with one-half retained in a secured facility for verification purposes.
Sample preparation (crushing and pulverizing) has been performed at ALS Minerals Laboratories, an ISO/IEC accredited lab located in Tucson, Arizona. ALS Minerals Laboratories prepares a pulp of all samples and sends the pulps to their analytical laboratory in Vancouver, B.C. Canada for analysis. ALS analyzes the pulp sample by ICP following a 4-acid digestion (ME-ICP61 for 33 elements) including Cu (copper), Pb (lead), and Zn (zinc). All samples in which Cu (copper), Pb (lead), or Zn (zinc) are greater than 10,000 ppm are rerun using four acid digestion with an ICP – AES finish (Cu-OG62; Pb-OG62; and Zn-OG62) with the elements reported in percentage (%). Silver values are determined by ICP (ME-ICP61) with all samples with silver values greater than 100 ppm repeated using four acid digestion with an ICP-AES finish (Ag-OG62) calibrated for higher levels of silver contained. Any values over 1,500 ppm Ag trigger a fire assay with gravimetric finish analysis. Gold values are determined by a 30 gm fire assay with an ICP-AES finish (Au-ICP21).
About Arizona Mining
Arizona Mining Inc. is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on the exploration and development of its 100%-owned Hermosa Project located in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. The Taylor Deposit, a zinc-lead-silver carbonate replacement deposit, has a resource of 31.1 million tons in the Indicated Mineral Resource category grading 10.9% zinc equivalent (“ZnEq”) and 82.7 million tons in the Inferred Mineral Resource category grading 11.1% ZnEq both utilizing a 4% ZnEq cutoff grade calculated in accordance with NI 43-101 guidelines (refer to the Company’s news release dated October 31, 2016). The Taylor Deposit remains open to the north, west and south over land controlled by the Company and will be aggressively drilled to test the limits of the resource. The Company’s other project on the Hermosa property is the Central Deposit, a silver-manganese manto oxide project.
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