VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 10, 2023 / Intrepid Metals Corp. (TSXV:INTR) (“Intrepid” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an exploration program update on its Mesa Well Copper Property (the “Property“). The update follows the October 4, 2022 news release where Intrepid expanded its land holdings within the project area and commenced its initial exploration on the Property. The Property is favourably located within the Laramide Porphyry Belt of south-eastern Arizona between BHP’s San Manuel-Kalamazoo Deposit and Freeport McMoRan’s Safford Deposit.
The phase one exploration program consisted of additional rock sampling to enhance Intrepid’s understanding of the historical Copper (“Cu“) prospects and workings, a detailed mapping program to determine location of the Eagle Pass Fault within the Property, and a reconnaissance mapping program on the tertiary volcanics and sedimentary rocks. In addition, both historical core and new rock samples were examined using a portable Sample Core IP Tester (“SCIP“) manufactured by Instrumentation GDD Inc. to assess the rationality of the initially proposed large dipole-dipole induced polarization (“IP“) geophysical survey.
“We were very pleased with the results from our initial exploration program at Mesa Well,” said Ken Brophy, CEO of Intrepid. “The SCIP work program was very valuable as the results revealed the originally contemplated IP survey would not have been an appropriate geophysical survey to use to help define priority drill targets based on the overlying conductive units above our target areas. Our team is currently evaluating our next steps which may include a broadband, full component magneto-telluric survey prior to drilling. We remain excited to drill Mesa Well in 2023 and wish to ensure we take appropriate steps to ensure success from the initial drill campaign.”
Mesa Well Property
The Mesa Well Property is located approximately 100 kilometers (“km“) northeast of the city of Tucson, Arizona, USA and is road accessible year-round. The Property is situated within the heart of the Laramide Copper Porphyry Belt with multiple deposits that contain over 5 million tons Cu. Mesa Well is located between BHP’s San Manuel-Kalamazoo Deposit (50km to the west), Freeport McMoRan’s Safford Deposit (55km to the east) and Asarco’s Ray Deposit (85km to the northwest). The mines (present and past producing) and deposits referenced in the Laramide Copper Porphyry Belt provide geologic context for the Mesa Wells Property, however, is not necessarily indicative that the Property will host similar grades or tonnages of mineralization.
The Mesa Well Property covers approximately 6500 acres and is interpreted to contain a structurally dismembered, Laramide age Cu-Molybdenum (“Mo“) porphyry deposit that may have been rotated approximately 90 degrees from its original upright position. The roots of the interpreted mineralized system are exposed in the footwall of the Eagle Pass Fault, which suggests there is potential for a Cu-Mo rich portion of the system concealed beneath the upper plate of the Eagle Pass Fault. Alteration and mineralization observed at surface is consistent with this target concept. Previous drilling by Vale in 2009 on the Mesa Well Property intersected alteration and mineralization that increases in intensity toward the northwest.
Dr. Chris Osterman, P. Geo, a consultant of the Company, is a Qualified Person (“QP“) as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Osterman has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information disclosed in this news release.
The Company also advises that it has granted 1,000,000 restricted share units (“RSUs“) to a director and officer of the Company. 100% of the RSUs vest on January 9, 2024.
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About Intrepid Metals Corp.
Intrepid Metals Corp. is a Canadian exploration company focused on exploring for potential high-grade copper, silver, lead, and zinc mineral projects in proximity to producing mines in south-eastern Arizona, USA. The Company has acquired several drill ready projects, including the Tombstone South and the Mesa Well properties. Historical drilling at Tombstone South has identified high-grade mineralization and shares geological similarities to the Taylor Deposit, which was purchased for $1.3B in 2018, and Mesa Well is situated within the heard of the Laramide Copper Porphyry Belt. Intrepid is actively looking to acquire additional projects in Arizona and the American Southwest and has assembled an exceptional team with considerable experience in evaluating and developing exploration projects within North America. Intrepid is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol “INTR”. For more information, visit www.intrepidmetals.com.
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Certain statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements relate to: (i) future exploration plans; (ii) drill target details and expected timing of future drilling; and (ii) the exploration potential of the Property.
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