International Northair Mines Ltd. (TSXV: INM) (the “Company” or “Northair”) is pleased to provide an update of its La Cigarra silver project (“the Project”), located in north central Mexico.
The La Cigarra mineralized system has been traced over 3 kilometres in a northwest to southeast direction. The mineralized system outcrops at surface as a silver soil anomaly with multiple historic surface workings along strike;
The system has been clearly identified along 2,000 metres of the trend (encompassing both the San Gregorio and Las Carolinas Zones) through drilling across sections spaced at 50 metre intervals. The trend remains open on strike to the north and south;
Results from 11 reverse circulation and 50 core holes drilled within the 2,000 metre identified system have all returned significant silver values with an average length-weighted grade of approximately 50 g/t silver and additional anomalous gold, lead and zinc values;
Based on drilling, the significant mineralized intercepts within the 2,000 metre long zone average approximately 50 metres true width;
Core drilling has tested the system to approximately 200 metres down dip where similar grade silver values were encountered (Hole CC-11-026). The system remains open down-dip to the east;
To date, approximately 65% of the identified mineralized system has been drill tested with the results interpreted, and resource definition drilling is ongoing;
A further minimum 7,500 metres of core drilling is currently planned for the San Gregorio and Las Carolinas zones;
A pit optimized initial resource estimate is being prepared and is expected to be released in early Q3 2012;
Phase II metallurgical work is continuing with updated results expected in Q2 2012; initial results are consistent with the phase I metallurgical test work which indicated silver recoveries of 84% to 94% by using a rougher flotation process;
JDS Energy & Mining Inc. has been retained to produce a Preliminary Economic Assessment with delivery expected in Q4 2012.
The La Cigarra silver project is located in Chihuahua State along the eastern fringes of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico. The Project is 26 kilometres northwest of the historic silver mining city of Parral, where the Project’s technical team is based (6 geologists and 7 support staff). Local topography is gentle with good road access. Northair acquired the Project in April of 2009, and commenced a surface geological program. The initial discovery of the potentially surface minable mineralized system occurred in July, 2010 with the reported intersection of 32.0 metres of 132.4 g/t silver in reverse circulation drill hole CRC-10-006 (see INM press release dated July 13, 2010). The economic potential of the occurrence was supported in February, 2011 with the reported intersection of 80.45 metres of 123.5 g/t silver in core hole CC-11-002 (see IMN press release dated February 24, 2011).
La Cigarra Geology
The La Cigarra mineralized system is hosted within sedimentary rocks and can be traced in outcrop for upwards of 3 kilometres on strike. The mineral system strikes northwest and dips moderately northeast and mirrors the strike and dip of the host sediments. Mineralization is spatially associated with narrow diorite to granodiorite sills. Silver and base metals occur in sulfides hosted within quartz-vein stockwork zones and silicified breccias containing disseminated sulphides. The recognition of disseminated style of mineralization strongly enhances the economic potential of the Project.
La Cigarra Mineralized System
Results have been reported from 11 reverse circulation and 50 core drill holes which targeted the 2,000 metre portion of the La Cigarra mineralized system (encompassing the San Gregorio and Las Carolinas zones), all of which returned significant silver intercepts. The drilling has clearly identified a mineralized zone that extends from the southern end of the Las Carolinas Zone to the northern end of the San Gregorio Zone. The La Cigarra mineralized system outcrops at surface and dips at approximately 45 degrees, parallel to the bedding of the sedimentary host rocks. Significant silver grades have been intersected up to 200 metres down dip and the system remains open at depth and along strike. The average thickness of the significantly mineralized system is 50 metres with the length weighted average silver grade of approximately 50 g/t. In addition to the silver the system reports associated gold and base metals.
Ongoing Work Program
Northair is currently conducting a 7,500 metre core drill program within the San Gregorio and Las Carolinas zones that will include infill drilling along the 2,000 metre trend and testing the permissive connecting area separating the two zones.
An initial resource estimate is being prepared by JDS Energy & Mining Inc., and is expected out in early Q3 2012. In addition, phase II metallurgical testing is ongoing with updated results expected in Q2 2012. Preliminary results of the phase II program are consistent with the phase I metallurgical test results, which indicated silver recoveries in the 84% to 94% range using a rougher flotation process. The preliminary results of the phase II program also indicate the possibility of recovering gold and base metals in a bulk concentrate, which could provide important byproduct credits.
JDS Energy & Mining Inc. has also been retained to prepare a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) on the La Cigarra project. Work will begin after the initial resource estimate and phase II metallurgical work is complete. Barring any unexpected delays, the PEA should be completed in Q4 2012.
About International Northair Mines Ltd.
Northair is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition and development of gold and silver properties in Mexico. The Company has successfully staked and acquired a number of early stage projects that offer opportunities for significant discoveries. Northair is currently drilling its La Cigarra silver project in Chihuahua State in order to complete an initial resource calculation by Q3 2012. The Company, along with its joint venture partner, is also completing an initial exploration program at its Sierra Rosario silver/gold project in Sinaloa in preparation for a drill program to begin in May of 2012.
This news release has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and approved by Fred Hewett the Company’s President and CEO, and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,
INTERNATIONAL NORTHAIR MINES LTD.
“Fred G. Hewett”
Fred G. Hewett, P.Eng.
President & CEO
For further information please contact Fred Hewett, President or
Chris Curran, Manager of Corporate Communications
at 604-687-7545 or 1-888-338-2200
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