Geologists use Malvern Panalytical’s ASD spectrometers, such as the TerraSpec® Halo and the TerraSpec 4, to help define alteration halos around hydrothermal ore bodies. By using the TerraSpec to differentiate subtle shifts in mineralogies, geologists can identify alteration halos and map zones of advanced argillic, propylitic and potassic alteration such as at the Los Andes, Nicaragua project described below. This helps the geologist better understand the resource and focus drilling programs to optimize exploration time and costs.
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Royal Road Minerals Provides an Exploration Update on the Los Andes Project, Nicaragua
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2017 / Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSX-V: RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an exploration update from its Los Andes project in Nicaragua.
The Los Andes project is located 90 km from Managua in the Department of Boaco, Nicaragua and is being acquired by Royal Road from Caza Gold Inc (“Caza Gold,” see press release 15th March).
Recent field reviews have confirmed what management believes is a compelling drill-ready porphyry copper (± gold) target at Los Andes. Very thorough Terraspec® alteration analyses, conducted by Caza Gold and using a database containing in excess of 4,500 rock-chip samples, has identified that the most intense hydrothermal alteration at Los Andes is related to an outcropping porphyry body with strongly pyritic breccia located peripheral to it (see Figure 1).
One drill hole, QZP-003, which was drilled in 2014 (see Figure 1), collared into the porphyry body and intersected approximately 130 meters of intensely altered and pyritic breccia, which is anomalous in copper and which we interpret as a “pyrite-shell,” possibly related to underlying porphyry-style copper (± gold) mineralization (see Figure 1). Drill hole QZP-003 is the only drill hole to target the area of most intense hydrothermal alteration at Los Andes.
In 2015, Caza completed an airborne geophysical survey over the Los Andes area which highlighted a well-defined magnetic anomaly corresponding to the area of most intense hydrothermal alteration (see Figure 2). 3D modeling of this data implies a magnetic body, possibly related to a potassic core (see Figure 1, C), at a depth of approximately 500 meters below the porphyry outcrop mapped at the surface. Royal Road is currently conducting geophysical measurements (magnetic susceptibility) on drill core from QZP-003 with the aim being to better constrain the 3D model and providing a robust porphyry drill-target. The Los Andes target is fully permitted for drill testing.
“We are very excited by these observations and the potential of an underlying porphyry copper-gold body at Los Andes,” said Dr Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO. “We believe this target, which is technically well-constrained, is simple to test and very much fits our mandate of finding something new, large and exciting.”
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The information in this news release was compiled, reviewed, and verified by Dr. Tim Coughlin, BSc (Geology), MSc (Exploration and Mining), PhD (Structural Geology), FAusIMM, President and CEO of Royal Road Minerals Ltd and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Royal Road Minerals employees are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. More information can be found on Royal Road Minerals web site at www.royalroadminerals.com.
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For further information, please contact:
Dr. Timothy Coughlin
President and Chief Executive Officer
By matching unknown samples against a known spectral library (the ASD TerraSpec Halo includes a spectral library of over 4,500 spectra), a geologist can quickly identify alteration minerals that may not be readily apparent to even the finest, trained human eye. The ASD TerraSpec Halo is rugged and portable, designed for the field, but also well-suited for core logging.