Superior Copper Corporation ("Superior Copper" or "the Company") has initiated an exploration program at it 100% held Superior Project, located adjacent to TransCanada Highway 85 kilometers north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The program is designed to test a new structural/alteration model developed over the last 6 months after a thorough review of available exploration data and reconnaissance mapping carried out during the summer months.
The location and geometry of many mineralized zones are strongly controlled by structures that provide pathways for metal-rich fluids. The intensity of hydrothermal alteration related to these fluids will increase towards a host structure and thus can be used to infer a vein location. At the Superior Project, a pattern of silicification, epidote-specularite, and argillic (clay) alteration has been recognized in areas of known high-grade mineralization, such as the Coppercorp Mine and the 3M Zone, as well as in areas that have never been systematically explored. Silicification is an increase of silica content (i.e. quartz, opal, chalcedony) that can increase a rock's resistance to erosion, often forming topographic highs as a result.
A distinct pattern of ridges has been identified on the property using a method developed as part of ongoing research by the Company. Reconnaissance mapping of these ridges supports the presence of silicification, accompanied or underlain by epidote-specularite alteration, which in turn is overprinted by increasing argillic alteration lower in the stratigraphy. If drilling confirms the presence of mineralized structures associated with this alteration pattern, the Company will be able to use these criteria as vectors to target additional structures on the property.
The Company is planning up to five diamond drill holes, at five widely-spaced locations across the property, for a total of up to 3,500m. The progress of the program is contingent on an ongoing assessment of the drill core. With one exception, the targets have no record of previous drilling but exhibit the characteristics outlined by the model including the presence of vein material, increased alteration, and copper mineralization observed in outcrops.
This modest and cost effective program will efficiently test the model and provides multiple chances to discover new zones. If the test is successful, this model can be used to continue targeting additional mineralized structures across the entire 17,209 hectare property.
Technical information contained within this release has been reviewed and approved by Morgan Quinn, P. Geo. who is a "Qualified Person" under National Instrument 43-101 and a consultant to Superior Copper Corporation.