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Elim Mining Drilling Returns 200 ft (61.0 m) of 1.25% CuT from Cactus Project, Arizona

Elim Mining Incorporated (“Elim Mining” or the “Company”), a private copper exploration and development company, is pleased to report the first seven holes, totaling 9,009 ft (2745.9 m) from the wholly-owned Cactus Mine (the “Property”), a porphyry copper deposit in Pinal County, Arizona.

Some highlights include in hole ECE-002, an enriched intercept of 200 ft (61.0 m) of 1.25% total copper (CuT); in hole ECE-001 an oxide intercept of 70.4 ft (21.5 m) of 0.48% CuT continuous with an enriched intercept of 60.0 ft (18.3 m) of 1.54% CuT; in hole ECW-003, an enriched intercept of 48.0 ft (14.6 m) of 0.70% CuT; and in hole ECW-008, enriched intercepts of 53.5 ft (16.3 m) of 0.69% CuT and 48.0 ft (14.6 m) of 1.09% CuT (see FIGURES 1-3 and TABLE 1 below). Cactus planned resource step-out drilling, totalling 26,626 ft (8,116 m) in 18 drill holes, will be completed by the end of November. One drill rig will then move to the Parks/Salyer Property to conduct a 6,000 ft (1829 m), two drill hole program to follow up on a historic discovery in the same porphyry copper system as Cactus. Following the completion of these drill holes and based on the results, step-out and infill drilling will continue at both Cactus and Parks/Salyer.

Significance of the results:

  • Drilling confirms continuous and potentially economic mineralized intercepts adjacent to the pit in Cactus West, supporting Elim Mining’s view of a potential open pit layback opportunity to the south, west, and north of the historic pit.
  • In Cactus East, drilling confirms the extension of high-grade enriched mineralization to the north and west and at shallower depths than the existing historically mineralized intercepts.
  • Drilling results in both Cactus West and East confirm heap leach material types of oxide and enriched copper supporting interpretations and the potential for an open pit heap leach project.
  • Most holes in Cactus West and East were terminated in primary sulfide mineralization consisting of chalcopyrite and pyrite suggesting potential for further sulphide copper mineralization at depth.
  • All holes drilled by this program were designed to contribute to the Cactus project mineral resource model expected for release in Q1 2021.

John Antwi, Elim Mining President and CEO commented, “We are thrilled to note that these initial step-out drilling results confirm the results of the historic drilling and is an encouraging step towards expanding our internal geologic model. This drill program is focused on the resource expansion of the Cactus deposits and will lead into studies relating to re-opening Cactus as a multi-phased copper porphyry operation. Elim Mining has exposure to the Santa Cruz porphyry copper trend that hosts the Cactus Deposits among others. It is exciting to observe oxide and enriched grades up to 200 ft of 1.24% CuT from hole ECE-002. We continue to find strong grades and thicknesses around the pit in all directions. The exploration results indicate the mineralization extends well beyond the known deposits.”

Geological description

Results to date from this new round of step-out drilling demonstrate that oxide and enriched mineralization is laterally continuous away from the known mineralized zones in the Cactus West Pit for about 500 ft (about 150 m), with copper grades similar to what was projected by our modeling. It also definitively extends copper grades and thicknesses west of known high grade mineralization in the Cactus East resource area underneath the east high wall of the Cactus West Pit (FIGURE 3). Verification of the model is encouraging as we continue to step out around the west perimeter of the Pit into areas that were historically poorly defined.

Drill hole ECW-005 began to deviate significantly when it encountered a fault zone and was terminated before reaching target depth; it has been redrilled successfully as ECW-014 with assays pending. By the end of November, all Cactus resource development drilling will be complete and, one drill will mobilize to Parks/Salyer for exploration drilling.

Table 1 contains selected assay results from the ongoing step-out drilling campaign. These assays include composite values over selected intervals as well as inclusive higher-grade portions of those intervals identified as (incl).

Table 1: Cactus West and East Assay Results

DDH

Feet

Meters

CuT
(%)

Mineralized Zone

From

To

Length

From

To

Length

ECE-001

1,044.6

1,115.0

70.4

318.4

339.9

21.5

0.48

Oxide

 

1,115.0

1,175.0

60.0

339.9

358.1

18.2

1.54

Enriched

incl

1,115.0

1,135.0

20.0

339.9

345.9

6.0

2.72

 
 

1,253.7

1,368.2

114.5

382.1

417.0

34.9

0.84

Enriched

incl

1,253.7

1,294.9

41.2

382.1

394.7

12.6

1.50

 

incl

1,348.0

1,361.2

13.2

410.9

414.9

4.0

1.32

 
 

1,374.5

1,411.5

37.0

418.9

430.2

11.3

0.20

Transitional

 

1,411.5

1,896.0

484.5

430.2

577.9

147.7

0.22

Primary

incl

1,764.5

1,896.0

131.5

537.8

577.9

40.1

0.32

 

ECE-002

1,547.0

1,554.8

7.8

471.5

473.9

2.4

0.86

Oxide

 

1,564.0

1,764.0

200.0

476.7

537.7

61.0

1.24

Enriched

incl

1,574.0

1,694.0

120.0

479.8

516.3

36.5

1.59

 
 

1,764.0

2,013.0

249.0

537.7

613.6

75.9

0.34

Primary

incl

1,764.0

1,794.0

30.0

537.7

546.8

9.1

0.64

 

incl

1,794.0

1,841.0

47.0

546.8

561.1

14.3

0.39

 

incl

1,841.0

1,871.0

30.0

561.1

570.3

9.2

0.77

 

incl

1,987.0

2,008.0

21.0

605.6

612.0

6.4

0.25

 

ECW-003

528.4

555.0

26.6

161.1

169.2

8.1

0.27

Oxide

 

605.0

668.0

63.0

184.4

203.6

19.2

0.26

Oxide

incl

625.0

668.0

43.0

190.5

203.6

13.1

0.31

 
 

880.0

921.0

41.0

268.2

280.7

12.5

0.27

Oxide

 

1,000.0

1,048.0

48.0

304.8

319.4

14.6

0.70

Enriched

incl

1,000.0

1,014.0

14.0

304.8

309.1

4.3

1.42

 

incl

1,014.0

1,048.0

34.0

309.1

319.4

10.3

0.41

 
 

1,048.0

1,897.0

849.0

319.4

578.2

258.8

0.40

Primary

incl

1,386.0

1,406.8

20.8

422.5

428.8

6.3

0.56

 

incl

1,447.0

1,467.0

20.0

441.0

447.1

6.1

0.53

 

incl

1,574.0

1,594.0

20.0

479.8

485.9

6.1

0.69

 

incl

1,644.0

1,674.0

30.0

501.1

510.2

9.1

0.54

 

incl

1,774.0

1,794.0

20.0

540.7

546.8

6.1

0.53

 

ECW-004

46.0

106.0

60.0

14.0

32.3

18.3

0.23

Oxide

incl

66.0

96.0

30.0

20.1

29.3

9.2

0.31

 
 

126.5

199.0

72.5

38.6

60.7

22.1

0.12

Transitional

 

241.0

400.0

159.0

73.5

121.9

48.4

0.29

Enriched

incl

241.0

260.0

19.0

73.5

79.2

5.7

0.46

 

incl

282.5

333.0

50.5

86.1

101.5

15.4

0.44

 

incl

361.0

371.0

10.0

110.0

113.1

3.1

0.57

 
 

416.5

460.5

44.0

126.9

140.4

13.5

0.43

Primary

ECW-005

263.0

664.2

401.2

80.2

202.4

122.2

0.18

Oxide

incl

558.0

583.3

25.3

170.1

177.8

7.7

0.65

 

ECW-006

235.0

332.0

97.0

71.6

101.2

29.6

0.20

Enriched

incl

245.0

255.0

10.0

74.7

77.7

3.0

0.30

 

incl

294.0

304.0

10.0

89.6

92.7

3.1

0.26

 

incl

322.0

332.0

10.0

98.1

101.2

3.1

0.28

 
 

332.0

924.0

592.0

101.2

281.6

180.4

0.20

Primary

incl

585.0

605.0

20.0

178.3

184.4

6.1

1.40

 

ECW-008

269.2

279.0

9.8

82.1

85.0

2.9

0.21

Oxide

 

322.0

375.5

53.5

98.1

114.5

16.4

0.69

Enriched

incl

322.0

342.0

20.0

98.1

104.2

6.1

0.98

 
 

415.0

463.0

48.0

126.5

141.1

14.6

1.09

Enriched

incl

424.5

453.0

28.5

129.4

138.1

8.7

1.63

 
 

463.0

493.0

30.0

141.1

150.3

9.1

0.38

Transitional

 

493.0

1,000.0

507.0

150.3

304.8

154.5

0.39

Primary

incl

493.0

557.0

64.0

150.3

169.8

19.5

0.85

 

incl

779.0

829.0

50.0

237.4

252.7

15.2

0.77

 

1.      Intervals are presented in core length; are drilled with dip angles between 55 degrees and 75 degrees to target zones for expansion of mineralization.

2.      Drill assays assume a mineralized cut-off grade of 0.1% CuT reflecting the potential for heap leaching in the case of Oxide and Enriched material, or to provide typical average grades in the case of Primary material. Most holes were terminated in Primary mineralization.

3.      Assay results are not capped. Intercepts are aggregated within geological confines of major mineral zones.

For Figures 1-3: https://cactusmine.com/2020-11-16-new-drilling_images/

Quality Assurance / Quality Control

Drilling completed on the project in 2020 was supervised by on-site Elim personnel who prepared core samples for assay and implemented a full QA/QC program using blanks, standards and duplicates to monitor analytical accuracy and precision. The samples were sealed on site and shipped to Skyline Laboratories in Tucson AZ for analysis. Skyline’s quality control system complies with global certifications for Quality ISO9001:2008.

Technical aspects of this news release have been reviewed and verified by Allan Schappert – CPG, who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101– Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Source: http://www.elimmining.com/

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