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Arizona Sonoran Drills 1,206 ft (368 m) of 0.56% CuT at MainSpring and Completes Initial MainSpring Inferred Drill Program

Arizona Sonoran Copper Company Inc. reports the completion of its inferred drilling program on MainSpring, within the 100%-owned Cactus Project, Arizona. The inferred drilling program confirms a continuation of the thick enrichment blanket extending south and up dip from the Parks/Salyer deposit onto MainSpring, as well as the presence of enriched mineralization in MainSpring (see FIGURES 1-12). With the final receipt of assays, a MainSpring mineral resource model is now being generated for its inclusion to the integrated Nuton and Cactus Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) expected in Q3 2024.

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The completed program at 500 ft (152 m) centres between drill holes, extended mineralization over 2,500 ft x 3,000 ft (762 m x 914 m) within an interpreted horst block. The final 10 holes (17,916 ft | 5,460 m) from the now completed inferred program are reported herein. Two drills are now infill drilling at Cactus West within the primary sulphide zones, and one rig is focused on reducing drill spacings at MainSpring from inferred to indicated for use in an updated Prefeasibility Study which is scheduled to initiate later this year.

Highlights:

- In support of a single mineral resource model, the drill program successfully connected the high grade thick enriched Parks/Salyer mineralization and the shallow lower grade MainSpring mineralization

*ECM-218: 1,206 ft (368 m) @ 0.56% CuT of Continuous Mineralization

  • *Incl 290 ft (88 m) @ 0.95% CuT, 0.56% Cu TSol, 0.088% Mo (enriched)
  • And 676 ft (206 m) @ 0.46% CuT, 0.012% Mo (primary)

ECM-215: 1,430 ft (436 m) @ 0.32% CuT of Continuous Mineralization

  • Incl 388 ft (118 m) @ 0.50% CuT, 0.34% Cu TSol, 0.012% Mo (enriched)
  • And 662 ft (202 m) @ 0.26% CuT, 0.003% Mo (primary)

ECM-222: 965 ft (294 m) @ 0.42% CuT of Continuous Mineralization

  • Incl 127 ft (39 m) @ 1.12% CuT, 0.88% Cu TSol, 0.025% Mo (enriched)
  • And 837 ft (255 m) @ 0.31% CuT, 0.005% Mo (primary)

ECM-213: 25 ft (8 m) @ 1.18% CuT, 1.13% Cu TSol, 0.003% Mo (oxide), from 137 ft (42 m)

NOTE: True widths are not known; * Interval includes 2.2 ft (0.67 m) of missing core

George Ogilvie, Arizona Sonoran President and CEO commented, “Drilling has performed extremely well for the Company, outlining a new zone of copper mineralization and extending the enrichment blanket by another 3,000 ft (914 m) to the south of our already significant Parks/Salyer project. Most importantly the MainSpring mineralization is near surface in the South, gradually plunging with advancement to the North, until it connects into the Parks/Salyer ore deposit. Our team will explore the potential of introducing a new open pit within the property bounds around MainSpring within the PEA expected in Q3 2024; at this point, ASCU is well underway in generating the MainSpring mineral resource estimate for its inclusion. The new PEA will build upon the February 2024 PFS, integrating MainSpring as well as the primary sulphides which utilize the NutonTM technologies within the heap leach and SX/EW flow sheet.

“We believe the MainSpring results will continue to demonstrate the scalability of Cactus, reinforcing the Project as a highly compelling emerging copper developer within a Tier 1 location.”

Drilling and Geology Recap

The inferred drill program at MainSpring on 500 ft (152 m) drill hole spacing was designed to follow up on the evaluation of legacy drill data. The program tested for both near-surface copper mineralization in the southern MainSpring area and for the shallowing continuation of the high-grade Parks/Salyer deposit in the northern gap between Parks/Salyer and MainSpring. All holes were drilled completely through the copper mineralization hosted by Laramide intrusive monzonite porphyry and Precambrian Oracle Granite, to the basement fault zone and into the underlying barren basement rocks dominantly composed of Pinal Schist, with lesser meta-granite, meta-volcanic, gneiss and quartzite. This was done to test both supergene enrichment mineralization and primary mineralization below it.

The program confirmed several things, including:

  • The presence of shallow supergene enriched mineralization with primary copper mineralization beneath the enrichment zones in the MainSpring area.
  • The continuation of thick high-grade enriched mineralization with primary copper mineralization beneath it trending southward from the Parks/Salyer deposit through the gap zone and into the southern MainSpring area.
  • Supergene enriched and primary mineralization trends are open to the west of the completed inferred drilling pattern.

The indicated drilling program, which commenced immediately following the inferred drilling program, will first infill the shallowest mineralization zones to 250 ft (76 m) drill hole spacing. The drilling will move northward to infill the gap between MainSpring and Parks/Salyer to the indicated level.

Table 1: Significant Drilling Intercepts.

Hole

id

Zone

Feet

Meters

CuT

(%)

Cu Tsol

(%)

Mo

(%)

from

to

length

from

to

length

ECM-213

oxide

137.0

162.4

25.4

41.8

49.5

7.7

1.18

1.13

0.003

enriched

602.5

767.0

164.5

183.6

233.8

50.1

0.33

0.33

0.001

including

707.0

767.0

60.0

215.5

233.8

18.3

0.62

0.62

0.001

enriched

872.1

915.0

42.9

265.8

278.9

13.1

0.11

0.08

0.002

primary

1,030.0

1,080.0

50.0

313.9

329.2

15.2

0.12

0.01

0.001

primary

1,170.0

1,200.0

30.0

356.6

365.8

9.1

0.13

0.01

0.001

ECM-214

enriched

770.9

866.3

95.4

235.0

264.0

29.1

0.72

0.71

0.003

enriched

926.0

1,033.0

107.0

282.2

314.9

32.6

0.36

0.29

0.001

primary

1,073.0

1,103.0

30.0

327.1

336.2

9.1

0.15

0.03

0.003

primary

1,143.0

1,696.7

553.7*

348.4

517.2

168.8*

0.19

0.02

0.008

including

1,351.0

1,503.6

152.6*

411.8

458.3

46.5*

0.24

0.02

0.008

and

1,643.0

1,696.7

53.7

500.8

517.2

16.4

0.32

0.03

0.010

ECM-215

enriched

511.6

654.1

142.5

155.9

199.4

43.4

0.31

0.30

0.004

enriched

722.1

782.4

60.3

220.1

238.5

18.4

0.53

0.52

0.001

enriched

829.3

1,217.0

387.7

252.8

370.9

118.2

0.50

0.34

0.012

including

1,047.0

1,117.0

70.0

319.1

340.5

21.3

0.86

0.54

0.022

primary

1,217.0

1,878.5

661.5

370.9

572.6

201.6

0.26

0.0556

0.003

including

1,257.0

1,457.0

200.0

383.1

444.1

61.0

0.46

0.11

0.007

ECM-216

enriched

386.3

560.0

173.7

117.7

170.7

52.9

0.25

0.24

0.003

including

409.0

453.5

44.5

124.7

138.2

13.6

0.41

0.40

0.002

primary

1,147.0

1,187.0

40.0*

349.6

361.8

12.2*

0.15

0.02

0.003

primary

1,650.0

1,707.4

57.4*

502.9

520.4

17.5*

0.10

0.01

0.003

ECM-217

enriched

818.4

1,163.0

344.6

249.4

354.5

105.0

0.22

0.19

0.001

including

818.4

882.0

63.6

249.4

268.8

19.4

0.36

0.35

0.002

and

1,099.3

1,130.0

30.7

335.1

344.4

9.4

0.52

0.33

0.001

primary

1,463.0

1,493.0

30.0

445.9

455.1

9.1

0.12

0.04

0.005

ECM-218

oxide

639.0

664.2

25.2

194.8

202.4

7.7

0.53

0.52

0.010

enriched

815.5

993.6

178.1

248.6

302.8

54.3

0.45

0.44

0.003

enriched

1,055.0

1,345.0

290.0*

321.6

410.0

88.4*

0.95

0.56

0.088

including

1,127.0

1,187.0

60.0

343.5

361.8

18.3

1.38

1.33

0.057

and

1,258.7

1,345.0

86.3

383.7

410.0

26.3

1.39

0.29

0.181

primary

1,345.0

2,021.7

676.7

410.0

616.2

206.3

0.46

0.04

0.012

including

1,345.0

1,657.0

312.0

410.0

505.1

95.1

0.72

0.05

0.020

ECM-219

enriched

840.9

1,165.0

324.1

256.3

355.1

98.8

0.42

0.39

0.001

including

960.6

1,020.0

59.4

292.8

310.9

18.1

1.09

1.05

0.001

primary

1,165.0

1,419.0

254.0

355.1

432.5

77.4

0.16

0.13

0.001

including

1,294.0

1,369.0

75.0

394.4

417.3

22.9

0.31

0.30

0.001

ECM-220

enriched

882.0

973.0

91.0

268.8

296.6

27.7

0.61

0.61

0.006

enriched

1,068.0

1,398.0

330.0

325.5

426.1

100.6

0.18

0.17

0.020

including

1,171.1

1,211.0

39.9

357.0

369.1

12.2

0.32

0.32

0.018

primary

1,398.0

2,021.0

623.0

426.1

616.0

189.9

0.20

0.03

0.009

ECM-221

oxide

426.0

463.0

37.0

129.8

141.1

11.3

0.15

0.13

0.001

enriched

591.0

632.0

41.0

180.1

192.6

12.5

0.43

0.40

0.005

enriched

665.0

960.7

295.7

202.7

292.8

90.1

0.34

0.33

0.005

including

677.0

703.5

26.5

206.3

214.4

8.1

1.01

0.99

0.002

enriched

1,080.0

1,225.0

145.0

329.2

373.4

44.2

0.41

0.31

0.013

including

1,080.0

1,114.0

34.0

329.2

339.5

10.4

0.93

0.91

0.002

primary

1,225.0

1,891.0

666.0

373.4

576.4

203.0

0.23

0.03

0.017

including

1,697.0

1,891.0

194.0

517.2

576.4

59.1

0.32

0.03

0.019

ECM-222

oxide

843.0

926.0

83.0

256.9

282.2

25.3

0.49

0.47

0.009

including

892.0

917.0

25.0

271.9

279.5

7.6

0.78

0.75

0.009

enriched

1,170.8

1,298.2

127.4

356.9

395.7

38.8

1.12

0.88

0.025

including

1,217.0

1,227.0

10.0

370.9

374.0

3.0

5.68

5.53

0.028

primary

1,298.2

2,135.5

837.3

395.7

650.9

255.2

0.31

0.03

0.005

including

1,298.2

1,328.0

29.8

395.7

404.8

9.1

0.61

0.06

0.002

and

1,397.0

1,477.0

80.0

425.8

450.2

24.4

0.52

0.03

0.009

and

2,008.0

2,048.0

40.0

612.0

624.2

12.2

0.45

0.04

0.006

 

  1. Intervals are presented in core length and are drilled with vertical, or steep dip angles.
  2. Drill assays assume a mineralized cut-off grade of 0.1% CuT reflecting the potential for heap leaching of open pit material in the case of Oxide and Enriched and 0.1% CuT, in the case of Primary material, to provide typical average grades. Holes were terminated below the basement fault.
  3. Assay results are not capped. Intercepts are aggregated within geological confines of major mineral zones.
  4. True widths are not known.
  5. * Indicates interval includes missing core. Missing core intervals ranged in length from 2.2 ft (0.67 m) to 5.1 ft (1.55 m).

Table 2: Drilling details.

Hole

Easting (m)

Northing (m)

Elevation (ft)

TD (ft)

Azimuth

Dip

ECM-213

421847.6

3644497.3

1364.9

1402.7

0.0

-90.0

ECM-214

421848.1

3644651.6

1369.7

1714.6

0.0

-90.0

ECM-215

421695.4

3644651.6

1367.1

1893.2

0.0

-90.0

ECM-216

421543.1

3644351.8

1358.0

1731.3

0.0

-90.0

ECM-217

422004.3

3644725.1

1373.4

1609.9

0.0

-90.0

ECM-218

421545.1

3644652.3

1365.0

2040.7

0.0

-90.0

ECM-219

422153.7

3644726.6

1375.9

1444.7

0.0

-90.0

ECM-220

421391.1

3644352.3

1356.2

2041.5

0.0

-90.0

ECM-221

421543.2

3644503.8

1361.4

1893.8

0.0

-90.0

ECM-222

421390.8

3644505.8

1359.1

2143.1

0.0

-90.0

 

Note:. All collar coordinates were surveyed using high precision GPS by Harvey Land Surveying Inc.

Quality Assurance / Quality Control

Drilling completed on the project between 2020 and 2024 was supervised by on-site ASCU 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 sample prep, analytical methodologies, and 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 #11758, who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101– Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

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