TORONTO, March 8, 2022 /CNW/ - Magna Gold Corp. (TSXV: MGR) (OTCQB: MGLQF) ("Magna" or the "Company"), is pleased to report results from its fully-funded resource definition drill campaign currently underway at its 100% owned Margarita silver project located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The goal of the program is to define the extent of the vein hosted high-grade system at Margarita leading to the maiden resource expected to be released toward the end of the first quarter. This resource estimate will lead to the completion of the first ever preliminary economic assessment "PEA" shortly thereafter.

Results in this release are from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed by the Company. All drill holes intersected significant near surface silver mineralization over significant widths. Based on the drill results the system appears to be much wider than previously interpreted and has multiple mineralized veins running parallel to the main Margarita vein, the most significant of which are the Caido and Juliana veins. The main mineralized zone ranges in thickness of around 2-12 m with the higher-grade zones maintaining an average true width of approximately 4.5 m. Mineralization has been confirmed along a strike length of 1,600 m and remains open in both directions. Prior to the current campaign, drilling was limited to 150 m from surface.  The 2021 program has successfully extended mineralization further to depth where it remains open.

In addition to the resource definition drilling a series of holes were drilled to test the extent of the system down to 400 m. Assay results from the deep drilling are pending, however based on our observations the system continues to remain strongly mineralized and open.

Highlights

  • MAR-21-001: 13.55 m @ 131.38 grams per tonne (g/t) silver (Ag) from 63.85 to 77.40m;
    • including 2.95 m @ 460.18 g/t Ag from 67.80 to 70.75 m
  • MAR-21-002: 46.80 m @ 138.65 g/t Ag from 23.40 to 70.20 m;
    • including 2.85 m @ 801.33 g/t Ag from 54.60 to 57.45 m
  • MAR-21-003: 39.80 m @ 100.13 g/t Ag from 43.00 to 82.80 m;
    • including 2.35 m @ 530.53 g/t Ag from 54.60 to 57.45 m
  • MAR-21-004: 32.55 m @ 113.05 g/t Ag from 24.95 to 57.50 m;
    • including 6.00 m @ 300.10 g/t Ag 27.00 to 33.00 m
  • MAR-21-005: 39.50 m @ 132.59 g/t Ag from 7.00 to 46.50 m;
    • including 5.10 m @ 301.03 g/t Ag from 30.90 to 36.00 m
  • MAR-21-012: 21.50 m @ 91.081 g/t Ag from 40.00 to 61.50 m;
    • including 3.00 m @ 371.00 g/t Ag from 42.00 to 45.00 m
  • MAR-21-016: 25.50m @ 156.60 g/t Ag, 0.51% Pb, 1.12% Zn from 117.00 to 142.50 m;
    • including 3.90m @ 821.52 g/t Ag, 0.31 g/t Au, 2.36% Pb, 5.64% Zn from 117.90 to 121.80m
  • MAR-22-020: 55.95 m @ 155.86 g/t Ag from 3.00 to 58.95 m;
    • including 12.80 m @ 498.0 g/t Ag from 34.15 to 46.95 m
  • MAR-22-022: 19.20 m @ 127.24 g/t Ag from 78.70 to 97.90 m;
    • including 3.55 m @ 567.36 g/t Ag from 84.15 to 87.70 m
  • All 22 drill holes intersected the main mineralized Margarita system with mineralization beginning at or near surface.
  • Presence of multiple parallel mineralized veins confirmed.
  • Multiple holes returned anomalous gold values with grades up to 0.31 g/t
  • Multiple holes returned significant Zinc (Zn) and Lead (Pb) values with grades up to 5.64% and 2.36% respectively

Numbers are rounded and intervals represent down hole lengths and not true widths.

Magna Gold President and CEO, Arturo Bonillas commented: "Our drill program at Margarita has been a huge success with every drill hole returning high-grade values over significant widths. The drilling has exceeded our expectations, it now appears the system is wider, higher grade and closer to surface than what we thought going into the campaign. We look forward to producing our maiden resource later this quarter and PEA shortly thereafter"


Figure 1: Margarita Project Plan view with drill highlights and collar locations. (CNW Group/Magna Gold Corp.)

Figure 2: Long Section of Margarita System with >30 g/t Ag mineralized envelope in yellow and >90 g/t Ag mineralized envelope in violet. (CNW Group/Magna Gold Corp.)

Figure 3: Margarita Project Claim Map (CNW Group/Magna Gold Corp.)

Technical Discussion 

The Margarita project is located within the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) and it is formed by two volcanic sequences. The Lower Volcanic Group (LVG) is dominantly andesitic and dacitic composition displaying textural variation including flows and tuffs with medium to coarse grained porphyritic texture, vesicles and agglomerate horizons. The sequence generally contains manganese oxides in proximity to the main mineralized structure. The post-mineral cover unit is the Upper Volcanic Group (UVG) and is comprised dominantly of rhyolitic ignimbrites.

The mineralization at Margarita is characteristic of quartz-barite epithermal vein breccias of low to intermediate sulphidation. The quartz vein breccia shows multi-stage formation and exhibits bladed, crystalline, chalcedonic, crustiform, colloform, comb, banded and brecciated textures. This vein breccia is hosted within the above mentioned LVG. Iron and Mangnaese oxides are abundant and occasionally sulphides like pyrite, sulphosalts, galena and sphalerite less than 5% are observed. Silver appears to be associated with the Acanthite, however further work is being conducted to identify the mineral associations.  Strong silica alteration is observed proximal to the footwall and hanging wall of the Margarita structure and minor kaolinite-smectite alteration with calcite can also be found.

A total of five mineralized vein breccias have been recognized, these vary in thickness from a few centimeters to more than 12 m: Margarita, El Caido, Juliana, Fabiana and Marie are the major parallel vein structures, these trend from 130° to 150° and dip from -65° SW to sub-vertical. The system has a confirmed strike length of 1,600 m and remains open in all directions and to depth.

 

Table 1: Summary of Assay Results

 

Core Hole #

From
(m)

To

(m)

Interval
(m)

Au g/t

Ag g/t

Pb ppm

Zn ppm

Cu ppm

MAR-21-001

63.85

77.40

13.55

0.01

131.38

866.42

5,024.40

49.45

Including

67.80

70.75

2.95

0.04

460.18

3,626.10

20,256.78

185.40

MAR-21-002

23.40

70.20

46.80

0.00

138.65

1,315.24

6,815.12

40.31

Including

54.60

57.45

2.85

0.01

801.33

5,193.33

8,430.00

49.56

MAR-21-003

43.00

82.80

39.80

0.01

100.13

590.82

3,334.59

32.39

Including

54.60

57.45

2.35

0.06

530.53

693.14

2,527.44

46.28

MAR-21-004

24.95

57.50

32.55

0.01

113.05

340.23

1,109.23

19.35

Including

27.00

33.00

6.00

0.05

300.10

659.66

2,371.00

45.06

MAR-21-005

7.00

46.50

39.50

0.00

132.59

527.41

1,739.59

47.40

Including

20.15

22.00

1.85

0.00

540.00

193.50

3,940.00

172.00

Including

30.90

36.00

5.10

0.00

301.03

610.92

1,228.21

65.29

and

118.00

120.00

2.00

0.02

32.30

268.00

305.00

3.20

MAR-21-006

64.50

102.80

38.30

0.01

42.54

329.87

1,018.68

15.45

Including

100.80

102.80

2.00

0.20

151.00

812.00

2,860.00

73.60

and

122.40

124.40

2.00

0.17

35.60

1,690.00

1,805.00

5.90

MAR-21-007

69.35

108.00

38.65

0.02

112.50

1,981.84

4,743.21

43.45

Including

81.45

83.20

1.75

0.01

158.00

1,060.00

2,500.00

78.50

Including

103.50

106.40

2.90

0.15

153.79

5,585.17

18,824.13

201.97

MAR-21-008

64.50

84.50

20.00

0.02

54.77

332.11

728.27

4.50

Including

70.40

73.85

3.45

0.08

175.86

712.02

1,164.13

6.84

MAR-21-009

56.60

61.50

4.90

0.00

138.34

1,368.02

1,327.12

25.88

Including

58.10

60.30

2.20

0.01

280.50

2,701.00

2,263.00

30.55

and

164.10

170.00

5.90

0.00

27.16

960.58

231.08

22.92

MAR-21-010

87.00

92.90

5.90

0.02

127.63

587.79

1,546.35

59.38

Including

88.50

91.40

2.90

0.05

234.31

1,063.96

2,598.27

98.99

MAR-21-011

73.70

81.00

7.30

0.00

53.51

253.21

1,066.83

21.68

and

85.85

117.00

31.15

0.02

53.01

546.47

1,646.04

9.98

Including

103.30

105.00

1.70

0.11

227.00

1,845.00

7,240.00

34.40

MAR-21-012

13.50

19.44

5.94

0.00

20.41

40.84

459.98

7.78

and

40.00

61.50

21.50

0.01

91.08

392.36

1,682.71

29.97

Including

42.00

45.00

3.00

0.05

371.00

1,781.00

4,240.00

115.45

and

69.00

70.50

1.50

0.04

78.80

700.00

1,175.00

6.30

and

90.00

93.00

3.00

0.00

14.02

38.55

237.50

5.25

MAR-21-013

45.00

49.60

4.60

0.00

26.47

112.09

234.75

6.41

MAR-21-014

25.50

42.00

16.50

0.00

32.45

254.89

756.08

15.57

MAR-21-015

30.00

46.50

16.50

0.00

28.64

118.22

569.90

14.97

and

63.00

67.50

4.50

0.00

17.88

54.66

338.00

7.56

and

97.50

106.50

9.00

0.05

46.94

1,011.98

5,855.00

72.03

Including

102.00

105.00

3.00

0.15

108.35

2,607.50

13,900.00

191.60

and

131.00

135.00

4.00

0.04

25.90

790.00

1,405.00

35.52

MAR-21-016

78.00

97.50

19.50

0.00

35.99

763.53

1,617.92

13.85

Including

81.00

82.50

1.50

0.01

151.00

690.00

1,795.00

23.80

and

117.00

142.50

25.50

0.05

156.60

5,069.94

11,228.16

110.86

Including

117.90

121.80

3.90

0.31

821.52

23,647.69

56,410.25

550.76

MAR-21-017

88.50

120.00

31.50

0.01

79.91

1,673.07

4,461.11

50.15

Including

111.00

115.50

4.50

0.07

266.00

8,156.66

19,896.66

175.26

MAR-21-018

62.75

67.90

5.15

0.00

45.22

208.76

1,668.76

28.86

and

87.00

96.65

9.65

0.00

25.19

173.67

542.66

23.57

and

102.50

113.60

11.10

0.00

67.35

634.29

2,242.18

15.43

and

145.10

149.50

4.40

0.03

33.45

1,543.48

4,637.84

88.42

and

159.40

167.40

8.00

0.00

24.20

460.25

3,591.25

48.47

MAR-21-019

69.00

75.00

6.00

0.00

39.72

246.62

1,155.00

19.42

and

90.00

96.00

6.00

0.00

42.82

506.00

2,112.75

18.55

and

105.00

138.05

33.05

0.01

58.62

1,437.80

4,935.68

61.03

MAR-21-020

3.00

58.95

55.95

0.00

155.86

1,105.98

5,054.01

39.87

Including

34.15

46.95

12.80

0.03

498.08

3,976.33

15,867.73

129.18

MAR-21-021

27.00

31.25

4.25

0.00

32.36

158.03

530.16

25.66

and

55.15

60.30

5.15

0.01

119.33

709.75

1,357.03

26.06

MAR-22-022

78.70

97.90

19.20

0.06

127.24

1,004.96

3,158.81

40.73

Including

84.15

87.70

3.55

0.30

567.36

3,960.70

14,273.52

169.28

and

107.45

124.00

16.55

0.05

109.81

4,029.09

6,010.85

108.98

Including

112.00

115.00

3.00

0.18

440.33

16,036.67

18,513.33

245.66

Table 2: Hole Location, Depth and Orientation of Reported Drill Holes

HOLE

EAST
(WGS84)

NORTH
(WGS84)

ELEVATION
(m)

LENGTH

(m)

Azimuth

Dip

MAR-21-001

351659.72

3058477.61

2098.68

132

50

-45

MAR-21-002

351763.31

3058387.66

2067.69

150

50

-50

MAR-21-003

351816.49

3058303.10

2056.57

231

50

-45

MAR-21-004

351631.72

3058539.29

2111.33

102

50

-45

MAR-21-005

351468.71

3058662.45

2110.87

132

50

-50

MAR-21-006

351360.26

3058718.61

2124.08

150

50

-50

MAR-21-007

351553.92

3058538.72

2092.35

150

50

-45

MAR-21-008

351388.33

3058746.71

2130.65

132

50

-50

MAR-21-009

351722.44

3058418.84

2082.20

201

50

-50

MAR-21-010

351118.74

3058914.95

2086.99

140

50

-50

MAR-21-011

351305.01

3058792.88

2134.44

123

50

-50

MAR-21-012

351438.18

3058683.42

2114.16

135

50

-50

MAR-21-013

351902.89

3058244.03

2076.78

151

50

-50

MAR-21-014

351089.06

3058998.21

2072.83

81

50

-50

MAR-21-015

351518.84

3058575.15

2091.47

153

50

-55

MAR-21-016

351747.42

3058310.19

2058.90

201

50

-50

MAR-21-017

351684.25

3058386.85

2079.00

201

50

-50

MAR-21-018

351572.72

3058488.17

2089.96

181

50

-60

MAR-21-019

351724.63

3058355.33

2069.02

182

50

-50

MAR-21-020

351808.78

3058367.29

2063.00

72

40

-65

MAR-21-021

351492.01

3058608.51

2099.42

102

35

-45

MAR-22-022

351778.37

3058269.54

2050.83

306

50

-45

QA/QC

Drill core and rock samples were shipped to ALS Global in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico and in North Vancouver, Canada for sample preparation and for analysis at the ALS laboratory in North Vancouver.  The ALS Chihuahua and North Vancouver facilities are ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 certified. Silver and base metals were analyzed using a four-acid digestion with an ICP finish and gold was assayed by 50-gram fire assay with atomic absorption ("AA") finish. Over limit analyses for silver were assayed by fire assay and gravimetric finish; over limit analysis for lead and zinc were re-assayed using an ore-grade four-acid digestion with AA finish.

Control samples comprising certified reference samples, duplicates and blank samples were systematically inserted into the sample stream and analyzed as part of the Company's quality assurance / quality control protocol.

About Magna Gold Corp.
Magna is a Mexico focused gold/silver production company engaged in acquiring, exploring, developing and operating quality precious metals properties in Mexico. It is committed to advancing its 100% owned flagship San Francisco Mine, Margarita Silver Project and other highly prospective mineral properties located in Sonora and in Chihuahua. The primary strength of the Company is the team of highly experienced mining professionals with a proven track record of developing properties in Mexico from discovery to production. Magna employs community members and services in its operations.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Arturo Bonillas

President and CEO

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Qualified Person
James Baughman (P. Geo.), Consulting Geologist and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.

Cautionary Statements

This News Release includes certain "forward-looking statements" which are not comprised of historical facts. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Forward-looking statements may be identified by such terms as "believes", "anticipates", "expects", "estimates", "may", "could", "would", "will", or "plans". Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Although these statements are based on information currently available to the Company, the Company provides no assurance that actual results will meet management's expectations. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, the Company's objectives, goals or future plans, exploration results, potential mineralization (including estimates of measured and indicated resources, inferred resources and probable reserves), exploration and mine development plans, production (including gold production expectations and guidance), processing and mining expectations (including statements regarding expansion and advancement of assets) and strip ratio trends and expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to failure to identify mineral resources, failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, the inability to complete a feasibility study which recommends a production decision, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, political risks, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects, capital, operating and reclamation costs varying significantly from estimates and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry,  risks related to the effects of COVID-19 on the Company; and those risks set out in the Company's public documents filed on SEDAR. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

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