Mila Target

Mila Gold Discovery

First drilling has commenced at the Mila Gold Discovery, Motagua Norte

The initial exploration drill programme aims to establish the number of zones, width, grade and geometry of the gold mineralization.

In February 2024, Volcanic Gold Mines and joint-venture partner Radius Gold Mines announced the commencement of a first pass drilling campaign on the Mila Gold Discovery located within the Motagua Norte Project, Guatemala.1

The Mila prospect to date is defined over a 250 m by 600 m area of quartz outcrop, subcrop and boulder float with abundant visible gold and bonanza grade assays discovered by Company geologists in Central Guatemala. A diamond core drilling rig has mobilized to commence exploration of the compelling gold targets developed at Mila. Drill holes are designed to establish the width, grade and geometry of gold mineralization. The Company anticipates drilling between 1000 and 3000 m of diamond core in the first campaign.

The Mila discovery presents an unusual challenge for exploration but an exceptional opportunity. The abundance of gold-mineralized quartz boulders covering the surface makes it difficult to map-out, measure and model the gold mineralized structures. Of approximately 420 rock chip samples collected at surface across the area over one hundred returned assays exceeding 10 g/t gold, including twenty-one of over 100 g/t gold and a maximum of 692 g/t gold. With widely distributed gold-bearing quartz at surface it is difficult to distinguish the in situ quartz outcrop from the boulder piles that form at the base of collapsed vein outcrops and from boulder scree that has been locally transported downhill. In addition to the obvious quartz vein mineralization, gold has also been observed hosted within sericite altered and micro-veined schist with samples returning assay results of up to 94 g/t gold, indicating potential for significant wall rock mineralization.

The north-south striking quartz ridge which returned rock chip assays of up to 116 g/t gold is being tested in the first few drill holes.

Sericite altered schist with quartz stockwork veinlets cropping-out on the eastern wall of the north-south quartz ridge returned assay results of up to 118 g/t gold is also being targeted in the first few drill holes.

Geological mapping of outcrops combined with interpretation of topographic features suggests that there are multiple quartz veins in at least two different orientations: north-south and northwest-southeast striking, with the best assay results concentrated in north-south trends. Continuous chip channel sampling across the best-defined north-south structure, a 250 m long ridge running through the centre of the prospect area, returned average grades of 95 g/t gold across a 10 m width of collapsed quartz vein boulders. This structure, and at least two more less well-defined parallel quartz boulder ridges are interpreted as north-south striking veins. True thickness and dip direction of these veins is not yet understood and will be tested in the initial drilling.

Drilling will also test a 100 m-wide dense quartz boulder field on the west side of the central north-south structure continuous lines of 2 m long chip channel samples of mixed outcrop, subcrop and colluvium returned average grades of 42 g/t gold along a 34 m line, and 54 g/t gold along a 24 m long line. The surficial quartz in this area is interpreted as the expression of multiple, close-spaced quartz veins. The number of veins and their geometry are undefined.

The initial drill programme is exploratory in nature and aims to establish the number of zones, width, grade and geometry of the gold bearing structures.

About the Motagua Norte project

The Motagua Norte project is a gold system hosted by schists of the Motagua suture zone, an east-west striking belt of metamorphic rocks that outcrops at the line of collision between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates.

Volcanic Gold Mines has an option agreement with Radius Gold Inc. to earn a 60% interest in the Cirilo I exploration licence and other licences under applications and negotiation within the Motagua Norte project, as well as the Holly Project where the joint venture has established a high grade epithermal gold resource 60km north of the Cerro Blanco Gold Deposit (see news release September 18, 2023).

Technical Information

Luc English PhD, who is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London, is the Company’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Dr English has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this website.

Map of the Cirilo 1 exploration licence showing the location and gold grade of 513 rock chip samples collected during initial prospecting at Mila.

  1. See News Release: Volcanic Gold Mines commences drilling at the Mila Gold Discovery, Guatemala, February 15, 2024.