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VANCOUVER, BC, February 23, 2021 — Silver Sands Resources Corp. (“Silver Sands” or the “Company”) (CSE: SAND) (OTCQB: SSRSF) is pleased to announce the remaining results from the Phase I Drilling Program completed in December 2020. The drilling program exceeded management’s expectations as it has extended known mineralization along strike at Julia South, Martina SE and Ely Central; added new zones of mineralization along known vein structures and identified new zones of mineralization within previously untested veins. The results from Phase I drilling support management’s belief that the global silver resource of the Virginia vein field can be increased significantly.
As previously reported, surface mapping and sampling, IP, trenching and previous drilling in the southern and eastern parts of the project are all suggesting that the vein systems on the south and east part of the project are at higher levels in the local volcanic system which require deeper drilling to test the mineralized zones. Our geologists are adjusting the location and angle of the Phase II drill holes accordingly.
“The 2020 drilling campaign exceeded our expectations and supports our firm belief in the project,” commented Silver Sands CEO Keith Anderson. “The goal of our exploration campaigns remains building and significantly increasing the global silver resource at Virginia leading to an updated resource estimate in H2 2021. The IP, trenching and drilling is therefore focussed on strike extensions, new mineralization along known veins and mineralization in new veins, not redrilling previously known mineralization,” he continued. “The current fully funded Phase II program is well underway with 1507 metres in 10 holes completed as of February 19. Samples from some of the first holes have been dispatched to the assay lab,” he concluded.
A total of 2,831 metres was completed in 18 holes during Phase I, testing and confirming the presence of new well-mineralized structures not captured in the initial NI 43-101 resource, clearly demonstrating the potential to significantly grow the existing silver resource.
Figure 1: Plan map with the Phase I drill hole locations and conceptual pit shells related to the current resource
The drilling has indicated structure is going to be key going forward, as expected in epithermal vein fields. Down dropped blocks and post mineralization displacement (faulting) appear to be playing an important role, with new structural interpretations incorporated into the current Phase II program targeting. In Julia South for example, drilling intersected the upper levels of the system as defined by low temperature silica species and lower silver values, suggesting the Julia South block is down-dropped relative to Julia Central and North, and high-grade mineralized shoots similar to Julia Central and North may exist at depth.
Additionally, several holes intercepted hematite matrix breccia containing silica clasts; these breccias, typically occurring at higher levels in the mineralized system, commonly contain mineralized clasts from deeper parts of the system, suggesting mineralized shoots may be intersected deeper, again suggesting faulting has dropped the mineralized portion of the vein deeper. Again, this new structural interpretation is incorporated into the current Phase II program targeting.
As previously disclosed, surface mapping and sampling, IP, trenching and previous drilling in the southern and eastern parts of the project are all suggesting these areas represent higher levels in the local volcanic stratigraphy and epithermal column, deeper drilling to test the targets for preserved and mineralized zones.
Drill Results Review
The Julia South hole JS-DDH-001 was collared 100m south of the previous drill holes incorporated in the conceptual pit resource and intersected a 8.5m thick brecciated structure grading 123.43 g/t Ag, including 3.90m at 168.34 g/t Ag. Colloform to crustiform banded crypto crystalline vein fragments with sulfides returned a peak result of 271 g/t Ag over 0.33m. This intercept is hosted in low temperature late cross-cutting chalcedonic silica with a latter and final manganese oxide (MnOx) rich pulse. Minor hydrothermal breccia structures with Ag anomalies exist throughout the hole. It is interpreted that this hole sits within a downthrown structural block that is less eroded than the area to the north, which hosts a significant part of the Virginia Ag resource. Phase II drilling will test beneath this intercept to confirm this concept.
Figure 2: Cross Section looking north on IP chargeability PDP geophysics
The Julia South hole JS-DDH-002 intersected hydrothermal polymictic breccia with quartz vein fragments in hematite silica matrix. The existence of quartz vein fragments suggests that a potential target may exist at depth below the silica-hematite matrix breccia.
The Julia SE hole JSE-DDH-001 intersected a strongly oxidized hydrothermal polymictic breccia with wall rock and vein fragments, grading 140.27 g/t Ag over 4.20m at 70m downhole. Quartz vein fragments display colloform banding and also fine crystalline quartz textures. Some of the fragments show low temperature silica species with breccias and veinlets cutting the structure hosting a peak sample of 483 g/t Ag over 0.35m. The presence of banded vein fragments mixed with polymictic wall rock breccia suggests that these mineralized fragments have been sourced from deeper in the structure, which requires deeper drilling.
Figure 3: Cross Section looking north on IP chargeability PDP geophysics
The Martina SE hole MSE-DDH-002 intercepted 4m at 48.62 g/t Ag and 2.45m at 65.7 g/t Ag including 0.85m at 111.03 g/t Ag, which was hosted in a zone of strong brecciation (fault breccia?) crosscut by channels of hydrothermal polymictic breccias and massive cryptocrystalline quartz veinlets, returning a highlight value of 135 g/t Ag over 0.55m.
Figure 4: Cross Section looking North on IP chargeability PDP geophysics
The Martina SE hole MSE-DDH-003 hosts a 1m weakly banded sulfide rich (galena) vein, with micro crystalline quartz and MnOx cavity infilling discrete fractures with a highlight value of 596.54 g/t Ag over 0.3m. This banded vein with hematite/limonite seams hosts values of 16.05m at 63.97 g/t Ag including 0.9m at 352.32 g/t Ag.
Figure 5: Cross Section looking north on IP chargeability PDP geophysics
The Ely Central hole EC-DDH-002 intercepted hydrothermal breccia with wall rock fragments returning up to 60 g/t Ag and outward halos of crackle hydrothermal breccias with silica hematite cement with up to 30 g/t Ag. As mentioned above, these hematite cemented breccias are generally believed to be high up in the vein system or represent weaker mineralized sections of the hosting structure between the mineralized shoots. A lower grade, anomalous intersect of 3.00m at 50.14 g/t Ag was returned from this hole.
Figure 6: Cross Section looking north on IP chargeability PDP geophysics
The Martina SW hole MSW-DDH-001 intercepted hydrothermal polymictic breccia with quartz vein fragments in hematite silica matrix (fault zone?). The structure hosts stockworks and crackle brecciation, with a low grade, but anomalous intersect of 1.10m at 33.61 g/t Ag.
Table 1: Virginia Final Phase I Significant Intercepts
Ag x Interval3
no interval to report
no interval to report
no interval to report
no interval to report
no interval to report
1 Reported interval length are down hole widths and not true widths.
2 Reported intervals are at the stated a cut-off grade of 30 g/t Ag (with a minimum width of 0.5m), 63 g/t Ag and 150 g/t Ag. Reported intervals may include up to a maximum of 1m individual section below cut-off grade.
3 Ag Gram Meter interval is calculated using: Ag (g/t) x down hole intersection length (m).
4 The higher-grade intervals were selected using the 63 g/t cut-off grade used in the NI 43-101 resource estimate.
Table 2: Virginia Final Phase I Collar Location
About Silver Sands Resources Corp.
Silver Sands is a well-financed, Canada-based company engaged in the business of mineral exploration and the acquisition of mineral property assets in mining-friendly jurisdictions. Its objective is to locate and develop economic precious and base metal properties of merit. Its key asset is the Virginia silver project, located in the mining-friendly Santa Cruz state of Argentina.
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Qualified Person Statement: Silver Sand’s disclosure of technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by R. Tim Henneberry, P.Eng., a director of the Company, who serves as a Qualified Person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.
QAQC: Silver Sands applies industry standard exploration sampling methodologies and techniques. All geochemical rock and drill samples are collected under the supervision of the company’s geologists in accordance with industry practice. Geochemical assays are obtained and reported under a quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) program. Samples are dispatched to an ISO 9001:2008 accredited laboratory in Argentina for analysis. Assay results from channel, trench, and drill core samples may be higher, lower or similar to results obtained from surface samples due to surficial oxidation and enrichment processes or due to natural geological grade variations in the primary mineralization.
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