Velocity Reports Positive Exploration Results at Zlatusha Copper-Gold Property, Bulgaria
Vancouver, British Columbia – Velocity Minerals Ltd. (TSX.V: VLC, OTCQB: VLCJF) (“Velocity” or the “Company”) provides an update on its ongoing exploration program at the Zlatusha exploration license (“Zlatusha” or the “Property”), located in Bulgaria. Velocity holds the Property under an option agreement, pursuant to which Velocity has an exclusive option to acquire up to a 75% interest in the Property (see previous news release January 24, 2023). Zlatusha is the Company’s exploration focus and initial drilling is planned for H1 2024.;
Velocity has confirmed the presence of several magmatic-hydrothermal centers with outcropping copper-gold mineralization hosted in rocks of favourable upper Cretaceous age and composition. Extensive geophysical and geochemical surveys have been completed as well as mapping and prospecting programs. Work completed includes:
- Airborne Magnetic Survey - 2,361 line-km drone-based magnetic survey, with preliminary data generating several large-scale, high priority targets (Figure 1). Interpretation of the magnetic data and targeting is ongoing and planned to be completed in Q4 2023;
- Soil Geochemistry - 1400 soil samples establishing anomalies at the Rosoman target (Figure 3). Soil sampling is ongoing throughout the remainder of this very large property;
- Radiometric Surveys - completed on multiple targets with interpretation and targeting ongoing; and
- Mapping and Prospecting - completed over multiple property-wide traverses including portable XRF analysis of more than 600 rock samples and discovery of new outcropping mineralized zones.
An initial drill program is planned for H1 2024 with a focus on discovery of copper-gold porphyry mineralization.
Zlatusha Property is located within a Tier One porphyry copper-gold and epithermal belt, which transects Serbia and Bulgaria (Figure 2). The local geological setting at Zlatusha Property is similar to the Timok Magmatic complex, located 95 km to the northwest in Serbia (hosting the Bor, Majdanpek and Cukaru Peki copper-gold deposits) and the Panagyurishte Orefield, located 65 km to the east in Bulgaria (hosting operating mines such as Chelopech, Elatsite and Asarel). Approximately 5km southwest of Zlatusha, the Milin Kamuk mine is under construction. No modern systematic exploration has been carried out at Zlatusha and the Company considers the Property to be prospective for the discovery of additional deposits.
Readers are cautioned that the mines and deposits discussed above are adjacent properties and that Velocity has no interest in or right to acquire any interest in the deposit, and that mineral deposits on adjacent or similar properties, and any production therefore or economics with respect thereto, are not in any way indicative of mineral deposits on Velocity’s properties or the potential production from, or cost or economics of, any future mining of any of Velocity’s mineral properties.
Figure 1. Total Magnetic Intensity data collected at Zlatusha together with mineral occurrences. Interpretation and targeting are ongoing.
Figure 2. Map showing the location of the Zlatusha Property within the prospective Tethyan copper-gold mineral belt transecting Serbia and Bulgaria and highlighting the location of operating mines, formerly operating mines, and mines under development.
Rosoman Soil Geochemistry
Velocity completed a geochemical soil survey in the vicinity of a known mineral occurrence called Rosoman. A total of 1,040 soil samples were collected on a 100x50m grid defining four significant soil anomalies (Figure 3).
- Rosoman Gold Zone – predominantly gold-silver anomaly covering an area of 500m x 300m. Historical drilling within this anomaly returned values of up to 11m grading 4.33g/t gold (from 109.0 to 120.0m depth) and 11m grading 3.63g/t gold (from 2.7 to 13.7m depth)
- Satellite Anomaly – large 1000m x 350m area with very intense outcropping hydrothermal alteration and characterized by anomalous pathfinder elements
- Ostra Mogila – predominantly copper-molybdenum anomaly over 1000m x 300m
- Rosoman South – predominantly copper anomaly south of the main Zlatusha gold zone
All of the prospects above fall within broader-scale northeast-trending hydrothermal alteration envelop with a surface footprint extending over 2200m x700m that includes several zones of phyllic alteration amongst widespread argillic and both transitioning to proximal and distal propylitic mineral assemblages. The alteration surface footprint coincides with low magnetic susceptibility anomaly obtained from the soil reference samples and is further confirmed by the Property-wide drone magnetic survey.
Figure 3. Soil Geochemistry assays for gold, silver, copper and molybdenum
Regional Geology Traverses
A series of regional traverses have been completed across the Property to gain more understanding of the volcanic stratigraphy, genetic types of hydrothermal alteration, and the distribution and volcano-sedimentary stratigraphy.
During the geological traverses several copper showings were identified with anomalous copper grades analyzed with a portable XRF, including up to 12.8% copper at Rosoman, 0.8% to 4.6% copper near Rosoman village, up to 5% copper at Pishtane, and 0.03% to 5.2% at Mala Rakovitsa. Additional follow-up work is planned to cover the new identified Cu showings.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
The work program at Zlatusha Property was designed and supervised by Vasil Dimitrov, CGeol FGS, the Company's Senior Geologist, who is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program.
On-site personnel at the project rigorously collect and track samples which are then security sealed and shipped to ALS Global laboratory in Romania (soil and rock samples) for sample preparation and subsequent analysis. Soil samples are prepared in compliance with industry standards at ALS’ Romanian laboratory then a sample split of the milled material (pulp) is shipped to ALS’ Irish laboratory for Trace Detection Limit method for a gold plus multi-element package by aqua regia digestion for acid extractable gold - 25g. Field duplicate samples, blanks and independent controlled reference material (standards) are added to every batch.
Portable XRF (Olympus Vanta M) and Magnetic Susceptibility (KT-9 kappameter) analysis are applied on soil and rock sample references. Portable XRF analyzer is used to evaluate the concentration of certain elements in rocks and soils providing rapid information to field geologists without waiting for laboratory results. The portable XRF readings provide an effective screening tool for selecting samples for traditional laboratory chemical analysis. The assays of the pXRF analysis are indicative, but accuracy is not equivalent to laboratory analysis. Soil samples are sieved in the field with 40mesh (-1mm) stainless steel sieve, collected in kraft paper bags for drying in storage area. After sample splitting, material is taken from each sample for portable XRF analysis and stored in small transparent zip-lock bags with sample ID tags. Samples are scanned on both sides and the XRF measurements are averaged by the portable XRF. Representative rock sample specimens are selected from the field geologist then scanned with portable XRF in company’s warehouse. Blanks and independent controlled reference material (standards) scanned with portable XRF and the results are compared with laboratory analysis. Additional portable XRF QA/QC measurements are taken from “Coin” and “Blank” material (provided by Olympus) for tool calibration before and after scanning of each batch of samples.
Geophysical surveys are carried out by geophysical consultants using up-to-date technologies, with the results checked by a third-party independent geophysicist for quality control. Raw geophysical data is processed and corrected, and the results are interpreted by 2 independent groups of geophysicists under the direction of Company staff.
The technical content of this release has been approved for disclosure by Daniel Marinov, RPGeo, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 and the Company’s Vice President Operations. Mr. Marinov is not independent of the Company as he is a director, officer, shareholder, and holds incentive stock options.
About Velocity Minerals Ltd.
Velocity is a precious metals and copper explorer focused in Eastern Europe. In Bulgaria, Velocity has a 70% interest in the Tintyava property, which includes the prefeasibility-stage Rozino deposit. Velocity also has a 70% interest in the Momchil property (which includes the Obichnik project), a 70% interest in the Nadezhda property (which includes the Makedontsi project), and a 70% interest in the Dangovo property (which is contiguous with the Makedontsi project). The Company holds a 100% interest in the Iglika copper-gold exploration property and recently entered into an option agreement with DPM who have an option to earn a 75% interest in the property. The Company has also entered into agreements to acquire a 75% interest in the Zlatusha and Kalabak copper-gold exploration properties.
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