MAG Silver Announces Seven New Silver / Lead/ Zinc Sulphide Intercepts at Cinco De Mayo
CM11-380: 386 g/t (12.4 opt) silver with 14.0% zinc and 8.2% lead over 3.98 metres. Including: 1,170 g/t (34.0 opt) silver with 13.7% zinc and 19.1% lead over 0.86 metres.
Vancouver, B.C... MAG Silver Corp. (TSX: MAG; NYSE-A: MVG) ("MAG" or the "Company") announces significant massive sulphide intercepts in each of seven recent holes in on-going exploration drilling of its 100% owned Cinco de Mayo (or "Cinco") property in northern Chihuahua State, Mexico. The holes were drilled on 200-250 metre centres approximately 2,000 metre along strike to the southeast from the significant Jose Manto (See Press Release of January 20th, 2009). Combined with earlier drilling, continuous silver-lead-zinc manto mineralization now appears to extend for at least 4,000 metres (See map below). Importantly, these recent intercepts lie 150-200 metres closer to the surface than most of the principal known Jose Manto body, dramatically improving potential accessibility in any future development.
The best new hole is Hole CM11-380, which cut 386 grams per tonne (g/t) (12.4 ounces per tonne (opt)) silver with 14.0% zinc and 8.2% lead over 3.98 metres (298.88 to 302.86 metres downhole) including a high grade core of 1,170 g/t (34.0 opt) silver with 13.7% zinc and 19.1% lead over 0.86 metres. Thin limestone beds separate this principal intercept from additional mineralized layers, creating an overall 11.1 metre interval grading 163 g/t (4.8 opt) silver with 7.8% zinc and 3.7% lead. All reported intercepts appear to be true width.
The remaining six holes have all cut massive sulphides ranging from 1.5 to 5.25 metres in thickness (Hole 377 reports 5.25 metres grading 280 g/t (9.0 opt) silver with 6.1% lead and 6.2% zinc); the two for which assays are pending are compositionally similar to the five holes for which assays are reported in Table 1 below. As is typical of the Jose Manto, the percentage of massive sulphide ranges from roughly 50% to nearly 100% of the composite manto thickness. Sulphides are dominated by pyrite, argentiferous galena and dark coloured sphalerite. Barite is locally abundant.
Combined, the seven new intercepts fill the 2 kilometre "gap" along the mineralized corridor between the Jose Manto and Cinco Ridge (the "Bridge Zone") and extend the Cinco Ridge zone several hundred additional metres to the southeast. The overall pattern of intercepts, when integrated with the Jose Manto, indicates continuous manto-style mineralization at least 4,000 metres long that ramps irregularly downwards to the northwest from 200 to 450 metres depth. This confirms that a very large Carbonate Replacement ("CRD"") system is present on the Cinco de Mayo property. This evidence is also supported by the presence of the nearby large and high grade molybdenum and gold deposit at Pozo Seco.
Mineralization is still open in all directions and lateral offsets of the current holes are planned for drilling in 2012 to determine the width and continuity of mineralization in the area and where mineralization thicknesses in the manto are greatest.
Table 1: Assay Results Jose Manto - Cinco Ridge (Bridge Zone)
Qualified Person: Dr. Peter Megaw, Ph.D., C.P.G., has acted as the qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 for this disclosure and supervised the preparation of the remaining technical information in this release. Dr. Megaw has a Ph.D. in geology and more than 20 years of relevant experience focused on silver and gold mineralization, and exploration and drilling in Mexico. He is a certified Professional Geologist (CPG 10227) by the American Institute of Professional Geologists and an Arizona registered geologist (ARG 21613). Dr. Megaw is not independent as he is a Director and Shareholder of MAG and is the vendor of this project, which is subject to a NSR. Dr. Megaw is satisfied that the results are verified based on an inspection of the core, a review of the sampling procedures, the credentials of the professionals completing the work and the visual nature of the silver and base metal sulphides within a district where he is familiar with the style and continuity of mineralization.
Quality Assurance and Control: The Company has in place a quality control program to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis. Samples were collected by employees of consulting firm Minera Cascabel S.A. de C.V. on behalf of MAG Silver Corp. The diamond drill core samples are shipped directly in security sealed bags to ALS-Chemex Laboratories preparation facilities in Hermosillo, Sonora or Chihuahua City (Certification ISO 9001). Sample pulps are shipped from there to ALS-Chemex Laboratories in North Vancouver, Canada for analysis. All samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 50 gram charge. Gold values in excess of 3.00 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish for greater accuracy. Silver, zinc, copper and lead values in excess of 100 ppm, 1%, 1% and 1% respectively are also repeated by fire assay.
MAG is focused on district scale projects located within the Mexican Silver Belt. Our mission is to become one of the premier companies in the silver mining industry. MAG is conducting ongoing exploration of its portfolio of 100% owned properties in Mexico including a silver, lead and zinc discovery and a moly-gold discovery at its 100% owned Cinco de Mayo property in Chihuahua State. MAG and Fresnillo plc are jointly developing the Valdecañas Deposit on the Juanicipio Joint Venture in Zacatecas State. MAG is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol MAG and on the NYSE Alternext under the symbol MVG.
On behalf of the Board of
MAG SILVER CORP.
"Dan MacInnis" CEO & Director
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Figure one: Jose Manto -- Cinco Ridge Mineralized Corridor (Bridge Zone)
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