Mr. Brian Miller reports
ASTRA INCREASES FLOAT VEIN FIELD, EXTENDS MAIN DISCOVERY VEIN AND SAMPLES 12.6 G/T GOLD EQUIVALENT ALONG STRIKE AT PAMPA PACIENCIA, CHILE
Astra Exploration Inc. has provided an exploration update on Pampa Paciencia, its flagship gold-silver project in northern Chile.
Identification of three quartz vein float sample fields totalling 8.5 kilometres with new zones identified in the west of the property under thin cover;
- Surface float samples up to 12.6 grams per tonne gold equivalent (AuEq) three km northwest along strike with the main Paciencia vein in the North zone;
- Systematic trenching over the first drill target planned on the Paciencia vein defines vein and breccia structure of 600 metres in length and up to 22 metres thick. These assay results are expected in late February;
Drilling program to commence in late February.
Astra's Exploration chief executive officer Brian Miller commented: "Astra is moving very quickly at Pampa Paciencia ahead of the company's maiden drill program. Today's results reveal the Pampa Paciencia vein field potential is much larger with newly identified high-grade zones and many new drill targets defined. Trenching along the Paciencia vein shows a wide vein and breccia structure extends 600 metres long where trench assays are expected shortly. Astra is fully funded for this program, has a very tight share structure and is excited to be unlocking the potential within our Chilean gold portfolio."
Exploration program discussion
Pampa Paciencia is a 3,840-hectare road-access low-sulphidation epithermal (LSE) gold-silver project located within an active mining district less than 15 kilometres from two major mines (Sierra Gorda and Spence) and five kilometres from the Faride LSE mine.
The current exploration program has combined property-wide mapping and sampling, geophysical surveys, and localized trenching with the dual aims of defining a larger district and identifying the highest-priority initial drill targets. Work to date indicates the presence of a large LSE system beneath a shallow cover of caliche and alluvial sediments.
Mapping and sampling
Large areas of the property are beneath thin cover. By mapping quartz vein float samples (larger than 25 centimetres in diameter) Astra's geologists are able to connect the dots with the help of geophysics to target blind mineralization in veins below the shallow cover. Some of these vein floats returned high-grade precious metals (up to 11.35 g/t gold and 152 g/t silver), significantly extending the prospective area to the west.
Three main northwest-southeast trends are defined with these surface float anomalies: the North zone (includes the North zone and its extension west), the Central and South zones (includes Central and South zones and their extension west), and the Impaciencia (the same trend that extends to the past-producing Faride mine five kilometres southeast).
The best gold grades were concentrated in the North zone belt, with relatively low silver-to-gold ratio (less than 20). The Central and South zone belts contained moderate gold equivalent grades of one to two parts per million with an intermediate silver-to-gold ratio (five to 169). The moderation of grade coincides with the observed shallower quartz vein textures which could indicate preserved higher grades below. The Impaciencia belt revealed a high silver-to-gold ratio (greater than 700). Silver and base metals are concentrated in this southernmost belt, coinciding with the Faride vein system located to the southeast.
A total of 640 kilometres of ground magnetic surveying reveals large magnetic lows interpreted as hydrothermal alteration related to the vein system. Linear magnetic lows are also common that are likely to be veins beneath the thin cover exploiting fractures in the host geology. Linear magnetic low features have coincided well with confirmed vein structures and should prove a very useful tool for targeting additional structures. The main structural orientations are northwest-southeast, east-west and northeast-southwest, similar to those found in the Faride LSE mine.
Trenching focused on confirming the strike continuity of the Paciencia vein in the North zone. This area will be the company's first drill target to follow up open intercepts in historical drilling including hole PP15-007, which returned 7.71 grams per ton gold and 46.6 grams per ton silver over 3.75 m approximately 80 metres below surface.
Thirteen trenches have been completed at the North zone, expanding outward from historical trenches along an interpreted extension of the vein identified in the magnetic survey. Systematic trenching every 50 metres at the Paciencia vein has defined west-northwest to east-southeast structures of hydrothermal breccias and parallel quartz veins up to 22 metres thick totalling 600 m strike length.
A total of 250 samples were taken from the trenches and sent to ALS labs in Santiago for assay. The company expects to receive those results later in February and will include them in a detailed map of the trenching program.
Float samples were sampled, bagged and tagged by Astras geologists and then delivered to the ALS sample preparation laboratory in Santiago. Samples were prepared with PREP 31B code, and then analyzed with fire assay for gold (Au-AA24) and multielements by ICP (inductively coupled plasma) (ME-ICP61).
Qualified person statement
The technical data and information as disclosed in this report have been reviewed and approved by Darcy Marud. Mr. Marud is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and is a qualified person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Stock option grant, market making services and marketing commitments
In accordance with its stock option plan, the company has granted to directors, officers, employees and consultants of the company a total of 1,585,000 stock options exercisable at a price of 35 cents each for a period of five years from the date of grant. The options will vest according to the schedule: one-third immediately, one-third at 18 months and one-third at 36 months. The options are subject to TSX Venture Exchange policies and regulations.
The company has engaged Integral Wealth Securities Ltd. to provide market-making services in accordance with Policy 3.4 -- Investor Relations, Promotional and Market Making Activities of the exchange, and will pay a cash-only remuneration of $5,500 per month for three months. Integral is a full-service securities dealer engaged in wealth management, market making and investment banking with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo, Burlington, Sydney and Nanaimo. Integral's services with regard to the company and its traded shares will be to maintain an orderly market, enhance liquidity and provide market intelligence. Integral and the company are unrelated and unaffiliated entities and, as of the date hereof, neither Integral nor any of its principals have an interest, directly or indirectly, in the securities of the company.
The company has also engaged KE Report to provide the company with Web content and radio content services in accordance with Policy 3.4. The company will pay KE Report cash-only remuneration of $12,000 for six months. KE Report and the company are unrelated and unaffiliated entities. As of the date hereof, a principal at KE Report beneficially owns securities of the company.
Investment Pitch Media has also been engaged by the company to produce five video news releases. Investment Pitch Media will be paid cash-only remuneration of $7,100 for the production of such videos. Investment Pitch Media and the company are unrelated and unaffiliated entities and, as of the date hereof, neither Integral nor any of its principals have an interest, directly or indirectly, in the securities of the company.
The company will also be presenting at the Global Mining Symposium on Feb. 23, 2022.
About Astra Exploration Inc.
Astra Exploration is an exploration company based out of Vancouver, B.C. Astra is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of epithermal gold-silver properties in Chile and is building a portfolio of high-quality projects. Astra's current focus is the development of the Pampa Paciencia project.
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