Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – July 9 2019 – Timberline Resources Corporation (OTCQB: TLRS; TSX-V: TBR)(“Timberline” or the “Company”) today announced results of recently completed Phase 2 drilling at the Elder Creek porphyry copper-molybdenum-gold-silver project in Nevada’s Battle Mountain mining district. Reverse circulation (RC) hole RCEC19-01 was drilled to a depth of 1,960 feet (600 meters) to target the heart of the IP/resistivity (IP) geophysical anomaly identified in December, 2018 (Figure 1)(see press release dated January 8, 2019 at http://timberlineresources.co/press-releases/).
RCEC19-01 intercepted approximately 590 feet (180 m) of intensely stockwork quartz-veined, altered (quartz-biotite ± sericite) Harmony Formation quartzite and hornfels and an underlying thick section of 1,361 ft (415 m) of intensely-altered, quartz-feldspar, variably porphyritic intrusive rock (Figure 2). Alteration of the intrusion is dominated by quartz-sericite with variable chlorite and biotite. Porphyry style mineralization is visible throughout and is especially notable within the intrusive phase as pyrite-chalcopyrite ± molybdenite, with anomalous copper, molybdenum, and silver (Table 1).
Table 1. Summary of Elder Creek Drilling Assay Results
|Drill Hole||From (feet)||To (feet)||Total (feet)||From (meters)||To (meters)||Total (meters)||Cu (%)||Mo (ppm)||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)|
|2019, Phase II Drilling|
|2018, Phase I Drilling|
|*True thickness of drill intercepts is unknown; see press release dated November 26, 2018 at http://timberlineresources.co/press-releases/ for sample methodology, chain of custody, and quality control and assurance|
Phase I drilling of two holes (Figure 1) in 2018 intercepted material amounts of copper-molybdenum-gold-silver mineralization over long intervals (Table 1). These holes were later determined to be located within (Hole RCEC18-01) and on the periphery of (CCEC18-02) the IP anomaly (Figure 2) identified by the geophysical survey later that year.
Figure 1. Elder Creek Project Area Geology, Alteration Zoning, IP Anomaly, and Drilling
Figure 2. Cross SectionLine 3600N showing Hole RCEC19-01 drill test of IP Chargeability Anomaly
Relative to Hole CCEC18-02, RCEC19-01 intercepted a much thicker section of porphyry-style altered intrusive rock (Figure 2), with notably increased silicic alteration and overall increased sulfide mineral content primarily as pyrite (iron sulfide). The distribution of increased sulfide content in RCEC19-01 relative to CCEC18-02 correlates well with the core of the IP anomaly, and the intrusive rock correlates well with magnetic and gravity signatures as previously reported (see Figures 5 and 6 of press release dated March 27, 2019 at http://timberlineresources.co/press-releases/). The intrusive rock is interpreted to represent an apophysis which extends upward from a large intrusion at depth. The distribution of sulfide minerals in the drill holes may reflect zoning within and along the margins of the intrusive apophysis as is common in mineralized porphyry systems.
Steven Osterberg commented, “Hole RCEC19-01 successfully documented a thick interval of intensely altered and mineralized porphyritic intrusive rock at Elder Creek. With the benefit of excellent geologic, IP, magnetic, and gravity data, and clear indications of metal zoning, we believe Elder Creek to be a very large, robust porphyry system. The drilling completed to date suggests high potential for metal enrichment at the margins of, and at depth along and within, the intrusive phases.”
Future drilling will include proposed drill holes testing the margins of the intrusive phases.See the press release dated November 26, 2018 at http://timberlineresources.co/press-releases/for more details on methodology, chain of custody, and quality control and assurance.
About Timberline Resources
Timberline Resources Corporation is focused on advancing district-scale gold and copper-gold exploration and development projects in Nevada. These include its 23 square-mile Eureka property, comprising the Lookout Mountain, Windfall, and Oswego projects which lie along three separate structural-stratigraphic trends defined by distinct geochemical gold anomalies, as well as being operator of both the Paiute joint venture project with a subsidiary of Barrick Gold, and the Elder Creek joint venture with McEwen Mining. All of these properties lie on the prolific Battle Mountain-Eureka gold trend. Timberline also controls the Seven Troughs property in Northern Nevada, which is one of the state’s highest-grade former producers. Timberline controls mineral rights in Nevada of over 43 square miles (27,500 acres). Detailed maps and NI 43-101 estimated resource information for the Eureka property may be viewed at http://timberlineresources.co/.
Timberline is listed on the OTCQB where it trades under the symbol “TLRS” and on the TSX Venture Exchange where it trades under the symbol “TBR”.
Steven Osterberg, Ph.D., P.G., Timberline’s President and Chief Executive Officer, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this release.
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Steven A. Osterberg
President and CEO