Southern Silver Exploration Corp. (“Southern Silver” and the “Company”) reports that it has verified enriched Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in reconnaissance hole OR22-012, which was part of the Company’s 2022 drilling program at its wholly owned Oro property, located in the Laramide-age, porphyry copper belt of southwestern New Mexico, USA. The Company has staked 62 new claims during 2023 to cover the western extension of the buried porphyry/CRD/Skarn system associated with hole OR22-012. The new claims increase the total Oro land package to 334 company-owned and seven leased Federal lode mining claims; two leased New Mexico State parcels; and company-owned private surface and mineral titles covering an area of about 36 square kilometres.
Rare-Earth Element Results
The Company reports that a review of select light Rare Earth Elements (LREEs) from the earlier MS-ICP analyses from hole OR22-012 identified strong LREE enrichment. Thirty-nine pulps were selected from three enriched LREE zones for re-analyses by the more robust analytical method of fusion/ICPMS to confirm the initial test results and returned:
0.104% TREO (1,045 ppm) over 10.9m starting at 613.9m,
0.091% TREO (913 ppm) over 33.8m starting at 647.4m, and
0.128% TREO (1,285 ppm) over 24.4m starting at 794.0m.
All three zones occur within a 427.2m interval of strongly enriched copper mineralization, which was previously reported in NR-02-23, dated April 03,2023, and described below. The three zones (see Table below) average greater than 0.05% Total Rare Earth Oxides (TREOs). see & read more on