New Pacific Continues to Intersect Multiple Broad Intervals of Silver Mineralization at Silver Sand Project, Bolivia

Monday, 02. December 2019 15:05

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Pacific Metals Corp. (TSX-V: NUAG) (OTCQX: NUPMF) (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce assay results from 75 drill holes from its resource definition drilling program at its wholly-owned Silver Sand Project, Department of Potosí, Bolivia.  

In summary, drilling continues to intersect broad intervals of vein and fracture controlled, near surface, silver mineralization with results from this program ranging from approximately 50 to 200 metres (“m”) thick and returning average silver values from 33 to 289g/t.  Within these broad intervals, narrower zones of higher grade silver occurs commonly from 2.5 to +10m wide with average values over those widths of up to 1,035g/t.

Highlights of significant drill intersections are summarized as follows (for a detailed list, please refer to Table-1 – Composited Drill Intersections of Mineralization below):

  • DDH DSS422503, 143.44m @ 110g/t Ag from 65.86m to 209.3m incl. 10.17m @ 860g/t Ag from 173.3m to 183.47m;
  • DDH DSS502503, 56.2m @ 121g/t Ag from 125.8m to 182.0m, incl. 13.87m @ 346g/t Ag from 125.8m to 139.67m;
  • DDH DSS502505, 93.08m @ 289g/t Ag from 223.15m to 316.23m, incl. 23.41m @ 1,035g/t Ag from 261.44m to 284.85m;
  • DDH DSS507507,  45.93m @ 149g/t Ag from 89.11m to 135.04m, incl. 10.5m @ 321g/t Ag from 111.2m to 121.7m;
  • DDH DSS522510, 48.09m @ 176g/t Ag from 5.3m to 53.39m, and 2.57m @ 748g/t Ag from 213.5m to 216.07m;
  • DDH DSS522512, 242.44m @ 87g/t Ag from 43.3m to 285.74m, incl. 8.25m @ 755g/t Ag from 86.9m to 95.15m;
  • DDH DSS525017, 145.8m @ 137g/t Ag from 39.55m to 185.35m, incl. 8.82m @ 388g/t Ag from 39.55m to 48.37m, incl. 51.53m @ 268g/t Ag from 75.66m to 127.19m, and incl. 3.48m @ 442g/t Ag from 181.87m to 185.35m;
  • DDH DSS527501, 173.99m @ 101g/t Ag from 35.11m to 209.1m, incl. 45.45m @ 277g/t Ag from 82.05m to 127.5m, and incl. 3.1m @ 334g/t Ag from 206.0m to 209.1m;
  • DDH DSS542501, 88.5m @ 120g/t Ag from 41.55m to 130.05m, incl. 20.03m @ 351g/t Ag from 69.27m to 89.3m;
  • DDH DSS545009, 77.3m @ 135g/t Ag from 41.3m to 118.6m, incl. 9.92m @ 627g/t Ag from 69.33m to 79.25m;
  • DDH DSS545010, 54.67m @ 141g/t Ag from 80.2m to 134.87m, incl. 7.48m @ 488g/t Ag from 83.14m to 90.62m;
  • DDH DSS547502, 43.66m @158g/t Ag from 62.04m to 105.7m;
  • DDH DSS5610, 85.58m @ 98g/t Ag from 61.01m to 146.59m;
  • DDH DSS562501, 57.91m @ 133g/t Ag from 53.29m to 111.2m,incl. 13.95m @ 292g/t Ag from 62.5m to 76.45m;
  • DDH DSS562502, 54.87m @ 112g/t Ag from 35.0m to 89.87m;
  • DDH DSS565005, 65.29m @ 157g/t Ag from 34.56m to 99.85m, and 2.63m @ 232g/t Ag from 145.6m to 148.23m;
  • DDH DSS565006, 64.46m @ 250g/t Ag from 19.91m to 84.37m,incl. 20.7m @ 613g/t Ag from 40.0m to 60.7m;
  • DDH DSS642503, 22.81m @ 151g/t Ag from 24.28m to 47.09m, and 115.97m @ 54g/t Ag from 87.53m to 203.5m; and
  • DDH DSS645005, 208.07m @ 73g/t Ag from 27.1m to 235.17m,incl. 3.71m @ 513g/t Ag from 86.57m to 90.28m, and incl. 24.26m @ 270g/t Ag from 180.74m to 205m.

(Based on the current understanding of the relationship between drill hole direction and the mineralized structures it is estimated that true width of the mineralization will approximate 80% of the down hole interval length.  Please refer to Table-1 – Composited Drill Intersections of Mineralization below for details.)


Following the acquisition of Silver Sand Project in 2017, the Company has completed several discovery and definition drill campaigns on the project.  In addition to 195 holes for a total of 55,010m completed in 2018 exploration campaign, 162 drill holes for a total of 35,414m in the core area of Silver Sand have been completed to date since April 2019.  The Company released the results from the initial 60 holes on June 6, August 6 and August 27, 2019.  This news release publishes results from the next 75 drill holes (Table 1).  Results from the remaining 27 holes are pending and will be released upon receipt of the assay information.

The aim of the 2019 resource definition program is to provide detailed geological information on the currently defined core of the Silver Sand project.  The holes were designed to provide drill coverage using a 25 metre-centered drill pattern in order to confirm the continuity of the silver mineralization.  The majority of the holes are oriented at azimuths of 60 degrees with dips of -45 degrees, that is, normal to the strike and dip of the previously defined mineralized structures.

Several resource expansion holes were collared outside of the previously defined mineralized zone and intersected significant mineralization.  For example, hole DSS645005 was collared to the south of Silver Sand at Section 6450, and intersected a broad zone of mineralization returning 208.07m @ 73g/t Ag from 27.1m downhole within which higher grade intervals occur including 3.71m @ 513g/t Ag (from 86.57m to 90.28m), and 24.26m @ 270g/t Ag (from 180.74m to 205m), indicating mineralization is open to the west.


The Company has identified several high priority targets on the Silver Sand property package, of which, the Snake Hole Prospect has been drill tested and assays are pending.


The Silver Sand Project development team is currently finishing the last remaining planned drill holes from the 2019 program with two drilling crews.  Other activities remaining include geological logging and sampling of completed holes, data analysis and various QA/QC initiatives in preparation for the inaugural NI 43-101 resource estimate in Q1 2020.

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

HQ-size drill core samples from altered and mineralized intervals were split into halves by diamond saw, with an average sample length of between one to one and half metres at the Company’s core processing facility located in Betanzos, a small town located 20 kilometres from the project site.  Half core samples are stored in a secure core storage facility in Betanzos for future reference, and the other half core samples are shipped in securely sealed bags to ALS Global in Oruro, Bolivia for preparation, and ALS Global in Lima, Peru for geochemical analysis.  All samples are first analyzed by a multi-element ICP package (ALS code ME-MS41) with ore grade over limits for silver, lead and zinc further analyzed using ALS code OG46.  Further silver over limits are analyzed by gravimetric analysis (ALS code of GRA21).

A standard quality assurance and quality control (“QAQC”) protocol was employed to monitor the quality of sample preparation and analysis.  Standards of certified reference materials and blanks were inserted in normal core sample sequences prior to shipment to lab at a ratio of 20:1 (i.e., every 20 samples contain at least one standard sample and one blank sample).  Duplicate samples of coarse rejects at a ratio of 20:1 will be sent to a second internationally accredited lab for check analysis.  The assay results of QAQC samples of standards and blanks did not show any significant bias of analysis or contamination during sample preparation.

Technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alex Zhang, P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration, who is a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101.

About New Pacific

New Pacific is a Canadian exploration and development company which owns the Silver Sand Project in Potosí Department, Bolivia and the Tagish Lake gold project in Yukon, Canada.  

For further information, contact:

New Pacific Metals Corp.
Gordon Neal
Phone:(604) 633-1368
Fax:(604) 669-9387

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Table 1 – Composited Drill Intersections of Mineralization

Hole_idSection Mineralized Intervals 
 From (m)To (m)Length (m)Ag_g/tPb_%Zn_%note
DSS3625013625 127.19130.663.471070.010.00 
DSS3650013650 129.95132.362.41640.020.00 
DSS3675013675 131.00133.252.25950.150.00 
DSS380438 131.85135.303.45520.320.00 
DSS3825013825 61.2366.235.001550.000.00 
DSS3850023850 65.0068.943.942270.000.00 
DSS3875013875 115.00140.5525.55440.080.00 
DSS4225024225 112.55115.202.651830.050.00 
DSS4225034225 65.86209.30143.441100.040.03 
DSS4225044225 89.3092.022.721240.020.00 
DSS4275034275 49.8662.7412.88330.030.08 
DSS4275044275 18.7021.002.301300.020.02 
DSS4275054275 101.65102.951.30960.020.04 
DSS4613  101.00120.0019.00860.100.02 
DSS462501  88.0497.159.111010.160.12 
DSS462502  87.81158.5970.78630.010.02 
DSS462503  113.30154.8941.59380.020.02 
DSS462504  77.0083.586.581470.050.02 
DSS462505  107.54116.008.462330.110.00 
DSS462506  74.93100.4225.491250.030.01 
DSS465009  73.5581.558.00420.060.00 
DSS465010  78.2081.903.704170.170.02 
DSS465011  69.9080.2610.36340.010.01 
DSS467501  74.00109.3435.34700.060.00 
DSS5013  48.0053.505.501000.010.01 
DSS5025035025 85.3090.024.72600.150.13 
DSS5025045025 75.1588.0012.853220.110.01 
DSS5025055025 13.6817.503.82620.010.00 
DSS5050145050 59.4069.5710.17590.050.00 
DSS5050155050 37.5140.122.61420.010.00 
DSS5050185050 55.3058.002.701470.010.02 
DSS5075045075 45.5064.0018.50350.050.00 
DSS5075055075 9.4054.7045.30480.020.00 
DSS5075065075 59.00100.3041.30380.230.00 
DSS5075075075 89.11135.0445.931490.110.68 
DSS5075085075 50.5066.6216.122460.050.00 
DSS521552 45.3268.1222.80860.020.00 
DSS5225105225 5.3053.3948.091760.020.0011.04m mined out
DSS5225125225 7.5819.2111.63340.010.00 
   43.30285.74242.44870.080.021.37m mined out
DSS5250175250 39.55185.35145.801370.030.03 
DSS5250185250 19.6027.057.45330.140.80 
DSS5250195250 90.4593.042.591550.010.00 
DSS5275015275 35.11209.10173.991010.060.11 
DSS5275025275 21.33145.29123.96470.020.00 
DSS5275035275 83.65101.7018.05910.120.03 
DSS541754 38.80118.8080.00750.070.14 
DSS541854 25.2127.212.001120.050.00 
DSS542154 16.3723.727.351130.010.01 
DSS5425015425 41.55130.0588.501200.080.12 
DSS5425025425 71.8574.172.321050.030.00 
DSS5450095450 41.30118.6077.301350.080.061.05m mined out
DSS5450105450 38.1040.412.311970.120.01 
DSS5450115450 23.1530.577.42710.000.01 
DSS5450135450 57.3690.8233.461070.050.07 
   106.04119.3013.26870.070.002.12m mined out
DSS5450145450 94.70103.909.20770.060.71 
DSS5475015475 81.84110.9429.101950.170.03 
DSS5475025475 62.04105.7043.661580.080.00 
DSS5475035475 27.8070.5542.75630.080.10 
DSS561056 39.5242.002.481920.000.00 
DSS561156 57.8388.2630.43950.120.01 
DSS561256 25.5656.1330.57450.030.02 
DSS5625015625 53.29111.2057.911330.060.00 
DSS5625025625 35.0089.8754.871120.070.01 
DSS5625035625 14.6024.389.78330.020.01 
DSS5650055650 34.5699.8565.291570.100.00 
DSS5650065650 19.9184.3764.462500.090.01 
DSS5650075650 29.2447.7018.46820.020.01 
DSS5650085650 10.1411.371.231740.030.02 
DSS6275026275 100.97187.1586.18450.050.114.78m mined out
DSS6425036425 24.2847.0922.811510.452.00 
DSS6450056450 27.10235.17208.07730.110.28 
DSS6475036475 63.60124.6061.00420.060.25 
DSS6675036675 32.5097.8365.33340.010.01 
DSS680368 19.1235.8516.73520.000.00 


g/t = grams per metric tonne.

 The table above is intended to show highlights of the drilling program only.  The intercepts shown are a weighted average of the sample lengths and grades of all of the samples within that intercept and may include some samples with grades less than 30 g/t silver.

 Intersections may contain samples less than 30 g/t silver between higher grade subintervals.

 Intervals are drill core length in meters.  True width of mineralization zones is estimated at about 80% of drill intervals based on current understanding of the relationship between drill direction and the mineralized structures.

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