Toronto, Ontario, October 4th, 2017 – Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) (“Aurania” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its on-the-ground exploration on the Lost Cities – Cutucu Project in southeastern Ecuador is advancing well.
Progress on the project includes:
Completion of acquisition of geophysical data from 70% of the planned survey area. The geophysical program is expected to be completed in late October;
A field office has been established in the town of Macas from which the field teams are being deployed to mobile fly-camps that are to be moved every few days as the exploration advances;
The exploration team has been expanded to include seven field geologists working closely with a specialist environmental and community relations team of four; and
The first batch of stream sediment samples has been submitted to the laboratory and analyses are expected in late October.
Airborne Geophysics Program
The heliborne geophysics program is over two-thirds complete and the program is expected to be concluded in late October. The program has been affected by unusually cloudy weather, and since the helicopter undertakes the survey at a ground clearance of only 60 metres, the survey must be conducted in near-perfect weather conditions. However, we remain on-budget. Data from the survey are being processed and analyzed by an independent consultant working directly for Aurania as well as by MPX Geophysics Ltd, the Canadian company that has been contracted to undertake the survey.
Logistical Base Established
Logistical support for the exploration program has been established in the town of Macas, the seat of local government, located 13 kilometres from the project area. The exploration teams are being provisioned in Macas and then transported to the river basin where the stream sediment sampling and geological reconnaissance is to be done. Each team will move up-river as sampling progresses, relocating its mobile tented camp every few days. Additional provisions will be sourced from local communities where possible, or from the logistics base using mules to transport the goods.
The on-site exploration team has been increased to seven geologists, six of whom are Ecuadorian. The entire exploration team is involved in the stream sediment sampling program at this time. As targets are identified from the combination of historical data, geophysics, satellite image interpretation and stream sediment sampling and mapping, the three senior geologists will undertake the more detailed exploration of those sites. The foreign geologist in the team, Bart Wilson has over 17 years of exploration in South America and was involved in the early-stage exploration that led to the discovery of the Fruta Del Norte gold deposit in the geologically contiguous belt in southeastern Ecuador.
The exploration team is working in close association with two local environmental scientists and two local community relations specialists whom have already proven to be very effective in building a local team as well as developing open communication with local communities.
The first batch of stream sediment samples from the concession area has been delivered to the preparation laboratory in Quito, Ecuador, before being sent for analysis in Lima, Peru. These samples will be analyzed for metal enrichment that can be indicative of mineralization located upstream of the sample point.
Aurania is a junior exploration mining company engaged in the identification, evaluation, acquisition and exploration of mineral property interests, with a focus on precious metals and copper. Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range of southeastern Ecuador.
The technical information contained in this news release has been verified and approved by Jean-Paul Pallier, MSc.. Mr. Pallier is a designated EurGeol by the European Federation of Geologists and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators.
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Dr. Richard Spencer
Aurania Resources Ltd.
Chief Financial Officer
Aurania Resources Ltd.
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