The Estrella operation currently comprises the removal of existing historic dumps and concurrent mapping and sampling. The previous operators apparently removed only higher grade, copper-rich material by hand sorting. The rejected material was piled in dumps. This material has sufficient silver, zinc, lead and copper to be processed at the company's mill. An operation of sampling, stockpiling and hauling this material to the mill is on-going.
While removing the existing dumps an area of sulphide mineralization has been exposed in the walls of the existing workings. Company geologists are presently evaluating this showing to determine the deposit's potential grade and size.
The La Verde area has been mined intermittently for over 10 years by a third-party operating under a royalty contract with the Company. While no historical drilling records or resource estimates are available, historical production data indicates that a consistent feed of approximately 120 grams per tonne silver and 0.3-0.5% copper was provided to a local processing plant. At the present time, the Company is focused on underground mapping and drilling to expand and better define known areas of mineralization.
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