1. Tungsten analyses were performed by ALS Chemex, in Vancouver, Canada, using standard assay techniques.2. All holes are vertical drill holes and intercepts are considered to represent the true thickness or close to the true thickness of the mostly flat-lying mineralized zones.
Positive results from the drilling program completed at Telheira, Lapa Grande, and Castelo suggest that there is room for further expansion of the known, close-to-surface tungsten mineralization in these zones, as well as for discovery of new mineralization. Further work, including re-logging and sampling of historic core, more detailed mapping and targeting, and continued review and re-interpretation of the historic data will assist in planning of further drill exploration and delineation of these mineral bodies in the next phase of drilling. In addition, while results from drilling in the Covas Dome did not include anomalous values of tungsten or gold, preliminary geological mapping, rock-chip sampling, and interpretation of geophysical data all indicate possibility for the presence of gold and tungsten mineralization along a pronounced east-west lineament, cutting the Covas target area. Further surface work will be undertaken in the coming field season, prior to follow-up drilling in the Dome area.
Covas is a past-producing tungsten mine, and remaining historic resources (indicated and inferred) on the property have been estimated at 922,900 metric tonnes of 0.78% WO3 by Union Carbide in 1980, based on work including 327 drill holes on the property. Mineralization is open to expansion. The price of tungsten has increased significantly in recent years and is currently approximately $33 per kilogram of contained tungsten trioxide. (These resources are historic in nature, prepared by Union Carbide Corp. in 1980 and are considered relevant. However, a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources, and the Company is not considering the historical estimates as current mineral resources.)
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Blackheath Resources Inc. is a recently-listed TSX Venture Exchange company, focused on tungsten exploration in Portugal. The management of the company has previous experience in tungsten mining operations in Portugal through Primary Metals Inc., the operator of the Panasqueira Tungsten Mine from 2003 to 2007.
Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented junior exploration and development company focused on aggressive exploration, using a prospect generator model, for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe, including Portugal, Kosovo, and Germany.
The Company currently holds 16 exploration licenses in three European countries, including 10 in Portugal covering 2,276 km2, five in Kosovo covering 153 km2, and one in Germany covering 307 km2. Avrupa operates two joint ventures in Portugal, covering four of the licenses, including:
-- The Alvalade JV, with Antofagasta Minerals SA, covering three licenses in the Iberian Pyrite Belt of southern Portugal, for Cu-rich massive sulfide deposits; and-- The Covas JV, with Blackheath Resources, covering one license in northern Portugal, for intrusion-related Au-W deposits.
On behalf of the Board,
Paul W. Kuhn, President & Director
This news release was prepared by Company management, who take full responsibility for its content. Paul W. Kuhn, President and CEO of Avrupa Minerals, a Licensed Professional Geologist and a Registered Member of the Society of Mining Engineers, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators. He has reviewed the technical disclosure in this release.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Avrupa Minerals Ltd.