1996: The El Camino prospect was discovered in 1996 by Mansfield Minerals Inc.
2000-2001: Teck performed a fast and small exploration program under a joint venture agreement with Mansfield, which included sampling and a small diamond drilling campaign totalling 719 m. Highlights from this 4-drillhole program can be seen in Table 1. Best results in Teck´s trench channel sampling include:
|-TEC-E:||42 m @ 1.33 g/t Au; 0.52 % Cu; 1.11 % Pb; 1.27 % Zn and 41.6 g/t Ag|
includes 26 m @ 2.30 g/t Au; 0.66 % Cu; 1.60 % Pb; 1.40 % Zn and 60.4 g/t Ag
|-TEC-02:||24 m @ 1.00 g/t Au; 0.16 % Cu; 0.13 % Pb; 0.55 % Zn and 15.52 g/t Ag|
includes 6 m @ 1.65 g/t Au; 0.17 % Cu; 1.33 % Pb; 1.70 % Zn and 28.9 g/t Ag
Teck returned the property to Mansfield in 2001.
2002-2007: Mansfield completed several field exploration programs in the area including mapping, systematic soil sampling, and collection of prospective grab samples, Induced Polarization and Ground Magnetometry surveys, trenching and drilling.
2008: The El Camino property was transferred to Pachamama as part of a restructuring of Mansfield.
2012-2016: In 2012 Regulus received this project through the amalgamation with Pachamama and very limited work was done in following years.
2017: Regulus geologists completed a reconnaissance campaign and took six rock chip samples in areas of interest confirming gold and copper mineralization (Figure 2).
2018: The El Camino project, together with Rio Grande, Aguas Calientes and other early stage Argentina projects, was spun out into the new Argentina-focussed pubco, Aldebaran.
Exploration potential is open in all directions under colluvium cover, with large areas potentially mineralized still untested to date within the property.
Table 1 : Highlights from Teck Corporation 4 diamond drill hole campaign, totalling 719 m.
|Cu (%)||Zn (%)||Pb (%)||Area|
|FB-003||22.56||37.40||14.84||15.00||0.10||0.20||0.20||Discovery Breccia Zone|
|Including||22.56||24.24||1.68||69.00||0.37||0.35||0.40||Discovery Breccia Zone|
|* Denotes <0.10%|| || || || || || || || |