SOUTHERN ARC RELEASES DRILL RESULTS FROM HOLE SLD029 AT ITS MONTONG BOTEK CU AU PORPHYRY TARGET
Southern Arc Minerals Inc. (TSX Venture: SA) is pleased to announce the results of drill hole SLD029 at the Montong Botek Cu-Au target of its Selodong porphyry Cu-Au prospect on west Lombok Island, Indonesia.
SLD029 was designed to test possible southward extensions and limits of higher grade Cu-Au mineralization defined in previous holes drilled into the target. Drilling returned a mineralized intercept of:
Results from SLD029 extend a halo of breccia-hosted lower-grade mineralization surrounding high-grade mineralization previously intersected by holes SLD001 to SLD003 and SGD001. The generation of geological and mineralization wire-frame models for the Montong Botek-Blongas II porphyry couple is currently in progress.
Drill hole SLD029, located 220 m south-southeast of SLD003 (Figure 1), was drilled northward at an inclination of -65 degrees to a depth of 595.20 m, passing approximately 150 m vertically below previous high-grade intercepts in SLD003 and SGD001. From surface to a depth of 528.00 m coring intercepted polymictic breccia hosting variable amounts of mineralized diorite clasts (QD1). Narrow late-stage diorite dikes cut the breccia at depths of 14.70 m, 89.60 m, and 159.20 m, respectively. Altered volcanics and volcaniclastics were intersected from 528.00 m to the end of the hole.
Drilling rig no. 1 completed hole SLD030 on September 4, 2008 at the Blongas II target, mid-way between SLD004 and SLD006 (Figure 1). Assay results should be available in late September. The completion of SLD030 has brought an end to the Phase 1 drilling program at Selodong, and the results of the program at Selodong are now being fully assessed.
Phase 2 drilling is now being carried out at the northern end of the West Lombok property on the Pelangan epithermal gold targets.
Detailed mapping and sampling continues for the assessment of numerous targets over the vast 4.5 km by 5.5 km Mencanggah epithermal district. Preliminary scout drilling is planned to commence on this prospect in mid to late November.
Qualified Person and Quality Control and Assurance
The information in this release has been compiled under the supervision of Southern Arc's Vice President of Exploration Hamish Campbell B.Sc.(Geology), MAusIMM. Mr. Campbell has over 23 years of international mineral exploration experience including 21 years in Indonesia during which he has held such positions as Exploration Manager, Senior Geologist and Consulting Geologist. Mr. Campbell has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralization under consideration and as such qualifies as a Qualified Person as defined in terms of NI 43-101.
All assaying of samples was undertaken by the ITS laboratory in Jakarta. ITS is one of the world's largest product and commodity testing, inspection and certification organizations. The Jakarta laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and employs a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for sample tracking, quality control and reporting. In addition to the laboratory's quality assurance program, the Company employs its own comprehensive quality assurance/control program including blanks and standards, along with reassays of selective drill pulps by independent industry-accredited laboratories.
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