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Promising signs for Zgounder expansion

Aya Gold & Silver has reported promising new assay results from its 2021 drill exploration programme at the Zgounder Silver Mine in Morocco.

Results from 54 holes continue to extend high-grade silver mineralisation along strike to the east and at depth below the current resource.

The 2021 initial drilling programme at the Zgounder mine has been expanded from 35 000 m to 42 000 m into year-end with the aim of testing new target areas, including within the newly discovered eastern zone. Some 39 000 m of combined surface and underground drilling have already been completed to date.

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Key highlights:

  • Extension of the strike and ongoing definition of the new Zgounder East Zone with ZG-21-36, which intersected 1,298 g/t Ag over 9.5 m, including
    • 10,753 g/t Ag over 0.5m
    • 2,963 g/t Ag over 0.5m
    • 2,794 g/t Ag over 0.5m
  • Expansion of the eastern mineralised strike with ZG-21-30bis, which returned 1,863 g/t Ag over 1m and 162 g/t Ag over 15.5m
  • Extension of the mineralisation at depth to the granite contact within the exploration target with ZG-SF-21-25, which intersected 1,230 g/t Ag over 2.5m
  • Extension of on-strike underground mineralisation with T28-21-1975-21E, which intersected 3,065 g/t Ag over 7.2m including
    • 12,640 g/t Ag over 1.2m
    • 4,000 g/t Ag over 1.2m

And, with T28-21-1975-21Ebis, which intersected 4,801 g/t Ag over 3.6m including

  • 12,638 g/t Ag over 1.2m
  • Continuation of high-grade mineralization below current mine workings with T28-21-1975-26E, which intersected 1,300 g/t Ag over 4.8m, including 4,873 g/t Ag over 1.2m

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“The positive results continue to expand known mineralised systems, such as hole ZG-21-36 which confirms the up-dip and on-strike continuity east of the newly discovered eastern zone. The latest results also advance the understanding and mineral potential of the on-strike underground mineralisation, particularly at depth to the granite contact.

These extensions of mineralised intersections underscore the potential for expanding the mineralised footprint. As a result, we have extended our Zgounder drilling programme by 20% to 42 000 m into year-end,” added Benoit La Salle, president and CEO.

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