VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 30, 2014) - Camino Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:COR) ("Camino" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling is underway at the Maijoma Project ("Maijoma"), located in Chihuahua State, Mexico. This is the first ever drill program to be carried out at Maijoma, which is prospective for the discovery of a zinc-lead-silver carbonate replacement deposits (CRDs) and skarns. Camino plans to drill a minimum of four holes in the 1,000 metre reverse circulation drill program.
Owned 100% by the Company, Maijoma was acquired by Canplats Resources Corp. ("Canplats") in 2007 through staking by Perry Durning and Bud Hillemeyer. Exploration work completed by Canplats and Camino has identified several large-scale areas of alteration and mineralization in a well-defined east-northeast trending structure that extends for more than 8 kilometres. Maijoma is positioned near the junction of the east-northeast trending structure and a prominent northwest trending regional fault that extends north to the Shafter District. Regionally, structural intersections control major mineralized trends that can be seen at Santa Eulalia, to the west, and the Shafter District, to the north.
Santa Eulalia, located approximately 170 kilometres west of Maijoma, was first discovered by the Spanish in 1591 and has produced approximately 12,000 tonnes of silver (423,287,544 ounces of silver), 3 million tonnes (6.6 billion pounds) of lead and 2 million tonnes (4.4 billion pounds) of zinc. The Shafter District, located approximately 100 kilometres north of Maijoma, was discovered in 1883. The principal mine in the Shafter District is the Presidio, which is reported to have produced nearly 36 million ounces of silver and 8,400 ounces of gold (base metal content was not reported). Past production, and current reserves and resources, at the Shafter District amounts to almost 80 million ounces of silver.
In June, 2013, Camino carried out a ground gravimetric survey over a portion of the east-northeast trending corridor that hosts the Maijoma system. A total of 634 gravity points were taken covering an area of 490 hectares (1.9 sq. miles). The survey outlined two gravity anomalies, one to the northeast and one to the south. Both areas coincide with anomalous silver, lead and zinc values obtained in rock sampling. The anomaly to the northeast, measuring approximately 1,500 metres by 200 metres, also corresponds with a limestone window overlain by younger ignimbrites of the upper volcanic sequence and a series of I.P. chargeability anomalies. Combined, the geology and the gravity and I.P. anomaly, strongly suggests the presence of sulphide mineralization. The southern gravity anomaly corresponds with strongly altered dacite porphyry intruding into strongly metasomatized limestones. The alteration is characterized locally by the presence of abundant green-to-pink garnets and vesuvianite in the intrusive, which indicates contact metamorphism normally associated with skarns. Jasper replacement layers are developed in the sediments along contacts with the dacite porphyry. These strata bound formations are strongly anomalous in zinc, with lower lead and silver values, and are believed to represent the distal portion of up flow zones that may be grading into massive sulphides at depth.
Over 2,890 hectares (11 sq. miles) in size, Maijoma is located 65 kilometres southeast of Ojinaga, in northeast Chihuahua State, and is easily accessed by paved and gravel roads. Please refer to Camino's web site for maps and images of the Project.
"The geology, structural setting and exploration results indicate that Maijoma is highly prospective for the discovery of carbonate replacement deposits," said Gordon Davis, Camino's Chairman and CEO.
About Camino Minerals Corporation
Camino is a discovery-oriented mineral exploration company formed in connection with Goldcorp's C$300-million acquisition of Canplats. The Company is led by Canplats' former management and is focused on precious and base metal projects located in Mexico. For more information on Camino's projects, please refer to the Company's website at www.caminominerals.com
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