Dia Bras Exploration Inc.
TSX VENTURE : DIB

Dia Bras Exploration Inc.

September 14, 2011 10:00 ET

Dia Bras Intersects a Wide Mineralized Zone With Bonanza Silver Grades at Its Cusi Property

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2011) - Dia Bras Exploration Inc.(TSX VENTURE:DIB)("Dia Bras" or the "Company") is pleased to report that exploration drilling from surface at Santa Eduwiges and Promontorio mines (Figure 1: http://www.diabras.com/files/media/76cf8_NR%20No%2030%20Vein%20map%20of%20La%20India%20to%20San%20Juan.png) has encountered wide zones of silver mineralization. The Company has recently focused its efforts on the Santa Eduwiges – Promontorio portion of the property, where multiple, silver-dominant veins intersect.

Twenty-two drill holes have been completed, for which assay results have been received for five holes. An additional nine holes are planned. Of particular interest is the intercept in drill hole 363, which is a zone of silicified rhyodacite with disseminated argentite. It is a sulphide-poor interval with minor quartz veinlets and is a newly recognized type of mineralization at Cusi that indicates the potential for underground bulk mining. The table below presents significant results from the five holes.

Table of Significant Drill Intercepts at Promontorio and Santa Eduwiges
Hole Number Area From (m) To (m) Core
Length (m)
Au g/t Ag g/t Pb % Zn %
DC11B363 Promontorio 107.2 133.6 26.4 * 266 0.18 0.25
incl. 129.15 132.30 3.05 * 1250 0.19 0.18
incl. 129.70 131.50 1.80 * 2060 0.29 0.25
DC11B374 Promontorio 325.1 326.0 0.9 0 194 0.04 0.09
346.5 351.3 4.8 0 463 0.21 0.25
348.7 350.1 1.4 * 1170 0.14 0.15
350.1 351.3 1.2 * 257 0.28 0.28
DC11B376 Santa Eduwiges 55.65 56.40 0.75 0.35 223 1.00 2.44
DC11B379 Promontorio 223.15 224.00 0.85 0.34 211 0.35 0.32
226.35 227.45 1.1 0.43 130 0.64 1.38
248.10 249.25 1.15 0.08 357 0.53 0.34
259.30 259.95 0.65 0.03 113 0.38 0.37
270.6 271.6 1.0 0.01 125 0.24 0.21
280.55 280.80 0.25 0.55 467 2.77 5.79
DC11B380 Promontorio 125.30 126.15 0.85 0.01 408 0.22 0.23
141.20 142.05 0.85 0.02 192 0.19 0.32
155.95 160.05 4.1 0.02 194 0.22 0.21
157.3 158.0 0.7 0.04 441 0.27 0.20
177.7 179.3 1.6 0.00 399 0.34 0.42
193.2 198.95 5.75 0.05 149 0.29 0.32
incl. 194.65 196.1 1.45 0.03 224 0.06 0.10
incl. 197.55 198.95 1.4 0.12 205 0.85 0.91
* not assayed

Pilot-Mining

As part of its pilot-mining program, the Company has been sending mineralized rock from Santa Eduwiges to its 100% owned Malpaso Mill, which is located only 40 km by road from the mine. Pilot-mining provides important information on metallurgy, recovery rates, mining and milling costs, etc., that are essential in determining the economic viability of a project.

During the month of August 2011, for example, the Malpaso Mill processed 3,196 tonnes of rock averaging 190 g/t silver, 0.64% lead and 1.04% zinc, which illustrates the silver-rich nature of the Cusi mineralization. Mill recovery of silver averages 80-85% using a combination of flotation and cyanide vat-leach methods. The Company produces silver-rich lead concentrate and silver doré.

Method of Analysis

Samples were prepared at the ALS Chemex lab facility in Chihuahua, Mexico, and analyzed by ICP and AA methods at their facilities in Vancouver, Canada. Diamond drill samples sent for analysis consisted of half NQ-size and BQ-size diamond core split on site, prepared by the ALS Chemex sample preparation laboratory in Chihuahua, Mexico, and assayed for Au by 50 g fire assay with AA finish, and for Ag by AA on 50 g split sample at the ALS Chemex North Vancouver Laboratory. Assays for Pb, Zn and Cu are analyzed by Induction Coupled Plasma (ICP) at ALS Chemex.

Quality Control

The quality assurance-quality control (QA-QC) of Dia Bras has been described in detail in both RPA's NI 43-101 reports of December 2006 at Cusi and October 2005 for Bolivar.

The technical content of this news release has been approved by Thomas L. Robyn, Ph.D., CPG, RPG, a Director of Dia Bras and Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.

About Dia Bras

Dia Bras Exploration is a Canadian mining & exploration company focused on precious and base metals in Chihuahua State, other areas of northern Mexico, and most recently at its newly-acquired silver-lead-zinc-copper-gold Yauricocha mine in Peru. The Company is accelerating exploration at the Yauricocha property as well as pursuing the development and exploration of its most advanced Mexican assets – the Bolivar Property (copper‐zinc‐silver) and the Cusi Property (silver) and is exploring several precious and base metal targets in Peru and Mexico.

The Company's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "DIB".

For further information on Dia Bras Exploration Inc. visit www.diabras.com.

Forward-looking Statements

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Neither the 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 news release.

Contact Information

  • Daniel Tellechea
    President & CEO
    Dia Bras Exploration Inc.
    1 (866) 493-9646

    Robert Hirsh
    Director, Corporate Development
    Dia Bras Exploration Inc.
    1 (866) 493-9646