VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 28, 2010) - Ventana Gold Corp. (TSX:VEN) ("Ventana" or "the Company") has completed the acquisition of the La Bodega and La Baja properties and now owns 100% of all mineral rights, key surface rights, easements, equipment and facilities, and related intangible assets on both properties.
Ventana President and CEO Steve Orr said: "We are extremely pleased to have completed this transaction as it means we now have an expanded land package for continued exploration and development. We now plan to mobilize two exploration drills onto La Baja to conduct infill and extension drilling on the La Mascota and Las Mercedes zones that continue onto the La Baja tenements."
La Baja comprises 16.5 hectares between the La Bodega and El Cuatro properties and contains an operating mine and processing plant. The property is strategically located on strike with the La Mascota zone and provides Ventana with contiguous mineral rights for a distance of 2.1 kilometres. Recent drill results indicate that La Mascota mineralization extends across the northern portion of the La Baja property. In addition, it is apparent that the recently discovered Las Mercedes parallel zone trends onto La Baja. Acquisition of this strategic property consolidates Ventana's land position in the California district and the Company's land holdings now total 4,590 hectares.
Concurrent with the activation of exploration drilling on La Baja, Ventana will have 10 drills active on the La Bodega project testing the following areas:
- La Mascota – drilling will be focused on the southwest extension of the mineralization and continue to test the depth extension;
- Las Mercedes – identified in 2008 and has been partially defined along 700 metres of strike length; remains open in all directions;
- Aserredero target – discovered in 2009, runs parallel to La Mascota and southeast of Las Mercedes. No drilling has occurred to date on this target;
- La Bodega – step-out drilling from the La Bodega zone toward La Mascota to infill the gap between these two structures.
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Ventana is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company with mineral rights to 4,590 hectares of exploration property in northeastern Colombia. The Company's flagship La Bodega project in northeastern Columbia contains multiple high-grade zones of gold, silver and copper mineralization occurring in north-northwest dipping parallel-sheeted vein zones, breccias and mineralized faults within a broad, northeast trending regional fault zone. The La Bodega project has excellent road access and is close to existing infrastructure including power and water. The Company is conducting an aggressive exploration program and is advancing engineering studies to develop the deposit.
Ventana's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VEN.
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