Vancouver, B.C., December 29, 2015.Desert Star Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: DSR) (“Desert Star” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received a decision memo from the U.S. Forest Service approving the drilling of up to 10 sites on its Copper King project. Drilling is anticipated to commence by the middle of January, 2016.
Desert Star will be drilling approximately 2100 metres at its Copper King project. The drill program will target a significant porphyry-style alteration footprint that coincides with historic copper workings and an IP geophysical anomaly, approximately 5km from the Resolution Copper Project (Fig. 1).
Copper King is situated in a prolific, high-grade copper camp, and the drill target is characterized by local high-temperature alteration of porphyry dikes and diabase intrusions, in addition to evidence of telescoping, similar to that documented at other deposits in the district. The Copper King project is underlain by favorable host rocks and has no post mineral cover (as at the Resolution Copper Project), as porphyry-style alteration exists at surface. Additional technical information regarding the Copper King project is available on the Desert Star website at: www.desertstar.ca.
Desert Star is expecting to receive its Red Top project drill permit in mid to late January, and anticipates commencement of the Red Top drill program either simultaneously or immediately after the Copper King drill program is complete.
Copper King Exploration Highlights
Field work conducted by Desert Star Resources at the Copper King Project has consisted of 1:5000 scale geological mapping, clay alteration studies (short wave infrared measured by Terraspec), and a 3D Volterra IP study by SJ Geophysics. This work has defined a 4 x 5 kilometer anomaly that is prospective for porphyry copper mineralization, located approximately 5 kilometers away from the Resolution Copper Deposit. High grade copper is found in small-scale historic workings on the property, and geological mapping and sampling have accurately mapped the distribution of diabase, limestone/marble and quartz diorite units which are favorable host rocks, and have the capacity to host high-grade copper mineralization. The Copper King footprint contains a large volume of quartz-sericite-pyrite (QSP) and marble-serpentine-calc-silicate altered rocks with smaller internal zones of secondary biotite, silica and tremolite, all of which can occur above and lateral to copper mineralization in porphyry systems. Copper King is cored by a large IP anomaly consisting of a coincident chargeability high/resistivity low measuring 1.3 x 1.1 kilometers. This response is consistent with the expected response from disseminated sulphides associated with porphyry copper mineralization.
About the Copper King Project
The Copper King project covers 1,438 hectares and consists of 189 unpatented federal lode mining claims located approximately 5 kilometers from the world-class Resolution Copper Project and the town of Superior. The Copper King project is prospective for bulk tonnage copper and molybdenum mineralization. Alteration zonation and surface geology suggest that the Copper King target represents the side and/or top of a tilted, intact porphyry system. The Copper King project is under option from Eurasian Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: EMX; NYSE MKT: EMXX). The Company cautions that it is not implying that it will receive the same or similar results as the Resolution Copper Project.
The Company proposes to extend (the “Warrant Extension”) by one year the term of outstanding share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) exercisable at a price of $0.15 per common share for 8,208,333 common shares of the Company, which were issued pursuant to a private placement which closed on February 25, 2013. All of the Warrants were originally exercisable for two years from the date of issuance. A previous one year extension extended the term to February 25, 2016, and the current Warrant Extension will take the expiry date to February 25, 2017. The Warrant Extension is subject to Exchange acceptance. All other terms of the Warrants will remain unchanged.
Daniel MacNeil, MSc PGeo, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has read and approved all technical and scientific information contained in this news release. Mr. MacNeil is the Company’s Vice President, Exploration.
About Desert Star
Desert Star is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company focused on the identification, acquisition and development of copper and gold projects located in top-tier mineral belts in the southwestern United States that contain significant historical production, existing mining infrastructure and an established mining culture.
President and CEO, Desert Star Resources Ltd.
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