The Margarita Iron-Oxide-Copper-Gold (IOCG) project is comprised of approximately 1,445 hectares and is located in Chile, 65 kilometres (km) north of the city of Copiapo with excellent access to infrastructure. The property is located within the prolific Coastal Cordillera belt that hosts the world-class Candelaria (Lundin Mining Corp.) and Mantoverde (Mantos Copper Holding) IOCG mines, and porphyry-skarn deposits such as Santo Domingo (Capstone Mining Corp.) and Inca de Oro (PanAust/Codelco).

On May 2, 2022, Torq announced a new discovery on the project, Falla 13, which included an intercept of 90 m of 0.94% copper and 0.84 g/t gold. The Company then drilled an extension to the discovery, announced September 13, 2022, which was 190 m to the north and included an intercept of 98 m of 0.94 g/t gold and 0.68% copper. After completing the second drill program on the project, Torq announced on November 28, 2022 that it had defined an 800 m mineralized system at Margarita.

In the first seven holes of Torq’s phase III drill program at Margarita, two additional discoveries were made (see October 18, 2023 news release). A new, parallel mineralized structure was identified 200 m west of the original Falla 13 discovery, intersecting 42 m of 1.1 g/t gold and 0.48% copper and in addition, a new zone of copper oxide mineralization was discovered in the southern area of the project at the Cototuda target, where 132 m of 0.48% copper was intersected.

Pursuing Multiple Discoveries

Torq’s maiden 4,075 metre (m) reverse – circulation (RC) drill program at the Margarita project resulted in the discovery of a new copper and gold sulphide system, the Falla 13 discovery. Drill hole 22MAR-013R intersected 90 m of 0.94% copper and 0.84 g/t gold at a depth of 50 m – 140 m. This discovery successfully identified the copper and gold sulphide source mineralization to the abundant copper oxide mineralization observed on the southern margin of the project, validating the Company’s exploration thesis, and represents the potential for a significant new IOCG discovery in the Cretaceous Coastal Cordillera belt in northern Chile.

See May 2, 2022 news release for a summary of the results from the drill program.

Torq’s follow-up drill program drilled an extension to the original discovery, 190 m north, intercepting 98 m of 0.94 g/t gold and 0.68 % copper.

See Sept. 13, 2022 news release for details on the extension to the discovery at Margarita.

The remainder of the drill holes from the phase II 4,000 m drill program helped to define an 800 m mineralized system at the project, and included 64 m of 0.63 g/t Au and 0.63% Cu in 22MAR-017R, 130 m of 0.36 g/t Au and 0.28% Cu (including 30 m of 1.02 g/t Au and 0.57% Cu) in 22MAR-023R, and 62 m of 0.51 g/t Au and 0.38% Cu (including 16 m of 1.6 g/t Au and 0.98% Cu), in 22MAR-024R.

See Nov. 28, 2022 news release for the complete results from the phase II drill program.

Torq’s phase III drill program resulted in two additional discoveries, including 42 m of 1.1 g/t gold and 0.48% copper on a new structure near the original Falla 13 discovery and 132 m of 0.48% copper in oxide mineralization at the Cototuda target. In addition, 62 m of 0.49% copper and 134 m of 0.29% copper was intersectedat the historically drilled Margarita structural corridor.

See Oct. 18, 2023 news release for the results from the first seven holes of the phase III drill program, which, in total, consisted of 14 drill holes over 3,862 m. The results from the remaining seven drill holes from the phase III drill program, while intersecting some zones of anomalous mineralization, did not materially add to the known information about the project.

Geophysics & Geochemical Results

Extensive leaching of copper within the top 20 – 30 m from surface was observed in the drill results from the Falla 13 discovery, leading the Company to conduct a multi-element soil geochemistry survey across the project area, primarily to identify gold anomalies as a proxy for copper-gold mineralization. The results of this survey have identified targets adjacent to the Falla 13 discovery area that demonstrate its potential for growth as well as five new target areas that have not yet been drill tested.

See April 5, 2023 news release for details on the results of the soil geochemical survey.

A magnetic survey over the Margarita project shows a circular magnetic low surrounded by magnetic highs beneath the hydrothermal alteration system. The magnetic highs are associated with less altered, andesitic to rhyodacitic rock units that may correspond to dome structures, which are considered to be part of the mineralizing intrusive hydrothermal system that characterizes the property. The lower magnetic responses correspond to strongly altered units that include various porphyritic and breccia bodies as well as andesitic dykes and provide a clear large-scale 1.5 km by 1.5 km geophysical target within the property boundaries.

An IP survey at the Margarita project consisted of a total of 49-line km with lines spaced every 250 m. The results of the program have demonstrated two north-northwest trending chargeability anomalies that are approximately 3 km by 500 m in dimension at a threshold of 30 millivolts, which is consistent with the presence of sulphide minerals. Importantly, these chargeability anomalies spatially overlap with resistivity lows that are consistent with hydrothermal alteration and form the basis of geophysical targeting at the project.

Historical Copper Oxide Drilling

Out of the 39 drill holes with known assay results available that define the copper oxide mineralization, 13 are within the land package of the Margarita - Cototuda agreements, totaling approximately 1,500 m. The historical drill holes are located in the southwestern corner of the property in a zone of strong hydrothermal alteration. Copper oxide mineralization with reported grades of 0.2 – 0.6% copper were encountered to 210 m vertical depth with drilled widths ranging between 30 – 120 m. Importantly, none of these drill holes encountered primary copper sulphide mineralization.


The Company acquired the rights that constitute the Margarita project through two option agreements: 1) The Margarita claims with Minera Viento Norte (MVN), a local Chilean company, and 2) The La Cototuda claims with a small-scale mining company (Figure 2). Under these option agreements the Company can acquire 100% interest in the project, subject to a net smelter royalty (NSR) through combined cash payments and work expenditures as detailed below in Tables 1 & 2.

Table 1. Margarita Claims: Minera Viento Norte

Period from Signing Definitive Agreement and Initial Payment Cash Payments (USD) Work Expenditure Requirement
April 20, 2021$50,000 (paid)
August 22, 2021$50,000 (paid)$400,000 (completed)
August 22, 2022$100,000 (paid)$1,150,000 (completed)
August 22, 2023$300,000 (paid)$1,500,000 (completed)
August 22, 2024$1,200,000
August 22, 2025$2,000,000
August 22, 2026$2,500,000

The Margarita NSR is 1% with 50% (being 0.5%) buyable for $2,000,000.

Table 2: La Cototuda Claims: Small-scale mining company

Period from Signing Definitive Agreement and Initial PaymentCash Payments (USD) No Expenditure Requirement
February 23, 2021$50,000 (paid)
February 23, 2022$25,000 (paid)
August 23, 2022$225,000 (paid)
October 23, 2023$250,000 (paid)
February 23, 2024$350,000

There is no NSR relating to the La Cototuda claims.

In relation to the option arrangement of the Margarita project, a finders fee of 466,666 shares of the Company will be issued, subject to customary TSX Venture Exchange acceptance.


Michael Henrichsen P.Geo, Torq’s Chief Geological Officer, is the qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 (Standards of Mineral Disclosure) who assumes responsibility for the technical contents of this website.

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