In 2011, Animas Resources Ltd. acquired a large property position within the Sonora Gold Belt of western Sonora State, Mexico (Desierto Project). This highly prolific region of known gold mineralization/production is located along the Arizona-Sonora Megashear, and it contains the world class Penmont (Fresnillo-Newmont) Herradura gold mine complex and numerous other, smaller gold mines and prospects (Noche Buena, La Choya, San Francisco, El Chanate, etc.).
The Desierto property totals approximately 27,000 hectares in size and was originally identified by Animas personnel during the second quarter of 2011. Animas had been been conducting reconnaissance exploration within this highly prospective region of northern Mexico for most of 2011, and this prospect is a direct result of this ongoing exploration work.
The Desierto area is comprised of deformed Mesozoic meta-volcanics, meta-sedimentary, and meta-intrusive rocks which have been intruded by an undeformed, post-mineral Laramide granite. Numerous gold occurrences exist along the southeastern margin of the prospect area, and in one area, a very small scale mining operation is in progress. The gold occurrences in this area are associated with relatively flat lying quartz veins and shears and are hosted in highly deformed meta-volcanic rocks of presumed Mesozoic age. The area west of the gold occurrences is covered by recent gravels and based on an airborne magnetic survey by the SGM (Servicio Geologico Mexicano), the gravels in this area are believed to be relatively thin (a few tens of meters?). The known gold occurrences trend northwesterly and it is believed that a significant gold deposit may exist to the northwest under thin, post-mineral gravel cover.
Additional, more detailed geological mapping, rock-chip/biogeochemical sampling, and gravity surveying are in the planning stages for the Desierto Project and may include a RAB-type drilling program.
Desierto Project, Western Sonora, Mexico.
Desierto Project, Western Sonora, Mexico