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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2011) - Silvermex Resources Inc. ("Silvermex") (News - Market indicators) announces initial surface drill results from its producing La Guitarra property, located in the Temascaltepec mining district, in the State of Mexico. To date, 35 holes totalling 5,443 m of the 7,500 m surface diamond drilling program, announced in September 2011, have been completed. Assay results have been received for eight holes in the Jessica zone and are reported below.
The Jessica/Coloso system has been acknowledged as one of three potential satellite production centers, which have been identified in near proximity to the Company's existing operation. The current drilling is a follow up to earlier drill programs totalling 8,175 m of diamond drilling in 27 holes, which were successful in identifying these zones. The current program includes in-fill drilling and step-out drilling to test the extension of the structure along strike and at depth with the goal of defining sufficient resources to advance the area towards becoming a new production center for the company.
The drill holes tested the Jessica, Joya Larga, Comales and Comales 2 structures within the Coloso Area, located approximately 4 km northwest of the La Guitarra Mine. These structures are known to extend between 250 and 900 m in length. A subsequent round of drilling is currently underway on the Jessica Vein to test additional potential along strike and down dip. A second diamond drill rig has been added to the program and will concentrate on drilling targets in the Nazareno Area, situated approximately 500 m to the west of Jessica.
"Management is pleased with the initial results of the current surface drill program," commented Duane Nelson, CEO of Silvermex. "This program has been very successful in complementing the results of previous drilling and has helped to improve confidence in vein continuity and grade, as many of the previous holes were widely spaced. Additional drilling is justified both along strike and to depth and is currently in progress." The program confirms that significant mineralization at Jessica continues to be encountered over a strike length of at least 300 m.
Highlights from the drill results include 1.69 m of 4.32 g/t Au and 424.6 g/t Ag in Hole CO-14, 0.88 m of 7.99 g/t Au, 424.2 g/t Ag and 1.05 m of 2.00 g/t Au, 813.9 g/t Ag in hole CO-16. Significant drill intercepts are presented in the following table:
|Jessica Zone Assay Results|
||Ag Eq g/t
|Ag:Au 60 :1|
The Company is continuing with a program of surface geological mapping and soil geochemical sampling on the La Guitarra property. This program has been very successful in identifying new structures and extensions of existing structures. The soil geochemical program has also defined several previously unknown targets that will be drilled in 2012. To date results have been received for 1,716 samples, which were collected in the Coloso Area and over the La Guitarra Mine. Strong multi-element (Au, Ag, As, Sb, Hg, Tl), anomalies are associated with the La Guitarra structure and with the other structures in the Coloso Area. The geochemical results in conjunction with geological mapping has helped prioritize and assist in drill hole planning.
The host rocks for the Jessica zone are volcaniclastic breccias and tuffs. The Main Jessica Vein illustrates typical epithermal characteristics: banding, gray quartz, pyrite, pyrargarite and argentite. The pyrargarite and argentite often occur as a disseminated coating on drusy quartz crystals. The sulphides mostly occur as fracture filings. A second vein occurs in the hanging wall to the Main Jessica Vein. Known as the HW Vein, it has similar characteristics as the Main Vein with strong banding and disseminated pyrite and pyrite in fractures. The results from drilling of the Jessica structures indicate that there are high grade gold and silver values in both the Main Jessica Vein and the HW Vein.
Drilling tested the HW Vein to a vertical depth of approximately 125 – 150 m and the Main Vein to a depth of approximately 175 m. Mineralization is still open along strike to the southeast and at depth. Based on the intercepts from the HW Vein and the Main Vein, the Jessica structures have average true widths of 1.28 and 1.35 m, respectively, but have been observed to exceed 4 m in some holes.
Multi-element analysis indicates that there are no deleterious elements of consequence associated with the mineralization intercepted at Jessica and that the material should be compatible with the mineralization being mined from La Guitarra, however, metallurgical testing will be required to confirm compatibility.
The veining associated with the other structures, Joya Larga, Comales 2 and Comales, all have similar epithermal characteristics.
Assay turnaround is averaging 30 days from delivery to the preparation lab to final reporting due to very high sample volumes experienced by the laboratory.
All samples from the current diamond drill program were sent to ALS Laboratories' sample preparation facility in Guadalajara, Mexico with final analysis done at their facilities in Vancouver, BC. Certified standards, blanks and duplicate samples were inserted in every batch of 20 samples to ensure laboratory QA-QC performance. Assaying for gold and silver was by fire assay and other elements by four acid ICP-AES.
Pursuant to National Instrument 43-101, Robert Fraser, P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration of Silvermex Resources Inc., is the Qualified Person (QP) responsible for the disclosure in this news release.
Silvermex Resources Inc. is a publicly traded mining company focused in Mexico and led by a highly qualified team of professionals from some of the most notable companies in the silver mining sector. The Company's portfolio of projects ranges from early stage exploration to production. Its core asset is the producing La Guitarra silver-gold mine located in the Temascaltepec Mining District of Mexico. Silvermex is currently working to identify future production centers through extensive exploration programs to further develop the district. Silvermex is well financed to further develop resources organically from its multiple projects as well as from the acquisition of additional assets that will drive production growth.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Duane Nelson, CEO & Director
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