Vancouver, British Columbia - Bell Copper Corporation ("Bell" or the "Company") (TSX-V: BCU) is pleased to announce that it has filed a NI43-101 technical report covering the Kabba, Arizona porphyry copper exploration project. The report was completed by Sergio Pastor, Professional Geologist and SME Registered Member (#2473030), of SERMINES, Inc., Reno, Nevada, USA. Shareholders and interested parties are encouraged to read this positive assessment of the Company's Kabba porphyry copper project in its entirety. It can be downloaded from SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or from the Company's web site at www.BellCopper.net.
The target at Kabba is the decapitated copper-rich top of a 15-square-kilometer porphyry copper "root zone", which crops out west of the Company's property. The root zone is an area of intense stockwork quartz veining, low grade copper and molybdenum mineralization, and potassic and greisen alteration hosted in a Laramide-age quartz monzonite porphyry intrusion in the lower footwall block of a major normal fault. The Company has determined that 7000 meters of horizontal slip took place along the fault, and drilling over the past four years has confirmed that geological concept. That amount of slip places the target porphyry copper cupola zone within the Company's property.
Since 2007 the Company has drilled nine (9) distinct sites encompassing approximately 24 square kilometers, the last of which (K-10) intersected more than 500 meters of variably sericitized, pyritic diatreme breccia and dacite porphyry dikes of likely Laramide age. Drilling beneath gravel cover in the target area revealed the presence of strongly altered and weakly copper mineralized diatreme breccia and dacite porphyry beginning at the base of cover from 394 meters to 540 meters below surface and extending to at least 1346 meters below surface. Mineralization within the diatreme breccia includes disseminated pyrite, pyrite veinlets, quartz-molybdenite veinlets, and abundant ankerite veinlets and disseminations. Small amounts of sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, and trace bornite are also observed. Propylitic alteration in the deeper sections of drillhole K-10 suggests that this hole is located on the western edge of the west-tilted porphyry system.
Features typical of porphyry copper deposits, such as quartz-molybdenite veinlets and pale green sericite alteration, have now been observed in drillholes separated by 1.6 kilometers in an east-west direction and by at least 3 kilometers in a north-south direction in the upper block of the fault. These drilled dimensions approach the known size of the outcropping "root zone". The targeted copper shell within the top of the porphyry, which normally hosts the higher grade copper mineralization, is expected to lie within the untested 1.6 km between holes K-8 and K-10. A site located 800 meters east of K-10 is believed to be most prospective for hosting a "cupola zone" in the likely center of the decapitated top of this faulted porphyry system. A new drillhole, dubbed K-11, is proposed to test this location.
Further evidence of the proximity of drillhole K-10 to a copper porphyry system is now coming from research being conducted by Mr. Wyatt Bain, a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who is studying the Kabba porphyry system under the direction of Dr. Jean Cline, Professor of Geology at UNLV. Mr. Bain has found hypersaline fluid inclusions in many of his samples that were collected from Bell's K-10 core. These microscopic voids in quartz veinlets in the K-10 core contain tiny amounts of trapped fluid that is more than ten times saltier than ocean water; such super salty fluids are commonly found in close proximity to known porphyry copper deposits around the world. Mr. Bain has also found sparse grains of chalcopyrite rimmed by bornite in the same samples containing the hypersaline fluid inclusions, tentatively linking the presence of these salty fluids to copper minerals at Kabba.
For the purposes of this news release, the Qualified Person is Timothy Marsh, Ph.D., P.Eng., the Company's CEO. No mineral resource has yet been identified on the Kabba Project. There is no certainty that the present exploration effort will result in the identification of a mineral resource or that any mineral resource that might be discovered will prove to be economically recoverable.
The Company is currently focused on raising funds for work on the Kabba project, including the drilling of proposed drillhole K-11, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
Tim Marsh, CEO, commented: "Bell Copper Corporation continues to work methodically and unrelentingly toward delivering to our shareholders the full value that a copper porphyry discovery at Kabba would represent. The recently released NI43-101 report is a strong endorsement of the Company's multi-year effort toward creating shareholder value through a porphyry copper discovery in a stable jurisdiction."
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
Bell Copper Corporation
"Timothy M. Marsh"
Timothy M. Marsh, Ph.D, P.Eng, CEO & Director
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