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Project: Azrar
Commodity: Copper
Subsidiary: Aterian Resources Ltd
Location: Morocco
Deposit Style: Adoudounian-hosted sedimentary copper
Key Attributes: Historic copper occurrences, Neoproterozoic inlier and overlying sediments
Asset Stage: Target definition and prospectivity mapping
Results: Coming soon
Next Phase of Work: Reconnaissance mapping and sampling
Deal Partner: Available
Deal Terms: -

Project Overview

The 85 km2 Azrar project is comprised of six licence blocks situated in the western Anti-Atlas Mountains, approximately 430 km south of the capital Rabat, 155 km southeast of the port city of Agadir and 45 km southeast of the Tizert copper mine which is operated by the state mining group, Managem. Aterian holds a 100% interest in the projects which is within 1 km of an asphalt road and is accessible via motorable access to a number of villages within the project.

The western Anti-Atlas forms part of the Anti-Atlas mountain chain in Morocco which is host to numerous world class mineral deposits including the Imiter Ag mine (131 Moz at 500g/t Ag) and Bouazzer Co mine (16 Kt at 1.0 % Co). The western Anti-Atlas is dominated by Palaeoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic age inliers overlain unconformably by Cambrian to recent sedimentary sequences and volcanics. The Lower Cambrian Adoudounian formation is comprised of sediments known to host major sedimentary copper deposits in the Western and Central Anti-Atlas that include the Tizert mine (56.8 Mt at 1.03% Cu and 23 g/t Ag) and the Agjgal mine (5 Mt at 1 % Cu and 20 g/t Ag) operated by Managem.

The project is located on the flank of the Agadir-Melloul inlier in the Western Anti-Atlas and is composed of terminal Neoproterozoic volcano-sediments overlain unconformably by Adoudounian sediments. These sedimentary sequences are known to host copper deposits in the Western and Central Anti-Atlas. A series of north to northeast striking faults and fold hinges traverse the project and are cut by a series of west-northwest interpreted structures.

Exploration Programme

Altus selected Azrar based upon an extensive process of desk-based prospectivity mapping. This work comprised a review of available datasets, including historical mineral occurrences, geological maps, regional magnetics and satellite borne remote sensing data. The project hosts a number of east, north and northeast striking apparent structures with historic copper mineral occurrences located along a potential north-northeast striking fold hinge coincident with a structural intersection point. A number of apparent angular unconformities have been identified proximal to the inlier contact where the target Adoudounian formation is regionally mapped within the Project, along strike of a number of historical copper mineral occurrences.

A first phase reconnaissance exploration programme is due to commence shortly and will include an assessment of priority targets identified that include historic mineral occurrences, priority structural targets and the basal Adoudounian sedimentary package.

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