Southern Hemisphere Mining (ASX: SUH, TSX-V: SH) is a copper-gold exploration company with operational activities based in Santiago, Chile, focused on the discovery and exploitation of large tonnage base metal opportunities in South America.
Australian-listed Southern Hemisphere Mining (ASX: SUH) has announced the drilling results from the third RC drill campaign at the Los Pumas Manganese Project in Northern Chile.
The Los Pumas Manganese Project is located 175 kilometres east of the Port of Arica and has the advantage of excellent transport logistics, low strip ratios, low phosphorous and iron grades. The ore resource is flat, tabular and subcrops.
A total of 5,751 metres of RC drilling comprising 188 drill holes and 113 metres of diamond core drilling in 7 drill holes was completed.
To date a total of 9,253 metres have been drilled in 340 drill holes. In addition a total of 652 metres of diamond core drilling has been completed in 32 drill holes.
Assay results show an average manganese grade of 12.66% Mn within drilling intercepts.
This average exceeds the 9.98% Mn of the previous Inferred Resource of 14.63 million tonnes
A resource review including the additional drill intercepts from the third RC drill programme is underway and will be reported during March 2010.
Metallurgical test work on core samples from the first 25 diamond core drill holes is underway and will be reported - also during March 2010.
The company has also exercised an an option to complete the purchase of additional tenements that results in its wholly owned subsidiary, Minera Hemisferio Sur having a 100% ownership of all tenements constituting the Los Pumas Manganese Project.