The 2,800-hectare property lies only 10 kilometres east of the Baja de la Alumbrera copper-gold porphyry mine (reported resources of approximately 600Mt @ 0.53% copper and 0.61 g/t gold) and 25 kilometres west of the Agua Rica porphyry deposit (reported resources of approximately 700Mt @ 0.66% copper, 0.23 g/t gold and 0.037% molybdenum) within Argentina's pre-eminent mining district. The property is prospective for both high-grade gold-copper-silver veins and large tonnage copper-gold porphyry mineralization.
The Cerro Atajo property lies within a structural window, defined by regional high angle reverse faults. The generally shallow-dipping Miocene succession consists of a basal shallow water sequence of maroon and greenish-gray clastic units (Morterito Formation) overlain by subaerial andesitic volcaniclastic and mixed andesitic to dacitic volcaniclastic probable debris flows of the Farallon Negro Volcanic Complex. Variably textured quartz feldspar porphyry dykes, small dacite bodies, rhyodacite porphyry stocks, and minor andesitic to basalt dykes or sills intrude the underlying lithologies.
The large hydrothermal system consists of extensive clay alteration zones, widespread zones of hydrothermal bleaching, structurally-controlled quartz-alunite replacements, zones of limonite fractures after pyrite, a broad distal manganese-oxide stockwork, and patchy epidote (propylitic) alteration (figure 1). Incipient quartz veining was also observed within intensely altered zones and several magmatic-hydrothermal breccia zones were recognized.
The most intensely altered zone underlies and is immediately adjacent to the Cerro Atajo mountain peak, where advanced argillic alteration and sulphide mineralization ("gray copper sulphosalts") on the adjacent Eugenia Ridge (located within the property package) indicate the presence of a high sulphidation hydrothermal system which overprints an altered quartz feldspar porphyry dyke swarm. A similar geological situation, that is, telescoping of advanced argillic alteration on an underlying porphyry system, is documented at the near-by Aqua Rica deposit and is considered highly encouraging.
In low-lying regions within the central portion of the property widespread weak copper-oxide mineralization associated with extensive limonite fractures is present and may form the surface expression of an underlying copper bearing porphyry-style system.
The Phase 2 work program is currently being formulated and will include 1:5,000 scale mapping of lithology, hydrothermal alteration, structure and mineralization; geophysical surveys and, contingent on results, aggressive drill testing in Q3-4 2005.
Steve Enns, P. Geo. and Alastair Finlay, P. Geo, each an independent "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101, conducted the initial reconnaissance mapping and prospecting program as summarized in this press release.
EurGeol Mark D. Cruise, Cardero's Vice President-Exploration and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the information contained in this news release.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.
"Henk Van Alphen, President" (signed)
Hendrik van Alphen, President
Quentin Mai, Manager - Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
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