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We have reviewed hundreds of gold and copper projects in South America but have only selected the few that meet our demanding criteria with open high-grade mineralisation, clear upside and compelling drill targets. 


Our projects are located at moderate altitudes in areas of good infrastructure among supportive communities. With such exceptional projects Turmalina Metals is well poised for rapid discovery and growth.

Our focus is on tourmaline breccias, a deposit style characterized by high gold, silver, copper and molybdenum grades focused within breccia pipes that can exceed 1 km in vertical extent. These breccia pipes form in clusters providing considerable potential for resource growth, and we have consolidated our holdings over the large breccias clusters at both our projects.

Tourmaline breccias have been overlooked as primary targets by many explorers, largely due to the assumption that these breccias are markers for deeper porphyry mineralisation. Prior to acquisition our projects were held and developed by private companies, and as such our portfolio represents the introduction of new projects, new exploration paradigms and new regions into the public space.


Figure 1 - San Francisco Project area: temporary company camp in foreground and drill rigs at the San Francisco del Los Andes breccia pipe in background. The project is located in an arid, sparsely populated area at an elevation of ~2600m. The camp is located 20km by unsealed road to the nearest public road and the state power grid.
San Francisco De Los Andes
One of the highest-grade gold-copper tourmaline breccias ever discovered

The San Francisco de Los Andes breccia is one of the highest-grade tourmaline breccias ever discovered. Limited shallow drilling and channel sampling returned spectacular grades of 2-12 g/t gold and 0.3 to 3% copper over 20-40 m intervals. The mineralogy and geological setting indicates that only the top of the breccia pipe has been exposed, with excellent potential for growth at depth and laterally. Furthermore, San Francisco de Los Andes is only one of over 60 breccia bodies mapped to date on the property.  


The Chanape Project
Multiple high-grade tourmaline Au-Ag-Cu breccia pipes, with 30 breccia zones identified to date.

The Chanape project contains several strongly mineralized tourmaline breccia pipes that are clustered around a large mineralized copper-molybdenum intrusion. Historical drill holes have confirmed mineralization on breccia pipes and recent surface geological mapping have added new mineralized bodies for follow-up (E.g. San Antonio Breccia: 18m @ 3.47 g/t Au, 305 g/t Ag, 0.3% Cu, 1.3% Pb Channel Sample D).