VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Oct. 17, 2007) – Canaco Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CAN) is pleased to announce the initiation of Phase I exploration at the Company’s Magembe Diamond Project located in the Shinyanga district of northwestern Tanzania.
The objectives for the current exploration program at Magembe will be to confirm and evaluate indicated diamond potential from both alluvial and kimberlite sources. This program will follow-up on reconnaissance scale exploration competed earlier in 2007. This initial work consisted of compilation, remote sensing, geological mapping and prospecting and was successful in identifying geological environments favourable for hosting surficial and bedrock diamond deposits.
Local artisanal mining operations are active and recovering diamonds from surface alluvial deposits on the western boundary of the Magembe property. Security has been established in areas of the property where significant potential exists for the recovery of alluvial diamonds related to the Mwadui (Williamson) kimberlite and other possible sources in the region. The Phase I exploration program will evaluate the concentrations of recoverable diamonds from alluvial material through systematic bulk sampling and processing.
On the northern part of the property, regional geophysical data indicate the presence of four unexplored kimberlite targets with magnetic expressions similar to that of the Williamson (Mwadui) kimberlite. Phase I exploration will evaluate these targets through the completion of ground geophysics and bedrock sampling.
The Magembe property is part of a two kilometre buffer zone created to surround the Williamson (Mwadui) Mine as part of the original mine development in the 1940’s and 50’s. This buffer zone was formed with the intention of ensuring that the mining operations could proceed in a safe and orderly manner through the prohibition of the mining of surficial diamond deposits in the area immediately adjacent to the mining operation.
The Williamson Mine is currently owned 75% by De Beers and 25% by the Government of Tanzania, and has a production history that spans six decades. The Williamson pipe covers 360 acres and, at the time of its discovery in 1940, was considered the largest economically exploitable pipe in the world. The mine at Williamson is notable as the original source of pink diamonds and has produced notable stones including a 54 carat flawless pink diamond, and a 388 carat diamond found in 1990.
Canaco’s exploration at Magembe is being conducted under the terms of an option agreement with Douglas Lake Minerals whereby Canaco can earn 75% of Douglas Lake’s interest in the property through cash and share payments and spending US$2.5 million in exploration expenditures over four years (see press release, March 9, 2007).
The planning, execution and quality control programs at the Magembe Diamond Project are under the supervision of Andrew Lee Smith, P.Geo. Mr. Smith is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Canaco Resources is an emerging junior gold exploration company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange. The company is actively engaged in the acquisition of advanced exploration and development projects.
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