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The primary exploration targets at Canasta Dorada are hosted by low-angle faults that intersect high-angle structures as in the Big Pit and Chanate North areas, and areas of pervasive foliation and structural preparation along low-angle structures in the Las Quintas area. The mineralized areas exhibit complex structural preparation with highly fractured and brecciated zones, stockwork veining, and quartz veins that have been exploited by old mine workings and prospects. The style of gold mineralization at Canasta Dorada is likely comparable to that currently being mined at the El Chanate gold deposit, which is adjacent to the Canasta Dorada property. At the El Chanate mine, mineralization is controlled by a regional high-angle strike-slip fault of N65°W strike (San Jose fault zone) and it intersects with one or more gently dipping thrust zones, and these structures appear to extend into the Chanate North target area at Canasta Dorada. Structural preparation along thrust faults and intersecting high-angle faults are the key component for developing economic gold mineralization, which can be hosted by sedimentary or intrusive rocks. Similar structural settings are also observed at La Choya, 40 km to the northwest, where thrust faulting is a key structural control and dictates the position of the ore body.



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