Wildcat Silver is trying to determine if the manganese in the Hermosa deposit could be technically and economically developed. There is no manganese production anywhere in the US. It is classified as a strategic and critical mineral needed for steel production.
Wildcat's Greg Lucero updated the Arizona Mining Alliance yesterday about the manganese potential and plans by the Forest Service for a public meeting in Patagonia on the Hermosa silver mine project, perhaps in late August.
Wildcat's Total Measured and Indicated Resource for the Manto zone in the Hermosa project is 6.38% manganese. [Right, cross section through the Hermosa prospect, showing the manganese-bearing Manto zone below the silicification cap. Credit, Wildcat Silver]