VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (September 10th, 2018) -Power Metals Corp. (“Power Metals Corp.” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:PWM)(FRANKFURT:OAA1)(OTC:PWRMF) is pleased to announce that assays have confirmed the presence of high grade Lithium (Li) and Tantalum (Ta) mineralization on Gullwing-Tot Lakes Property located 30 km northeast of Dryden, Ontario. Gullwing Lake pegmatite and Tot Lake pegmatite are located 6.3 km apart and are hosted by the same mafic metavolcanics unit.
The assay highlights from grab samples from Tot Lake pegmatite include:
- 4.58 % Li2O from quartz – spodumene core, sample 159056 (Figure 1)
- 2.62 % Li2O from quartz – spodumene core, sample 159057
- 1.68 % Li2O and 233 ppm Ta from pink spodumene pegmatite zone, sample 1590235
- 498 ppm Ta from albitized K-feldspar zone, sample 159238 (Figure 2)
The assay highlights from grab samples on the Gullwing North outcrop include:
- 6.78 % Li2O from pure spodumene sample, sample 159082 (Figure 3)
- 0.73 % Li2O from spodumene – albite – quartz sample, sample 159084
- 759 ppm Ta from large Ta-oxide crystals in albite unit, sample 159254 (Figure 4)
Figure 1 spodumene – quartz core, sample 159056, Tot Lake
Figure 2 coarse-grained Ta-oxide in albitized K-feldspar zone, sample 159238, Tot Lake
Figure 3 pure spodumene sample with trace lepidolite, sample 159082, Gullwing North outcrop
Figure 4 large Ta-oxide crystal on albite, sample 159254, Gullwing North outcrop
Location map for Gullwing and Tot Lakes pegmatites is given in Figure 5 and tables of assays and UTM coordinates are given in Tables 1 and 2.
Mapping on Tot Lake pegmatite revealed eye-popping lithium and tantalum mineralization with pale green megacrystic spodumene blades up to 75 cm long and 15 cm wide identified next to megacrystic K-feldspar crystals in historical trench 3 (Power Metals Corp, press release dated July 11, 2018). The Ta-oxide crystals are up to 1 by 2 cm in size and are some of the largest Ta-oxide crystals in pegmatites in the province of Ontario. Typically, Ta-oxide minerals are 1 to 2 mm in size. In addition to lithium and tantalum mineralization, the cesium mineralization is also impressive at Tot Lake. Pollucite (Cs ore mineral) at Tot Lake is concentrated in a 1 by 5 m pod near the southwestern end of the pegmatite dyke where it comprises 32 vol% of the pod (Breaks et al., 2014). Pollucite is rare in nature and is only known at four other pegmatite localities in Ontario (Breaks et al., 2014). Pollucite is an indicator mineral for extreme chemical fractionation.
Table 1 High grade Li assays for grab samples from Gullwing and Tot Lakes pegmatites, UTM NAD 83, Zone 15.
|159059||JK-18-126||538934||5530872||396||Ultramafic Volcanic||18.2||0.757||Tot Lake|
|Sample 159059 represents the metasomatized ultramafic host rock next to spodumene-rich pegmatite.|
Table 2 High grade Ta assays for grab samples from Gullwing and Tot Lakes pegmatites, UTM NAD 83, Zone 15.
|159238||AV-18-078||538918||5530897||399||Pegmatite||498||0.019||Tot Lake (north)|
Dr. Selway, VP of Exploration, stated “The summer mapping program at Gullwing-Tot Lakes Property confirmed the presence of high-grade spodumene and tantalum on both pegmatite dykes. The Property has been historically underexplored, but the property is now drill ready. I look forward to a drill program on the pegmatites in the near future.”
The grab samples were shipped to SGS analytical lab in Lakefield, Ontario by Manitoulin Transport. SGS analytical lab in Lakefield has ISO 17025 certification. Every 20 samples included one external quartz blank and one external lithium standard. The ore grade Li2O% was prepared by sodium peroxide fusion with analysis by ICP-OES with a detection limit of 0.002 % Li2O. A QA/QC review of the standards and blanks for this mapping program indicate that they passed and the assays are accurate and not contaminated.
Gullwing-Tot Lakes Property is located in Drope and Webb townships, 30 km northeast of Dryden, NW Ontario with excellent road access. Gullwing and Tot Lakes pegmatites contain spodumene. The Property was optioned from Exiro Minerals Corp. in 2017 (Power Metals press release dated April 20, 2017). The Property is located 5.5 km northeast of the Mavis Lake spodumene pegmatite field. Power Metals has an 80% interest with its 20% working interest partner MGX Minerals Inc.
Case Lake Property is located in Steele and Case townships, 80 km east of Cochrane, NE Ontario close to the Ontario-Quebec border. The Case Lake pegmatite swarm consists of six spodumene dykes: North, Main, South, East and Northeast Dykes on the Henry Dome and the West Joe Dyke on a new tonalite dome. Power Metals has an 80% interest with its 20% working interest partner MGX Minerals Inc.
Julie Selway, Ph.D., P.Geo. supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release. Dr. Selway is the VP of Exploration for Power Metals and the Qualified Person (“QP”) as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Dr. Selway is supervising the exploration program at Case Lake. Dr. Selway completed a Ph.D. on granitic pegmatites in 1999 and worked for 3 years as a pegmatite geoscientist for the Ontario Geological Survey. Dr. Selway also has twenty-three scientific journal articles on pegmatites. A National Instrument 43-101 report has been prepared on Case Lake Property and filed on July 18, 2017.
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