Great Western Minerals Group Reports Additional High Grade Assay Results and Drilling Update from Steenkampskraal Rare Earth Project
TSX Venture Symbol: GWG
CUSIP: 39141Y 10 3
SASKATOON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
(“GWMG” or the “Company”, TSX:V – GWG) is pleased to announce updated
drill results for the Company’s Steenkampskraal rare earth Project in
-- Assays varying from 0.02 to 45.81 weight percent ("wt.%") Total Rare Earth Oxides ("TREO") with an average of 17.74 wt.% TREO from underground channel, resource drill hole and exploration drill hole assays. -- Within the drill program being reported, covering 83 drill holes, true thickness varied from 0.02 metres to 6.67 metres and averaged 0.92 metres.
GWMG President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Engdahl said,
“Steenkampskraal continues to yield outstanding results with new
mineralization, assay results that continue to be exceptional and
massive continuity of the vein system. The consistency of high grade
assays that we have now reported in three separate news releases
further strengthens our already high level of confidence in the
potential for a very robust project at Steenkampskraal.”
Detailed tables and a map are located on the GWMG website at www.gwmg.ca/gwmg-nr-18-sep-12.html.
The area targeted by Underground Channel Sampling is the historic mine
area as is referred to as the “Main Mineralization Zone”. Assays
reported for core and channel samples in this disclosure are
weighted-average composites by interval length across each mineralized
intercept (consisting predominantly of the mineral monazite) whether in
drill core or in an underground channel.
Highlights of Underground Channel Sampling (Table 1):
-- Assay results vary from 3.61 to 45.12 wt.% TREO. -- Weighted average for all channel samples is 21.01 wt.% TREO.
Highlights of the Resource Drill Hole program (Table 2):
-- Assay results vary from 0.02 to 41.67% wt.% TREO. -- Weighted average of 11.91 wt.% TREO.
Highlights of the Exploration Drill Hole program (Table 3):
-- Assay results vary from 0.02 to 45.81% wt.% TREO. -- Weighted average of 13.93 wt.% TREO.
Sample preparation was conducted by SGS South Africa at their facility
in Johannesburg and the REE analyses were completed at the SGS Canada
Inc. laboratory in Don Mills, Ontario using a sodium peroxide fusion
procedure with ICP-MS finish. SGS is accredited to the ISO 9001
standard and operates according to SGS Group standards consistent with
ISO 17025 methods at other laboratories. Strict internal quality
control procedures were implemented using randomly inserted blanks,
duplicates, and certified reference materials (standards).
In reporting on the Steenkampskraal drill program (Table 4), true
thickness measurements are based on a visual assessment of the extent
of mineralization. The reported “misses” represent either drilling
beyond the boundaries of monazite or local areas of non- mineralization
within the “pinch and swell” vein system.
Drillhole spacing is along down-dip lines oriented perpendicular to
strike on nominal 25 to 50 metre line spacings and 25 collar metre
centers. Typically, one of the two drills is targeted on step-out
drilling, and one on infill drilling where required.
As understood to date, monazite mineralization in the Western Extension
appears to form a westward oriented wedge at depths of less than 80
metres. Mineralization varies up to 3.73 metres true width, similar to
the western side of the known main mineralization zone, but is
characterized by significant dilution in the form of entrained felsics
and quartz. Mineralization pinches out towards surface approximately
100 metres westward from the contiguous main mineralization zone.
Postive indications of a possible Southwest down-dip plunge have not
yet been tested.
South Eastern Extension:
The South Eastern Extension is contiguous with mineralization of the
main mineralization zone along strike of the monazite vein to the
West. It appears to be closed down-dip and up-dip. Mineralization
extends Southeast for approximately 100 metres from the recently
modeled resource area of the main mineralization zone. More infill
drilling is required in order to test the vein character proximal to
the very thick monazite vein encountered in resource evaluation
drillhole STK116 and to equally thick vein intersections encountered
towards the bounding Eastern Flats Extension. A 6.7 metre thick
monazite vein was recently intersected in the northern part of this
Eastern Flats Extension:
The Eastern Flats Extension covers a broad area approximately 125 metres
Southeast and East of the main mineralization zone. The significant
number of drill holes without intersections of mineralization reflects
delineation of an area defined by minimally mineralized structure
equivalent to the thinning monazite vein extending East and Southeast
from the immediate mine area. Beyond this pinched-out area, a
significant new zone of mineralization has been partially defined.
Three dipping, north-oriented holes intersected mineralization of 3 to
6.5 metres true thickness on 25 metre drill spacing. However, step-out
drilling thus far has shown a diminution of mineralization within 25
metres on three of the four sides with possible continuity as far as
100 metres further East. This thick “lozenge” of mineralization appears
similar to locally thicker areas of mineralization within the main
mineralization zone. The Eastern Flats is contiguous with
mineralization along strike of the monazite vein to the East and West,
and is locally open up-dip and down-dip. Continued step-out drilling of
this feature continues.
Office Block Extension:
Mineralization of up to 2.24 metres true thickness on 25 metre drill
spacing has only local areas of increased dilution. This area is
structurally more complex with bifurcation and trifurcation of the vein
in splays or multi-fractured zones. The Office Block Extension is
located approximately 200 metres East of the thick mineralized zone in
the mid-Eastern Flats. It is contiguous with mineralization of the
Eastern Flats, and is currently open to the West and down-dip. Step-out
drilling continues along strike and down-dip in this area with
mineralization open to the East, South, and West.
Drill Program Summary:
The historic main mineralization zone stretches approximately 400 metres
along strike and to a depth of approximately 120 metres.
In total, the REE-bearing Monazite vein has now been well delineated
over a strike length of 900 meters and down-dip to an average depth of
125 meters. Importantly, mineralization remains open to the east and
at depth along most of the trend.
Exploration Drilling Summary Table:
Note: The summary below includes all drilling to date including
previously reported holes. (See: GWMG News Release July 3, 2012)
_______________________________________________________________________ | | South | | Eastern | Office |Other | | | | Eastern | Western | Flats | Block | | Total | |New Extensions|Extension|Extension*|Extension|Extension| |to Date | |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________| | Total Metres| | | | | | | | Drilled|1,796.33 | 763.29 |2,556.67 |4,165.53 |394.87|9,676.69| |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________| | Number of| | | | | | | | Drillholes| 15 | 8 | 19 | 39 | 2 | 83 | |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________| | Drillholes| | | | | | | | with| | | | | | | |Mineralization| 13 | 7 | 11 | 28 | 0 | 59 | |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________| |Mineralization| | | | | | | | Range True| 0.02 - | 0.19 - | 0.05 - | 0.02 - | | 0.02 - | |Thickness (m.)| 6.67 | 3.73 | 5.11 | 3.50 | | 6.67 | |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________| |Mineralization| | | | | | | | Average True| | | | | | | |Thickness (m.)| 1.01 | 1.04 | 1.28 | 0.73 | | 0.92 | |______________|_________|__________|_________|_________|______|________|
The analytical results were evaluated by Brent Jellicoe, P.Geo., the
Qualified Person responsible for supervising the preparation of the
technical portions of this news release, with support by suitably
qualified persons from Caracle Creek International Consultants (CCIC)
in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. is an integrated rare earth processor.
Its specialty alloys are used in the battery, magnet and aerospace
industries. Produced at the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries Less
Common Metals Limited in Birkenhead, U.K. and Great Western
Technologies Inc. in Troy, Michigan, these alloys contain aluminum,
nickel, cobalt and Rare Earth Elements. As part of the Company’s
vertical integration strategy, GWMG also holds 100% equity ownership in
Rare Earth Extraction Co. Limited, which owns a 74% equity interest in
the Steenkampskraal Mine. In addition to an exploration program at
Steenkampskraal, GWMG also holds interests in four active rare earth
exploration and development properties in North America.
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SOURCE Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.