Defense Metals Corp. (“Defense Metals”) (DEFN: TSX-V / DFMTF: OTCQB / 35D: FSE) announces assay results for the first two diamond drill holes of the recently completed 2019 resource definition diamond drill program at its 1,708 hectare (4,220 acre) Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (REE) Project located near Prince George, Canada.
Drill hole WI19-20, collared from the 2018 Wicheeda bulk sample site (see Defense Metals News Release dated March 14, 2019), assayed 4.32% Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO; being cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, praseodymium, and samarium oxides (Ce2O3+La2O3+Nd2O3+ Pr2O3+Sm2O3)) over a drill core interval of 64 metres1 from surface (Table 1).
Drill hole WI19-21 collared from the same drill pad returned an average grade of 3.26% TREO over 110 metres1 from surface, expanding the southwestern drill defined edge of the Wicheeda REE Deposit a distance of 25 meters beyond the limit of the 2019 Mineral Resource Estimate2.
|Table 1: Wicheeda REE Deposit 2019 Diamond Drill Intercepts|
Craig Taylor, CEO and President of Defense Metals Corp., commented, “We are extremely pleased to see extensive REE mineralization in the core from the first two drill holes of our 2019 resource definition program at Wicheeda. The assay results confirm Defense Metals’ exploration strategy of adding value to the Wicheeda REE Deposit by focusing on expansion and further delineation of relatively higher-grade, near surface REE mineralized carbonatite. With the intercept grade of WI19-20 being more than twice the average grade of the current Wicheeda REE Deposit mineral resource estimate it’s clear these results could have a positive impact on a future revised mineral resource estimate. We believe the new drill results, together with our recently released positive metallurgical recoveries and high concentrate grades, have excellent potential to positively influence future economic studies. We eagerly await results from the remaining 11 drill holes.”
The 2019 Wicheeda REE Deposit resource definition drill program comprised 13 diamond drill holes totalling 2,005 metres that were completed from three separate drill pads, designed to test the northern, southern and western extent of the Wicheeda deposit where it remains open, and to further delineate the relatively higher-grade, near surface dolomite carbonatite unit.
Drill hole WI19-20 (-55o dip / 290o azimuth) was collared at the 2018 Wicheeda bulk sample site and drilled southwestward in an effort to further define the limit of the Wicheeda REE Deposit. The hole intersected REE mineralized carbonatite from the start of sampling at 4.60 metres to a downhole depth of 64.2 metres with medium- to coarse-grained visible REE minerals (monazite and synchysite/parisite) forming millimetre to centimetre-scale aggregates interstitial to coarse-grained dolomite
Drill hole WI19-21 (-55o dip / 230o azimuth), collared from the same site and drilled northwest, was successful in expanding the drill defined edge of the Wicheeda Deposit a distance of 25 meters beyond the limit of the 2019 Mineral Resource Estimate. Similar to the first hole, WI19-21 intersected REE mineralized carbonatite containing visible REE mineralization from the start of sampling at 3.9 metres to a downhole depth of 114 metres, with medium to coarse grained visible REE minerals (monazite and synchysite/parisite) observed throughout the interval.
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1 The true width of REE mineralization is estimated to be 60-70% of the drilled interval.
2 The Wicheeda REE Deposit Mineral Resource comprises an Inferred Mineral Resource of 11,370,000 tonnes averaging 1.96% LREE (Light Rare Earth Elements) reported at a cut-off grade of 1.0% LREE (sum of cerium, lanthanum, neodymium and samarium percentages). The resource is classified according to the CIM “Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practice Guidelines” dated November 23rd, 2003 and CIM “Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” dated May 10th, 2014. Details with respect to the Mineral Resource Estimate are summarized in the Defense’s NI 43-101 technical report titled “Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project, British Columbia, Canada” effective date of June 20, 2019 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Defense Metals looks forward to receipt of assay results for the remaining 11 drill holes within the coming weeks and will provide additional updates as they are received.
Methodology and QA/QC
The analytical work reported on herein was performed by ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) at Kamloops (sample preparation) and Vancouver (ICP-MS fusion), B.C. ALS is an ISO-IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015 accredited geoanalytical laboratory and is independent of the Defense Metals and the QP. Drill core samples were subject to crushing at a minimum of 70% passing 2 mm, followed by pulverizing of a 250 gram split to 85% passing 75 microns. A 0.1 gram sample pulp was then subject to multi-element ICP-MS analysis via lithium-borate fusion to determine individual REE content (ME-MS81h). Defense Metals follows industry standard procedures for the work carried out on the Wicheeda Project, with a quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program. Blank, duplicate and standard samples were inserted into the sample sequence sent to the laboratory for analysis. Defense Metals detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data. Defense Metals is not aware of any drilling, sampling, recovery or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to herein.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release as it relates to the Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a director of Defense Metals and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Raffle verified the data disclosed which includes a review of the analytical and test data underlying the information and opinions contained therein.
About Defense Metals Corp.
Defense Metals is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition of mineral deposits containing metals and elements commonly used in the electric power market, military, national security and the production of green energy technologies, such as, high strength, light weight, rare earth magnets. Defense Metals’ primary focus is to exercise its option to acquire 100% of the 1,780 hectare Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project. Defense Metals Corp. trades in Canada under “DEFN” on the TSX Venture Exchange, the United States, under “DFMTF” on the OTCQB and the German, Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol of “35D”.
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