Power Metals plans drilling for Paterson Lake
POWER METALS Corp. has started planning for a drill program at Paterson Lake, 60 kilometres north of Kenora, Northwestern Ontario. Power Metals has an approved exploration permit from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines for drilling at Paterson Lake. Power Metals has two lithium drill targets at Paterson Lake located along two parallel northeast-southwest petalite pegmatite trends:
• Marko’s pegmatite;
• Jesse’s pegmatite. Highlights of Marko’s pegmatite include:
• Over 268-metre strike length on surface;
• 3.36-to-4.43-per-cent-lithium-dioxide range for 13 grab samples;
• 559-to-1,398-part-per-million-tantalum range for five grab samples;
• 19 historic drill holes on Power Metals’ Paterson Lake property;
• Historic drilling showed that there is both lithium and tantalum mineralization at depth on the Marko’s pegmatite and it is not just one pegmatite dike but two: Marko’s and North Marko’s.
The Marko’s pegmatite is one of the top three pegmatites for lithium and tantalum mineralization in the Separation Rapid greenstone belt and is drill ready. On surface, Marko’s pegmatite is along the contact of an iron formation and gabbro ridge. The historical drilling did not test the western extension of the Marko’s pegmatite which is open along strike.
It should be relatively easy to follow the edge of the iron formation and gabbro ridge to extend the strike length of the Marko’s pegmatite.
Highlights of Jesse’s pegmatite:
• Consists of at least four parallel east-west-trending dikes exposed on surface: North, Between North and Jesse’s, Jesse’s and South dikes;
• 190 m between North and South dikes;
• 1.01 to 3.26 per cent Li2O for 12 grab samples;
• Up to 271 ppm Ta in grab samples.
All of Jesse’s petalite dikes are deformed and sheared similar to that at Avalon’s Separation Rapids lithium property located 3.7 kilometres to the west.
About 236 m west of Jesse’s North dikes, along the same metasedimentary ridge, another petalite pegmatite was discovered with 0.94 per cent Li2O. This West dike is a possible extension of the North dikes. This West dike has the same mineralogy as Jesse’s pegmatite indicating significant exploration potential to find more petalite dikes along this 236 m long ridge.
At Jesse’s and Marko’s pegmatites, petalite is the dominant lithium ore mineral, but spodumene is also present in the dikes. Petalite (LiAlSi4O10) is the high-temperature lithium aluminosilicate whereas spodumene (LiAlSi2O6) is the low-temperature/high-pressure lithium aluminosilicate. Both petalite and spodumene can be used to produce lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide for lithium batteries.
Dr. Julie Selway, vice-president of exploration, stated: “I am looking forward to a drill program at Paterson Lake on Marko’s pegmatite and stripping and drilling on Jesse’s pegmatite. The last historic drilling on the Marko’s pegmatite was in 2002. There is potential to extend both pegmatites along strike.”
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Erika Flores condensed this news release ([email protected]watch.com).
Brent William Butler, Robert John Dardi, Cyrus Homi Driver, Brian LaRocco, Johnathan Anthony More
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