First of three boreholes, proximal to Albemarle production wells, intersects up to 218ppm Lithium
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Nov. 1, 2016) – Advantage Lithium Corp. (the “Company” or “Advantage Lithium“) (TSX VENTURE:AAL) and its joint venture partner, Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. (“Nevada Sunrise”), are pleased to announce that lithium-bearing brines have been intersected in the first borehole of the 2016 drilling program at the Clayton NE lithium brine project within the Clayton Valley salar in southwest Nevada. Clayton NE borders Albemarle Corporation’s (“Albemarle”) Silver Peak lithium brine production operation in Clayton Valley, North America’s only operating lithium mine. Hole CNE-16-01 has intercepted aquifer formations that host brines at depths between 553 and 1,200 feet. Lithium values in the first five grab samples taken within the aquifer zones are highly anomalous including up to 218 parts per million (“ppm”) with three of the five samples averaging 209 ppm lithium and total dissolved solid (“TDS”) results in the same samples were recorded up to 110,000 ppm.
Drilling on this hole is still in progress. Target depth for the hole is estimated at 1500 feet or contact with bedrock at the base of the basin.
- Lithium values up to 218 ppm. Lithium brines intercepted by 1st drill hole at Clayton NE, CNE-16-01, showing values up to 218ppm lithium in the first 5 groundwater samples. These values are similar to Albemarle’s brine samples from their Silver Peak operation, immediately adjacent to Clayton NE.
- TDS values up to 110,000 ppm. Total dissolved solids (“TDS”) values for the first five groundwater brine samples from hole CNE-16-01 were recorded up to 110,000 ppm for samples containing the highest lithium values. This relationship of TDS to lithium grade indicates a direct correlation between higher lithium values and higher strength brine.
- Water rights in Clayton Valley. Advantage Lithium and Nevada Sunrise are the only lithium explorers in the Clayton Valley, other than Albemarle, with access to certified water rights.
- More results to come. Two holes from the current drill program are still to be drilled, targeting the broadest and most conductive zones detected by the recently-completed (September, 2016) DC Resistivity survey.
Ross McElroy, Technical Adviser and Director, of Advantage Lithium, commented: “We’ve encountered strong lithium grades and TDS results in brines with our first hole at Clayton NE, comparable to results reported from several wells on Albemarle’s operating mine right next door. This is a tremendous start to our drill program and is a strong validation of our recently completed 3D Resistivity ground geophysical survey (see News Release October 18, 2016), which successfully identified highly conductive horizons, interpreted as brine formations at depth.”
David Sidoo, CEO and President, of Advantage Lithium, said: “We are the only Clayton Valley lithium junior with access to certificated water rights for the purpose of future development. Thus hitting strongly anomalous lithium in brine results is an important step forward for our North American operations. We are very encouraged by these results and are looking forward to our next holes at Clayton NE.”
- The 2016 drilling program is planned to include three RC drill holes totaling approximately 1,500 metres (4,920 feet), focussed on lithium brine targets close to the Silver Peak mine border and several of Albemarle’s production wells.
- Drill hole targeting is based on results from a recently completed 3D Resistivity ground geophysical survey, which imaged highly-conductive zones at depth. These conductive zones have been confirmed in hole CNE-16-01 as brine-bearing formations. The northeast trending Angel Island fault appears to bind the conductive horizons parallel to and proximal to the eastern claim boundary at Clayton NE
- CNE-16-01 is the first drill hole drilled by Advantage Lithium on the property. It has intersected classic Clayton Valley permeable sedimentary strata and has intersected brine formations, returning values up to 218 ppm lithium.
Table 1: Results of Groundwater Samples Aquifer System
|Interval (feet)||Total Dissolved||Lithium|
|Drill Hole||Aquifer System||From||To||Width||Solids (ppm)||(ppm)|
|Lower Aquifer System||735||745||10||110,000||218.0|
|* Results using YSI Model 556 Multiparameter Meter|
CNE16-01 Technical Details
Vertical oriented conventional dual-tube reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling intersected typical Clayton Valley strata consisting of alternating layers of gravel, volcanic ash and clay. Drill cuttings have been collected for each 5-foot interval and approximately 240 cutting samples of the sediments have been collected in the borehole. Some of these samples will be sent for analysis. The Main Ash and the Lower Aquifers System, as described by Zampirro, (2003) were encountered beginning at 553 feet. A zone of increased water flow was encountered between 735 and 800 feet borehole depth. Three water samples were collected from this zone. Analysis of these samples shows this zone (interpreted to be the Lower Aquifer System) to carry significant lithium concentrations.
Analytical measurements in the field are determined using a hand-held YSI Model 556 Multiparameter Meter with a submersible probe. This instrument simultaneously measures temperature, pH, TDS, conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen, ORP (reduction potential), and barometric pressure. It meets Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for calibration and measurement and can store over 49,000 data sets with time-and-date stamp. Groundwater samples were sent to Western Environmental Testing Laboratory, in Reno, Nevada for analysis. General chemistry testing included analysis for specific gravity, total hardness and alkalinity, bicarbonate, carbonate, hydroxide, TDS and electrical conductivity. Anions (chloride, sulfate) were analyzed by ion chromatography. Trace metals (lithium, magnesium, boron, calcium, potassium and sodium) were analyzed by ICP-OES. All depth measurements reported, including sample and interval widths are down-hole. As holes are oriented vertical and geologic stratigraphy is primarily horizontal to sub-horizontal, downhole measurements are assumed to be close to true thickness.
Clayton Valley NE Property
The approximately 1,000 acres (405 hectares) Clayton NE property is subject to an earn-in agreement where Advantage Lithium can earn up to a 70% interest in the property after fulling CDN $3.0 million in exploration expenditures on a package of five lithium properties optioned from Nevada Sunrise. Advantage Lithium is the operator of the project and Nevada Sunrise is the project manager on behalf of the operator.
The project is located in the Clayton Valley sedimentary salar in southwestern Nevada and is contiguous to the eastern boundary of Albemarle’s Silver Peak property, North Americas only producing lithium mine. Several lithium brine production wells are situated within approximately 110 metres west of the Clayton NE claim boundary. Advantage Lithium and Nevada Sunrise are the only lithium explorers in the Clayton Valley, other than Albemarle, with access to certified water rights.
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed on behalf of the company by Ross McElroy, P.Geol., Technical Advisor and Director for Advantage Lithium Corp., and the Designated Qualified Person for the company.
Further information about the company can be found at www.advantagelithium.com.
About Advantage Lithium Corp.
Advantage Lithium Corp. is a resource company specializing in the strategic acquisition, exploration and development of lithium properties and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Common Shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “AAL”. The company is earning an interest from Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp., in a portfolio of five lithium brine projects in the Clayton and Lida Valley regions of Nevada, USA, together with certificated water rights in the Clayton Valley. The company has also entered into an LOI agreement to earn interest from Radius Gold Inc. in four lithium brine projects in the states of Chihuahua and Coahuila, Northwest Mexico. In addition, the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the Stella Marys lithium brine project in Argentina’s Lithium Triangle.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Ross McElroy, Technical Advisor and Director
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