Vancouver, British Columbia–(December 7, 2022) – Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTCQB: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the “Company” or “Iconic”) and its 50% partner in the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the ‘Project’ or ‘Property’) Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. (CSE: NVLH) (OTCQB: NVLHF) (FSE: 87K) (“Nevada Lithium“), are pleased to provide an update on the 2022 drill program for the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the ‘Project’ or ‘Property’), located in Nye County, Nevada. Lab tests results confirm that the rock types and assay values between core hole BC2201C and core hole BC2203C correlate well. These correlating rock types are identified as an upper mudstone unit underlain by sandstone, which is underlain by additional mudstone.
Iconic Minerals Ltd CEO, Richard Kern, comments: “The key to moving from resource to reserve is to show continuity between our widely spaced drill holes. These two holes are a good start in this process.”
The assays for hole BC2203C, which is located roughly one-half mile from BC2201C, have been certified by ALS Laboratories. The assay lengths from BC2203C average 19.6 feet (6 meters), which is roughly three times longer than the 6.9 foot (2 meter) average length of assays taken from the first hole, resulting in a smoother assay value curve. For example, the highest lithium assay in BC2203C was 4,740ppm Li where BC2201C had a high of 5,570 ppm. The assay values of the two holes are shown graphed below.
Assay values correlate well between the two holes, despite the gaps in results and variable sample lengths from BC2201C. The chart below shows weighted average lithium values for the two drill holes.
|Drill Hole||Entire Hole Average Li ppm||80 – 380 feet (24-16 meters) Average Li ppm||1040 – 2000 feet (317 – 610 meters) Average Li ppm|
All Averages are Weighted Averages
BC2203C has a “Shallow Zone” between roughly 80 and 380 feet (24 and 116 meters) from the surface which has assays averaging 97% of the previous hole’s values. BC2203C’s “Deep Zone” is located between approximately 1040 feet and 2,000 feet (317 and 610 meters) and has assays averaging 107% of the previous hole’s values. Overall, hole BC2203C’s assays averaged 107% of BC2201C’s assays, which is very close considering roughly 15% of BC2201C’s material has yet to be assayed. This shows the partial results from BC2201C are probably close to the final results in values. Barr Engineering Company is working with the unassayed samples. Based on geologic logging of the core from other nearby holes, future assays are expected so show a similar correlation.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QAQC)
As core was being drilled at Bonnie Claire it was moved to a secure warehouse after each shift. It was logged and split by core saw and securely shipped to the geochem lab. Standards, blanks and sample repeats totaling 10% of the samples that were submitted were disguised within each lab shipment. All samples in the lab were crushed, pulverized, and dissolved in aqua regia before being analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (“ICP–MS”). This method determines elemental values for 52 elements, including Lithium.
The Company is currently completing additional analytical testing of its drilling samples with American Assay Laboratories Inc. in Sparks, Nevada for secondary independent testing. In addition, Global Resource Engineering (GRE) is collecting and assaying new quarter-core samples in preparation for writing the Project’s Prefeasibility Study (PFS).
Richard Kern, Certified Professional Geologist, a qualified person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Kern is not independent of the Company as he is the Chief Executive Officer of Iconic.
Bonnie Claire Property
The Bonnie Claire Property is located within Sarcobatus Valley, which is approximately 30 km (19 miles) long and 20 km (12 miles) wide. Quartz-rich volcanic tuffs containing anomalous amounts of lithium occur within and adjacent to the valley. Drill results from the salt flat have included lithium values as high as 5570 ppm Li and a 1560 foot (roughly 475 meter) vertical intercept that averaged 1153 ppm Li. The current 43-101 resource from the PFS report for borehole mineable portion of the resource is 3,407 million tonnes grading 1,013 ppm Li or 18,372 million kilograms of lithium carbonate equivalent. (though this is a resource, not a reserve, and has not yet proven economic viability). The gravity low within the valley is 20 km (12 miles) long, and the current estimates of depth to basement rocks range from 600 to 1,200 meters (2,000 to 4,000 feet). The current claim block covers an area of 74 km2 (28.6 mi2) with potential for brine systems and further sediment resources.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
SIGNED: “Richard Kern”
Richard Kern, President and CEO
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