Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 29, 2022) – Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTCQB: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB)(the “Company” or “Iconic”) is pleased to provide an update on the 2022 mineral exploration and development plans (the “2022 Exploration Plan“) for the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the ‘Project’ or ‘Property’), located in Nye County, Nevada. Two core rigs and one mud rotary rig are currently in operation on the Property.
Iconic Minerals Ltd CEO, Richard Kern, comments: “Drilling of the Southern target at Bonnie Claire has found by far the highest-grade Lithium we have ever drilled (up to 5,570 ppm) as well as a shallow zone that could be amenable to open pit mining. We look forward to more good news.”
Core drill holes BC2201C (“BC2201C“) and BC2203C have both completed drilling to their respective total depths of 2001 (610 meters) feet and 2000 feet (609.6 meters). There are two remaining core holes from the BC2022 Exploration Plan which are currently being drilled. Core hole BC2202C is at a current drill depth of 1800 feet (548.6 meters) and Core hole BC2204C is at a current drill depth of 800 feet (243.8 meters). The mud rotary hole BC2201 which was permitted as a test well, is also currently being drilled and is at a current drill depth of 600 feet (182.8 meters).
Core hole material from BC2201C (the “Assays“) was shipped and received by ALS (“ALS“) for extensive material testing. As part of engineering requirements, approximately 15% of the core from the BC2201C was shipped to Barr Engineering Company (“Barr“) to aid borehole mining experimentation, which will be also assayed later. The missing intervals shipped to Barr averaged 1.5 feet (0.46 meters) in length and should not have a significant effect on the averages of the assays already received from ALS. Due to the irregular sample lengths that were submitted, weighted averages are reported below.
BC2201C Core Hole Results (weighted averages)
BC2201C contained three zones of lithium mineralization (“Li Mineralization“). The first shallow Li Mineralization zone began around 100 feet (30.48 meters) in depth and averaging 1105 ppm lithium for 270.7 feet (82.5 meters).The middle Li Mineralization zone began from 1044 to 1600 feet (318.2 to 487.7 meters) averaging 1256 ppm lithium, a total of 556 feet (169.4 meters). The deepest Li Mineralization zone began from 1600 to 2001 feet (488 to 610 meters) a total of 122 feet (37.1 meters) averaging3232 ppm lithium, and included a 3.8 foot (1.2 meter) assay of 5570 ppm lithium. The Assays submitted from BC2201C also included a total of 1,226.8 feet (374 meters) of lithium enriched material grading over 1,000 ppm Li. There were two zones that also encountered elevated boron, limiting out at greater then >10,000 ppm B, which will require additional testing to allow for greater ppm results.
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 2550 ppm Li and a 1560 foot (roughly 475 meter) vertical intercept that averaged 1153 ppm Li. The current 43-101 resource from the PEA 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
Contact: Keturah Nathe, VP Corporate Development (604) 336-8614
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