Vancouver, British Columbia – February 27, 2023 – 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 announce the production of marketable battery-grade lithium carbonate from Bonnie Claire Deposit material. The Bonnie Claire Project is located in Nye County, Nevada, and hosts one of the largest lithium resources in North America.
Richard Kern, CEO of Iconic Minerals, comments: “The production of marketable battery-grade lithium carbonate is one more important milestone on the road to developing this major lithium resource. We expect to achieve many more milestones this year as we work toward completion of a Preliminary Feasibility Study.”
The sample (several grams) was produced using composited core material (~30 kg) from drill hole BC2001C, collected from the interval of approximately 90 to 380 ft depth (core length). The material, with a head assay of approximately 1,000 ppm Li, was fed through a calcination and water-leach step, which prevents Fe and other deleterious elements from entering solution, allowing for a simple and straightforward downstream purification circuit to be applicable. The solution was processed through an ‘off-the-shelf’ commercial purification circuit through to the precipitation of a crude lithium carbonate product, which was then dissolved and recrystallized to produce a marketable 99.9% pure Li2CO3 product (Figure 1).
The metallurgical program at Bonnie Claire is ongoing with additional material to be received shortly from the recent coring program. In follow-up test work, the Company intends to further evaluate processing to a lithium hydroxide product as well as demonstrate the recovery of potential byproducts (e.g., boron, potassium). The metallurgical program has been designed to support a Prefeasibility Study on the Project.
Dr. Todd Harvey, Process Engineering Director and President of Global Resource Engineering Ltd, is the Qualified Person (QP) for the metallurgical portion of this project. Dr. Harvey has over 30 years of experience in the mining sector and is a registered member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).
Figure 1: Marketable lithium carbonate produced from the Bonnie Claire Deposit
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 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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