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92 Resources expands potential lithium trend in Quebec, hits 4.72% Li2O with tantalum

by Greg Klein | September 24, 2019

Update: On October 17, 2019, 92 Resources began trading under a new name and stock symbol: Gaia Metals Corp TSXV:GMC.

New discoveries increase the lithium-tantalum potential of a copper-gold-silver project in the James Bay-region Corvette-FCI property. Following high-grade gold assays released last week and copper-gold-silver results the week before, 92 Resources TSXV:NTY announced lithium-tantalum samples on six newly found spodumene-bearing pegmatites from last summer’s field program. Grades reached as high as 4.72% Li2O, along with encouraging tantalum numbers.

92 Resources expands potential lithium trend in Quebec, hits 4.72% Li2O with tantalum

Large outcrops of spodumene-bearing pegmatite add
critical minerals potential to a base and precious metals project.
(Photo: 92 Resources)

The discoveries expand the prospective lithium trend to more than 25 kilometres. Among the results, eight samples from the CV5 and CV6 pegmatites averaged 3% Li2O and 154 ppm Ta2O5, peaking at 4.06% Li2O and 564 ppm Ta2O5.

CV7 featured an assay of 4.44% Li2O and 195 ppm Ta2O5.

CV8 showed another 4.44% Li2O, along with 205 ppm Ta2O5.

CV9 and CV10 produced multiple samples grading over 2% Li2O, reaching up to 4.72% Li2O.

CV11 hit a tantalum high point of 386 ppm Ta2O5, with 0.66% Li2O.

“This lithium exploration trend is interpreted to reside, with some overlap, between the northern gold exploration trend and the southern copper-gold-silver exploration trend (the Maven trend), potentially indicating a large zone of structural weakness within the greenstone belt which favours spodumene pegmatite emplacement,” the company stated.

The 23-day program also found mineralized boulders, some in a down-ice direction that could indicate a source in CV5 and CV6. But other boulders suggest a different origin and the possibility of more spodumene-bearing pegmatites to be discovered. One of the latter group of samples graded 2.72% Li2O.

“Although the focus of the program was base and precious metals, we would be remiss if we did not also evaluate the same areas of the property for other commodities that may be valuable and of interest, now or in the near-term,” commented 92 president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux. Both lithium and tantalum have been declared critical minerals by the U.S. as the country shows increasing concern about reliable sources.

The project consists of 92’s 100%-held Corvette claims and a 75% earn-in from Osisko Mining TSX:OSK on the FCI-East and FCI-West blocks.

Read more about 92 Resources here and here.

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