ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. ("Ashburton" or the "Company") announces it has completed the first phase of exploration on its Sienna uranium project in the Athabasca Basin. Fifteen radon cups were deployed along an east-west transect on the southeastern claims, and several boulders with scintillometer counts as high as 360 counts per second (cps) were also discovered.
The boulders have basement rock lithologies similar to those reported by Alpha Minerals Inc. and Fission Uranium Corp. in the early stages of the Patterson Lake South uranium discovery (see Alpha Minerals news release, December 14, 2011).
Nine of ten boulders recorded over 200 counts per second (cps) as measured on a hand-held radiation detector (RS-125 Super-Spec, Radiation Solutions Inc.), with four boulders exceeding 300 cps. The boulders are subrounded and range from 60-120 cm in diameter, and include psammite, garnet granulite, feldspathic gneiss, and granite. Samples were collected from nine of the boulders and will be submitted for assay with results expected in the coming weeks.
Through an alliance with Alpha-Track Uranium Services (see Ashburton news release, June 10, 2013), fifteen radon detector cups were deployed along an east-west transect over 3.5 kilometers at 200-500 meter spacing. The cups will be collected in the coming weeks, and radon cups will then be deployed on the western Sienna claims. The western Sienna claims cover an area of historic Geological Survey of Canada lake sediment samples that range from 3.9-7.7 ppm uranium (see Ashburton news release, March 14, 2013). Radon surveys and uraninite boulders were an integral part of identifying uranium mineralization at the Alpha Minerals Inc. and Fission Uranium Corp. Patterson Lake South discovery (see Alpha Minerals news release, May 6, 2013).
President and CEO of Ashburton Mike England states, "We are extremely pleased with the discovery of radioactive boulders at this early stage of exploration on the Sienna property, and look forward to seeing results from our radon survey over the property. Based on the history of discovery in this area, we are on the right track to see positive results in the coming weeks."
The technical contents of this release were approved by Dr. Tom E. McCandless, P. Geo. and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The property has not been the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 report, and Dr. McCandless has not verified the technical data disclosed in this release.
Ashburton Ventures is a junior exploration company actively seeking mineral and energy opportunities for the benefit of all its stakeholders.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Michael England, President