Pangolin Diamonds Corp. is pleased to provide an update for the Company's wholly-owned Motloutse Diamond Project, located 150 km east of the Orapa Diamond Mine in Botswana.
Several aeromagnetic anomalies have been selected for follow-up with soil sampling, ground magnetic and gravity surveys to identify kimberlite drill targets. This process identified MG-08 as the second kimberlite target in addition to AGA-01 previously announced (see May 31, 2016 release). Other targets are still being developed as the data is being processed and interpreted.
The MG-08 kimberlite target is a near surface oval anomaly with a projected 8 - 10 metres of cover. The presence of the target was confirmed using ground magnetic and detailed soil sampling consisting of 225 samples within a grid area measuring 700 metres by 1,400 metres. Sub-angular kimberlite indicator garnets with sculptured surfaces denoting proximity to source were optically identified from soil samples collected directly over the target area.
Additional kimberlite targets are still being developed as the data is being processed and interpreted. Once all the results have been interpreted, the drill program will commence. It is anticipated that the percussion drill program will be completed before the end of July 2016.
The Motloutse Diamond Project covers the area where the first diamonds in Botswana were recovered in 1959. It also includes the location where De Beers discovered its first diamonds in Botswana in 1962. The kimberlite source(s) of these diamonds have never been located.
The indicators were recovered at MG-08 from unscreened 100-litre samples collected on a 50 m x 100 m square grid within a 10 square metre area of a GPS-controlled sample site. The material was dry screened in the field to recover the +0.425-2.0 millimetre size fraction, then transported to Francistown, Botswana and processed through Pangolin's 1-tph DMS plant. The concentrates were subsequently delivered to an independent mineral specialist in who examined the concentrate and recovered the indicators.
The indicators will be delivered to MCC Geoscience Inc. (Vancouver, B.C.) for additional interpretation of surface features and thereafter delivered to C.F. Mineral Research (Kelowna, B.C.) for microprobe analysis.