Mesa Exploration Corp. is pleased to announce that it has completed the first phase shallow auger brine sampling program on its 100% owned Sal Rica lithium project in Utah.
A geological crew from McKay Mineral Exploration conducted a brine sampling program, which was completed by hand tools to collect brine samples in the shallow aquifer at depths of 3 to 4 feet below surface. The 11 brine samples yielded lithium concentrations as high as 80 ppm lithium, averaging 66.4 ppm lithium. For context the Silver Peak lithium brine mine in Nevada grades 100 ppm lithium brine pumped from wells as deep as 1,000 feet.
Sampling sites twinned 11 holes previously auger drilled by Quintana Petroleum in 1966 on a 2 mile grid. More detailed sampling this summer is warranted and planning is underway for an expanded second phase exploration program.
"This confirmation sampling program provided better than expected results, a very good start as we explore the 100% owned project. The fact that the brine is so shallow removes some of the time, expense and uncertainty usually associated with deep hard rock mineral exploration," commented Foster Wilson, President and CEO.
The technical data in this news release have been reviewed by Thom Clark, PGeo., a qualified person under the terms of NI 43-101; samples were analyzed at ALS Minerals Testing Laboratory in Reno, Nevada.