Canadian Orebodies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CO) has announced assay results from the channel sampling program on the Dempster East showing on its Zigzag Lithium/Rare Metals property under option from Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ULI).
The Property is subject to an Option Agreement with Ultra and the underlying property owners to acquire an 80% legal and beneficial interest (subject to a 2% NSR retained by the Owners, 50% of which can be purchased by Orebodies for $1,000,000).
Channel #3 on Dempster East assayed 543.9 ppm Ta2O5 over 1.95 meters, including 794.9 ppm Ta2O5 over 0.96 meters
Channel #7 on Dempster East assayed 421.1.9 ppm Ta2O5 and 1.54 % Li2O over 2.02 meters.
Channel #12 on Dempster East assayed 1.87% Li2O over 0.99 meters.
80% or 12 of the 15 channels cut on the Dempster East showing had samples that exceeded the upper detection limits for Tantalum (>100 ppm) of which 3 also had samples that exceeded the upper detection limits for Cesium (>500 ppm).
Drilling has commenced on Orebodies 100% owned Falcon property
Zigzag Property Overview
The Property in total consists of 129 claim units comprising 2,064 hectares, located approximately 60 km northeast of Armstrong, Ontario. The property is host to 5 historical lithium and rare metal showings of consequence.
Historical highly anomalous tantalum and cesium values are notably widespread on the property and indicate a high potential for zoned, complex-type pegmatites enriched in tantalum and cesium. Complex-type pegmatites are excellent targets for economic deposits of lithium, tantalum, cesium and rubidium such as the Tanco pegmatite in Manitoba.
Zigzag Sampling Overview
There were a total of 15 channels cut across the Dempster East showing on the Zigzag property during Orebodies fall program. Results from 12 of the channels on the property indicate there is a zone of strong tantalum enrichment with highly anomalous values for other rare metals.
Drilling Commences On Falcon Property
Orebodies is also pleased to announce that a drilling program has commenced on its Falcon property which has demonstrated high grade, wide spread zones of lithium/rare metals that stretch over 60 meters on surface. Orebodies initial drilling will consist of 3 to 4 short holes designed to test the lithium rich zones successfully outlined on surface by Orebodies at depth. Results from this program will be used to assess the potential of the Falcon property and if favourable aid in further drilling on the property.
Highlights from work completed to date on the Falcon property include the following (for full results please see Orebodies Press Releases dated March 11 and 18, 2010):
- Channel #3 on the Falcon Property assayed 1.54% Li2O over 6.98 meters, including 2.06% Li2O over 1 meters
- Channel #9 on the Falcon Property which assayed 2.63% Li2O over 1.5 meters, including 3.19% Li2O over 0.56 meters
- Individual grab samples which assayed 2.82% Li2O, 2.45% Li2O, 2.30% Li2O, 2.26% Li2O
(Grab samples are selective by nature and are unlikely to represent future average grades on the property.)
Tantalum is a specialty metal which is highly corrosion resistant and has the highest ability to hold and release electricity. These characteristics make it essential for electronic devices (tantalum capacitors) and specialty applications such as jet engines. Several events in the global market have caused the price of tantalum to increase significantly as of late, mainly the fact that two of the largest producers have shut down (Tanco deposit in Canada and Talison Tantalum in Australia) which represents nearly half of the world market. These shutdowns have led to a global supply that has fallen behind demand and the market now requires additional production from new projects.
Orebodies Zigzag property is very interesting for the fact that besides high grade lithium, tantalum could have one of the most considerable economic benefits as historically there have been a significant amount of samples collected that demonstrate widespread, high grade results. Breaks (2003) stated that individual analysis from the Tebishogeshik Lens 3 exceeded 80 wt % Ta2O5 and were amongst the highest documented in lithium-rich pegmatite of Ontario.
It should be noted that typically samples with higher tantalum values tend to have low lithium values as is representative of sodic aplite and albitite-rock units that represent significant host- rocks for tantalum mineralization. This is demonstrated by the Tanco Mine in Manitoba and the Wodgina and Greenbushes Mines of Western Australia. However, there are samples with high lithium values that also carry strong anomalous tantalum.
A thorough quality control program is in effect which includes inserting standards and blanks alternating every 10 samples. All samples were submitted to ALS and analyzed using four acid digestion and ICP-MS.
This press release has been prepared under the supervision of Mr. Don Hains (P.Geo.)., who is an independent consultant to the Company and a "qualified person" (as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101). Mr. Hains has verified the technical data disclosed in this press release.
Source: Canadian Orebodies Inc.