The idea is to identify the areas that contain the highest lithium values.
“Lessons learned from our first geological and sampling phase provided a clear direction for this new sampling phase. We expect the assays will lead to lithium values comparable to the 1% Li2O reported in the literature ( Ames, L. L., Sand, L. B., Jr., and Goldich, S. S., 1958, A Contribution on the Hector, California Bentonite Deposit: Econ. Geol., Vol. 53, pp. 22 – 37 and Foshag, W. F. and Woodford, A. O., 1936, Benonitic Magnesian Clay-Mineral from California: Amer. Mineralogist, Vol. 21, pp. 238 – 244),” said Bradley Peek, the certified professional geologist who will be taking the samples.
Samples taken so far are being sent to a laboratory in Nevada for analysis.
“Based on the results of the sample analyses, a more extensive sampling and geological mapping program was recommended to understand and expand on the initial results, and define which areas contain the highest lithium values,” he added.
During the initial sampling an area of previous excavation was found, Peek revealed.
“During this second sampling phase other areas with past excavations were also discovered and sampled. These areas contained geology very similar to that described in the two references cited above,” the geologist said.
“Once the geological mapping and sampling phases have been completed, shallow core drilling (60-80 feet or 18 – 24 meters) has been recommended to provide a more in-depth understanding of the geology, lithium grades and thicknesses. Core drilling will be recommended based upon the results of the surface sample analyses and geological mapping,” Peek said.
Meanwhile, the company disclosed its president and chief executive officer, Mark Ireton, is currently in Argentina exploring several opportunities that could diversify Noram’s lithium-focused near-tern production strategy.
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