Baselode Energy Corp. (TSX-V: FIND) (OTCQB: BSENF) is pleased to announce the geochemical assay results from an additional twenty-eight drill holes of the now-complete 22,500 metre diamond drill program on the ACKIO high-grade uranium discovery, Hook project, Athabasca Basin area, northern Saskatchewan (see Table 1 and Figure 1).
“We are enthusiastic about confirming additional near-surface, high-grade uranium mineralization in several drill holes at ACKIO. Four of the reported drill holes (AK22-038, -051, -052, -058) have intersected uranium mineralization starting at the glacial overburden contact with bedrock. That’s as shallow as possible at ACKIO and very encouraging. There hasn’t been mineralization as shallow as these results reported in the Athabasca in the past few decades. The Athabasca is renowned for the world’s highest uranium grades, commonly over 1% U3O8, and drill hole AK22-047 delivers 1.67% U3O8 over 7.5 m starting within 100 m of surface. Seven drill holes returned broad intersection widths ranging from 10 metres to 30 metres, and some with total assay composite drill hole widths up to 60 metres. These reported drill hole results reinforce that ACKIO has shallow, broad and high-grade uranium mineralization, characteristic of historic Athabasca -open pit mining operations. We believe ACKIO has significant upside potential, and we look forward to planning the next phase of diamond drilling to discover more shallow, high-grade uranium mineralization,” said James Sykes, CEO, President and Director of Baselode.
The Company is preparing a video to provide more context to the results reported herein.
Drill hole highlights from this news release include;
Baselode started the Program on February 9, 2022 (see Company News Release) and completed the Program on August 2, 2022, with 78 drill holes (AK22-005 to AK22-080, and HK22-007), including one abandoned drill hole (AK22-048), for a total of 22,485.85 m (see Figure 1). Forty-four of seventy-six drill holes at ACKIO have intersected elevated radioactivity. A complete list of drill hole collar information, hand-held scintillometer radioactivity composite measurements, and U3O8 composite assay results for the twenty-eight drill holes reported in this news release (AK22-034 to AK22-038, and AK22-042 to AK22-063) are provided in Table 1.
Geochemical U3O8 assay results from these twenty-eight reported drill holes were provided by Saskatchewan Research Council’s Geoanalytical Laboratory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The assay methodology includes SRCs “U3O8 Wt% Assay” analysis package where an aliquot of sample pulp is digested in a concentration of HCL:HNO3. The digested volume is then made up with deionized water for analysis by ICP-OES. Uranium assay results from the remaining twenty-nine drill holes will be released as they are received from SRC and after being compiled and thoroughly quality checked by the technical team.
ACKIO measures greater than 375 m along strike, greater than 150 m wide, comprised of at least 5 separate zones, with mineralization starting as shallow as 28 m beneath the surface and down to approximately 300 m depth beneath the surface with the bulk of mineralization occurring in the upper 200 m. ACKIO remains open to the west, south, and along the Athabasca sandstone unconformity to the east and south.
ACKIO is 30 km southeast of well-established infrastructure, including an all-season road and powerline between Cameco Corp.’s (TSX: CCO) and Orano’s McArthur River mine and Key Lake uranium mill joint ventures. ACKIO is 70 km northeast of the Key Lake mill. The Program was helicopter-supported to lessen any ground-induced environmental impacts within the project area.
|1.||All reported drill hole lengths do not represent true thicknesses which have yet to be determined.|
|2.||* “High-grade uranium mineralization” is defined by the Company as any result with >0.50% U3O8 over a minimum of 0.25 m drill hole interval|
About Baselode Energy Corp.
Baselode controls 100% of approximately 227,000 hectares for exploration in the Athabasca Basin area, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The land package is free of any option agreements or underlying royalties.
Baselode’s Athabasca 2.0 exploration thesis focuses on discovering near-surface, basement-hosted, high-grade uranium orebodies outside the Athabasca Basin. The exploration thesis is further complemented by the Company’s preferred use of innovative and well-understood geophysical methods to map deep structural controls to identify shallow targets for diamond drilling.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Cameron MacKay, P.Geo., Vice-President, Exploration & Development for Baselode Energy Corp., who is considered to be a Qualified Person as defined in “National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.”
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