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LIFT Intersects 13 m at 1.24% Li2O at its Echo pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

 

 

 

 

 

Li-FT Power Ltd. (TSX-V: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report assays from 8 drill holes completed at the Echo, Shorty, Fi-SW, Ki, & BIG East pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). Drilling has intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:

 

Highlights:

YLP-0107: 13 m at 1.24% Li2O, (Echo)
  and: 5 m at 0.62% Li2O
  and: 2 m at 0.76% Li2O
YLP-0101: 13 m at 1.28% Li2O, (BIG East)
  and: 5 m at 1.30% Li2O
  and: 2 m at 0.59% Li2O
YLP-0098: 13 m at 1.27% Li2O, (Ki)
  and: 5 m at 0.63% Li2O
  including: 2 m at 1.25% Li2O
YLP-0094: 11 m at 1.38% Li2O, (Shorty)
     

 

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “The first drill results from our Echo target have been a positive surprise. Our model at the time indicated that the pegmatites were steeply dipping. What we discovered after drilling the first hole was that there are three separate pegmatite bodies that are shallowly dipping at depth. This geometry is very favorable for mining. We look forward to releasing additional drill results from Echo and to continue drill-testing this target in the upcoming drill program which is scheduled to start in January 2024.”

 

Discussion of Results

 

This week’s drill results include the first two holes drilled on the Echo pegmatite (YLP-0099, 107) as well as six holes split among the Shorty (YLP-0094, 103), Ki (YLP-0098), BIG East (YLP-0100, YLP-0101), and Fi Southwest (YLP-0105) pegmatites. A table of composite calculations, general comments related to this discussion, and a table of collar headers are provided towards the end of this section.

 

 

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far focused on the Road Access Group of pegmatites which are located to the east of the city of Yellowknife along a government-maintained paved highway, as well as the Echo target in the Further Afield Group.

 

Echo Pegmatite

 

The Echo pegmatite complex, located in the “Further Afield Group” in the map above (Figure 1) is broadly north-of-northwest to northwest trending and ranges from a single dyke in the southeastern end to multiple dykes over a 400 m wide corridor in the northwest. Individual dykes range from gently to steeply east dipping and are up to 25 m wide.

 

YLP-0099 tested the eastern-most Echo pegmatite approximately 200 m from its northern mapped extent and 25 m vertically beneath the surface. Drilling intersected two pegmatites, the first spanning 13 m starting at 4 m core depth as well as a 1 m wide dyke 17 m further down the hole. Assay composites for the upper dyke returned 0.62% Li2O over 11 m with two subintervals of ~1.0% Li2O over 2-4 m core lengths. The lower dyke returned negligible grade.

 

YLP-0107 was drilled on a different part of the Echo swarm from YLP-0099, testing a dyke approximately 200 m from its northwestern mapped extent and 50 m vertically below the surface. Drilling intersected four, 1-16 m wide, pegmatites, with the two uppermost dykes comprising a cumulative 24 m of pegmatite over 51 m of core. Assays returned composites of 1.24% Li2O over 13 m for the lower of these two dykes as well as 0.62% Li2O over 5 m for the upper one. The two deeper dykes are 1-2 m wide, occur at least 40 m downhole of the upper two, and returned up to 0.76% Li2O over 2 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 3).

 

Figure 2 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Echo pegmatite with diamond drill hole reported in this press release.

 

Figure 3 – Cross-section of YLP-0107 which intersected the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 13 m interval of 1.24% Li2O.

 

Shorty Pegmatite

 

The Shorty pegmatite is one of several dykes occurring within a broader north-of-northeast striking corridor. Drill intercepts show that it comprises a single 10-25 m wide dyke or 2-4 dykes with a similar cumulative width spread over 40-95 m of core length. The pegmatite is visible for at least 700 m on surface and dips 50°-70° to the west-northwest.

 

YLP-0094 tested the Shorty pegmatite just 100 m from its northern mapped extent and 50 vertical metres below the surface, as well as 50 and 150 m up-dip, respectively, from previously released YLP-0091 (1.01% Li2O over 16 m) and YLP-0097 (1.69% Li2O over 11 m). Drilling intersected 13 m of pegmatite from 51-64 m core depth that includes a composite of 1.38% Li2O over 11 m. A 1 m wide dyke intersected ~37 m higher up in the hole returned negligible grade.

 

YLP-0103 was designed to test the Shorty pegmatite approximately 200 m from its northern mapped extent, 150 m vertically below the surface, and 100 m downdip of previously released YLP-0033 (1.50% Li2O over 16 m). Drilling intersected a 28 m wide interval comprising five 2-9 m wide pegmatite segments split by 1-3 m wide panels of country rock. Assays returned 0.67% Li2O over 18 m with subintervals of 1.1-1.3% Li2O over 3-4 m (Table 1 and 2, Figure 4).

 

Figure 4 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Shorty pegmatite with diamond drill hole reported in this press release.

Ki Pegmatite

 

The Ki pegmatite is one of several subparallel dykes that occur within a longer north-of-northwest trending corridor. Drill intercepts of Ki typically mostly comprise of a thick “main” dyke flanked by one or more narrower (1-5 m wide) dykes although, in places, it comprises 2-6 dykes of similar cumulative thickness spread over up to 80 m of core length. The Ki dyke is visible for at least 1,000 m on surface and dips between 65°-80° to the southwest.

 

YLP-0098 tested the Ki pegmatite approximately 150 m from its known northwestern end, 50 m vertically beneath the surface, and 50 m downdip of previously reported YLP-0080 (1.50% Li2O over 14 m). Drilling intersected six, 1-16 m wide, dykes over 80 m of core length, for cumulative pegmatite thickness of 28 m. The two widest dykes returned assay composites of 1.27% Li2O over 13 m and 1.25% Li2O over 2 m whereas the remaining two dykes are each 1-2 m wide and returned negligible grade (Table 1 and 2, Figures 5 & 6).

 

Figure 5 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Ki pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

Figure 6 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0098 with results as shown in the Ki pegmatite dyke with a 13 m interval of 1.27% Li2O.

 

BIG East Pegmatite

 

The BIG East pegmatite swarm comprises a 35-90 m wide corridor of parallel-trending dykes that dips around 55°-75° degrees west and extends for at least 1,300 m along surface and 200 m downdip.

 

YLP-0100 was designed to test the BIG East swarm approximately 500 m from its northern end and 300 m vertically beneath the surface, as well as 300, 250, and 150 m downdip, respectively, of YLP-0052 (1.27% Li2O over 15 m), YLP-0032 (1.04% Li2O over 18 m), and YLP-0093 (1.40% Li2O over 21 m). Drilling intersected two pegmatite dykes over 44 m of core length with a cumulative pegmatite width of 40 m. Assays are mostly negligible, however, with the best interval returning 1.17% Li2O over 1 m.

 

YLP-0101 tested the BIG East swarm approximately 500 m from its southern end, 100 m vertically below the surface, and 50-100 m downdip of YLP-0068 drilled along the same azimuth (1.02% Li2O over 26 m). Drilling intersected five, 1-14 m wide, pegmatites over 65 m of core length, for cumulative pegmatite width of 25 m. The central dyke is thickest and returned 1.28% Li2O over 13 m, the upper-most dyke returned 1.30% Li2O over 5 m, and the second deepest dyke assayed 0.59% Li2O over 2 m. The two remaining dykes returned negligible grade (Table 1 and 2, Figures 7 & 8).

 

Figure 7 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG East pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

Figure 8 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0101 with results as shown in the BIG East pegmatite dyke with a 13 m interval of 1.28% Li2O.

 

Fi Southwest

 

The Fi Southwest (SW) pegmatite is one of several dykes occurring within a north-of-northeast striking dyke corridor. Drilling at Fi SW shows that it ranges from a single 20-40 m wide dyke to 2-3 dykes of similar cumulative width within a 50-70 m wide corridor. The Fi SW dykes are visible for at least 1,100 m on surface and dips 60°-80° to the east-southeast, with drilling date showing at least 150 m of downdip continuity along 550 m of strike.

 

YLP-0105 tested the Fi SW pegmatite approximately 500 m from its southern end and 250 m vertically below the surface, as well as 100 m and 200 m downdip, respectively, of YLP-0002 (0.34% Li2O over 34 m) and YLP-0003 (1.43% Li2O over 39 m). Drilling intersected seven, 3-13 m wide, pegmatites over 86 m of core length, for cumulative pegmatite total of 50 m, in addition to two more dykes scattered further up the hole. All nine dykes returned negligible grade (Table 1 and 2, Figure 9).

 

Figure 9 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi SW pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

Table 1 – Assay highlights for drill holes reported in this press release.

 

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Li2O% Dyke
YLP-0094 52 63 11 1.38 Shorty
YLP-0098 49 54 5 0.63 Ki
inc 51 53 2 1.25 Ki
and 70 83 13 1.27 Ki
YLP-0099 4 15 11 0.62 Echo
inc 5 7 2 0.98 Echo
and inc 11 15 4 0.96 Echo
YLP-0100 331 332 1 1.17 BIG East
YLP-0101 197 202 5 1.30 BIG East
and 206 208 2 0.59 BIG East
and 214 227 13 1.28 BIG East
YLP-0103 167 185 18 0.67 Shorty
inc 167 170 3 1.12 Shorty
and inc 174 178 4 1.31 Shorty
YLP-0105 No significant results Fi SW
YLP-0107 7 12 5 0.62 Echo
and 47 60 13 1.24 Echo
and 95 97 2 0.76 Echo

Drilling Progress Update

 

The Company has concluded its 2023 drill program at the Yellowknife Lithium Project with 34,238 m completed. Currently, LIFT has reported results from 108 out of 198 diamond drill holes (19,034 m).

 

General Statements

 

All eight holes described in this news release were drilled broadly perpendicular to the dyke orientation so that the true thickness of reported intercepts will range somewhere between 65-100% of the drilled widths. A collar header table is provided below.

 

Mineralogical characterization for the YLP pegmatites is in progress through hyperspectral core scanning and X-ray diffraction work. Visual core logging indicates that the predominant host mineral is spodumene whereas other significant non-lithium bearing phases include quartz and feldspar.

 

Table 2 – Drill collars table of reported drill holes in this press release

 

Drill Hole Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Depth (m) Dyke
YLP-0094 6,938,254 372,974 250 123 60 81 Shorty
YLP-0098 6,942,812 373,049 257 218 50 103 Ki
YLP-0099 6,922,642 439,362 282 217 50 216 Echo
YLP-0100 6,933,185 345,812 204 120 52 386 BIG East
YLP-0101 6,932,851 345,785 201 120 53 267 BIG East
YLP-0103 6,938,245 372,796 250 124 49 201 Shorty
YLP-0105 6,940,643 371,450 249 300 52 357 Fi SW
YLP-0107 6,922,665 439,248 302 215 45 156 Echo


QAQC

 

All drill core samples were collected under the supervision of LIFT employees and contractors. Drill core was transported from the drill platform to the core processing facility where it was logged, photographed, and split by diamond saw prior to being sampled. Samples were then bagged, and blanks and certified reference materials were inserted at regular intervals. Field duplicates consisting of quarter-cut core samples were also included in the sample runs. Groups of samples were placed in large bags, sealed with numbered tags in order to maintain a chain-of-custody, and transported from LIFT’s core logging facility to ALS Labs (“ALS”) laboratory in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

 

Sample preparation and analytical work for this drill program were carried out by ALS. Samples were prepared for analysis according to ALS method CRU31: individual samples were crushed to 70% passing through 2 mm (10 mesh) screen; a 1,000-gram sub-sample was rifle split (SPL-21) and then pulverized (PUL-32) such that 85% passed through 75 micron (200 mesh) screen. A 0.2-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was then dissolved in a sodium peroxide solution and analysed for lithium according to ALS method ME-ICP82b. Another 0.2-gram sub-sample of the pulverized material was analysed for 53 elements according to ALS method ME-MS89L. All results passed the QA/QC screening at the lab, all inserted standards and blanks returned results that were within acceptable limits.

 

Qualified Person

 

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding LIFT’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Ron Voordouw, Ph.D., P.Geo., Partner, Director Geoscience, Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd., and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101) and member in good standing with the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) (Geologist Registration number: L5245).

 

About LIFT

 

LIFT is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of lithium pegmatite projects located in Canada. The Company’s flagship project is the Yellowknife Lithium Project located in Northwest Territories, Canada. LIFT also holds three early-stage exploration properties in Quebec, Canada with excellent potential for the discovery of buried lithium pegmatites, as well as the Cali Project in Northwest Territories within the Little Nahanni Pegmatite Group.

 

Posted December 12, 2023

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