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LIFT intersects 19 m at 1.31% Li2O at its Fi Southwest pegmatite & 23 m at 1.03% Li2O at its Echo pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

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LIFT intersects 19 m at 1.31% Li2O at its Fi Southwest pegmatite & 23 m at 1.03% 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 Fi Southwest, BIG West, Nite, & Echo pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). Drilling intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:

 

Highlights:

  • YLP-0200: 19 m at 1.31% Li2O, (Fi Southwest)
  • YLP-0203: 13 m at 1.24% Li2O, (Echo)

 

and:  1 m at 0.51% Li2O

  • YLP-0205:  8 m at 1.39% Li2O, (Echo)

 

and:  7 m at 0.96% Li2O

 

and:  8 m at 0.73% Li2O

  • YLP-0198:  3 m at 1.13% Li2O, (Nite)

 

and:  10 m at 0.72% Li2O

 

including:  3 m at 1.20% Li2O

  • YLP-0188:  1 m at 1.02% Li2O, (BIG West)

 

Discussion of Results

 

This news release provides results for eight holes drilled for 1,116 m as part of the 2024 and 2023 exploration programs. These results include holes drilled on the Fi Southwest, Nite, Echo, and BIG West pegmatite complexes. 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.

 

Dave Smithson, SVP, Geology of LIFT comments, “The Fi Southwest continues to return robust intercepts of mineralization with hole 203 drilling 19 m at 1.31% Li2O. Drilling on the Fi Southwest has defined 900 m of shallow mineralization to date, so we are very excited to continue to step-out from these numbers to depth. Drilling at the northwest end of Echo also continued to return grade and width this week with hole 200 returning an impressive 13 m of 1.2% Li2O, 350 m from 13 m of 1.24% Li2O, 13 m of 1.48% Li2O and 11 m of 1.42% Li2O drilled in 2023.”

 

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far focused on the Near Field 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.

 

The Fi SW dyke strikes over at least 1.1 km on surface with an average outcropping width of approximately 20 m. The dyke dips between 60°-80° to the east-southeast and trends towards the north-northeast. Drilling of Fi SW show 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.

 

YLP-0200 tested the Fi SW pegmatite approximately 250 m from its northern mapped extent and 50 m below the surface, and in between sections located 50 m north and 50 m south that, from 2023 drilling, returned intersections of 1.0-1.5% Li2O over 20-25 m to approximately 200 m depth. New drilling intersected a single 26 m pegmatite that returned 1.31% Li2O over 19 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 3).

 

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

 

 Figure 3 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0200 with results as shown in the Fi Southwest pegmatite dyke with a 19 m interval of 1.31% Li2O.

 

Echo Pegmatite

 

The Echo pegmatite complex comprises a steeply dipping, northwest-trending, feeder dyke that splits into a fanning splay of moderate- to gently dipping dykes at its northwest end. The dyke complex has a total strike length of over 1.0 km with individual dykes up to 25 m wide. The holes described below were collared on the fanning splay part of the complex that consists of several subparallel moderate to shallow dipping dykes.

 

YLP-0202 tested the northwestern fanning splay of the Echo complex, within 100 m of its mapped extent, <25 m below the surface, as well as 50 and 100 m along strike from YLP-0203 and 0205 respectively (see below) and 200 m along strike from previously released YLP-0128 (1.24% Li2O over 10 m and 0.69% Li2O over 12 m). Drilling intersected a 10 m dyke flanked by 1-3 m wide dykes for cumulative 14 m pegmatite over 25 m of core. Assays returned composites of 0.90% Li2O over 3 m and 0.50% Li2O over 7 m, the latter including a 2 m interval that returned 1.32% Li2O.

 

YLP-0203 was collared 50 m east of YLP-0202 to test the same dyke system at 25-50 m below the surface. Drilling intersected a 15 m dyke and a 10 m dyke separated by 16 m of country rock, with the upper and thickest dyke returning an assay composite of 1.24% Li2O over 13 m. The lower dyke returned a wall-to-wall composite of 0.21% Li2O over 10 m that includes one metre of 0.51% Li2O.

 

YLP-0205 was collared halfway between YLP-0202 and YLP-0128 to test the Echo dyke fan at 50 m beneath the surface. Drilling intersected two clusters of dykes that are separated by ~20 m of country rock; the upper group consists of four dykes between 2-8 m in width for cumulative 25 m of pegmatite in 56 m of core whereas the lower group consists of two dykes that are each 2 metres wide and separated by 6 m of country rock. Assays from the upper group of dykes returned composites of 1.39% Li2O over 8 m, 0.96% Li2O over 7 m, and 0.73% Li2O over 8 m for a combined 23 m of pegmatite at 1.03% Li2O. The lower group returned negligible grades (Table 1 & 2, Figures 4 & 5).

 

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

 

 Figure 5 – Cross-section of YLP-0203 which intersected the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 13 m interval of 1.24% Li2O.

 

Nite Pegmatite

 

The Nite pegmatite complex comprises a north-northeast trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes that is exposed for at least 1.4 km of strike length and dips approximately 50°-70° to the east. The northern part of this complex consists of a main dyke flanked by one or more thinner dykes whereas the southern part comprises a fanning splay of 5-10 thinner dykes that is up to 200 m wide.

 

YLP-0193 explored the Nite pegmatite approximately 700 m from its northern end and 150 m beneath the surface, as well as 100 m downdip of previously released YLP-0138 (1.51% Li2O over 12 m) and 100 m up-dip of YLP-0195 (1.00% Li2O over 15 m). Drilling intersected two groups of dykes separated by 30 m of country rock; an upper group of two dykes summing to 6 m of pegmatite over 9 m of core and a lower group of five dykes totaling 24 m of pegmatite over 44 m. Notable assays were returned for 3 of 5 dykes in the lower group, including 1.01% Li2O over 8 m, 0.72% Li2O over 1 m, and 0.56% Li2O over 1 m.

 

YLP-0196 was drilled on a section 100 m north of YLP-0193 to test the Nite pegmatite 50 m beneath the surface and 100 m up-dip of YLP-0198 (described below). Drilling intersected three dykes between 5-10 m in width for cumulative 21 m of pegmatite over 40 m of drill core. The upper-most and widest of these dykes returned 0.51% Li2O over 10 m that includes two higher-grade intervals of 1.0-1.1% Li2O over 2 m. The two lower dykes returned 0.70% Li2O over 6 m (including 1.12% Li2O over 3 m) and 0.59% Li2O over 1 m.

 

YLP-0198 was drilled 100 m downdip of YLP-0196 (see above) and intersected three 2-10 m wide dykes spaced 8-11 m apart for cumulative 22 m of pegmatite over 38 m of core. The two lower dykes each returned composites of 0.4-0.7% Li2O over 10 m that also each includes a 3 m interval of 1.1-1.2% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figures 6 & 7).

 

Figure 6 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Nite pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

 Figure 7 – Cross-section of YLP-0193 which intersected the Nite pegmatite dyke with an 8 m interval of 1.01% Li2O.

 

BIG West Pegmatite

 

The BIG West pegmatite complex comprises a northeast-trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes that is exposed for at least 1.5 km along strike and is steeply west dipping to subvertical. The complex is bound by two relatively continuous dyke structures that are 50-100 m apart in the northern half of the corridor and 150 m apart in the south. These dykes are here referred to as the east- (EB) and west-bounding (WB) dykes. Three of the holes reported here are the most northerly drilled on this complex.

 

YLP-0188 was collared on the transition between more widely and closely spaced EB and WB dykes, approximately 600 m from the southern mapped extent of the BIG West complex. Drilling was designed to test the BIG West corridor at 50-100 m beneath the surface and intersected three groups of 1-9 m wide pegmatite spaced 29-36 m apart. Assay results are generally negligible except a sample from one of the middle group dykes that returned 1.02% Li2O over 1 m (Table 1 & 2, Figure 8).

 

Figure 8 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West pegmatite with diamond drill hole 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-0188 56 57 1 1.02 BIG West
YLP-0193 196 197 1 0.56 Nite
and   207 208 1 0.72
and   213 221 8 1.01
YLP-0196 72 82 10 0.51 Nite
inc   73 75 2 1.05
inc   79 81 2 1.02
and   94 95 1 0.59
and   106 112 6 0.70
inc   107 110 3 1.12
YLP-0198 190 193 3 1.13 Nite
and   207 217 10 0.72
inc   211 214 3 1.20
YLP-0200 50 69 19 1.31 Fi SW
YLP-0202 3 6 3 0.90 Echo
and   11 18 7 0.50
inc   14 16 2 1.32
YLP-0203 16 29 13 1.24 Echo
and   51 52 1 0.51
YLP-0205 24 32 8 1.39 Echo
and   44 51 7 0.96
and   72 80 8 0.73

 

General Statements

 

All eight 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.

 

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

 

Drill Hole NAD83 Easting Northing Elevation (m) Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Depth (m)              Dyke
YLP-0188 Zone 11 653,870 6,933,284 212 115 45 158   BIG West
YLP-0193 Zone 11 647,569 6,936,261 213 298 48 237   Nite
YLP-0196 Zone 11 647,545 6,936,408 204 298 45 128   Nite
YLP-0198 Zone 11 647,638 6,936,351 206 298 50 251   Nite
YLP-0200 Zone 12 371,409 6,940,953 250 302 45 102   Fi SW
YLP-0202 Zone 12 438,904 6,922,693 295 215 45 42   Echo
YLP-0203 Zone 12 438,957 6,922,687 299 215 45 72   Echo
YLP-0205 Zone 12 439,014 6,922,680 304 215 45 126   Echo

 

QA/QC & Core Sampling Protocols

 

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 riffle 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 March 8, 2024

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