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LIFT intersects 25 m at 1.21% Li2O at its Shorty pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

 

 

 

 

 

Li-FT Power Ltd. (TSX-V: LIFT) (OTCQX: LIFFF) (Frankfurt: WS0) is pleased to report assays from 13 drill holes completed at the Shorty, Ki, Echo, BIG East, Fi SW, Nite, and BIG West pegmatites within the Yellowknife Lithium Project located outside the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Figure 1). These drill results are the final batch of results from the winter 2024 drill program. Drilling intersected significant intervals of spodumene mineralization, with the following highlights:

 

Highlights:

  • YLP-0284: 25 m at 1.21% Li2O, (Shorty)
            and:        18 m at 1.41% Li2O
    and:        10 m at 1.00% Li2O
    and:         5 m at 1.76% Li2O
  • YLP-0272: 13 m at 1.05% Li2O, (Ki)
    including:        8 m at 1.43% Li2O

 

Discussion of Results

 

This news release provides results for 12 drill holes from LIFT’s 2024 winter drilling program and one hole from the 2023 summer drilling. Holes are reported from seven different pegmatite complexes that include Shorty, Ki, Echo, BIG East, Fi SW, Nite, and BIG West. 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.

 

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “With this being the last drill results press release for a while, I would like to commend the team for operating a successful winter drill program. LIFT has drilled approximately 50,000 meters in the last 12 months and has shown the scale of the Yellowknife Lithium Project. We look forward to reporting a maiden resource estimate in the next months and also metallurgical test work.”

 

Figure 1 – Location of LIFT’s Yellowknife Lithium Project. Drilling has been thus far mainly 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, and advancing to the Echo target, the first drilling in the Further Afield Group.

 

Shorty Pegmatite

 

The Shorty pegmatite is formed by several sub-parallel dykes that, together, define a pegmatite-bearing corridor that is at least 1.4 km long, up to 100 m wide, north-northeast striking, and dips 50°-70° to the west. The corridor itself consists of both country rock and pegmatite, with pegmatite occurring in either a single 10-40 m wide dyke or as 2-4 dykes with a similar cumulative width spread over 50-100 m.

 

YLP-0284 was collared within a few meters of the lease boundary to test one of the thicker dykes within the Shorty corridor on a center approximately 75 m below the surface and 25 m downdip of previously released YLP-0283 (1.32% Li2O over 35 m). New drilling intersected 47 m of pegmatite split by 7 m of country rock as well as a 10 m wide dyke ~30 m further down the hole. The thick pegmatite interval returned composites of 1.41% Li2O over 18 m and 1.21% Li2O over 25 m whereas the lower one returned a wall-to-wall composite of 1.00% Li2O that includes 5 m of 1.76% Li2O. These intersections indicate that spodumene mineralization widens in the down-dip direction from YLP-0283 to 0284 and is open below that as well as along strike to the north-northeast (Table 1 & 2, Figures 2 & 3).

 

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

 

 Figure 3 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0284 with results as shown in the Shorty pegmatite dyke with a 25 m interval of 1.21% Li2O.

 

Ki Pegmatite

 

The Ki pegmatite complex comprises a north-northwest trending corridor of dykes that extends for at least 1.3 km on surface and dips steeply to the southwest. The southern part of the corridor consists mostly of one large dyke and several narrower flanking dykes that sum to a constant pegmatite width of around 25 m. The northern part consists of two relatively thick dykes that are between 50-150 m apart, with the western dyke comprising the northern extension of the Ki dyke and the more eastern dyke referred to as Perlis.

 

YLP-0272 was drilled to test the western part of the Ki corridor at approximately 50 m below the surface and 75-100 m up-dip of previously released YLP-0278 (0.51% Li2O over 5 m), as well as 50 m south and along strike of previously released YLP-0274 (1.16% Li2O over 11 m). New drilling intersected the Ki dyke (13 m wide) and several subsidiary dykes that are 1-3 m wide, with the Ki dyke returning a wall-to-wall composite of 1.05% Li2O that includes 8 m of 1.43% Li2O. Together with YLP-0274, this result defines a new spodumene deposit in the western part of the Ki corridor that is open at depth and along strike to the north-northwest (Table 1 & 2, Figures 4 & 5).

 

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

 

 Figure 5 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0272 with results as shown in the Ki pegmatite dyke with a 13 m interval of 1.05% Li2O.

 

YLP-0269 was drilled on a section 50 m south of the section with YLP-0272/0278, to test the Ki corridor from 10-150 m vertically beneath the surface. Over 185 m of core length, drilling intersected the Ki dyke (15 m wide) as well as 10 other dykes between 1-6 m wide and separated from each other by 3-67 m of country rock. The Ki dyke returned composites of 0.55% Li2O over 2 m and 0.50% Li2O over 3 m whereas the other 10 dykes all returned assays <0.1% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 4).

 

YLP-0265 was drilled on a section 50 m south of YLP-0269 to test the Ki corridor at 50-75 m below the surface as well as 50 m downdip of previously released YLP-0261 (0.56% Li2O over 3 m) and 50-75 m up-dip of YLP-0276. New drilling intersected an 80 m wide corridor with seven pegmatite dykes between 1-12 m in width in addition to a 6 m wide dyke a further 82 m down the hole that is likely the Perlis dyke. Two of the wider dykes within the corridor returned composites of 0.45% Li2O over 2 m and 0.45% Li2O over 4 m whereas all other dykes, including Perlis, returned assays <0.2% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 4).

 

YLP-0276 stepped back 125 m from YLP-0265 to test the Ki corridor on the same section down to 250 m below the surface. Drilling intersected five pegmatite corridors that are each separated by 40-60 m of country rock, with each interval hosting 2-17 m of pegmatite spread over 1-3 dykes and 2-20 m of drill core. The two intervals with the thickest pegmatite likely correspond to the Ki and Perlis dykes and returned, respectively, composites of 0.56% Li2O over 8 m (including 1.17% Li2O over 3 m) and 0.46% Li2O over 2 m (Table 1 & 2, Figure 4).

 

Echo Pegmatite

 

The Echo pegmatite complex comprises a steeply dipping, northwest-trending, feeder dyke (“Echo feeder”) that splits into a fanning splay of moderate to gently dipping dykes for 0.5 km to the northwest (“Echo splay”). The dyke complex has a total strike length of over 1.0 km. The feeder dyke is 5-15 m wide whereas the gently dipping dykes in the splay are locally up to 25 m thick. Two of the three holes reported here were drilled on the splay and one was drilled in the zone where the splay merges with the feeder.

 

YLP-0277 was drilled on a section located 400 m from where the Echo splay merges with the feeder, testing the splay down to 150 m below the surface and in between previously released YLP-0281 (1.09% Li2O over 33 m from three intervals spaced a total of 163 m apart) and YLP-0279 (no significant results). New drilling intersected a 32 m wide pegmatite dyke that is centered at 75 m below the surface in addition to several thinner dykes. The thick dyke returned a composite of 0.48% Li2O over 26 m that includes three higher-grade subintervals averaging 0.9-1.2% Li2O over 2-5 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 6 & 7).

 

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

 

 Figure 7 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0277 with results as shown in the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 26 m interval of 0.48% Li2O.

 

YLP-0270 was drilled to test the Echo splay approximately 200 m from where it merges with the feeder, down to 225 m vertically beneath the surface, and between previously released YLP-0120 (0.60% Li2O over 24 m) to the southwest and YLP-0273 (no significant results), which was drilled from the same location as YLP-0270 but at a steeper inclination. New drilling intersected three intervals of pegmatite each separated by ~75 m country rock, with each interval comprising one to three dykes with a cumulative width of 2-14 m. All assays returned <0.1% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 6).

 

YLP-0266 was drilled within the area where the Echo splay merges with the feeder, as well as on section with and stepped back 80 m from previously released YLP-0099 (0.62% Li2O over 11 m). New drilling intersected three dykes within 100 m of the surface, all of which are just 2-3 m wide and returned negligible grades (Table 1 & 2, Figure 6).

 

Nite Pegmatite

 

The Nite pegmatite complex is exposed along 1.4 km of strike length as a swarm of parallel-trending dykes that occur within a north-northeast striking corridor dipping ~50°-70° degrees to the east. The northern part of this complex consists of a 5-15 m thick dyke flanked by one or more 1-5 m dykes whereas the southern part comprises a fanning splay of 5-10 thin dykes within a 200 m wide corridor.

 

YLP-0286 was the last hole drilled as part of the 2024 winter program, is the most southerly hole drilled on the Nite complex and is the hole nearest the structural transition from the narrower northern part to the wider southern part. This hole was designed to test the Nite corridor at 50-75 m below the surface as well as 50 m southwest and along strike of previously released YLP-0142 (1.47% Li2O over 10 m). New drilling intersected a 63 m wide corridor with 30 m of pegmatite spread over six dykes between 1-17 m in width. The thickest two dykes returned wall-to-wall composites of 0.53% Li2O over 17 m (including 4 m of 1.56% Li2O) and 0.91% Li2O over 6 m. This result indicates that the Nite complex is open at depth and along strike to the south-southwest (Table 1 & 2, Figures 8 & 9).

 

Figure 8 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Nite pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

 Figure 9 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0286 with results as shown in the Nite pegmatite dyke with a 17 m interval of 0.53% Li2O.

 

BIG East Pegmatite

 

The BIG East pegmatite complex comprises a north-northeast trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes that is exposed for at least 1.8 km of strike length, ranges from 10-100 m wide, and dips approximately 55°-75° degrees to the west.

 

YLP-0264 was drilled near the northern mapped extent of the BIG East pegmatite to test this corridor at 50 m below the surface and 25 m up-dip of previously released YLP-0267 (0.47% Li2O over 12 m). New drilling intersected 10 m and 13 m wide pegmatite dykes separated by 24 m of country rock and with all assays returning <0.1% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 10).

 

YLP-0268 is the northern-most hole drilled on the BIG East corridor and was collared on a section that is 50 m north and along strike of the section with YLP-0264/0267. Drilling intersected a 15 m wide pegmatite dyke centered at approximately 65 m vertically beneath the surface as well as several flanking dykes between 1-5 m in width. The wider dyke returned three 1 m assays grading between 0.3-0.5% Li2O whereas the flanking dykes returned <0.1% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 10).

 

Figure 10 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG East pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

Fi Southwest Pegmatite

 

The Fi Southwest (SW) pegmatite is exposed over at least 1.1 km on surface and occurs within a broader corridor that is 50-100 m wide and dips between 60°-80° to the east. The complex is cored by a 20-40 m wide main dyke that is continuous for at least 800 m along strike, with numerous sub-parallel subsidiary dykes between 1-5 m in width. At its northern and southern ends, the main dyke splays out into a broader corridor with more dykes that have narrower widths.

 

YLP-0209 was drilled to test the northern splay of the Fi SW complex down to 175 m vertically and in between previously released YLP-0201 and YLP-0215 (both no significant results). Drilling intersected a 90 m interval, centered on 125 m vertical depth, with 13 m of pegmatite spread over five between 1-4 m wide. All assays returned <0.2% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 11).

 

Figure 11 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the Fi Southwest pegmatite with diamond drill holes reported in this press release.

 

BIG West Pegmatite

 

The BIG West pegmatite complex comprises a north-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 northern part of the complex consists of a single corridor approximately 50-75 m wide whereas in the south this single corridor splits into upper and lower pegmatite zones approximately 125 m apart.

 

YLP-0175 is the last hole reported from the 2023 summer program and was designed to test the southern part of the BIG West corridor at a vertical depth of 250 m below the surface as well as 75-100 m downdip of previously released YLP-0170 (0.76% Li2O over 1 m). Drilling intersected the upper pegmatite as a single 7 m wide dyke with all assays returning <0.2% Li2O (Table 1 & 2, Figure 12).

 

Figure 12 – Plan view showing the surface expression of the BIG West 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-0175 No significant result BIG West
YLP-0209 No significant result Fi SW
YLP-0264 No significant result BIG East
YLP-0265 71 73 2 0.45 Ki
and 86 90 4 0.45 Ki
YLP-0266 No significant result Echo
YLP-0268 No significant result BIG East
YLP-0269 69 71 2 0.55 Ki
and 75 78 3 0.50 Ki
YLP-0270 No significant result Echo
YLP-0272 56 69 13 1.05 Ki
inc 58 66 8 1.43 Ki
YLP-0276 147 155 8 0.56 Ki
inc 150 153 3 1.17 Ki
and 218 220 2 0.46 Ki
YLP-0277 86 112 26 0.48 Echo
inc 86 88 2 0.90 Echo
and inc 98 103 5 1.17 Echo
and inc 109 112 3 0.98 Echo
YLP-0284 52 70 18 1.41 Shorty
and 77 102 25 1.21 Shorty
and 131 141 10 1.00 Shorty
inc 133 138 5 1.76 Shorty
YLP-0286 76 93 17 0.53 Nite
inc 82 86 4 1.56 Nite
and 111 117 6 0.91 Nite

 

Drilling Progress Update

 

The Company concluded its winter drill program at the Yellowknife Lithium Project with a combined total of 286 diamond drill holes (49,548 m) completed between the summer and winter programs.

 

General Statements

 

All 13 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.

 

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

 

Drill Hole NAD83 Easting Northing Elevation (m) Depth (m) Azimuth (°) Dip (°) Dyke
YLP-0175 Zone 11N 653,486 6,933,091 201 332 118 51 BIG West
YLP-0209 Zone 12N 371,597 6,941,115 249 240 302 50 Fi SW
YLP-0264 Zone 12N 346,308 6,933,466 197 89 121 45 BIG East
YLP-0265 Zone 12N 373,002 6,942,897 255 219 57 45 Ki
YLP-0266 Zone 12N 439,402 6,922,716 276 150 215 59 Echo
YLP-0268 Zone 12N 346,313 6,933,525 197 86 121 45 BIG East
YLP-0269 Zone 12N 372,999 6,942,956 255 201 58 54 Ki
YLP-0270 Zone 12N 439,348 6,922,810 277 306 215 60 Echo
YLP-0272 Zone 12N 373,002 6,943,008 254 87 60 67 Ki
YLP-0276 Zone 12N 372,895 6,942,828 253 360 59 45 Ki
YLP-0277 Zone 12N 439,159 6,922,882 277 207 215 56 Echo
YLP-0284 Zone 12N 372,957 6,938,377 251 257 124 88 Shorty
YLP-0286 Zone 11N 647,396 6,936,148 207 132 300 45 Nite

 

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 June 11, 2024

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