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LIFT Intersects 26 m at 1.56% Li2O at its BIG East pegmatite, Yellowknife Lithium Project, NWT

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LIFT Intersects 26 m at 1.56% Li2O at its BIG East 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 BIG East, Echo, Shorty, & BIG West 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-0117:   26 m at 1.56% Li2O, (BIG East)
YLP-0129:   18 m at 0.95% Li2O, (BIG East)
  including:   4 m at 1.29% Li2O
  and including:   5 m at 1.13% Li2O
       
YLP-0128:   10 m at 1.24% Li2O, (Echo)
  and:   12 m at 0.69% Li2O
  including:   5 m at 1.20% Li2O
YLP-0126:   10 m at 1.00% Li2O, (Shorty)
  including:   4 m at 1.55% Li2O
       

 

Francis MacDonald, CEO of LIFT comments, “The continuity of high-grade spodumene mineralization at BIG East is really shaping up. Also, we’ve intersected the BIG East system in YLP-0129, which looks like a faulted offset of the pegmatite. This opens up additional strike length to the northeast. Drilling at Echo intersected two dykes > 10 m width that are shallowly dipping; we continue to be excited about the near-surface tonnage potential at Echo.”

 

Discussion of Results

This week’s drill results are for eight holes drilled on four different pegmatite complexes, with three holes reported from BIG East (YLP-0117, -0127, -0129), two holes each from Shorty (YLP-0119, -0126) and BIG West (YLP-0131, -0132), and one hole from Echo (YLP-0128). 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.

 

BIG East Pegmatite

The BIG East pegmatite complex comprises a corridor of parallel-trending dykes and dyke swarms that are generally north-northeast striking and dipping 55°-75° degrees to the west. The main dyke swarm is exposed for at least 1,300 m of strike length and ranges from 10-100 m wide whereas a smaller swarm, with ~400 m of along-strike continuity, is stepped out 400 m to the north-northwest to form an en échelon-like array with the main swarm.

 

YLP-0117 was designed to test the main swarm in the BIG East corridor, approximately 500 m from its southern mapped extent, and 150 m vertically beneath the surface, as well as 100 m downdip of previously released YLP-0121 (cumulative 34 m of pegmatite averaging 1.57% Li2O) and 150 m downdip of YLP-0043 (cumulative 39 m of pegmatite averaging 1.12% Li2O). Drilling intersected a single, 36 m wide, pegmatite dyke that returned an assay composite of 1.56% Li2O over 26 m.

 

YLP-0127 was drilled on the NNW step-out, approximately 100 m from its northern mapped extent and 50 m vertically beneath the surface. Drilling intersected an 18 m wide pegmatite dyke flanked by two 1-2 m wide dykes to the west, with all dykes returning negligible grades.

 

YLP-0129 was also drilled on this NNW step-out, approximately 50 m south of YLP-0127, 100 m from its southern mapped extent, and 50 m vertically beneath the surface. Drilling intersected a single 21 m wide pegmatite dyke that returned an assay composite of 0.95% Li2O over 18 m with subintervals that include 1.29% Li2O over 4 m and 1.13% Li2O over 5 m (Table 1 and 2, Figures 2, 3 & 4).

 

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

 

 Figure 3 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0117 with results as shown in the BIG East pegmatite dyke with a 26 m interval of 1.56% Li2O.

 

 Figure 4 – Cross-section illustrating YLP-0129 with results as shown in the BIG East pegmatite dyke with an 18 m interval of 0.95% Li2O.

 

Echo Pegmatite

The Echo pegmatite complex comprises a north-northwest trending corridor, at least 1,000 m in length and 450 m in width, with numerous trend-parallel and oblique (mostly northwest-trending) dykes. Individual dykes range from gently to steeply east dipping and are up to 25 m wide. The hole described below was collared into a part of the complex comprising three parallel, oblique-striking, and gently dipping pegmatite intervals (upper, mid, lower) that all merge, to the southeast, into a wider, more northwesterly-striking, and more steeply dipping dyke.

 

YLP-0128 tested the middle and lower dykes approximately 150 m from their northern mapped extent as well as, respectively, <25 m and 50 m vertically beneath the surface. Drilling intersected a 10 m wide middle dyke that returned an assay composite of 1.24% Li2O over 10 m as well as a 12 m wide lower dyke that assayed 0.69% Li2O over 12 m with a subinterval of 1.20% Li2O over 5 m (Table 1 & 2, Figures 5 & 6).

 

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

 

 Figure 6 – Cross-section of YLP-0128 which intersected the Echo pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 1.24% Li2O.

 

Shorty Pegmatite

 

The Shorty pegmatite is one of several dykes occurring within a north-of-northeast striking corridor. Drill intercepts of Shorty show that it in some places it is formed by a single 10-25 m wide dyke whereas elsewhere it comprises 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-0119 was designed to test the Shorty pegmatite approximately 300 m from its northern mapped extent and 200 m vertically beneath the surface, as well as 50 m downdip of YLP-0040 (1.26% Li2O over 8 m) and 150 m downdip of YLP-0048 (cumulative 22 m of pegmatite averaging 1.27% Li2O). Drilling intersected a single 22 m wide pegmatite dyke that returned negligible assays.

 

YLP-0126 was designed to test the Shorty pegmatite just 100 m from its southern mapped extent and 25 m vertically below the surface. Drilling intersected a 12 m wide pegmatite flanked by several 4 m wide dykes on either side, for cumulative pegmatite width of 28 m over 77 m of drill core. Assays from the thickest dyke returned a composite of 1.00% Li2O over 10 m, including 1.55% Li2O over 4 m, whereas the flanking dykes returned negligible grade (Table 1 and 2, Figures 7 & 8).

 

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

 

 Figure 8 –Cross-section of YLP-0126 which intersected the Shorty pegmatite dyke with a 10 m interval of 1.00% Li2O.

 

BIG West Pegmatite

This news release provides results for the first two holes drilled on the BIG West pegmatite complex, which comprises a northeast-trending corridor of parallel-trending dykes. This corridor is exposed for at least 1,500 m along strike and ranges from 70-150 m in width.

 

YLP-0131 tested the BIG West pegmatite approximately 150 m from its southern mapped extent and 150 m vertically below the surface. Drilling intersected a single 7 m wide pegmatite dyke that returned 0.50% Li2O over 7 m, including 1.26% Li2O over 2 m.

 

YLP-0132 was collared 200 m due north of YLP-0131 to test the BIG West pegmatite approximately 350 m from its southern mapped extent and 150-200 m vertically beneath the surface. Drilling intersected 2 m and 15 m wide pegmatite dykes between 208-232 m core depth, with both dykes returning negligible grades (Table 1 and 2, Figure 9).

 

Figure 9 – 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-0117   164 190 26 1.56 BIG East
YLP-0119   No significant results Shorty
YLP-0126
inc
  29 39 10 1.00 Shorty
  31 35 4 1.55 Shorty
YLP-0127   No significant results BIG East
YLP-0128
and
inc
  15 25 10 1.24 Echo
  52 64 12 0.69 Echo
  53 58 5 1.20 Echo
YLP-0129
inc
and inc
  59 77 18 0.95 BIG East
  59 63 4 1.29 BIG East
  66 71 5 1.13 BIG East
YLP-0131
inc
  186 193 7 0.50 BIG West
  188 190 2 1.26 BIG West
YLP0132   No significant results BIG West

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 132 out of 198 diamond drill holes (23,264 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.

 

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-0117 345,877 6,933,033 205 120 52 260 BIG East
YLP-0119 372,722 6,938,177 248 123 69 291 Shorty
YLP-0126 372,672 6,937,784 248 123 45 96 Shorty
YLP-0127 346,254 6,933,956 213 118 45 92 BIG East
YLP-0128 439,108 6,922,644 310 215 45 129 Echo
YLP-0129 346,227 6,933,915 211 120 45 95 BIG East
YLP-0131 653,544 6,932,965 204 118 45 236 BIG West
YLP-0132 653,582 6,933,152 202 118 48 257 BIG West

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 January 3, 2024

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