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Lithium Ionic drills best intercept to date at Salinas; 1.13% Li2O over 28m and 1.60% Li2O over 12m, incl. 2.00% Li2O over 8m, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Lithium Ionic drills best intercept to date at Salinas; 1.13% Li2O over 28m and 1.60% Li2O over 12m, incl. 2.00% Li2O over 8m, Minas Gerais, Brazil






Lithium Ionic Corp. (TSX-V: LTH) (OTCQX: LTHCF) (FSE: H3N) reports results from the ongoing drilling program at the Salinas Lithium Project, located approximately 100 kilometres north of its Itinga group of properties which hosts the Feasibility-stage Bandeira lithium project and the Outro Lado lithium deposit (see press releases dated October 19, 2023 and June 27, 2023) (See location map, Figure 1). The Company’s landholdings of 14,182 hectares are situated within the lithium-rich Araçuaí Pegmatite District, also known as the “Lithium Valley”, in northern Minas Gerais State, Brazil, where two lithium producers currently operate.


The Company is actively working towards establishing an initial NI 43-101 resource estimate at Salinas in 2024. With four drill rigs currently operating, the team is focused on continuing to test and delineate multiple outcropping spodumene-rich pegmatite bodies. Approximately 24,000 metres (99 holes) have been completed at Salinas since drilling began in May 2023.


Salinas Drill Intercept Highlights:

  • 1.13% Li2O over 27.6m, including 1.34% Li2O over 9m representing a new record high intercept at Salinas from a grade X width perspective at one of the most scarcely drilled targets on the property (hole BGDD-23-109)
  • 1.60% Li2O over 11.9m, including 2.00% Li2O over 8m near surface, from 63m (hole BGDD-23-097)
  • 1.45% Li2O over 9.8m near surface, from 28.7m (hole BGDD-23-079)
  • 1.34% Li2O over 10m from 85m (hole BGDD-23-092)
  • 1.35% Li2O over 9m (hole BGDD-23-088)


Blake Hylands, P.Geo., Chief Executive Officer of Lithium Ionic, commented, “The latest drill results from Salinas, particularly our new record intercept, not only strengthens our confidence but also highlights the substantial potential of this developing asset. As we steadily progress towards an initial resource estimate on this property, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Salinas could emerge as a significant contributor to both the size and scale of the overall lithium resources we are delineating in this belt.”


Lithium Ionic acquired the Salinas group of properties in early 2023 from Neolit Minerals Participações Ltda. (“Neolit”; see press release dated March 13, 2023) and began selectively drilling the area in May 2023, following up on a 4,000-metre, 24-hole, drill program completed by the previous owner which yielded excellent results, including highlights of 1.53% Li2O over 11.4m, 1.22% Li2O over 13.8m, 1.71% Li2O over 9.8m and 1.19% Li2O over 13.4m. On July 25, 2023, the Company reported initial results from its drilling program at Salinas, including highlights of 1.38% Li2O over 16m, 1.60% Li2O over 12m, 1.55% Li2O over 9m, 1.26% Li2O over 11m and 1.34% Li2O over 10m.


 Figure 1. Salinas Lithium Project Location & Drill Intercept Highlights


Table 1. Salinas Drill Results


Hole ID Az Dip From To Metres Li2O (%)
BGDD-23-059 0 -90 32.78 34.54 1.76 1.23
BGDD-23-061 310 -60 168.62 171.62 3.00 1.02
BGDD-23-063 310 -60 230.30 233.30 3.00 0.72
BGDD-23-067 310 -65 136.35 138.14 1.79 1.04
BGDD-23-071 310 -85 212.75 216.75 4.00 2.02
BGDD-23-074 310 -85 141.44 144.44 3.00 1.22
and 148.44 150.44 2.00 2.51
BGDD-23-076 310 -60 79.33 82.33 3.00 1.68
BGDD-23-079 310 -60 28.67 38.45 9.78 1.45
BGDD-23-081 0 -90 46.18 51.18 5.00 0.75
BGDD-23-083 0 -90 61.62 67.35 5.73 1.27
BGDD-23-084 310 -60 34.93 37.93 3.00 1.26
BGDD-23-085 310 -60 22.98 26.15 3.17 0.51
and 58.65 63.65 5.00 1.39
BGDD-23-088 310 -63 232.46 241.46 9.00 1.35
BGDD-23-091 310 -60 182.70 185.70 3.00 0.78
BGDD-23-092 310 -60 84.89 94.89 10.00 1.34
including 84.89 90.89 6.00 1.72
BGDD-23-097 310 -60 63.12 75.00 11.88 1.60
including 64.00 72.00 8.00 2.00
BGDD-23-109 130 -80 8.00 10.00 2.00 1.48
and 108.26 135.84 27.58 1.13
including 110.26 119.26 9.00 1.34
including 130.26 135.84 5.58 1.39

*No significant results/values (nsv) for holes BGDD-23-062, BGDD-23-064, BGDD-23-065, BGDD-23-066, BGDD-23-068, BGDD-23-069, BGDD-23-070, BGDD-23-075, BGDD-23-078, BGDD-23-086, BGDD-23-087, BGDD-23-089, BGDD-23-090 and BGDD-23-108.
**Holes BGDD-23-072, BGDD-23-073, BGDD-23-077, BGDD-23-080, BGDD-23-082 and BGDD-23-093 were not sampled.
***Assays pending for holes: BGDD-23-094 to BGDD-23-096 and BGDD-23-098 to BGDD-23-107


About Lithium Ionic Corp.


Lithium Ionic is a Canadian mining company exploring and developing its lithium properties in Brazil. Its Itinga and Salinas group of properties cover 14,182 hectares in the northeastern part of Minas Gerais state, a mining-friendly jurisdiction that is quickly emerging as a world-class hard-rock lithium district. Its Feasibility-stage Bandeira Project is situated in the same region as CBL’s Cachoeira lithium mine, which has produced lithium for +30 years, as well as Sigma Lithium Corp.’s Grota do Cirilo project, which hosts the largest hard-rock lithium deposit in the Americas.


Quality Assurance and Control


During the drill program, assay samples were taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half was sent for assaying at SGS Laboratory, a certified independent commercial laboratory, and the other half was retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples. Every sample was processed with Drying, crushing from 75% to 3 mm, homogenization, quartering in Jones, spraying 250 to 300 g of sample in steel mill 95% to 150. SGS laboratory carried out multi-element analysis for ICP90A analysis.


Qualified Persons


The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Carlos Costa, Vice President Exploration of Lithium Ionic and Blake Hylands, CEO and director of Lithium Ionic, who are both “qualified persons” as defined in NI 43-101.


The technical information relating to the historical exploration conducted by Neolit is historical in nature and has not been independently verified by Lithium Ionic. A qualified person, as defined in National Instrument 43-101, has not done sufficient work on behalf of Lithium Ionic to classify the historical drilling reported above as current mineral resources or mineral reserves and Lithium Ionic is not treating the historical drill results as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.


Posted December 7, 2023

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