Talon Metals Corp. (TSX: TLO) is pleased to provide an update on the Tamarack Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project located in Minnesota, USA. The Tamarack Nickel Project comprises the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project.
Figure 1: Portion of Drill Hole 20TK0277 representing 39 meters (128 feet) of semi-massive sulphide mineralization grading 3.12% Ni, 1.60% Cu, 0.08% Co, 0.13 g/t Pd, 0.21 g/t Pt and 0.17 g/t Au (3.94% NiEq or 10.51% CuEq) starting at 346 meters
1 Where used in this news release NiEq% = Ni%+ Cu% x $3.00/$8.00 + Co% x $12.00/$8.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$8.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$8.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$8.00/22.04
2 Where used in this news release CuEq% = Cu%+ Ni% x $8.00/$3.00 + Co% x $12.00/$3.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$3.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$3.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$3.00/22.0
Table 1: Assay Results from Drill Hole 20TK0277
|#||(m)||(m)||(m)||Ni (%)||Cu (%)||Co (%)||Pd (g/t)||Pt (g/t)||Au (g/t)||NiEq
Length refers to drill hole length and not True Width.
True Width is unknown at the time of publication.
All samples were analysed by ALS Minerals. Nickel, copper, and cobalt grades were first analysed by a 4-acid digestion and ICP AES (ME-MS61). Grades reporting greater than 0.25% Ni and/or 0.1% Cu, using ME-MS61, trigger a sodium peroxide fusion with ICP-AES finish (ICP81). Platinum, palladium and gold are initially analyzed by a 50g fire assay with an ICP-MS finish (PGM-MS24). Any samples reporting >1g/t Pt or Pd trigger an over-limit analysis by ICP-AES finish (PGM-ICP27) and any samples reporting >1g/t Au trigger an over-limit analysis by AAS (Au-AA26).
NiEq% = Ni%+ Cu% x $3.00/$8.00 + Co% x $12.00/$8.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$8.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$8.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$8.00/22.04
CuEq% = Cu%+ Ni% x $8.00/$3.00 + Co% x $12.00/$3.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$3.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$3.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$3.00/22.0
No adjustments were made for recovery or payability.
“The story with drill hole 20TK0277 is really about higher than expected grades and length,” said Brian Goldner, Vice President of Exploration for Talon. “Based upon historical drilling, we were expecting grades of between 1.2% and 1.8% nickel, but instead intersected grades above 3% nickel in the higher grade core portion of the drill hole. Additionally, we were not expecting to hit mineralization in the lower portion of the semi-massive sulphide unit starting at about 400 meters (referred to below as the Lower SMSU).”
Brian Goldner added: “All told, this single drill hole is expected to have a significant impact on the Tamarack Nickel Project, as it is expected to increase the grade and length of the semi-massive sulphide unit, which could ultimately translate into improved economics for the Tamarack Nickel Project. Going forward, we plan to follow-up this drill hole with further drilling to the east to see just how much larger the semi-massive sulphide unit can get. A drill rig has already been mobilized to this area, as this has become another priority for us.”
Talon is pleased to announce the results from its recent intersection of semi-massive and disseminated sulphide mineralization in drill hole 20TK0277 at the Tamarack Nickel Project.
The initial purpose of drill hole 20TK0277 was to grow the Tamarack Nickel Project’s current resource towards the north, while aiming to reduce the timeline to production (see press release from February 9, 2021) by drilling an open area (25 meters east of historical drill hole 08TK0089) within the upper portion of the semi-massive sulphide unit (see Figure 3). While the Company was targeting mineralization in the Upper SMSU, the Company did not expect to intersect mineralization within the lower portion of the semi-massive sulphide unit, which starts at approximately 401.5 meters (see Figure 3).
In the Company’s previous press release dated February 9, 2021, the Company reported intersecting 110.65 (363 feet) meters of nickel-copper mineralization. However, as a positive development, the assays actually resulted in 27.53 meters (90.32 feet) more of nickel-copper mineralization than expected, with a total of 138.18 meters (453.35 feet) of semi-massive and disseminated sulphide mineralization grading 1.66% Ni, 1.02% Cu, 0.04% Co, 0.21 g/t Pd, 0.36 g/t Pt and 0.21 g/t Au (2.26% NiEq or 6.03% CuEq) starting at 317.5 meters. This positive differential in length of mineralization can be attributed to the Company’s initial visual estimation of sulphides as compared to the actual assay results, which more precisely indicate how much metal is in the rock.
The results from this drill hole increase the length of mineralization within the Upper SMSU towards the east of the current resource, as well as the higher-grade core within the Upper SMSU. These results also expand of the Lower SMSU by approximately 30 meters to the north.
In summary, this drill hole, which was initially designed to increase confidence in the resource with the aim of advancing the project towards production, is now expected to add significant tonnage and grade to the Lower SMSU and Upper SMSU. The results from this drill hole will also necessitate follow-up drilling to the east so the Company can assess just how much larger the semi-massive sulphide unit can get.
Figure 2: Plan view of the Tamarack Nickel Project’s resource area showing the location of new drill hole 20TK00277 within the SMSU
Figure 3: Cross-section (25 meters thick) looking north showing the location of drill hole 20TK0277 relative to drill hole 08TK0089, within the Semi-Massive Sulphide Unit (SMSU)
QUALITY ASSURANCE, QUALITY CONTROL AND QUALIFIED PERSONS
Please see the technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) #3 of the Tamarack North Project – Tamarack, Minnesota” with an effective date of January 8, 2021 prepared by independent “Qualified Persons” (as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 Leslie Correia (Pr. Eng), Andre-Francois Gravel (P. Eng.), Tim Fletcher (P. Eng.), Daniel Gagnon (P. Eng.), David Ritchie (P. Eng.), Oliver Peters (P. Eng.), Volodymyr Liskovych (P.Eng.), Andrea Martin (P. E.) and Brian Thomas (P. Geo.) for information on the QA/QC, analytical and testing procedures at the Tamarack Project. Copies are available on the Company’s website (www.talonmetals.com) or on SEDAR at (www.sedar.com). The laboratory used is ALS Minerals who is independent of the Company.
Lengths are drill intersections and not necessarily true widths. True widths cannot be consistently calculated for comparison purposes between holes because of the irregular shapes of the mineralized zones. Drill intersections have been independently selected by Talon. Drill composites have been independently calculated by Talon. The geological interpretations in this news release are solely those of the Company.
The locations and distances highlighted on all maps in this news release are approximate.
Dr. Etienne Dinel, Vice President, Geology of Talon, is a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101. Dr. Dinel is satisfied that the analytical and testing procedures used are standard industry operating procedures and methodologies, and he has reviewed, approved and verified the technical information disclosed in this news release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information.
Talon is a TSX-listed base metals company in a joint venture with Rio Tinto on the high-grade Tamarack Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project located in Minnesota, USA, comprised of the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project. Talon has an earn-in to acquire up to 60% of the Tamarack Project. The Tamarack Project comprises a large land position (18km of strike length) with numerous high-grade intercepts outside the current resource area. Talon is focused on expanding its current high-grade nickel mineralization resource prepared in accordance with NI 43-101; identifying additional high-grade nickel mineralization; and developing a process to potentially produce nickel sulphates responsibly for batteries for the electric vehicles industry. Talon has a well-qualified exploration and mine management team with extensive experience in project management.
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