Vancouver, Canada - Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") or (the "Company") (TSX:MAW) (Frankfurt:MXR) (PINKSHEETS: MWSNF) announces results from the first 6 shallow drill holes completed with the low impact core sampler south of the Palokas prospect at the Rompas-Rajapalot gold project in Arctic Finland.
Mr Hudson, the Company's President & CEO, states, "The high degree of continuity and strike rate of blind, but near surface high grade gold mineralization intersected in these first shallow drill holes is an very encouraging start. Importantly, these results triple the drilled gold mineralized footprint at Palokas. Mineralization continues from surface and all mineralized sections remain open down dip. These are early days with our drilling testing no more than 20-30 metres vertically from surface, and more than 3.5 kilometres of strike potential at Rajapalot that remains to be tested."
This is the first time the Company has had the opportunity to drill across the entire Palokas trend at the Rajapalot project. Drilling commenced approximately 300 metres south of Palokas prospect where core sample results obtained within the last year have included 19.5 metres @ 7.4 g/t gold from 1.3 metres depth (see Mawson Press Releases October 03, 2013, October 16, 2013 and January 20, 2014). These blind gold discoveries were made under 4-5 metres of glacial till. This impressive hit rate for the start of the program validates gradient IP chargeability as a direct targeting tool for gold mineralization at Rajapalot. While higher grades form over thinner intervals of 1-3 metres, drill hole PRAJ0075, without applying a lower cut, intersected 15.6 metres @ 0.8 g/t gold from 12.4 metres and finished in mineralization. The holes reported all lie immediately up dip from a modelled strong VTEM electromagnetic anomaly. The average depth of holes reported is 29 metres. Uranium is consistently low grade through all holes drilled and averaged 20-30ppm uranium. A plan view of the core sampling results across Rajapalot, and cross sections from South Palokas are shown in Figures 1-3, while Tables 1 and 2 show full collar and summary assay information. Mineralization is hosted by altered pelitic, calcsilicate and mafic rocks with pervasive to incipient albite, amphiboles, hematite, pyrrhotite and pyrite.
Drilling was performed with a Company-owned and operated, hand portable, low impact rig, through 2-5 metres of glacial till overburden in the vicinity of gold bearing glacial boulders and subcrop. The plan is to drill within an area of 1.2 kilometres strike by up to 1.0 kilometre across strike. It is estimated between 25 sites will be tested until October 31, 2014 with drilling being undertaken 24 hours per day, 6 days a week. The maximum depth of each hole is approximately 40 metres, while the average of hole drilled to date is 29 metres depth. Initial results reported here are from 6 holes. A total of 12 holes have been drilled to date, with the next 6 holes located 1.1 kilometre SSW of Palokas. The true thickness of the mineralized interval is interpreted to be approximately 80% of the sampled thickness.
Mawson has completed biological mapping of all areas where drilling will take place, and worked together with all authorities to minimize its impacts, including the capture of all drill cuttings, reduction in total machine weight and the placement of walkways to reduce foot traffic.
About Mawson Resources Limited (TSX:MAW, FRANKFURT:MXR, PINKSHEETS:MWSNF)
Mawson Resources Limited is an exploration and development company. Mawson has distinguished itself as a leading Nordic Arctic exploration company with a focus on the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Finland.
The core sampling was undertaken by Mawson Staff who provided EW (25.2 mm) diameter core. Core recoveries were excellent and average close to 100% in fresh rock. After photographing and logging, core intervals averaging 1 metre in length were cut in half at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) core facilities in Rovaniemi, Finland. These half-core one metre samples weigh less than 0.7 kilograms. The remaining half core is retained on site for verification and reference purposes. Analytical samples were transported either commercial transport, or by Mawson personnel from site to ALS Chemex Ltd's laboratory in Piteå, Sweden. Samples were prepared at Piteå and sent to ALS Chemex Ltd's laboratory in Vancouver, Canada to be analyzed by Au-ICP21, GRA-21, ME-MS41u and ME-MS61u techniques. The QA/QC program of Mawson consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, with blanks at the beginning of each batch. In addition, ALS Chemex inserts a number of blanks and standards into the analytical process.
The qualified person for Mawson's Finnish projects, Mr Michael Hudson, President & CEO for Mawson and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining Metallurgy has reviewed and verified the contents of this release.
On behalf of the Board,
Forward Looking Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). All statements herein, other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding anticipated exploration activities and the intended financing are forward-looking statements. Although Mawson believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. Mawson cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, capital and other costs varying significantly from estimates, equipment failure, unexpected geological conditions, permitting, operational delays, environmental and safety risks, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mawson's most recent Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Mawson disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise.
Table 1: Collar Information from the hand portable low impact core sampler from the Palokas Prospect.
|HoleID||Easting||Northing||Till (m)||EOH (m)||Date Reported|
Table 2: Assay data from the hand portable low impact core sampler from the Palokas Prospect.
A lower cut of 0.5 g/t over 1 metre was applied.
|HOLEID||Summary Result||Comment||Date Reported|
|PRAJ0070||2.0m @ 9.1 g/t gold from 25.4 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0071||1.8m @ 1.0 g/t gold from 34.7 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0072||1.0m @ 14.8 g/t gold from 16.3 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0073||3.0m @ 5.1 g/t gold from 8.7 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0074||No significant results||Here|
|PRAJ0075||3.0m @ 2.8 g/t gold from 14.4 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0075||1.0m @ 0.5 g/t gold from 21.0 metres||Here|
|PRAJ0075||1.0m @ 1.3 g/t gold from 23.0 metres||Stopped in mineralization||Here|