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Monumental Minerals Completes Reconnaissance Exploration Program and Defines Drill Targets at Jemi Heavy Rare Earth Element Project, Mexico

2022-12-14 06:10:33

Results Include 0.43% Total Rare Earth Oxide And 0.17% Heavy Rare Earth Oxide, with several sample results pending

VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – Monumental Minerals Corp. (“Monumental” or the “Company“) (TSXV: MNRL) (FSE: BE5) (OTCQB: MNMRF) is pleased to provide an update on exploration at the Jemi rare earth element (REE) project (the “Project“) located in Coahuila, Mexico, about 40 km south of the Texas, USA border. Recent work has included mapping, lithogoechemistry, rock and stream sediment sampling.

A four-month exploration program was completed at Jemi from August 2022, with the objective to reduce the search space from approximately 800 hectares, as defined by an airborne radiometric and magnetic survey (see press release dated May 3, 2022), to the delineation of discreet drill targets. The program, which focused on the Jemi Dykes and Veladora North areas known to host peralkaline intrusion related REE mineralization, consisted of detailed geological mapping, regional stream sediment sampling, ground radiometric geophysical surveys, and lithogeochemical sampling.

To date, 37 whole-rock analytical results from rocks collected at the Jemi Dykes area have been received while results for 269 samples from Jemi Dykes and Veladora North areas are pending. Of the 37 samples, 11 (eleven) returned values greater than 0.15% total rare earth oxide (TREO1), including 6 samples that returned values greater than 0.23% TREO1 and up to 0.43% TREO1 (22KRP004) (Table 1).

Heavy rare earth oxide (HREO2) values (include dysprosium (Dy) and terbium (Tb)), ranged between 1614 parts per million (ppm) and 39 ppm in peralkaline pegmatites, averaging 447 ppm. Six samples exceeded 680 ppm, including three that exceeded 830 ppm (Table 1).

Light rare earth oxides (LREO3) values including neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr), returned values up to 0.26% and 0.23%, with values in trend with HREO2 concentrations suggesting similar REE-hosting phases in the peralkaline rock samples.

Dr. Jamil Sader, CEO and Director comments:

“Our exploration at the Jemi Dykes area of the Jemi Project has defined where Monumental will drill to delineate the rare earth, tantalum, and niobium bearing pegmatites. This program has de-risked the geological complexity and provides us with the confidence needed before moving to the next stage, which is drilling. We anticipate the pending results of analytical work will define further drill targets at the Veladora North area.”

Table 1. Rare earth element and other critical metal assay results from select samples from the Jemi Dykes area of the Jemi Project. (CNW Group/Monumental Minerals Corp.)

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Total Rare Earth Oxides (TREO) includes: La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3.
2 Heavy Rare Earth Oxides (HREO) includes: Eu2O3, Gd2O3, Tb2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3, Er2O3, Tm2O3, Yb2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3,
3 Light Rare Earth Oxides (LREO) includes La2O3, Ce2O3, Pr2O3, Nd2O3, Sm2O3.

Rock samples with the highest REE content are those that are classified as peralkaline (sodium plus potassium concentrations are greater than aluminum concentrations). In most hard rock HREE ore deposit mineral systems, rocks must be peralkaline in order for the crystallization of HREE bearing silicate minerals such as eudialyte to occur. Eudialyte is a highly complex Na, Ca, Fe/Mn, Zr silicate mineral that can contain up to 10% RE2O3 (enriched in HREEs), and 12% ZrO2. Geological mapping has confirmed that samples with the highest TREO and HREO values are from pegmatitic bodies. Three-dimensional airborne magnetics modeling show that surface pegmatite bodies are spatially associated with a numerous larger magnetic anomalies at depth that may represent potential source intrusions (Figure 1). Specific drill locations will target these pegmatites.

In addition to being REE-mineralized, samples are also mineralized with respect to tantalum (Ta) and niobium (Nb). Laboratory determination of these critical elements in all samples from the Jemi project return values to 534 ppm Ta2O5 and greater than (>) 3576 ppm Nb2O5. Within the Jemi Dykes area specifically, laboratory determinations return values in 4 pegmatite samples that are greater than 68 ppm Ta2O5 and 919 ppm Nb2O5, and one sample that returned values of 170 ppm Ta2O5 and 2560 ppm Nb2O5. Concentrations of these elements meet the threshold to be considered potentially economically significant.

Rare Earth Element Applications

Because of their unusual physical and chemical properties, the REEs have diverse defense, energy, industrial, and military technology applications. Demand for REEs is expected to outstrip supply until at least 2030 dominantly due the increase in demand for neomagnets for EVs and other electric motors (e.g., wind turbines, water pumps). The four key REEs that represent 94% of the REE market by value are Nd, Pr, Dy, and Tb, all of which are enriched at Jemi. Neodymium-iron-boron magnets, which are the strongest known type of magnets, are used when space and weight are restrictions are present. The addition of HREEs terbium or dysprosium to magnets can double their optimal operating temperature from 80°C to 160°C. In addition, dysprosium with praseodymium increases a magnet’s coercivity (the resistance of a magnetic material to change in magnetisation).

Figure 1. Map of 3D airborne geophysical anomaly interpreted to represent the magmatic intrusion, which is the source of pegmatite dykes that have been mapped at surface. Dysprosium oxide values are highly anomalous (to 155 ppm) in these pegmatites. (CNW Group/Monumental Minerals Corp.)

Methodology and QQA/QC

The analytical work reported on herein was performed by ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) at Hermosillo, Mexico (sample preparation) and Vancouver, B.C. (ICP-MS fusion). ALS is an ISO-IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015 accredited geoanalytical laboratory and is independent of Monumental Minerals and the QP. Rock samples were subject to crushing at a minimum of 70% passing 2 mm, followed by pulverizing of a 250-gram split to 85% passing 75 microns. A 0.1-gram sample pulp was then subject to multi-element ICP-MS analysis via lithium-borate fusion to determine individual REE content (ME-MS81). Monumental Minerals quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program for field rock samples includes the insertion of certified reference standards into the sample sequence to confirm the accuracy of the reported results. Monumental Minerals detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data, and is not aware of any sampling, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy of the results.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a Director of the Company and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Raffle verified the data disclosed which includes a review of the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information and opinions contained therein. 

About Monumental Minerals Corp.

Monumental Minerals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral resource properties in the critical and electric metals sector. The Company’s flagship asset is the Jemi HREE project located in Coahuila, Mexico near the Texas, USA border which the Company has an option to acquire 100% of the 3,650-hectare project. The Company has an option to acquire a 75% interest and title to the Laguna cesium-lithium brine project located in Chile and a 50.01% interest in the Salar De Turi lithium project in Chile.

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/s/ “Jamil Sader”
Jamil Sader, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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