TinOne Resources Reports Historical Samples With Lithium Up To 0.26% Li2O At Its Rattler Range Tin Project, Tasmania, Australia

2023-02-28 06:06:47

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 28, 2023 /CNW/ – TinOne Resources Inc. (TSXV: TORC) (OTCQB: TORCF) (“TinOne” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce it has located historical exploration data containing highly elevated lithium grades from its Rattler Range Project (“Rattler Range” or the “Project“) located in the tier one mining jurisdiction of Tasmania, Australia.


  • Surface rock samples taken by previous explorers at its Rattler Range project returned values of 0.26% Li2O and 0.21% Li2O
  • Other samples returned between 0.01% and 0.2% Li2O
  • The samples were recorded as mica-rich, greisen altered granite
  • These samples are associated with similar granites to the lithium-bearing samples reported by TinOne at its Aberfoyle project, supporting the concept that the northeastern Tasmania tin-tungsten province may also be a fertile lithium province

“We are extremely excited to have located these historical samples so soon after our own discovery of lithium-bearing altered granite at our Aberfoyle project, more than 50 kilometres away,” commented Chris Donaldson, Executive Chairman. “Australia was ranked as the world’s leading producer of lithium in 2022, and although it’s early days for lithium exploration in northeastern Tasmania, the geology is favourable for lithium deposits and our field teams are active now in defining the extent and grades of the prospective geology.”

Key Results

In the course of compiling historic data from its Rattler Range project TinOne’s technical team found reference to an historical exploration program in the area in 2016-2017 that returned highly elevated lithium values. The program was extremely limited in scale and consisted of the collection of thirteen rock samples from nine locations in the Rattler Range area and the taking of fifteen quarter core samples from four historical drill holes in the Mount Terror-Mount Paris area.

The details of these thirteen rocks are shown in Table 1 and Figure 3 which show that the elevated lithium from this program is clustered in the Rattler Hill area with three of the five samples returning >0.1% Li2O and a maximum of 0.26% Li2O. One sample from 8 km to the northwest returned 0.1% Li2O in the Mount Terror area.  Samples are predominantly sub-cropping with three samples of float collected and are typically described as greisen1 or containing mica alteration.  All samples with Li2O values >0.04% are from sub-crop.

The highest value obtained from the core resampling program was 0.1% Li2O from a 20 cm sample taken from 69.7 metres downhole in drillhole MT4. The sample is described as “quartz-mica greisen with wall-rock xenoliths”. The original drill logs from 1981 indicate that whole core was taken for tin analysis through some intervals, therefore the 2017 sampling may not have sampled the most greisenised material.

To the knowledge of TinOne no other lithium-focussed exploration has been carried out at Rattler Range or any of its northeastern Tasmania projects. These historical samples are hosted by mica-altered granite in a separate granite body more than 50 km from TinOne’s recent lithium-bearing samples at its Aberfoyle project (see TinOne news release February 8, 2023). These granites are known to be of similar age (Mineral Resources Tasmania2), similar geochemistry and are associated with similar tin-tungsten occurrences. 

Table 1.  Rattler Range Historical Rock Sample Details











Quartz-mica-tourmaline greisen





Quartz-mica-tourmaline greisen





Quartz-mica-tourmaline greisen, quartz-rich band,
minor oxidised vugs, trace possible cassiterite





Quartz-mica-tourmaline greisen, quartz-rich band,
minor oxidised vugs, trace possible cassiterite





Quartz-mica-tourmaline greisen





Quartz-mica-tourmaline granite, vugs with coarse
mica, quartz, trace cassiterite





Quartz-mica greisen, greenish clay alteration
possibly after feldspar





Quartz-mica greisen, pegmatitic quartz bands,
limonitic vugs





Vein-like band of quartz, minor fine pale
greenish mica





Quartz-mica greisen, limonitic vugs, trace green
possible malachite





Oxidised coarse quartz-mica-greisen





Hard, fresh, fine quartz-mica greisen, traces fine
green possible malachite





Oxidised, coarse quartz-mica greisen, common
blebs green possible malachite

Sample co-ordinates are GDA94 Zone 55. All rock and core samples were analysed for lithium only at ALS Townsville, using a 4-acid digest followed by ICP-AES analysis (ALS method ME-ICP61). The reader is cautioned that the historical results are based on prior data and reports prepared by previous property owners. The reader is cautioned not to treat them, or any part of them, as current and that a qualified person has not done sufficient work to verify the results and that they may not form a reliable guide to future results. No independent QA/QC protocols are known for these samples and as such analytical results may be unreliable.

1 Greisen is a term used to described strongly mica-altered granite that can be associated with tin, tungsten and lithium mineral systems.

2 Available at https://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/mrt_maps/app/list/map

Next Steps

TinOne has undertaken tin-focussed surface sampling and mapping in the Rattler Range project and is currently awaiting geochemical results from that program. In addition, targeted follow-up of these recently unearthed results will be undertaken to take additional samples and to define the extent of the prospective alteration areas.

Figure 1.  Location of the Company’s projects in the mining friendly jurisdiction of Tasmania (CNW Group/TinOne Resources Corp.)

Figure 2.  Location TinOne’s project areas in Northeastern Tasmania, showing historical occurrences of tin and tungsten (Mineral Resources Tasmania database). (CNW Group/TinOne Resources Corp.)

Figure 3. Location of historical samples with high lithium in the Rattler Range project area (CNW Group/TinOne Resources Corp.)

Technical Information

The data disclosed in this news release is related to historical exploration results. The reader is cautioned that the historical results are based on prior data and reports prepared by previous property owners. TinOne has not undertaken any independent investigation of the sampling nor has it independently analyzed the results of the historical exploration work in order to verify the results. The reader is cautioned not to treat them, or any part of them, as current and that a qualified person has not done sufficient work to verify the results and that they may not form a reliable guide to future results.  No independent QA/QC protocols are known for these samples and as such analytical results may be unreliable. TinOne considers these historical drill results relevant as TinOne is using this data as a guide to plan exploration programs. TinOne’s current and future exploration work includes verification of the historical data through further exploration.

About the Rattler Range Project

The Rattler Range project, consisting of a 32km2 exploration license (EL10/2019), is a highly prospective project in northeastern Tasmania, Australia and located only 64km from the city of Launceston.  Historical records3 indicate the presence of 47 individual named tin occurrences across a 12km long, northwesterly oriented mineralized trend that has seen very little on-ground exploration since the 1980s. The district contains hard rock greisen and vein mineralization in a cupola zone of highly fractionated, evolved granite.

High priority initial targets include Bells Hill where multiple mineralized lodes, 1.5 to 6 metres wide, occur over an area of at least 500m of strike length. No systematic exploration has been conducted and only 2 drill holes have been completed at the prospect. Other priority targets include the multi-kilometre scale tin-bearing alteration zones at Ruby Flats, Walsh’s, Mammoth and Mt Paris.

About TinOne

TinOne is a TSX Venture Exchange listed Canadian public company with a high-quality portfolio of tin projects in the Tier 1 mining jurisdictions of Tasmania and New South Wales, Australia. The Company is focussed on advancing its highly prospective portfolio while also evaluating additional tin opportunities. TinOne is supported by Inventa Capital Corp.

Qualified Person

The Company’s disclosure of technical or scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Stuart Smith., Technical Adviser for TinOne. Dr. Smith is a Qualified Person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101. 

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