Usha Resources Identifies Evaporite Crystals as Drilling at the Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Project Now Fully Underway

2022-12-08 05:05:29

Company Confirms Favourable Crystalized Field Samples, Gravel and Sand Zones at First Hole

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / December 8, 2022 / Usha Resources Ltd. (“USHA” or the “Company”) (TSXV:USHA) (OTCQB:USHAF) (FSE:JO0), a North American mineral acquisition and exploration company focused on the development of drill-ready battery and precious metal projects, is pleased to announce that drilling is successfully underway at its Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Property (“Project“). The drill is now at the 250 metre level and its exploration team has encountered multiple zones of evaporite crystals as interbeds, veining, and inclusions and sandy and gravel zones at depth. The presence of evaporite crystals supports the presence of a brine forming environment as crystallization of evaporites would not occur in a freshwater system, while the sandy and gravel intervals are zones of high porosity that are targets for pumping tests for future resource evaluation.

Based on the evidence gathered during drilling and evaluation of the Jackpot Lake system, the Company believes that accumulation of eroded materials from of the surrounding mountain ranges and repeated evaporation events have continued over a geologic time scale in this closed basin system, which is a primary mechanism of brine concentration. Considering the elevated lithium concentrations identified in historic soil samples, such events could theoretically concentrate lithium as rainwater passes through these materials, developing enriched brines at depths. The information obtained through the exploration program to-date indicates that the basin setting and accumulation of minerals is similar to the geologic setting for Albemarle’s Silver Peak Nevada Lithium Mine, the only producing lithium mine in North America, where sediments from lithium‑rich surrounding source rocks have accumulated and filled the deposit leading to a concentration of lithium brine due to successive evaporation and concentration events.

“The significance of evidence supporting the geologic setting coupled with the geological similarities and notable proximity to the sole domestic producer of lithium in the United States bodes well for USHA’s future potential – both near and long-term,” said Deepak Varshney, CEO of Usha Resources. “While the exploration team will remain dialed into completing the current drill campaign and collecting fluid and geological samples for lab testing, I’m also considering our development path options, including potential expansion plans as well as DLE technology partner considerations. The fact that the Biden Administration’s critical mineral requirements will quickly come into effect approximately one year from now is not lost on me – 50% of battery components will be manufactured or assembled in North America starting in 2024 and increasing to 100% by the end of 2028. With the demand for lithium resources accelerating and no capital constraints holding us back, we will drill smartly, test expeditiously, and play to win.”

A video update from the Company is available at this link.


Junior Mining NetworkFigure 1 – Sediment collected from core hole JP1 at USHA’s Jackpot Lithium Brine Project. Sediments at and near the surface are inundated with small crystals and occasional white banding, supporting the basin setting and accumulation of minerals that is similar to the model for Albemarle’s Silver Peak Nevada Lithium Mine. A closed basin system will experience periods of accumulation that result in salt crystal formation, and the continued occurrence of crystals throughout the upper 200 metres indicate a long geologic period of successive accumulation and concentration events.

Junior Mining NetworkFigure 2 – Drilling well underway at USHA’s Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Project.

Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Property

USHA’s Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Property is located within Clark County, 35 kilometres northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is comprised of 140 mineral claims that total 2,800 acres (approximately 11.3 km2).

The Project’s geologic setting is similar to that of Albemarle’s Silver Peak Nevada Lithium Mine, the only producing lithium mine in North America, which has operated continuously since 1966, where sediments from lithium‑rich surrounding source rocks accumulate and fill the deposit leading to a potential concentration of lithium brine due to successive evaporation and concentration events.

The Company has permitted 2,700 metres over six holes and has commenced a maiden drill program with the goal of defining a 43-101 resource. The Project target was identified based on geophysical studies and 129 core samples collected by the USGS with an average lithium value of 175 ppm with a high of 550 ppm. The present average grade for Albemarle’s project is approximately 121 ppm.

Modelling indicates that the Project target comprises the entirety of the Company’s claim block (2,800 acres; 11.3 km2) and is open in all directions for expansion. The target is shallow, predominantly above bedrock depths of 625 meters, and is approximately 450 metres thick. The total basin within which the target is situated is estimated to be approximately 10,900 acres.

The Project’s Qualified Professional (QP) is Michael Rosko, a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience, with extensive experience with world-class lithium brine projects including Tier 1 projects such as Galaxy’s Sal de Vida Deposit, Millennial Lithium’s Pasto Grandes Deposit, and Lithium America Corp’s Cauchari-Olaroz Deposit.

Junior Mining NetworkFigure 3 – 3D model of Usha’s Jackpot Lake interpreted lithium brine target. The interpreted geophysical target with borehole locations overlain on the local topography produced using Maptek Vulcan. The surrounding formations of the Muddy Mountains are theorized to be the source of lithium present in the area. The shell shown in yellow comprises geophysical results indicating resistivities of <5ohm metres.

The following historical work has been completed that suggests the presence of a highly concentrated brine with the potential to contain lithium:

  • 129 core samples collected by the USGS with an average lithium value of 175 ppm with a high of 550 ppm and spectrographic and atomic-absorption analyses of 135 stream sediment samples confirming the potential for lithium mineral deposits. The present average grade for Albemarle’s project is approximately 121 ppm.
  • Gravitational surveying which has identified a closed basin, critical for ensuring brines remain within the basin without dilution from external water sources.
  • Geophysical modelling based upon gravitational and controlled source audio magnetotellurics/magnetotellurics (CSAMT/MT) surveys has provided evidence of highly concentrated brines which are relatively near the surface. The CSAMT survey results of the Jackpot Lake Project demonstrate a large consistent body of very low resistivity – consistent with highly concentrated brine behavior – throughout the property, predominantly above bedrock depths of 625 meters.

Junior Mining NetworkFigure 4 – Topographic map of the Jackpot Lake Lithium Brine Project with MT survey results overlain. Resistivities of <2.7 ohm‑metres are interpreted to be potentially higher concentration brines and between 2.7 and 5.0 ohm-metres to be potentially moderate concentration brines.

Qualified Person

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Seth Cude, P.G., CPG. RM, M.Sc., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

About Usha Resources Ltd.

Usha Resources Ltd. is a North American mineral acquisition and exploration company focused on the development of quality battery and precious metal properties that are drill-ready with high-upside and expansion potential. Based in Vancouver, BC, Usha’s portfolio of strategic properties provides target-rich diversification and consist of Jackpot Lake, a lithium project in Nevada; Nicobat, a nickel‑copper‑cobalt project in Ontario; and Lost Basin, a gold-copper project in Arizona. Usha trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol USHA, the OTCQB Exchange under the symbol USHAF and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol JO0.

USHA RESOURCES LTD.

“Deepak Varshney” CEO and Director

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This news release may include “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and are based on a number of estimates and/or assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking information are neither promises nor guarantees and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, uncertain and volatile equity and capital markets, lack of available capital, actual results of exploration activities, environmental risks, future prices of base and other metals, operating risks, accidents, labour issues, delays in obtaining governmental approvals and permits, and other risks in the mining industry.

The Company is presently an exploration stage company. Exploration is highly speculative in nature, involves many risks, requires substantial expenditures, and may not result in the discovery of mineral deposits that can be mined profitably. Furthermore, the Company currently has no reserves on any of its properties. As a result, there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

 

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