Appia Announces Alces Lake 2022 Prospecting Program Discovers Massive Monazite at the West Limb Radiometric Anomaly Returning up to 36 wt.% TREO

December 06, 2022 (Source) – Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. (CSE: API) (OTCQX: APAAF) (FSE: A0I.F) (FSE: A0I.MU) (FSE: A0I.BE) (the “Company” or “Appia”) is excited to announce the receipt of assay results from the 2022 prospecting program at its wholly owned Alces Lake Rare Earth Elements Property, Northern Saskatchewan.

Highlights from the program include:

  • 36.11 wt.% TREO returned from samples of MASSIVE TO SEMI-MASSIVE MONAZITE in outcrop at the West Limb anomaly, first discovered in 2022.
  • 3.34 wt.% TREO returned from a mineralized biotite shear zone at the West Limb anomaly
  • 4.34 wt.% TREO returned from VISIBLE MONAZITE in a shear zone at a previously unexplored and un-named radiometric prospect south of the Magnet Ridge zone
  • 2.03 wt.% TREO returned from VISIBLE MONAZITE discovered in the Western Anomaly

Vice President Exploration Irvine Annesley says “Continuing to find new occurrences of visible and massive monazite on the Alces lake property show the property’s amazing potential. Multiple results exceeding one percent total rare earth oxides from new targets, not explored before 2022, tells us we are just scratching the surface at Alces Lake. With so much area left to explore we are excited about what remains to be discovered and new targets to be drilled.”

Following up on the success of Appia’s 2021 geological field work, a team of two field geologists conducted reconnaissance prospecting of previously unexplored or underexplored radiometric Th (and U) anomalies during the 2022 field season. The team documented 13 new occurrences of visible monazite across the central portion of the Alces Lake property. Grab samples of anomalously radioactive bedrock were collected whenever possible. Of 34 outcrop grab samples, four returned grades exceeding 2 weight percent Total Rare Earth Oxides (wt.% TREO) and greater than half exceeded 0.1 wt.% TREO.

With another successful year following up on the results of Alces Lake 2021 airborne radiometric survey, Appia has engaged a geophysical contractor to expand the survey coverage to all of the 35,682-hectare Alces Lake property.

Appia CEO Tom Drivas said “The 2022 prospecting results have shown just how effective and valuable a tool the airborne radiometric data is. After the 2021 survey guided our team to excellent results from new targets for the second season in a row, including the stunning 36.11 wt.% TREO sample in the West Limb, we have decided to expand the survey to cover the entire property. This is an important step for unlocking the full potential of Alces Lake as part of an emerging Rare Earth Elements district.”

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Figure 1. Results and locations of 2022 prospecting sampling. Point labels identify the calculated wt.% TREO of each outcrop grab sample, as further elaborated on in Table 1 below.

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Figure 2. Current coverage of airborne radiometrics at Alces Lake. Appia has engaged a geophysical contractor to extend the survey to the complete extents of the claim group at the beginning of the 2023 work program.

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Table 1. Locations and Calculated Wt. % TREO of 2022 outcrop grab samples as displayed in Figure 1. Wt.% TREO = ([CeO2 ppm] + [Dy2O3 ppm] + [Pr6O11 ppm] + [La2O3 ppm] + [Nd2O3 ppm] + [Sm2O3 ppm] + [Eu2O3 ppm] + [Gd2O3 ppm] + [Tb4O7 ppm] + [Ho2O3 ppm] [Er2O3 ppm] + [Yb2O3 ppm] + [Lu2O3] ppm + [Y2O3 ppm] ) / 10000

 Easting (m)  Northing (m)  Elevation (m)  Sample ID  Type  TREO (wt.%)
666087  6617079  492  8233   Outcrop 36.114 
668489  6615445  433  8221   Outcrop 4.338 
666087  6617065  492  8219   Outcrop 3.343 
663441  6614728  447  8236   Outcrop 2.030 
661297  6610836  516   8214   Outcrop 0.729 
661922  6611569  453  8213   Outcrop 0.391 
667723  6616654  488  8228   Outcrop 0.349 
661962  6611612  461  8212   Outcrop 0.287 
661289  6610831  516  8215   Outcrop 0.237 
661445  6611280  452  8217   Outcrop 0.219 
668464  6615569  441  8220   Outcrop 0.206 
666243  6617494  488  8235   Outcrop 0.204 
667713  6616673  489  8227   Outcrop 0.181 
661444  6611310  448  8216   Outcrop 0.178 
661910  6611203  409  8208   Outcrop 0.149 
667717  6616682  489  8224   Outcrop 0.146 
664174  6611294  439  8205   Outcrop 0.135 
666186  6617430  486  8234   Outcrop 0.121 
666078  6616950  490  8218   Outcrop 0.098 
664336  6611228  442  8207   Outcrop 0.078 
668309  6615660  435  8223   Outcrop 0.072 
666087  6616621  462  8230   Outcrop 0.058 
661946  6613288  422  8232   Outcrop 0.052 
662006  6611207  415  8209   Outcrop 0.048 
663869  6610986  496  8201   Outcrop 0.041 
664124  6611240  436  8204   Outcrop 0.041 
667689  6616663  489  8225   Outcrop 0.030 
663885  6610980  497  8202   Outcrop 0.029 
667700  6616652  488  8226   Outcrop 0.027 
668520  6615530  442  8222   Outcrop 0.025 
663854  6612821  419  8229   Outcrop 0.021 
664340  6611257  437  8206   Outcrop 0.015 
662185  6611372  438  8211   Outcrop 0.014 
664446  6612794  369  8231   Outcrop 0.011 

About the Alces Lake Project

The Alces Lake project encompasses some of the highest-grade total and critical* REEs and gallium mineralization in the world, hosted within several surface and near-surface monazite occurrences that remain open at depth and along strike.

* Critical rare earth elements are defined here as those that are in short-supply and high-demand for use in permanent magnets and modern electronic applications such as electric vehicles and wind turbines (i.e: neodymium (Nd), praseodymium (Pr), dysprosium (Dy) and terbium (Tb)).

Appia resumed drilling at Alces Lake in mid-March 2022, with significantly deeper holes compared to the 100 holes (approximately 8,076 metres) drilled in 2021. Total meterage in 2022 was 17,481. This was designed to allow Appia to determine continuity at depth and along the identified REE mineralization trends as the Company works towards an initial resource estimate in accordance with NI 43-101 for the area. With high-grade REE mineralization now identified in many locations within an area covering approximately 27 km2 of the Alces Lake block. the Company believes the project has the potential to be a world-class source of high-grade critical rare earth bearing monazite.

The Alces Lake project is located in northern Saskatchewan, the same provincial jurisdiction that is developing a “first-of-its-kind” rare earth processing facility in Canada (currently under construction by the Saskatchewan Research Council, with the first stage scheduled to become operational in early 2023). The Alces Lake project area is 35,682 hectares (88,173 acres) in size and is 100% owned by Appia.

To ensure safe work conditions are met for the workforce, the Company has developed exploration guidelines that comply with the Saskatchewan Public Health Orders and the Public Health Order Respecting the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District in order to maintain social distancing and help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Grab samples were collected with the use of a rock hammer where possible and sample selection location was determined by the use of handheld scintillometer. The area of highest scintillometer readings may or may not have been sampled. All lithogeochemical assay results of grab samples were provided by Saskatchewan Research Council’s Geoanalytical Laboratory, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E) certified laboratory in Saskatoon, SK. All analytical results reported herein have passed internal QA/QC review and compilation.

The technical content in this news release was reviewed and approved by Dr. Irvine R. Annesley, P.Geo., Vice President Exploration of Appia and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp.

Appia is a publicly traded Canadian company in the rare earth element and uranium sectors. The Company is currently focusing on delineating high-grade critical rare earth elements and gallium on the Alces Lake property, as well as exploring for high-grade uranium in the prolific Athabasca Basin on its Otherside, Loranger, North Wollaston, and Eastside properties. The Company holds the surface rights to exploration for 110,997 hectares (274,280 acres) in Saskatchewan. The Company also has a 100% interest in 12,545 hectares (31,000 acres), with rare earth element and uranium deposits over five mineralized zones in the Elliot Lake Camp, Ontario.

Appia has 128.1 million common shares outstanding, 151 million shares fully diluted.

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Tom Drivas, CEO, Interim President and Director, (cell) 416-876-3957, or (email) appia@appiareu.com

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