Alpha Minerals Reports 34m of 4.92% U3O8, Including 12.5m at 12.38% U3O8 in Drill Hole PLS13-038, Patterson Lake South JV
March 25, 2013 (Source: Marketwire) Vancouver, BC — Alpha Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AMW)(FRANKFURT:E2GA), and its Joint Venture partner Fission Energy Corp. are pleased to report initial assay results from the ongoing winter drill program on its Patterson Lake South (“PLS”) Property. These assay results are from drill hole PLS13-038, the first hole drilled on the R390E zone.
PLS13-038 is part of the R390E zone located 385m drill grid east of the Patterson Lake discovery hole PLS12-022 at the R000E zone (see news release February 9, 2013). Composited drill hole mineralized intersections for PLS13-038 returned two broad zones of uranium mineralization:
UPPER URANIUM ZONE = 34m (87.0m – 121.0m):
- 34.0m @ 4.92% U3O8; Grade times Thickness Product = 167.3
- Includes 12.5m @ 12.38% U3O8
- Including 0.5m @ 35.10% U3O8
LOWER URANIUM ZONE = 17.5m (126.5m – 144.0m):
•17.5m @ 0.96% U3O8; Grade times Thickness Product = 16.8 •Includes 5.5m @ 2.07% U3O8
All intersections reported here are core length measurements and not true width measurements – actual true widths may be smaller than core lengths.
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Composited U3O8 mineralized intervals are summarized in Table 1 below Samples from the drill core are split in half on site. Most samples are standardized at 0.5m down-hole intervals. One-half of the split sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis and the other half remains on site for reference. The results show that the uranium is concentrated primarily two zones beginning at relatively shallow depth in basement graphitic metapelitic lithology and with continuous substantial widths. Uranium concentration is relatively consistent throughout the mineralized sections. In addition, there are several narrower intervals of low grade uranium mineralization between 165.0m – 181.0m. Not all assay results have been received for PLS13-038- samples yet to be received are from non-radioactive intervals.
Hole PLS13-038 is vertical, and completed to a depth of 221.6m. It is located 385m grid east of discovery hole PLS12-022 at R00E Zone (8.5m @ 1.07% U3O8; see news release December 5, 2012). Drill hole geology is as reported previously (February 19, 2013) Base of till is at 48.8m depth. There is a thin (1.9m wide) cap of probable Devonian Sandstone was encountered which overlies the semi-pelite gneiss hanging wall that constrains an intercalated package of pelite graphitic pelite gneiss. Occasional pegmatite injections were observed throughout the pelite, graphitic pelite, and semi-pelite units. In general, the strong mineralization is associated with flecks, blebs, clots, and veins of pitchblende. Of note, wormrock- style uranium mineralization was observed for the first time. Moderate to strong clay, chlorite, and hematite alteration were observed throughout the mineralization.
Split core samples were submitted to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories (an SCC ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accredited Facility) of Saskatoon for assay analysis, which includes a 63 element ICP-OES, uranium by fluorimetry (partial digestion), and boron. Samples within mineralized intervals and any samples which return >500ppm U, are assayed for weight % U3O8, (sic – Fission Energy Corp) as well as fire assayed for gold. Further assay results of some of the earlier drill holes have also been received and will be released as compilation is completed.
The 31,000 hectare (76,000 acres) PLS project is a 50%/50% Joint Venture held by Alpha Minerals Inc (AMW) and Fission Energy (FIS). The Joint Venture property is 100% owned with no underlying royalties or vendor payments. Fission is the Operator until April 1st 2014. The property is accessible by road with primary access from all-weather Highway 955, which runs north to the former Cluff Lake mine, (>60M lbs of U3O8 produced), and passes through the nearby UEX-Areva Shea Creek discoveries located 50km to the north, currently under active exploration and development. Staking activity in the area surrounding the JV has accelerated with almost twice the area occupied by the JV now covered with new tie on claims.
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43- 101 and reviewed on behalf of Alpha Minerals Inc, by Garrett Ainsworth, P.Geo., Vice President Exploration, a qualified person.
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