Churchill Resources Announces 1% Ni from Soil Sample at Florence Lake and Target Generation Success on all 3 nickel projects in NL
TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Churchill Resources Inc. (“Churchill” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CRI) is pleased to announce partial results from its regional work this summer on the Florence Lake, Taylor Brook and Cormack properties. These surveys have successfully begun to identify the next generation of nickel-copper-cobalt +/- PGE targets beyond those known from historical work, on all three of these Newfoundland and Labrador properties.
Florence Lake Project
The property is host to several Raglan-type ultramafic-hosted massive and disseminated sulphide nickel showings, and was last explored by Falconbridge, and latterly Tapestry Ventures, between 1990 and1997. The CRI work to date has included compilations of all past work, a detailed helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic survey and collection of ~3200 soil samples of which results have been received for 2,346 as reported here.
Figure 1 below presents B-horizon soil sample results for Ni, Cu and Co along with conductor axes, nickel showing locations and past drilling. Highlights include two samples requiring follow-up assays, of which sample 902700 located ~ 35m from the known Baikie Showing returned 1.0% Ni along with highly anomalous Co, Cu and Cr values. Sample 904061 returned 0.16% Ni and similarly highly anomalous Co, Cu and Cr values, and is in an unexplored area of the property with a strong coincident EM response. The Company is particularly encouraged by the anomalous results being seen over its newly identified extensive conductor trends.
Fig. 1 – Soil Sample Assays
The Florence Lake project consists of four map-staked licenses totalling 316 claims (69km2) located approximately 70km west of the coastal community of Postville in central Labrador. CRI entered into a two-year option agreement with Altius Resources Inc. (“Altius”) to acquire a 100% interest in the property, subject to a 1.6% gross sales royalty on any metals produced, in an agreement dated June 24, 2021.
Taylor Brook Project
CRI’s regional work at Taylor Brook is focused on following a magnetic trend known to host a near-surface linear intrusive body thought to be the conduit to the Ni-Cu-Co bearing Layden gabbronorite body which has been drilled and channel sampled by the Company over the past 12 months. Examples of massive, net-textured and breccia-type mineralization have been intersected with initial results announced in a news release dated October 11th, 2022.
Highlights of the soil sampling results thus far from 1853 samples collected on lines 100m apart, are presented below, emphasizing areas now being followed up to 3km to the south of the Layden outcropping body, with line-cutting and prospecting. Stripping and trenching will follow should mineralization be located at surface.
Fig. 2 – Heli-GT TMI Soil Sample Assays
The Taylor Brook Project consists of eight map-staked licenses containing 685 claims totalling 171.25 km2, of which six licenses totaling 166.5km2 are 100% Churchill owned, and two totalling 4.75km2 are in the 2nd year of 3-year options to earn 100%. Altius retains a 1.6% gross sales royalty on the Churchill licenses.
The Cormack Property consists of five mineral licenses totalling 262.25km2, which tie on to the Company’s existing Taylor Brook South block, and cover a large portion of the regional gravity feature that appears to host the nickel-bearing Layden Magmatic Intrusive and the adjacent Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex. The Company completed a first pass program in Q2 2022 of stream sediment sampling as the terrain is ideal for this method with many drainage basins. Samples were processed, concentrated and examined by Overburden Drilling Management (“ODM”) in Nepean, Ontario, who were also commissioned to interpret the results.
ODM concluded, “The objective of the program was to evaluate the Cormack property for layered mafic intrusion(s) and Ni-Cu-PGE prospectivity. The alluvial sampling was successful in identifying the possible presence of a mafic/ultramafic intrusion. Chromite is the only Ni-Cu-PGE indicator mineral present in sufficient quantities to be of interest. The 17 samples containing subanomalous to anomalous levels of chromite are located in the southwestern end of the property within licences 032801M and 032802M (Fig. 3). The samples were essentially collected along the property boundaries leaving ~15 km2 within the central portion of the licences for future exploration. Furthermore, five of the six samples that yielded a single gold grain each and those with the highest pyrite counts are also located in these two mineral licences.”
CRI is planning follow-up geophysical surveys, along with stream sediment and till sampling in the Spring of 2023.
Fig. 3 – Chromite Sample Locations
The technical and scientific information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Derek H.C Wilton, P.Geo., FGC, who is a “qualified person” as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and independent of the Company. The soil samples were placed in labelled, sealed kraft paper bags and delivered to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, NL, an ISO/IEC 17025 certified facility. OREAS Standards and blanks were inserted in the sample batches. The samples were analysed using ICP 34 (inductively coupled plasma) analytical protocols. Samples with over limit Ni contents were re-assayed using Eastern’s Ore Grade Assay (multi acid digestion) overlimit method. Quality control results, including the laboratory’s control samples, were evaluated immediately.
About Churchill Resources Inc.
Churchill is managed by career mining industry professionals and currently holds four exploration projects, namely Taylor Brook in Newfoundland, Florence Lake in Labrador, Pelly Bay in Nunavut and White River in Ontario. All projects are at the evaluation stage, with known mineralized Nickel-Copper-Cobalt showings at Taylor Brook, Florence Lake and Pelly Bay, and significantly diamondiferous kimberlitic intrusives at White River and Pelly Bay. The primary focus of Churchill is on the continued exploration and development of the Taylor Brook and Florence Lake Nickel Projects.
For further information regarding Churchill, please contact:
Churchill Resources Inc.
Paul Sobie, Chief Executive Officer
Tel. +1 416.365.0930 (o)
+1 647.988.0930 (m)
Alec Rowlands, Corporate Consultant
Tel. +1 416.721.4732 (m)
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