VANCOUVER, B.C., September 23, 2019 – Lithoquest Diamonds Inc. (TSX-V: LDI) (“Lithoquest”, or the “Company”) today announced that three targets have been selected for drill-testing on its 100% owned, 1,500 Km2 North Kimberley Diamond Project (“NKDP” or “the Project”).
• Targets 1805, 1826, and 1827 confirmed for drill testing
• Drill mobilization planned for first half of October 2019
“Results to date indicate excellent potential for the discovery of diamond-bearing kimberlites in the upcoming drill program”, stated Bruce Counts, President and CEO of Lithoquest. “The Company has rapidly developed compelling targets in an area where indicator minerals, including diamond, have been recovered in surface samples. Additional areas of interest are expected to emerge as the remaining results from the Phase I field program are received”.
Confirmed Drill Targets
Geophysical data and Kimberlite Indicator Mineral Results (“KIM’s”) from the Phase I exploration program completed in June 2019, combined with 2018 results and archival data, were used to generate the drill targets (Figure 1).
Figure 1: 2019 drill targets
Target 1805 is located approximately 2 kilometres west of kimberlite 1804 and is defined by a 1.4-kilometer linear feature identified in magnetic and gravity data. The gravity response (Figure 2) is notably wider along the eastern 300 meters of the linear feature, suggesting a potentially larger body. Kimberlite indicator minerals, including three diamonds, are also associated with target 1805.
Figure 2: Target 1805
Target 1826 (Figure 3) is characterized by a well-defined KIM dispersion that exhibits a KIM cut-off in proximity to a discreet circular magnetic anomaly. This relationship is consistent with other known kimberlites. (see news release dated August 7th, 2019).
Figure 3: Target 1826
Target 1827 is defined by a well-constrained KIM anomaly that includes chromite and pyrope garnet grains (Figure 4). Five diamonds (four historical and one from the 2018 sampling program) are also associated with target 1827. The abundance and apparent cut-off of the KIM’s associated with the target suggests a local source.
Figure 4: Target 1827
The 2019 drill program is set to commence in the first half of October with the mobilization of a reverse circulation drill rig to the project. Samples of the drill cuttings will be collected and logged on site under a strict QA/AC protocol. An XRF (X-ray fluorescence) instrument will be used to confirm the presence of kimberlite. If intersected, samples of the kimberlite will be submitted to an Australian laboratory for indicator mineral analysis and diamond testing.
The technical contents of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Bruce Counts, P. Geo., President, CEO and a Director of Lithoquest Diamonds Inc. and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.
About Lithoquest Diamonds Inc.
Lithoquest is a Canadian diamond exploration company focused on the discovery and development of economic diamond deposits on its 100% owned North Kimberley Diamond Project located in Western Australia, approximately 65 km east of the community of Kalumburu. The 100% owned land package covers 1,500 km2 and is accessible by tidewater and a seasonal road. Lithoquest is led by experienced management with a history of success in diamond exploration and development. During its first year in operation, the Company rapidly advanced the NKDP in Western Australia through the discovery of diamonds and kimberlite.
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Forward Looking Information
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