Hinterland Samples up to 2474ppm REE in Soils at Kipawa, Quebec
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
VAL D'OR, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Hinterland Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HMI) is pleased to release Rare Earth Element ("REE") results from a detailed soil geochemistry survey completed on the 306-claim (17,826-hectare) Kipawa property located 20km northeast of Temiscaming, Quebec and 90km north-east of North Bay, Ontario. The Kipawa area has long been known for its REE-zircon-yttrium potential generally related to the Kipawa Syenite Complex ("KSC"). The KSC occurs as a 100 to 300m thick, sheet-like body which can be traced around an arc-like structure for almost 100km.
The goal of the program was to obtain detailed REE-in-soil data from a number of locations known through a compilation of government stream sediment data to have anomalously high, coincident yttrium, samarium, europium, and cerium values. This type of soil sampling has been proven by Hinterland to be an effective method for identifying prospective REE targets. In late 2009 Hinterland completed a preliminary soil geochemical survey that returned combined REE values up to 1835ppm (Hinterland News Release -- April 20, 2010).
In 2011 a total of 3,458 soil samples were collected on nine individual grids at 50m sampling intervals on lines spaced 100m apart. A total of 18 targets prospective for REE mineralization were identified including nine linear trends and nine spot anomalies. The most notable linear anomaly (Zone B) is continuous over roughly 900m in an east to west direction, covers an area of roughly 7ha and shows a maximum value of 1154ppm REE. The strongest spot anomaly (Zone N) covers an area of roughly 3ha and shows a maximum value of 2474ppm REE.
The average depth of the samples taken in 2011 was deeper than those taken in 2009 such that in general they tested the deeper, more prospective C horizon. The area of the property is largely covered by a thin layer of locally derived colluvium rather than glacially derived, transported soils. This means that chances are good to locate a bedrock source of REE close to each of the 18 anomalous REE in soil zones found in 2011.
The soil geochemical results referred to in this press release were determined by ISO 17025 certified Activation Laboratories Ltd. in Ancaster, Ontario by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis ("INAA"). This method returns total results for eight of the 17 REE including lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, europium, terbium, ytterbium and lutetium. Therefore the soil geochemical results represent partial REE values. Accordingly, INAA is considered by Hinterland to be a provisional, cost-effective, pathfinder analytical method to generate prospecting, trenching and bedrock sampling targets. Mark Fekete, P.Geo is the designated "qualified person" as defined in Section 1.2 in and for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the preparation of this release.
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