VANCOUVER, Mar. 31, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) -- /CNW/ -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSXV - TSM). Mr Mark Saxon, President and CEO, reports that following the discovery of significant intervals of rare earth element (REE) and zirconium (Zr) mineralization in the first five holes drilled at Norra Karr, the Company shall expand the current drilling program.
The original 15-hole diamond drilling program tested the Norra Karr intrusion on three 400m spaced sections over a strike length of 800m. The 5 holes reported to date lie on the central section of drilling, at a drill spacing of 80m (see press release dated 4th March 2010). Following the success of the first 5 drill holes, the diamond drill program has been extended to a total of 26 holes, with an additional two in-fill sections each at 200m spacing from adjacent sections to be tested (see Figure 1). An additional 1,650 meters will be drilled.
The first 5 drill holes in this program at Norra Karr discovered multiple intervals of REE and Zr mineralization. Results included 108.1m at 0.74% TREO (total rare earth oxide), 2.1% ZrO(2) (zirconium oxide) with 52% of the TREO being the high value heavy rare earth oxides (HREO).
"Following the encouraging results achieved in the first 5 drill holes, we are expanding the drilling program currently underway with the addition of a further 11 holes to a total of 26" said Mark Saxon, Tasman's President & CEO. "Drilling of the previously untested Norra Karr intrusion showed higher TREO and Zr values than Tasman's surface sampling, and intersected good grades of mineralization over wide intervals. Drilling is now recommencing with the same contractor, with drilling anticipated to continue for up to two months with breaks for Easter and as wet roads dry during spring. With our $3 million financing now closed, Tasman is in a strong position to pursue Norra Karr, Korsnas and other REE opportunities".
Additional assay results will be released once received, verified and evaluated. The best results returned from the first 5 holes of the program, calculated using a lower cut-off of 0.4% TREO are:
TREO HREO ZrO(2)
DRILL HOLE FROM TO LENGTH (%) (%) (%)
NKA0901 33.90 38.85 4.95 0.59 39.9 1.20
NKA0902 0.50 23.50 23.00 0.57 50.8 1.96
35.55 45.55 12.35 0.79 57.9 2.03
NKA0903 16.60 95.45 78.85 0.56 45.0 1.59
NKA0904 2.55 151.80 149.25 0.61 45.8 1.69
NKA0905 43.30 152.10 108.10 0.74 52.9 2.10
including 127.55 143.1 15.55 0.94 46.6 1.92
Mineralization occurs within the Norra Karr peralkaline nepheline syenite intrusion, which covers 350m x 1100m, first discovered in 1906, and subsequently test mined for nepheline, Zr and Hf. Better grades of mineralization in drilling appear associated with partially melted or pegmatitic intervals within the intrusion. REE bearing minerals include eudialyte, catapleite, britholite, fergusonite and mosandrite. The project shows geological similarity to REE/Zr/Niobium (Nb) mines of the Lovozero province (Russia) and advanced projects at Kipawa Lake (Ontario), Strange Lake (Quebec) and Dubbo (Australia).
Sweden is the home of REE's, many of which were first discovered in a quarry in the village of Ytterby, near Stockholm. REE consumption is growing, being essential in the production of hybrid/electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines, compact fluorescent lighting, high-energy magnets, mobile phones and computers. Tasman hold numerous claims and claim applications across mining friendly regions in Scandinavia with potential for REE's, and is well placed as the European Union is actively supporting policies to promote the domestic supply of REE's to secure high-tech industry.
Recent video interviews with Mark Saxon regarding Tasman and the Norra Karr project can be found at www.mininginteractive.com.
On behalf of the Board,
Mark Saxon, President & CEO
Samples submitted by Tasman Metals Ltd were analyzed by the ME-MS81 technique by ALS Chemex Ltd's laboratories in Pitea, Sweden and Vancouver, Canada, where duplicates, repeats, blanks and known standards were inserted according to standard industry practice. Where over-range for ME-MS81, Zr was determined using the ME-XRF10 technique. The qualified person for the Company's exploration projects, Mark Saxon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tasman and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Australian Institute of Geoscientists, has reviewed and verified the contents of this release.
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