VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2012) - CANICKEL MINING LIMITED, ("CaNickel" or the "Company") (TSX:CML) is pleased to provide the initial drilling results from the 2012 winter drilling program at the Company's M11A area, a deposit ("M11A North Deposit") of the Company's Thompson Nickel Belt Exploration Project in Manitoba. This deposit is located approximately four kilometers north of the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine and milling operations, near the town of Wabowden, Manitoba. This drill program was designed to extend the deposit to depth and along strike, as well as provide further definition of the existing known mineralization.
A total of 1,973 meters have been completed and sampled and assayed in 3 diamond drill holes of a 12 hole program. All three holes reached their planed depth with 345 samples cut and assayed to date. Drill holes M12-01 and M 12-02 were designed to test the deposit further at depth, while M12-03 was designed to provide additional definition. This program continues to successfully demonstrate that the M11A North Deposit can be extended at depth, as well as along strike. The 9 drill holes remaining in the program are aimed at continuing to provide infill drilling information.
The following table summarizes the drilling results for the first 3 holes of the planned 12 hole drill program for CaNickel's M11A North Deposit.
|*Intersection intervals reported are core lengths; actual true widths are unknown at this time but are generally 70 to 80% of core length. Once known, true widths are calculated for each intersection. These could vary somewhat from time to time as the zones are re-interpreted, thereby altering the geometry.|
At M11A area, Xstrata Nickel (formerly Falconbridge) conducted numerous ground geophysical surveys (magnetics, AFMAG EM and IP) over the M11A ultramafic from 1959 onwards. Consolidated Marbenor Limited completed 46 diamond drill holes between 1959 and 1961, with Xstrata subsequently drilling 11 holes in the 1960's. The M11A ultramafic can be traced for more than 4 kilometres in length, of which less than 2.5 km had been drill tested and that was only by widely spaced holes.
The discovery of significant nickel mineralization at M11A was first announced in 2006 and was followed up by subsequent drilling programs in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 (refer to press releases dated July 11, 2006, May 8, 2007, April 21, 2008, May 20, 2008, January 4, 2010, February 4, 2010 and June 29, 2011). Due to complications with weather and logistics in the 2009 winter drilling program, zones at depth and along strike to the southwest were not able to be tested. The 2012 winter drill program targeted these areas for definition.
The Company plans to review results from this program and update resource calculations at M11A North later this year. The Company is advancing the M11A North Deposit with the expectation that it could eventually provide a source of supplemental feed for the Bucko Lake Mine operations to expand production and extend the life of the operations.
CaNickel executes a quality control program to ensure best practice in sampling and analysis. Samples are cut and split for assay with the remaining sample retained for reference. Samples to be assayed are initially transported in sealed and secure bags for assay preparation at ALS-Chemex Laboratory ("ALS") in Thunder Bay, Ontario for sample preparation. Subsequently ALS then sends pulps to their Vancouver British Columbia, offices for analysis. Fire assays were performed at ALS's laboratory in Vancouver on all the samples for gold and PGEs which undergo an ICP-AES finish and Sodium Peroxide Fusion. All other metals undergo an ICP-AES finish. Standards and blanks are submitted with each sample batch, one for every 25 samples.
James Wong, P.Eng., P.Geo. is the Qualified Person on the project as defined under National Instrument 43-101. He has verified the information and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
CaNickel Mining Limited, formerly "Crowflight Minerals Inc.", (TSX:CML) is a Canadian junior mining company that owns and operates the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba. The Company also holds nickel, copper and Platinum Group Mineral (PGM) projects in the Thompson Nickel Belt and Sudbury Basin.
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