Vancouver, British Columbia — September 23, 2019 Defense Metals Corp. (“DefenseMetals” or the “Company”) (DEFN: TSX-V / DFMTF: OTCQB / 35D: FSE) is pleased to announce completion of the 2019 resource definition diamond drill program at its 1,708 hectare (4,220 acre) Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (REE) Project located near Prince George, Canada.
Subsequent to announcing commencement of the 2019 Wicheeda drill program (see the Defense Metals’ August 12, 2019 New Release) the Company completed 13 diamond drill holes totalling 2,005 metres. The diamond drill, camp and exploration crew have now demobilized from the field, and APEX Geoscience Ltd. geologists have transported the remaining drill core to Prince George to complete the balance of logging and sampling. The Company will provide additional updates as work progresses.
The 13 diamond drill holes were completed from three separate drill pads, designed to test the northern, southern and western extent of the Wicheeda deposit where it is still open, and to further delineate the relatively higher-grade near surface dolomite carbonatite unit.
All 13 drill holes intersected significant intercepts of visibly REE element mineralized dolomite-carbonatite rocks. The key takeaways from the highly successful 2019 Wicheeda REE Carbonatite Deposit diamond drill program were:
- Diamond drilling at the northern margin of the 2019 Wicheeda Deposit Resource area was successful in delineating and expandingthe northern margin of the deposita distance of 100 metres, which represents an approximately 40% increase in the drill defined north-south strike extent of the Wicheeda Deposit (Figure 1).
- Significantly, the final hole of the 2019 program (WI19-32) intersected a 130 metre core length interval of visibly REE mineralized dolomite-carbonatiteleaving the deposit still open for expansion to the north. The true width of the interval is interpreted to be approximately 80% of the drilled intercept.
- Infill drilling in the east central area of the deposit resulted in expansion of the edge of the deposit 45 metres beyond the limit of the 2019 Resource Model (WI19-29).
- Delineation drilling in the southwest area of the deposit extended the limit of dolomite-carbonatite rocks a further 25 metres beyond the 2019 Resource Model (WI19-20 and WI19-21).
- Resource definition drilling successfully increased confidence in the geometry of REE mineralized dolomite-carbonate rocks at higher elevation with the deposit, in addition to providing multiple pierce points from which to further refine the Wicheeda carbonatite envelope.
Defense Metals looks forward to receipt of assayresults, and incorporating these new diamond drill results into anupdated and potentiallyexpanded mineral resource estimate for the Wicheeda Deposit.
Craig Taylor, CEO and President of Defense Metals Corp., commented,“We have intersected REE mineralization within every drill hole of the 2019 drill program. Our 2019 resource definition drilling has exceeded our expectations in significantly expanding the drilled extent of REE mineralized dolomite-carbonatite, and meeting our primary goal of increasing drill hole density within the higher REE grade upper portions of the Wicheeda Mineral Resource”
Figure 1: Wicheeda Deposit 2019 Diamond Drill Plan
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release as it relates to the Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a director of Defense Metals and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Defense Metals Corp.
Defense Metals is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition of mineral deposits containing metals and elements commonly used in the electric power market, military, national security and the production of green energy technologies, such as, high strength, light weight, rare earth magnets. Defense Metals’ primary focus is to exercise its option to acquire 100% of the 1,780 hectare Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project. Defense Metals Corp. trades in Canada under “DEFN” on the TSX Venture Exchange, the United States, under “DFMTF” on the OTCQB and the German, Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol of “35D”.
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Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events, level of activity, performance or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: (i) risks related to rare earth elements, and other commodity price fluctuations; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of exploration results; (iii) risks related to the inherent uncertainty of exploration and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; (iv) that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; (v) that Defense Metals may lose or abandon its property interests or may fail to receive necessary licences and permits; (vi) that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous; (vii) that Defense Metals may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; (viii) the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with Defense Metals’ expectations; (ix) exploration and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; (x) competition; (xi) the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of geologic reports or studies; (xii) the uncertainty of profitability based upon Defense Metals’ history of losses; (xiii) risks related to environmental regulation and liability; (xiv) risks associated with failure to maintain community acceptance, agreements and permissions (generally referred to as “social licence”), including local First Nations; (xv) risks relating to obtaining and maintaining all necessary government permits, approvals and authorizations relating to the continued exploration and development of Defense Metals’ projects; (xvi) risks related to the outcome of legal actions; (xvii) political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; (xix) risks related to current global financial conditions; and (xx) other risks and uncertainties related to Defense Metals’ prospects, properties and business strategy. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly.
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