NexGen Extends Arrow Discovery Zone. Second Hole Intersects Several Highly Anomalous Radioactive Zones, Rook I West, SW Athabasca Basin
March 13, 2014
- Second drill hole at the "Arrow" Prospect, Rook I west area intersects several radioactive zones
- Multiple sections of high cps total count gamma spectrometer readings including one zone totaling 15.05 meters (containing several intercepts greater than 10,000cps) of radioactive anomalism
- Arrow mineralised zone is currently extended to a minimum 32 meters down dip across two holes
- Structural interpretation validated
NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX-V: NXE) ("NexGen" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the discovery of further new zones of uranium mineralisation within a second hole (RK-14-27) in the Arrow prospect, Rook 1 project in the SW Athabasca Basin, extending the known zone of uranium mineralisation down dip and along strike.
The first hole at Arrow, RK-14-21 (as previously reported on Sedar, February 24, 2014), was completed at 663.0m. It intersected uranium-mineralised brecciated structural zones over several zones downhole, including 26.2m from 204.8-231.0m, 0.6m from 318.5-319.1m, 26.8m from 517.9-544.5m, and 4.0m from 580.0-584.0m. Four further holes have been completed at Arrow (holes RK-14-24, -25, -26, and -27) (see Figure 1).
The most recent hole, RK-14-27, was completed to a depth of 576m. It intersected uraniferous structurally-disturbed zones similar to the zones in hole RK-14-21, and interpreted to be continuations of those zones. These include downhole radioactively anomalous intercepts in RK-14-27 of 0.25m from 224.45-224.70m, 15.05m from 240.65-255.70m (Figs 2 and 3), 1.25m from 359.20-360.45m, and 0.20m from 435.70-435.90m.
Andrew Browne, NexGen's Vice-President, Exploration and Development, commented, "The structural interpretation of uranium mineralised zones at Arrow has been validated. We are greatly encouraged by this confirmation of both along strike and down dip extensions, and by the preliminary thickness and strength of the radioactivity. Further drilling at Arrow is designed to continue to confirm the strike and dip extent of this newly discovered uranium mineralised prospect."
Leigh Curyer, NexGen's CEO commented, "Andrew Browne, James Sykes and Matthew Schwab (the core NexGen technical team) have done a terrific job in only the 5 holes drilled to date at Arrow. The arrival of a third drill rig for the summer program will significantly expedite the results and potential of Arrow and the other identified geophysical targets on the western section of Rook I."
As previously reported, the Arrow zone is structurally complex, with a range of basement lithologies having variable competency contrast. Hole 21 suffered a deviation from its planned trace apparently due to a combination of boulders in the glacial overburden and foliated basement. Holes RK-14-24, -25, and -26 were planned and drilled to ascertain the orientation of the dominant mineralised structures. While no major radiometric zones were intersected, analysis of structures in these holes meant that hole -27 was successfully planned to intersect the interpreted mineralised zones both along strike and down dip. The next follow up hole, RK-14-29, is planned a further 40m SW along strike to again intersect the interpreted mineralised Arrow zones.
Hole RK-14-27 has been probed radiometrically, using a Mt Sopris 2PGA-1000 total count natural gamma scintillometer probe (Fig 4). The significant radioactive zones have been measured using a hand-held Radiation Solutions Inc RS-125 spectrometer (Table 1), and this has confirmed that all radiometric activity is due to uranium. Currently, NexGen defines "significant" as a minimum of 5cm greater than 500 cps (counts per second). Note that the Radiation Solutions RS-125 spectrometer now used for core scanning is a different instrument to the Exploranium GR-110 previously used. The RS-125 spectrometer has a larger detector crystal than the Exploranium GR-110, but the total count gamma scan readings in counts per second (cps) are in the same range and it is used for qualitative indications of radioactive anomalism.
As in hole RK-14-21, the host lithology throughout most of hole RK-14-27 comprises variably chloritised medium/coarse-grained quartz-garnet-feldspar gneiss, with localized graphitic zones, shearing, brecciation, minor silicification, local dravitic clay veins, and clay alteration. All mineralised zones are being sampled for chemical analysis.
Hole RK-14-28 is in progress, and is designed to intersect the cause of the gravity low at Arrow.
To view Table 1, Radioactively anomalous zones in RK-14-27, please follow this link.
Natural gamma radiation in drill core reported in this news release was measured in counts per second (cps) using a Radiation Solutions Inc RS-125 gamma-ray spectrometer, and a Mt Sopris 2PGA-1000 natural gamma probe. The reader is cautioned that total count gamma readings may not be directly or uniformly related to uranium grades of the rock sample measured; they should be used only as a preliminary indication of the presence of radioactive minerals. All intersections are downhole. Core interval measurements and true thicknesses are yet to be determined.
Andrew Browne, FAusIMM(CP), NexGen's Vice President, Exploration & Development, is a "qualified person" for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 -- Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
NexGen is a British Columbia corporation with a focus on the acquisition, exploration and development of Canadian uranium projects. NexGen has a highly experienced team of exploration professionals with a track record in the discovery of unconformity-style uranium deposits in Canada.
NexGen owns a portfolio of highly prospective uranium exploration assets in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada, including, an option to earn a 70% interest in the Radio Project, immediately adjacent to Rio Tinto's Roughrider Deposit and a 100% interest in Rook 1, immediately adjacent to the north east of Patterson Lake South.
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