Toronto, October 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Churchill Resources Inc. (“Churchill” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CRI) is pleased to announce that surface and drilling results are returning very encouraging high grade nickel intercepts from the Layden Magmatic Intrusive prospect at the Company’s Taylor Brook Project in western Newfoundland. Results include:
“These near surface high grade results are consistent with our belief that we are on the edge of a potentially large-scale magmatic system,” Commented Paul Sobie, Churchill’s CEO. “The mineralization is open at depth and along strike, and we continue to interpret that the Layden intrusive and the adjacent Western Dyke are peripheral to a major mineralized system.”
Both drill intercepts above were included within longer mineralized intervals, detailed in the table below. Note that all intersections are provided as core lengths, not true widths, which have yet to be determined.
2022 fieldwork at Taylor Brook has taken both a detailed approach to the outcropping Layden Intrusive, coupled with a regional exploration perspective, assessing the bigger picture including the adjacent Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex which is of a similar age as the nickel-bearing intrusives at Layden, and therefore extending the area of interest to over 10 kilometres of strike. The encouraging grades and nickel tenors (10-14% in drill core and 7-9% in channel samples) encountered at both Layden and the Western Dyke are confirming that massive sulphide accumulations are present. It is thought that the Western Dyke may represent a feeder to the Layden Intrusive, as they appear to merge based on the 2022 drilling and mapping which confirmed a southern extension to the host gabbronorite body (Figure 1).
A compilation of VTEM, TDEM and BHEM conductor plates in this area is in progress. The Company will continue to evaluate this high-grade system at depth and along strike, while regionally exploring the Layden trend and western margin of the Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex. We look forward to announcing further results in the coming weeks.
Churchill has received assay results for 2022 drillholes TB22-14 to TB22-22 thus far. Significant results in holes 15, 19 and 20 are shown in the table, and borehole locations are shown in accompanying Figure 1. Assays for platinum, palladium and gold are pending for these samples.
Holes TB22-14, 16, 18 and 21 did not encounter any significant sulphide mineralization and were not sampled. Holes TB22-17 and TB22-22 drilled through long intervals of mineralized nickel-copper-cobalt intrusive breccias with assays reaching anomalous thresholds (>0.2% Ni, >0.1% Cu and >0.01% Co) with heavy dilution of the sulphide pulses, by entrained gabbronorite and gneissic basement clasts.
The Phase 2 work program at Taylor Brook continues to encourage the CRI technical team, and a more comprehensive understanding of the magmatic mineralization and structural geological nature at Layden is emerging. The broadly similar age relationship between the Layden gabbronorite intrusive, the mineralized Western Dyke, and the very large, adjacent Taylor Brook Gabbro Complex is also being clarified through the use of geochemistry, petrography and age-dating studies of core and surface samples under the direction of Dr. Derek Wilton.
Churchill also has received assays for 35 channel samples collected from washed Layden Intrusive Breccia outcrops within a previously excavated trench. Two channels at the Layden Showing are reported above. All other channels sampled dilute nickel-copper-cobalt breccia, and many returned anomalous values as per Figure 2 below. The sulphide content of pure matrix material within the breccias is consistent with our magmatic model, and ongoing geological modelling work will attempt to correlate these pulses seen on surface with those in core.
The 2022 field work at Taylor Brook began in late April, and to date has included:
Drilling operations are currently halted while borehole surveys are completed and interpreted, and all data compiled to plan the next phase of operations.
The technical and scientific information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Derek H.C Wilton, P.Geo., FGC, who is a “qualified person” as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and independent of the Company. The core and channel samples were placed in labelled, sealed plastic bags and delivered to Eastern Analytical of Springdale, NL, an ISO/IEC 17025 . Standard OREAS 13b and blanks were inserted in the assay batch. The samples were analysed using ICP 34 (inductively coupled plasma) analytical protocols. Samples with over limit Ni, Cu and Co contents were re-assayed using Eastern’s Ore Grade Assay (multi acid digestion) overlimit method. Quality control results, including the laboratory’s own control samples, were evaluated immediately.
About Churchill Resources Inc.
Churchill is managed by career mining industry professionals and currently holds four exploration projects, namely Taylor Brook in Newfoundland, Florence Lake in Labrador, Pelly Bay in Nunavut and White River in Ontario. All projects are at the evaluation stage, with known mineralized Nickel-Copper-Cobalt showings at Taylor Brook, Florence Lake and Pelly Bay, and significantly diamondiferous kimberlitic intrusives at White River and Pelly Bay. The primary focus of Churchill is on the continued exploration and development of the Taylor Brook and Florence Lake Nickel Projects.
For further information regarding Churchill, please contact:
Churchill Resources Inc.
Paul Sobie, Chief Executive Officer
Tel. +1 416.365.0930 (o)
+1 647.988.0930 (m)
Alec Rowlands, Corporate Consultant
Tel. +1 416.721.4732 (m)
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