Transition Expands PGM Mineralization at Sunday Lake

Figure 1. Plan View of Drill Holes Completed to Date (CNW Group/Transition Metals Corp.)

SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Transition Metals Corp. (XTM – TSX.V)  ("Transition", "the Company"), is pleased to provide an update on activities at the Sunday Lake Project, located near Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Sunday Lake Project is a joint venture between Transition and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) of South Africa that is fully funded by Implats. To date, the joint venture has completed 11 holes for a total of 5,095 metres which have returned multiple intersections of significant platinum rich mineralization and have defined shallowly dipping zones of mineralization within a 400 metre by 800 metres region located in the northeastern portion of the intrusion.

Location of drill holes and collar information is provided in Table 2 and depicted in Figure 1. A table of drill results is presented below in Table 1.  In addition to previous results, the tables contain the final results from the last two of five holes drilled as part of the spring 2014 drill program (SL-14-004 and SL-14-005).These holes encountered two new mineralized intercepts including 1.70 metres containing 1.58 g/t combined precious metals (Pt+Pd+Au or PGMs) in hole SL-14-004 and 4.8 metres containing 1.04 g/t PGMs in hole SL-14-005.  

Table 1: Summary of Assay Results

Drill Hole

From

 (m)

To

 (m)

Length

 (m)

Pt

 (g/t)

Pd

 (g/t)

Au

 (g/t)

Pt+Pd+Au

 (g/t)

Cu

 (%)

Ni (%)

S (%)

SL-13-002

369.4

371.8

2.4

0.87

0.46

0.03

1.36

0.03

0.04

0.72

and

395.0

415.2

20.2

2.11

0.95

0.16

3.22

0.26

0.11

1.22

including

410.0

413.0

3.00

3.41

1.68

0.28

5.37

0.45

0.13

1.23












SL-13-003

299.0

308.0

9.0

0.91

0.74

0.08

1.73

0.44

0.13

3.05

including

302.0

303.0

1.0

1.73

1.43

0.15

3.31

0.86

0.24

3.05












SL-13-005

164.6

170.6

6.0

0.40

0.31

0.04

0.75

0.13

0.04

0.59

including

167.6

168.6

1.0

0.66

0.59

0.09

1.34

0.31

0.07

0.97












SL-13-006

567.0

575.0

8.0

1.23

0.72

0.09

2.04

0.20

0.08

0.48

and

595.7

602.4

6.7

0.87

0.68

0.05

1.60

0.32

0.17

2.36

including

602.0

602.4

0.4

3.94

3.82

0.06

7.82

1.98

1.10

18.30

and

602.4

612.1

9.7

0.75

0.49

0.06

1.30

0.21

0.04

0.95

including

607.4

609.1

1.7

2.84

1.74

0.25

4.83

0.77

0.05

1.11












SL-14-002

412.0

420.0

8.0

1.13

0.46

0.08

1.67

0.13

0.05

0.74

Including

417.0

420.0

3.0

1.80

0.68

0.14

2.62

0.22

0.09

0.94












SL-14-003

389.3

401.0

11.7

1.79

0.94

0.06

2.79

0.12

0.04

2.49

Including

391.0

396.0

5.0

3.25

1.65

0.10

5.00

0.14

0.04

3.67

including

393.0

394.0

1.0

6.34

3.22

0.19

9.75

0.24

0.06

3.37

and

501.5

502.1

0.6

0.82

0.68

0.06

1.56

0.24

0.11

0.90

and

526.0

541.0

15.0

1.80

0.92

0.12

2.84

0.22

0.09

0.58

including

532.0

540.0

8.0

2.52

1.16

0.17

3.85

0.30

0.01

0.75












SL-14-004

463.6

465.3

1.7

1.00

0.51

0.07

1.58

0.12

0.05

0.29












SL-14-005

512.0

516.8

4.8

0.61

0.39

0.04

1.04

0.18

0.09

1.23












 

Table 2: Drill Hole Collar Locations and Downhole Survey Information

Drill Hole

Easting

Northing

Azimuth

Dip

Depth (m)

SL-13-001

334276

5396165

305

-60

249

SL-13-002

334445

5395645

170

-70

529

SL-13-003

334406

5395755

278

-60

356

SL-13-004

334206

5395617

180

-80

510

SL-13-005

334073

5395768

135

-85

239

SL-13-006

334702

5395503

230

-75

662

SL-14-001

334445

5395645

290

-80

417

SL-14-002

334702

5395503

315

-75

495

SL-14-003

334702

5395503

315

-87

564

SL-14-004

334533

5395544

345

-90

501

SL-14-005

334756

5395395

40

-75

573

Total

11 Holes




 5,095 m 

 

Discussion of Results

Of the 11 holes drilled, all that intersected the Sunday Lake Intrusion (SLI) returned high platinum tenor PGM intersections that are comparable with other deposits in the region including the nearby Thunder Bay North deposit owned by Panoramic Resources Limited (Panoramic)2

The SLI is a buried intrusion and geologic interpretation is based on the drilling.  To date the stratigraphy can be broken down into four main units: Gabbroic Breccia, Upper Gabbro Series, Lower Gabbro Series and Ultramafic Series.  Mineralization is observed to occur in the Gabbroic Breccia, Lower Gabbro Series and Ultramafic Series, while strong Ni, Cu and PGM depletion can be observed in the Upper Gabbro Series. The bulk of the mineralization encountered to date is zones of 1-5% blebby and disseminated chalcopyrite and pyrrhotite, however one intersection of semi-massive pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite has been encountered to date (SL-13-006). 

About the Sunday Lake Property

The Sunday Lake Property is located approximately 25 km north of Thunder Bay and 25 km west of Panoramic's Thunder Bay North deposit. The property consists of staked claims and privately owned land optioned in 2013 from Rio Tinto Exploration Corp and other property holders. The property covers a 3.5 km diameter circular reversely-polarized magnetic anomaly associated with the large buried mafic-ultramafic intrusion interpreted to be Proterozoic in age and related to the Midcontinental Rift (MCR). The MCR is a 2,000 km long geological rift in the center of North America that formed when the North American craton, began to split apart about 1.1 billion years ago. Early phases ('early-rift') of mafic to ultramafic intrusive rocks, with high associated PGMs occur within the MCR. In recent years, several deposits have been discovered in the MCR, including:

  • Lundin Mining Corporation's Eagle deposit: 5.33 Mt @ 3.1% Ni, 2.5% Cu, 1.32 g/t PGM (Probable)¹
  • Panoramic's Thunder Bay North deposit: 9.83 Mt @ 2.87 g/t Pt-Eq for 0.741 Moz Pt-Eq (Indicated) + 0.53 Mt @ 2.87 g/t Pt-Eq for 0.05 Moz Pt-Eq (Inferred)²

Qualified Person

The technical elements of this press release have been approved by Mr. Grant Mourre, P.Geo. (APGO), a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. All samples were analyzed in Vancouver by ALS Chemex. Platinum, palladium and gold values were determined together using standard lead oxide collection fire assay and ICP-AES finish. Base metal values were determined using lithium metaborate fusion and ICP-MS. Transition maintains a comprehensive chain of custody and QA-QC program on assays from its projects.  Industry-standard, certified reference materials and blanks are inserted into each sample batch delivered to the laboratory.

1 Resource reported by Lundin Mining, July 2013 NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Eagle Mine, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA

² Resource reported by Panoramic Resources, Thunder Bay North deposit: 2011 JORC compliant mineral resources estimate prepared by AMEC Americas Ltd.

About Transition Metals Corp

Transition Metals Corp (XTM -TSX.V) is a Canadian-based, multi-commodity project generator that specializes in converting new exploration ideas into Canadian discoveries. The award-winning team of geoscientists has extensive exploration experience in established, emerging and historic mining camps, and actively develops and tests new ideas for discovering mineralization in places that others have not looked, which often allows the company to acquire properties inexpensively. The team is rigorous in its fieldwork, and combines traditional techniques with newer ones to help unearth compelling prospects and drill targets. Transition uses the project generator business model to acquire and advance multiple exploration projects simultaneously, thereby maximizing shareholder exposure to discovery and capital gain. Joint venture partners earn an interest in the projects by funding a portion of higher-risk drilling and exploration, allowing Transition to conserve capital and minimize shareholder's equity dilution. The company, which went public in 2011, has an expanding portfolio that currently includes 30 gold, copper, nickel and platinum projects primarily in Ontario, Nunavut and Saskatchewan.

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'Hole 12SL0002 drilled by Rio Tinto Exploration Corp in 2012 - Interpretation based on logs filed for assessment with the Ontario Department of Mines – AFRI file 2.5355

SOURCE Transition Metals Corp.

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