VANCOUVER, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") (TSX: MAW)(Frankfurt: MRY). Mr Michael Hudson, President & CEO, announces the discovery of high
grade uranium mineralization at shallow depth at the Company's 100%
owned Riutta project, located in the Koli-Kaltimo area of south eastern
The best drill result from a 10 hole diamond drill program totaling
1,065 m comes from the Ristimonttu prospect where drill hole AREVA DH 1
intersected 11.3 m at 0.68% uranium oxide ("U3O8") including 3.7 m at 1.53% U3O8 from 28.3 m. The true thickness of the mineralized interval is estimated to be 8.6 m.
The drilling was conducted by Areva Resources Finland OY ("Areva")
during 2009, but drill core was never sampled at the time due to
Areva's concurrent sale of its Finnish exploration assets to Mawson.
Mawson recently accessed this core, identified the mineralized
intervals and completed sampling and assaying. AREVA DH 1 was the only
mineralized hole drilled in this program. Only one other hole drilled
by Areva tested the main 450 m long mineralized trend, with the
remainder of the Areva holes drilled in the south of the project area.
The Riutta project was discovered in 1958 by a boulder hunter. Since
then four major campaigns have been conducted by Atomienergia
(1958-59), Outokumpu Oy (1960-63), the Geological Survey of Finland
("GTK") (1983-88) and Areva (2008-09). In total 65 drill holes have
been drilled at Riutta for 6,275 m. Drilling has been restricted to
shallow holes separated by long timeframes with only 10 holes drilled
at Riutta over the last 23 years. Over 500 mineralized boulders have
been located at Riutta, with more than one hundred assaying greater
than 1% uranium. The Ristimonttu and Unimonttu prospects have both
been trenched where pitchblende veins and pockets were exposed. The
previous best drill results at Riutta were in drill hole 324 which
intersected 3.6 m @ 1.10% U3O8 from 42.0 m (including 0.35 m @ 9.79% U3O8 from 42.6 m) at the Unimonttu prospect and in drill hole AE-7 which
intersected 1.0 m @ 0.35% U3O8 from 63.3 m in drill hole AE-7 at Kolmosviuhka prospect. These holes
are located 260 m and 450 m respectively SSE of drill hole AREVA DH1.
Mawson has just completed a 5.4 line km geophysical IP survey at Riutta
which consisted of 9 lines at 100m spacing to aid in the delineation
and define continuity of the sulphide and pitchblende bearing
mineralized ore shoots.
"This is the best uranium drill result in Finland's history and
demonstrates the potential for high grade and near surface uranium at
the Riutta project" said Mr Hudson. "High grade uranium mineralization
has now been drilled over 450 m of strike within a larger 3.6 km
trend. These results highlight the outstanding discovery opportunities
presented by Mawson's Scandinavian uranium portfolio, in addition to
the Company's flagship Rompas gold project in Finland. The Riutta
project is fully permitted for exploration, mineralization remains open
along strike and down dip, and Mawson looks forward further testing the
project's potential utilizing our recent geophysical survey results."
Uranium mineralization at Riutta consists of thin pitchblende veins (up to a few mm) as infill in microbreccias within sericite-quartz schist host. The bedrock is composed of Archean
gneisses, overlain by Paleoproterozoic quartzitic metasediments. Mafic
to ultramafic dykes cut across these rocks. Riutta is considered to be
an example of low temperature structural replacement. Alteration is
extensive and consists of epidote, chlorite, quartz, sericite, albite,
potassium feldspar, carbonate and clinozoisite.
About Mawson Resources Ltd (TSX: MAW) (FRANKFURT: MRY) (PINKSHEETS:
Mawson Resources Ltd is a resource acquisition and development company with metal and energy
Mawson has distinguished itself as a leading Scandinavian gold and
uranium exploration company with a focus on the flagship Rompas project in Finland. As the European Union moves to reduce its reliance on
carbon-based energy sources and continues to debate energy security,
Mawson is well positioned to provide Europe with the option to fuel its
future. In addition, the Company is exploring for gold and copper in
the highly prospective Cordillera of Peru with a focus on a new
gold-copper discovery at Alto Quemado.
With a strong cash position and a multi-jurisdiction European and South
American portfolio, Mawson is ideally positioned to enhance its status
as a leader in the uranium and gold industries.
Shares Outstanding: 51,670,753. Cash: approximately C$11 million.
On behalf of the Board,
Michael Hudson, President & CEO
Forward Looking Statement. The statements herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking
statements. These statements address future events and conditions and
so involve inherent risks and uncertainties, as disclosed under the
heading "Risk Factors" in the company's periodic filings with Canadian
securities regulators. Actual results could differ from those currently
projected. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any
forward-looking statement. The TSX Exchange has not reviewed and does
not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Mawson samples were prepared by ALS Chemex Ltd's laboratory in Pitea,
Sweden and analyzed by Au-ICP21, ME-MS41u, PGM-ICP27 and ME-MS61u
techniques by ALS Chemex Ltd's laboratory in Vancouver, Canada. The
qualified person for Mawson's Finnish projects, Erkki Vanhanen, Finnish
Exploration Manager for Mawson with a designation of European Geologist
for the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), has reviewed and
verified the contents of this release.
SOURCE Mawson Resources Ltd.
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