VANCOUVER, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") (TSX: MAW) (Frankfurt: MXR) (PINKSHEETS: MWSNF) announces the discovery of a new area, the Kaita gold prospect, made
during the first month of field work at Rompas and an update on the
summer exploration field season.
Initial success at the start of the field season with the discovery of
the Kaita prospect located 900 metres from the South Rompas drill area
where 26 surface mineralized sites (11 with visible gold) have been
discovered over a zone that strikes for 415 metres.
Mawson's plan is to maintain exploration momentum towards discovery and
a company-wide budget of $2.5M is planned for calendar 2013 with ten
local Finnish geologists currently active in the field.
Mr Hudson states, "We consider Rompas to be one of the most exciting,
near surface, high-grade, grassroots gold discoveries. Already, we have
seen a great start to our 2013 summer work with another visible gold
bearing surface discovery at Kaita over a 415 metre strike extent,
located south and parallel to the known Rompas trend."
"The continued success in defining gold from surface, outside of the
original Rompas discovery zone gives the Company great confidence.
Rompas has the potential, attributes and scale to develop into a
significant business and our plan is to maintain exploration momentum
towards discovery, with prudent spending to achieve our key aims. With
C$5M cash we are in an enviable position to do so and we look forward
to continued success over the summer."
The Kaita discovery (Figure 1) was made within the first days of the
2013 field season after targeting gold-anomalous surface reconnaissance
sampling and LIDAR (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) - identified topographic highs. To date, the discovery consists
of 26 surface mineralized sites (11 with visible gold) within an area
defined by 415 metres strike and 40 metres width. A majority of the
area has not yet been surface prospected. Kaita is parallel to and
located 900 metres south south-east of the South Rompas drill area and
extends the Rompas vein trend to at least 6.5 kilometres. Channel
sampling has already commenced at Kaita and assays are awaited.
Visible gold in the field has been observed in both uraninite and within
carbonate. Biotite-rich alteration, of the same style as Rajapalot, has
also been observed. Kaita is located outside the Natura 2000
biodiversity areas with large areas of thin till cover within the
Company's 100% owned exploration claims. The area has been confirmed
by a biologist to contain low value (young) forest and no significant
plant species. The Company has prioritized this area to map, prospect,
channel sample and define drill targets over the coming months.
Mawson is planning a targeted and active exploration program to continue
the momentum of discovery and definition at Rompas. A Company-wide
budget of $2.5M is envisaged to complete summer works which include:
A 827 line-km helicopter-borne VTEM Plus electromagnetic, magnetics and
radiometric geophysical survey over the Rajapalot area;
Extensive soil and heavy mineral geochemical sampling;
Shallow hand-held bedrock sampling traverses across the Rompas-Rajapalot
project area to map and sample the mineralized sequence undercover;
Structural geological investigations of orientation and continuity of
gold at South and North Rompas;
Application of improved technologies including using new LIDAR data that
will make targeting of the limited outcrop much more effective and
rapid, essentially completing prospecting work that once took from
weeks to a few days.
Metallurgical test work on both the Rompas vein and Rajapalot
disseminated gold styles.
Extensive geological research work to better understand the formation,
timing and controls of gold and uranium mineralization in conjunction
with the Geological Survey of Finland.
Diamond drilling and RC drilling is planned towards the end of summer
after geophysical and geochemical programs have been completed.
Approximately 80% of Mawson's highest priority targets at Rompas are
within European Union defined biodiversity areas (Natura 2000) where
the Company is not yet permitted to drill. Natura 2000 defined areas
cover 30% of Northern Finland. Although Mawson holds the mineral
rights within these areas, drilling is not permitted until a
modification of the claim decision is granted by the Finnish
Over the last year Mawson commissioned Golder Associates of Finland to
complete a Natura 2000 Assessment that mapped and reported in detail
the floral distribution and natural habitat types of the area. The
assessment also defined the impact that Mawson's planned drilling
program will have on the biodiversity values. The key consultant who
performed all the mapping was one of the biologists who mapped the
Rompas Natura 2000 area when it was defined in the late 1990s. He is
widely considered as one of the biodiversity experts for the project
area. The report concluded that at this stage of exploration, a
managed program will have no significant environmental effects on the
area. The Company started discussions regarding the report with
environmental authorities in May 2012 and the final submission of the
report was made in June 2013. The competent authority, the Centre for
Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, have up
to 6 months to comment on the report, and provide their feedback to the
mining authorities (TUKES). TUKES are the ultimate decision-makers to
modify Mawson's claims to allow drilling in the Natura 2000 areas. The
Company does not expect a decision before 2014.
Additionally, the Company has continued to regularly meet all
stakeholders including local groups, municipalities and administrative
bodies to update them on the Company's work plans. For the most part
the stakeholders have been supportive of the Company's work programs
and how it has dealt with compliance issues, however there have been
some objections and opposition to the Company's work plans and
environmental efforts. The Company has been dealing with an
investigation requested by certain Environmental Authorities into the
Company's hand dug trenches completed during the 2010 and 2011 work
programs. The Company has met with all relevant authorities multiple
times during the work period and since the objections were raised and
believes it conducted its operations within the intent and law of the
Mining and Nature Conservation Acts. The Company has been working with
all authorities in a transparent and open manner and strongly believes
that all allegations against the Company will be refuted when the facts
emerge at the end of the investigation, believed to be at the end of
About Mawson Resources Limited (TSX:MAW) (FRANKFURT:MXR)
Mawson Resources Limited is a resource acquisition and development company. The Company has
distinguished itself as a leading Scandinavian exploration company with
a focus on the flagship Rompas-Rajapalot gold project in Finland.
On behalf of the Board,
Michael Hudson, President & CEO
The qualified person for Mawson's Finnish projects, Mr Michael Hudson,
President & CEO for Mawson and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of
Mining Metallurgy has reviewed and verified the contents of this
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
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