VANCOUVER, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation ("Nevada Sunrise" or the "Company") (TSXV: NEV) is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement for an option to purchase a 100% interest in the Jackson Wash lithium exploration property ("Jackson Wash, or the "Property"), located in the Jackson Valley in Esmeralda County, Nevada. Jackson Wash is situated on a flat, desert basin having the potential to host lithium brine deposits in aquifers beneath the valley floor.
About the Jackson Wash Property
Jackson Wash consists of 130 unpatented placer claims totaling approximately 2,600 acres (1,052 hectares) and is located on the east side of the Montezuma Range approximately 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of the Silver Peak lithium brine mine operated by Albemarle Corporation (ALB: NYSE) and 13 miles (21 kilometers) southwest of Goldfield, the Esmeralda County seat.
Historical exploration on the Property in 2011 discovered widespread deposits of obsidian fragments on the valley floor, possibly derived from Tertiary felsic rhyolite and tuff volcanic rock units present in the Montezuma Range to the north and west of Jackson Wash. Fragments at six locations were sampled and returned lithium values ranging from 97.3 parts per million ("ppm") lithium to 117.0 ppm lithium (R. M. Allender, Jr., 2011). Weathering of the felsic volcanic rocks containing lithium is believed to be the source of lithium contained in subterranean brines.
The results of a detailed gravity survey and two CSAMT lines surveyed in 2011 by a previous operator were interpreted as a layered sequence of unconsolidated, saturated alluvial sediments filling a deep basin beneath the valley floor. The Jackson Wash basin is believed to be related to north-south basin and range fault systems. Drilling and sampling of the sediments and groundwater in the interpreted basin are the next steps in the exploration process for Jackson Wash. Nevada Sunrise is planning the first test of the Jackson Wash basin with a 3 to 4-hole drill program of holes up to 400 metres deep to test specific structural and stratigraphic targets believed prospective for lithium brine deposits.
For further information on Jackson Wash including a map showing its location, see the Company's website under "Projects-Nevada Lithium" at: http://www.nevadasunrise.ca/projects/nevadalithium
Details of the Option Agreement for Jackson Wash
Jackson Wash was the subject of an interim agreement announced by the Company on October 7, 2015. For an option to earn up to a 100% interest in Jackson Wash, Nevada Sunrise has agreed to issue a total of 500,000 common shares of the Company to the vendor, payable upon signing a definitive agreement (the "Agreement") for the Property, and on subsequent anniversaries of the Agreement, as follows:
- On signing the Agreement: 100,000 common shares
- 1st Anniversary: 150,000 common shares
- 2nd Anniversary: 250,000 common shares
A 1.5 mile (2.25 kilometer) area of interest applies to the Property. Jackson Wash is subject to a 3.0% gross overriding royalty ("GOR"). On the 3rd anniversary of the signing of the Agreements for Jackson Wash, Nevada Sunrise would have the right to purchase 1.0% of the GOR for US$1,000,000. The option agreement for Jackson Wash is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.
John R. Kerr, P. Eng., is the Company's designated Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
About Nevada Sunrise
Nevada Sunrise is a junior mineral exploration company with a strong technical team based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, that holds interests in six exploration projects in the State of Nevada, USA. Our three key gold assets include a 21% interest in a joint venture with Pilot Gold at Kinsley Mountain near Wendover, a 100% interest in the Golden Arrow project near Tonopah, and a 100% interest in the Roulette gold property in the southeastern Carlin trend near Ely, with each of the properties subject to certain production royalties. Nevada Sunrise began acquisitions of Nevada lithium properties in September 2015, which include options to earn 100% interests in the Neptune and Clayton Northeast projects in the Clayton Valley area. The Jackson Wash acquisition is the third lithium project added to the Company's mineral portfolio, and the first lithium acquisition outside of the Clayton Valley.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking information" with respect to Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation ("Nevada Sunrise") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements that address future mineral production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, the future price of lithium, potential quantity and/or grade of minerals, potential size of a mineralized zone, potential expansion of mineralization, the timing and results of future resource estimates, or other study, proposed exploration and development of our exploration properties and the estimation of mineral resources. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intends", "believe", "potential", and similar expressions, or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "should", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of Nevada Sunrise to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information.
Such factors include, among others, risks related to the interpretation and actual results of historical exploration at the Jackson Wash property, reliance on technical information provided by third parties on any of our exploration properties, including access to historical information on the Jackson Wash property; current exploration and development activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; labor disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis for the Nine Months ended June 30, 2015, which is available under Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Although Nevada Sunrise has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Nevada Sunrise disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
Forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and accordingly are subject to change after such date. Except as otherwise indicated by Nevada Sunrise, these statements do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any dispositions, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or other transactions that may be announced or that may occur after the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of our operating environment. Nevada Sunrise does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included in this document, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy of accuracy of this release. The Securities of Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to the account or benefit of any U.S. person.
SOURCE Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation
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