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Kenora yields more lithium

Avalon Advanced Materials sizes up new discovery
(Avalon Advanced Materials photo)

Avalon Advanced Materials reports the discovery of more lithium pegmatite on its Separation Rapids property near Kenora.

The new discovery, dubbed Snowbank Pegmatite, was found on its Paterson Lake claims, acquired by Avalon last year.

The claims are four kilometres northwest of the company’s main Separation Rapids lithium deposit.

The company said it was discovered during the summer in a large outcrop area, traceable for over 100 metres along strike, averaging six metres wide.

As with Separation Rapids, the lithium is found in the ore mineral petalite, appearing as large crystals up to 15 centimetres in diameter.

Individual channel samples have yielded assays of up to 2.51 per cent lithium oxide over 1.1 metres.

The 2,421-hectare Separation Rapids property is 70 kilometres north of Kenora. Toronto-based Avalon wants to develop it into an open-pit mine and go into commercial production by 2021.

The company said in a Sept.4 news release that the discovery illustrates there may be for more in the area to extend the mine life of the operation planned for the main deposit.

Next steps at Paterson Lake include further rock sampling, trenching and drilling planned for this winter.