The “Black Soil” radioactive anomaly hosted in the overburden returned 0.93 wt.% U308, 1180 ppm Cobalt, 625 ppm Nickel and 196 ppm Boron
(Calgary, AB): Traction Uranium Corp. (CSE: TRAC) (OTC: TRCTF) (FRA: Z1K) (the “Company” or “Traction”) and Ugreenco Energy Corp. have received assay results from the SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories for till samples from the recently completed Phase 1 ground program at their Key Lake South (KLS) property (please refer to Traction’s news release dated September 27th, 2022) and are pleased to announce samples derived from the radioactive “Black Soil” contained high grade uranium mineralization along with high levels of cobalt, nickel and other pathfinder elements in the near surface overburden.
Table 1: SRC Geoanalytical Lab ICP MS Total Digestion* Results:
|Sample Number||Co (ppm)||Ni (ppm)||Th (ppm)||U (ppm)||Yb (ppm)|
*Total Digestion: A 0.125 g pulp is gently heated in a mixture of ultrapure HF/HNO3/HCl04 until dry and the residue dissolved in dilute ultrapure HNO3.
- Column Header: Co (Cobalt), Ni (Nickel), Th (Thorium), U (Uranium), Yb (Ytterbium)
- The standard is DCB01
- KLS_BHZ is the KLS “Black Soil”
The “Black Soil” anomaly was discovered by the Company’s research geologists (Dr. Reza Deevsalar and Ayetullah Tunc) from the University of Saskatchewan’s Quartz Degradation Program under Dr. Yuanming Pan and was encountered within the giant surface uranium anomaly (GSUA) in an area of approximately 10 square kilometers (see Figure 1). The “Black Soil” anomaly was observed with thickness varying from a few centimetres up to 30 centimetres at several spots within the near surface overburden while conducting ground exploration in the fall of 2022 (see Photo 1).
Previous Historical “Radioactive Soil” Encounter at Key Lake
A similar radiometric anomaly was discovered close to the north shoreline of Seashorse Lake by Uranerz in the early 1970’s. Soil samples of the anomalous area assayed up to 1% U3O8. The soil anomaly found and analyzed was discovered above the Gaertner ore body making up what is now known as Cameco’s Key Lake Deposits producing a total of 209.8 million pounds of uranium with an average grade of 2.32% from 1983 to 2002.
The Key Lake site included two ore bodies, Gaertner and Deilmann, discovered in 1975 and 1976. Mining was conducted between 1983 and 1997. Milling began in 1983 and continues today (excerpt from Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission). The company’s KLS Project is located approximately 5 km from the Key Lake Mill which has been recently restarted by Cameco.
Table 2: SRC Geoanalytical Lab U3O8 Assay by ICP* in wt.% (U3O8).
|Sample Number||U3O8 wt. %|
* Uranium Assay: A. 1.00 g pulp is digested with 16 ml of 3:1 HCl:HNO3 for half an hour at 95 ̊C.
- The standard is BL4A.
- KLS_BHZ is the KLS “Black Soil”
Linglin Chu, M.Sc, P.Geo and Company QP stated, “If volume is promising, the extremely high concentration of uranium and cobalt in the “Black Soil” found within overburden will open up a new exploration concept as “overburden-hosted” uranium mineralization at KLS. Further work is required to determine volume and extent of the occurrence at shallow depth, however the proximity of the project to Cameco’s Key Lake Mill is advantageous in mining and milling compared to unconformity-hosted or basement-hosted uranium deposits typically found in the Athabasca Basin. To unearth the potential, different drilling methods will need to be employed such as auger drilling and reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the location of the “Black Soil” and surrounding GSUA within KLS to determine the extent of the “overburden-hosted” uranium and cobalt mineralization.”
The “Black Soil” anomaly, together with other uranium anomalies, coincides with broad gravity lows from the Ground Gravity Survey (please refer to Traction’s news release dated November 1st, 2022) completed in Phase 2 of the Fall KLS Field Program.
Further analysis is currently being conducted on the “Black Soil”, the results from KLS Phase 1 and 2 field programs paired with the Geochemical Analysis Results have generated high priority drill targets for the upcoming 2023 winter diamond drill program.
Lester Esteban, Chief Executive Officer, stated “Our exploration team has been anxiously awaiting the geochemical results from the radioactive “black soil” sample since encountering it during our Phase 1 field program at KLS. What makes the SRC results exciting is this is not the first-time radioactive soil has been discovered at Key Lake. It was first encountered in the early 70’s sitting on top of one of the first deposits to make up the Key Lake discovery – fast forward to 2022 and we are following the same narrative 50 years later by encountering the radioactive soil once again to generate high priority drill targets for our upcoming winter diamond drill program. In addition, having uranium mineralization in the till, within the over-burden, at near surface presents a compelling blue-sky opportunity to pursue as our team explores the potential for an “overburden-hosted” uranium mineralization that also contains cobalt, nickel and various rare earth elements (REE) mineralization uncovered in the analysis results which further solidifies KLS as our flagship project in the Athabasca Basin.”Figure 1. Location of the “Black Soil” surface radioactive anomaly within GSUA. The background shows ground concentration of uranium from the airborne gamma-ray spectrometry survey (Ford et al., 2006).
Photo 1. The “Black Soil” radioactive anomaly. Dimension of the Geiger Counter is 15 cm by 7.8 cm.
About Traction Uranium Corp.
Traction Uranium Corp. is in the business of mineral exploration and the development of discovery prospects in Canada, including its three exciting uranium projects in the world-renowned Athabasca Region.
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About the Property
The Key Lake South Uranium Project is located approximately 6 kilometers to the southwest of the Key Lake uranium mill and in close vicinity to modern uranium mining facilities and highway transportation in northern Saskatchewan. Geologically, it sits at the southeastern edge of the Proterozoic Athabasca Basin – home of the world’s largest and highest-grade uranium deposits and operations. Recent discovery of Triple R and Arrow deposits has demonstrated further potential of high-grade uranium at the edge of the basin.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Linglin Chu, M.Sc., P. Geo., who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The information provides an indication of the exploration potential of the Property but may not be representative of expected results.
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