Quaterra Discovers Uranium Mineralized Breccia Pipe on Arizona Strip
High-grade U3O8 discovered in Quaterra’s second airborne VTEM anomaly
VANCOUVER, B.C. Quaterra Resources Inc. today announced the discovery of a new breccia pipe with high-grade uranium mineralization on the second VTEM geophysical anomaly tested by drilling on the Company’s Arizona Strip Project. Discovery Hole A-20-01, the first hole to test the A-20 anomaly, intercepted a thickness of 34.5 feet averaging 0.37% U3O8 at a depth of 1,442 feet, including a high-grade zone of 6.5 feet averaging 0.63% U3O8 at a depth of 1,443 feet. The hole also intercepted a deeper zone of 13.0 feet averaging 0.46% at a depth of 1,567 feet that includes a higher grade interval of 10.0 feet averaging 0.58% U3O8. A list of all intercepts is shown in Table 1.
“The A-20 pipe is a significant discovery”, says Eugene Spiering, Quaterra’s VP Exploration. “It may be the first time in the history of the district that the first hole drilled in a target resulted in the discovery of high-grade mineralization in a collapsed breccia pipe.”
The relative size of the A-20 pipe can not yet be determined, but it may be comparable to the larger breccia pipes in the district. Only two holes have been completed in the structure and both have penetrated pipe breccia. Hole A-20-03, drilled as a 10 foot offset to abandoned hole A-20-2, intercepted 11.0 feet averaging 0.21% U3O8 at a depth of 1,548.5 feet. The intercept is at a location approximately 70 feet south of the mineralization in hole A-20-01. Both holes drift to the northeast suggesting that the structure may yet continue for a significant distance to the southwest.
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The A-20 target is the second of more than 200 moderate- to high-priority VTEM geophysical anomalies defined on Quaterra’s 85 square mile property. Unlike the A-1 structure, A-20 is not a hidden pipe. However, because of its subtle surface expression it remained undetected until Quaterra’s VTEM survey. Additional drilling at A-20 will be deferred until later this year. The Company is accelerating testing of additional high-priority VTEM anomalies and is currently drilling a third VTEM target.
Mr. Eugene Spiering, VP Exploration, is the qualified person responsible for this news release.
Quaterra Resources Inc. (AMEX: QMM, TSX-V: QTA) is a junior exploration company focused on making significant mineral discoveries in North America. The company uses in-house expertise and its extensive network of consultants, prospectors and industry contacts to identify, acquire and evaluate prospects in mining-friendly jurisdictions with the potential to host large base metal, precious metal or uranium deposits. The company’s preference is to acquire a 100% interest in properties on reasonable terms and maintain this interest through initial evaluation.
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President and CEO, Quaterra Resources Inc.
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