Quaterra Plans Additional Drilling At Willow Creek Molybdenum Prospect, Montana
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Quaterra Resources Inc. today announced plans to deepen one of two holes drilled during 2010 at the Willow Creek porphyry molybdenum prospect in southwestern Montana, 40 miles southeast of Missoula and 10 miles northwest of Phillipsburg. The hole will be deepened a minimum of 500 feet to test a strong copper-fluorine-tungsten-zinc anomaly that could indicate underlying molybdenum mineralization.
The Company drilled two vertical core holes totaling 3,789 feet during the third quarter of 2010 but was unable to corroborate unconfirmed reports of significant molybdenum mineralization near the bottom of a 1,700 foot hole drilled in the southeastern part of a large quartz stockwork zone.
Detailed review of down-hole geochemistry revealed that Hole 2 intersected a zone of strongly anomalous copper, fluorine, tungsten, and zinc starting at a depth of 1,600 feet and continuing to bottom at 1,783 feet. This halo is characteristic of the upper parts of molybdenum systems and provides justification for deepening the hole. Work is scheduled to begin in the next four to six weeks.
The Willow Creek prospect is located within the prolific northeast-trending Idaho-Montana porphyry belt, which includes major producing mines at Butte, Montana and Thompson Creek, Idaho; and a number of significant molybdenum resources.
Core samples were prepped and analyzed by ALS Chemex in Elko, Nevada and Vancouver, B.C. respectively. Molybdenum was analyzed at five-foot core intervals by trace level AA after a 4-acid digestion. The following analyses were run on 25 foot composited samples: 33 element ICP with 4-acid digestion; fluorine using selective ion electrode analysis after sample fusion; gold, 30 gram fire assay.
A graph of key elements for each core hole is posted on the Quaterra website.
Dr. Thomas Patton is the qualified person responsible for the preparation of this release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Dr. Thomas Patton,
President and CEO, Quaterra Resources Inc.
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