Xplore Resources Corp., has acquired, through staking, an additional seven (7) claims totaling 9,120 hectares in the Borborema Pegmatite Province (“BPP”), Brazil. The properties are located approximately 150 kilometres west of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in the northeastern region of Brazil. Rio Grande do Norte offers excellent, year-round road access and established infrastructure.
The BPP is one of the largest, granitic, pegmatite provinces in South America, extending over 150 kilometres along a north-northeast trend through the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Paraiba, and measuring more than 75 kilometres in width (REF. Figure 1.0). The BPP was an important source of tantalum and beryl from the late 1940’s through the 1970’s and the area was known for “specimen” quality samples of tantalum, beryl and niobium. Over 700 rare earth element (“REE”) pegmatites have been recorded throughout the BPP and more recent research has confirmed lithium-cesium-tantalum (“LCT”) type pegmatites are common as well (REF. Figure 2.0).
Wes Hanson, P.Geo., President and CEO of Xplore, notes, “The Borborema Pegmatite Province, has seen little modern exploration aside from university and government research projects and artisanal mining activity for the production of tantalum and semi-precious gemstones, including aquamarine and tourmaline, all of which are often associated with lithium-cesium-tantalum or LCT type pegmatites. Most of the historic mining in the district was conducted by artisanal miners and limited to within 25 metres of surface. Record keeping was limited and any by-product lithium production was taken up by the federal government who, until recently, considered lithium to be a strategic metal and therefore, tightly regulated both exploration for and production of lithium throughout Brazil. We believe the Borborema district offers outstanding potential for lithium discovery and our goal is to mobilize field teams to both the Borborema as well as our Energia lithium property in Minas Gerais in 2023 to conduct reconnaissance mapping and sampling on both properties.”
Mr. Hanson also notes, “We plan to continue evaluating opportunities to expand our lithium portfolio of projects in Brazil as well as Canada. The favourable surface and diamond drill results recently reported by Green Technology Metals Ltd. at their Root property in northwestern ON. demonstrate the favourable discovery potential at our Surge property, located immediately to the east of Root. Our Perrigo property is also located west of the Allison Lake batholith, an area receiving increased exploration focus, particularly for it’s potential to host LCT type pegmatites.”
About Xplore Resources (TSXV: XPLR)
Xplore Resources is a Toronto based exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under symbol XPLR and is focused on the acquisition and development of lithium, copper and gold projects in the Americas. The Company is led by a highly experienced management team and is comprised of industry experts with executive and senior management experience.
Mr. Wes Hanson, P. Geo., President & CEO of Xplore and registered in the Provinces of Ontario is the “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and is responsible for the technical contents of this news release and has approved the disclosure of the technical information contained herein.
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“Wesley C. Hanson”
President & CEO