Tantalum, caesium research suggested for Snow Lake site

Snow Lake Resources has been advised to broaden its horizons with its lithium project near Snow Lake.

The company provided an update on its Thompson Brothers lithium project, located near Snow Lake, on March 26. The update comes after an outside analysis of the project completed by Vancouver-based CanMine Consultants. CanMine began discussions to review the site in January, aiming for a resource estimate to be completed at a later date. Workers with CanMine visited the site last month.

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According to a report from Snow Lake Resources, assay results from core samples taken from the project show high levels of lithium-containing minerals. CanMine recommended that the company begin testing for other elements, such as tantalum and caesium.

Caesium is a highly reactive metal used in oil exploration, atomic clocks and some electronics. Tantalum is used often in electronic components and metal alloys, ranging from use in smartphones to nuclear reactors and ballistic missiles.

CanMine also suggested Snow Lake Resources sample additional rock near known pegmatite contacts. Pegmatites can contain high amounts of lithium, particularly when in the form of spodumene, a mineral that has been found at the Thompson Brothers site.

Six drill cores associated with the site logged in 2017 have shown several deficiencies, according to CanMine’s findings, and were not logged to the same standards as drill cores logged later. The six holes will be relogged.

Snow Lake Resources also announced the company would form a technical advisory team, focusing on lithium development. One member of the team has been named: Carey Galeschuk, a geoscientist who formerly worked at the Tanco Mine in southeastern Manitoba. The Tanco mine, currently owned by the Cabot Corporation, is the world’s largest producer of caesium and also produces tantalum and pollucite.

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