September 09, 2016 Drill Program Underway on CanAlaska's West Athabasca Diamond Project
CanAlaska News Release - Sep 9 2016
Eleven Kimberlite Targets to be Tested
Vancouver, British Columbia, September 9,
2016 -- CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. "the Company"(TSX-V:
DH7N) ("CanAlaska" or the "Company") is pleased to
report that De Beers Exploration has commenced its drill program
at the Company's West Athabasca Diamond Project ("the Project").
Eleven kimberlite targets with various features are scheduled to
be drilled in this current program, with the balance to be
tested this winter, results dependent. Detailed low level
airborne survey has identified 85 magnetic anomalies, enclosing
258 discrete magnetic targets.
Figure 1 shows location of properties
Largest Target is 18 Hectares
A number of magnetic anomalies from the detailed low level
airborne survey data have been modelled. They coalesce to form
linear to circular near-surface targets, some of which show
co-incident electromagnetic response, from earlier survey data.
There are several targets in excess of 500 metres diameter,
however most of the larger targets in the survey area are below
lakes or swamps and can only be drilled after winter freeze-up.
Eleven circular and linear targets with various geophysical
responses are accessible and have been chosen for drill testing
through September and October.
The first holes at smaller near-surface targets, X0031 and
X0017, located at the extreme west of the Project, were
completed over the past weekend and recently reported to the
Company. Overburden was 22 to 36 metres, both did not
intersected kimberlite and these anomalies could be explained by
a slight enrichment of magnetic materials near the base of the
overburden. Drilling is continuing and will focus on a variety
of targets through the central and eastern portion of the
Project, with a second drill rig due to arrive on site in the
next few days.
The airborne survey completed recently provided significantly
better definition of anomaly outlines and identified the
presence of various lobes in the case of complex anomalies, as
shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2 showing magnetic survey image of target
X0434, one of the larger clusters
The drill program operates out of a 20 person
camp located at Carswell Lake, and will continue into
mid-October to test a selection of the accessible land targets.
Drilling of the remaining targets, which are located under
lakes, is planned for winter 2017. All drillcore will be shipped
to De Beers' facilities for detailed logging, sampling, and
CanAlaska President Peter Dasler commented, "The size, shapes
and clustering of the magnetic and electromagnetic features make
the targets compelling as kimberlite intrusions. In addition to
the sharp definition of the targets as defined by De Beers'
survey, we're impressed by the large number of targets, and look
forward to the progressive testing of the various sites."
About the West Athabasca Diamond Project
CanAlaska and De Beers are exploring the West Athabasca Project
for diamonds under a staged $20.4 million Option-Participation
Agreement. The project area covers 85 kimberlite-style targets
staked by CanAlaska in the northwestern Athabasca Basin of
Saskatchewan. De Beers may earn an interest in the Project
through a series of escalating exploration programs. For more
information about the West Athabasca Diamond Project visit
About De Beers
De Beers is a member of the Anglo American Group. Established in
1888, De Beers is the world's leading diamond company with
expertise in exploration and development, mining, and marketing
of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers
employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as contractors)
across the diamond pipeline, and is the world's largest diamond
producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada,
Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company's operating
philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to
Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in
which they live and work, and transforming natural resources
into shared national wealth. For further information about the
De Beers Group of Companies visit
About CanAlaska Uranium
CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSX-V:
DH7N) holds interests in approximately 500,000 hectares
(1.2 million acres), one of the largest land positions in
Canada's Athabasca Basin region -- the "Saudi Arabia of Uranium."
CanAlaska's strategic holdings has attracted major international
mining companies Cameco, Denison, KORES, KEPCO, and the De Beers
Group of Companies. CanAlaska is a project generator and is
positioned for discovery success in the world's richest uranium
The qualified technical person for this news release is Dr Karl
Schimann, P. Geo, VP Exploration, for CanAlaska.
behalf of the Board of Directors
Peter Dasler, P. Geo.,
President & CEO
Peter Dasler, President and CEO.
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De Beers Canada Inc.
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