Western Athabasca Syndicate Commences Winter Drill Program at Preston Property in the Patterson Lake Region, SW Athabasca Basin
Vancouver, BC – March 17, 2014: Noka Resources Inc. (TSX-V: NX, FSE: 2NK) (“Noka”) is pleased to announce that the Western Athabasca Syndicate (the “Syndicate”) has commenced its inaugural diamond-drilling program on its flagship Preston Uranium Property (the “Property”) in the southwest Athabasca Basin. Three initial target areas, out of a growing target base currently standing at fifteen, were selected by the Syndicate’s Technical Committee for immediate drilling based on encouraging fieldwork results and coincident anomalies from ground gravity, airborne and ground EM and magnetics (graphitic conductors and structures), radon, soil, biogeochem, lake sediment, and geological mapping surveys. This drill campaign represents the first modern-day drill exploration program on the Preston Uranium Property.
Preston Lake Property Map and Regional Exploration Corridors:
Approximately 2,000 metres of drilling by way of 10 to 15 holes with depths of 100 – 250 metres is expected to be completed at the Swoosh, CHA and Fin South areas during the current campaign. Based on regional data compilation, depth to the top of the target zone (top of basement rock) is expected to be relatively shallow, ranging from 25 metres to 75 metres across the three initial target areas.
The majority of the work in this drill campaign will be focused on the Swoosh target where five separate drill pads will test a combination of EM conductors, complex structures, gravity lows, anomalous geochemistry and elevated radon values. This target is a high-priority area given the coincident geological, magnetic, EM, gravity and radon anomalies that are evidence of strong fluid interaction and potential uranium mineralization as seen at other recent discoveries in the region.
In addition to the Swoosh target area, the CHA and Fin South drill targets also represent high-potential exploration prospects given the presence of coincident anomalies and indicators similar to those seen at the Swoosh target and at other discovery areas in the Athabasca Basin. Preliminary drilling at both these two target areas is incorporated into the current design of the drill program. Management cautions, mineralization present on proximal properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization on the Syndicate’s Property.
Noka President, Nav Dhaliwal, stated: “We have reached a huge milestone now that the drilling is underway on the Syndicated Property. With Alpha Exploration also well into working on the Carpenter Lake Property, Noka is well positioned going forward.”
The Preston Uranium Property
The 246,643 hectare Preston Uranium Property is the largest individual property proximal to Fission Uranium Corp.’s Patterson Lake South (“PLS”) high-grade uranium discovery and the recent discovery made by NexGen Energy on the Rook 1 Project (see NexGen’s news release dated Feb. 19, 2014). The Syndicate is the largest land tenure holder in the southwest Athabasca Basin region including properties strategically situated to the southwest and to the northeast of the PLS and NexGen discoveries.
Over $2 million dollars in exploration has been carried out to date by the Syndicate on the Preston property and many priority targets remain for further follow up with both fieldwork and drill testing. The Syndicate continues to employ a systematic, proven exploration methodology that has led to numerous uranium discoveries in the region and throughout the Athabasca Basin. This has been very effective in identifying numerous high-quality targets at Preston with similar geological features and exploratory indicators as those at the nearby PLS and NexGen discoveries as well as other deposits in the Athabasca Basin.
About the Western Athabasca Syndicate:
The Western Athabasca Syndicate is a strategic partnership formed between Skyharbour, Athabasca Nuclear, Lucky Strike and Noka to explore and develop a 287,130 hectare suite of uranium properties that is the largest land position along the highly prospective margin of the Western Athabasca Basin controlled by a single group. Under the terms of the agreement, each of the four companies has an option to earn 25% of the five uranium properties comprising the Western Athabasca Syndicate Partnership by making a series of cash payments, share payments, and incurring their pro-rata amount of the total $6,000,000 in exploration expenditures over the two-year earn-in term of the agreement. The properties were acquired for their proximity to the PLS discovery and interpreted favourable geology for the occurrence of PLS style uranium mineralization. The bulk of the Syndicate land package is bisected by all-weather Highway 955 which runs north through the PLS discovery on to the former Cluff Lake uranium mine.
The Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan hosts the world’s largest and richest high-grade uranium deposits which have grades substantially higher than the world average grade of about 0.1% U3O8. The Patterson Lake area has received escalating exploration attention and claim acquisition activity as a result of the new, near surface discoveries made by Fission which includes the recently reported drill interval of 38.49% U3O8 over 10.5 metres in drill hole PLS14-129. Consistent high-grade, near surface U3O8 assays from Fission demonstrate the potential for high-grade uranium mineralization on the geologically prospective yet underexplored margins of the western side of the Athabasca Basin.
Athabasca Nuclear Director, Charles C. (Chuck) Downie, P.Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has approved the technical information in this release.
About Noka Resources Inc.:
Noka Resources Inc. is a junior exploration company with a focus on uranium in the prolific Athabasca Basin, Northern Saskatchewan. Noka’s exploration strategy is focused in relatively underexplored areas of the Athabasca Basin Region, targeting favourable geology and structure amenable to near surface, unconformity-style uranium mineralization.
With a total land position of 488,463 hectares, Noka holds one of the largest geologically prospective land packages in the region through a 100% interest in the Clearwater (which includes the Carpenter Lake) and Athabasca North group of properties, as well as a 25% interest in the Western Athabasca Syndicate group of properties.
For further information, please contact Nav Dhaliwal, President, at [email protected] or visit www.nokaresources.com.
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