Aug 24, 2011
Miocene Metals Announces Start of Drilling on Salal Molybdenum Property
Toronto, Ontario - August 24, 2011 - Miocene Metals Limited (TSX-V: MII) (the "Company" or "Miocene Metals") today announced that drilling has started on its Salal Creek molybdenum-rhenium-silver ("Mo", "Re", "Ag") property located in south-western British Columbia about 70 kilometres north of Pemberton. Up to 3,000 metres of drilling in 10 holes is planned to test up to five targets. The five targets are located along a 15 kilometre trend of molybdenite occurrences established by historic exploration on the property and confirmed by Miocene sampling in 2010 (see Miocene press release dated August 12, 2010, and map on Miocene Metals website (www.miocenemetals.com).
Bruce Jago, President and CEO of Miocene Metals stated "We are very pleased to begin drilling on Salal, which is one of Miocene's key exploration properties. The 15 kilometre trend of molybdenite occurrences identified by historic sampling has been very poorly tested by limited drilling in the past. It is very seldom one comes across such a large mineralized system that is so poorly tested by drilling. Drilling will start in the Logan Ridge and Mud Lake areas, two of five zones of wide-spread surface occurrences of molybdenite with drill-ready targets."
Molybdenite mineralization on the Salal property typically occurs at the contact between fine-grained and coarse-grained quartz monzonite in quartz-sericite-pyrite veins and vein stockworks, molybdenite fracture coatings and more rarely as zones of disseminated molybdenite. In the Logan Ridge area, mineralization in the contact zone is exposed in outcrop over a width of 500 metres with the most intense veining, which will be tested by drilling occurring over an outcrop width of about 200 metres. Photos of the mineralization can be seen on Miocene Metals website (www.miocenemetals.com).
Salal molybdenite is enriched in rhenium and accompanied by highly anomalous Ag values as demonstrated by Miocene sampling in 2010, which returned up 3.24% Mo, 3.55 ppm Re and 30.0 ppm Ag in two grab samples collected from outcrop in the Mud Lake area on the north side of the property.
Rhenium typically occurs at very low concentrations in the majority of mineral deposits but can be enriched in molybdenum mineralization. Rhenium occurs within the molybdenite mineral structure and is recovered during beneficiation of molybdenite ores. Rhenium is used in super alloys and electronics to prevent brittle failure in super-alloys at high temperatures and in platinum-rhenium catalysts, amongst other uses. Rhenium does not have a substitute in industrial applications as its properties are unique.
Rock samples were delivered directly to ALS Chemex Ltd. Laboratories in Vancouver for preparation and analysis. Samples were analysed for base metals, silver, mercury and trace elements using Chemex's ME-MS61-m package, which is an inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method utilising a near total four acid digestion. The samples were assayed for Au by standard lead collection/fire assay fusion (Au-ICP21) using a 30 gram pulp split and an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) finish.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Jose Sayo Garcia, P.Geo, Exploration Manager of Miocene Metals.
About Miocene Metals Limited
Miocene Metals is focused on the exploration and development of seven porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum properties in south-western British Columbia that occur within the Tertiary-aged Cascade Magmatic Arc. The Cascade Arc shares many geological characteristics with Tertiary-age porphyry belts that stretch the length of Chile and Peru in South America and hosts some of the world's largest porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum deposits. The Cascade Magmatic Arc hosts a number of significant porphyry Cu-Au and Mo deposits in Washington State, and Alaska (Glacier Peak and Margaret, and Quartz Hill respectively) but remains largely unexplored in British Columbia.
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For Further Information
Please visit the Miocene Metal's website at www.miocenemetals.com, or contact:
Miocene Metals Limited
Linda Zubal, Investor Relations
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 247
Ron Poirier, Investor Relations
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext 263
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