Manhattan’s Big Betty gets bigger

Manhattan Corporation (ASX: MHC) reports further new lithium assays from its previously announced spodumene-bearing pegmatite field at its Big Betty prospect located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A fourth occurrence has also been discovered between two previously reported boulder trains.

Manhattan Corporation says the new discovery fills a gap in the 3km wide interval between previously discovered areas. This fourth occurrence supports the company’s belief that at least 3 distinct and separate sources of spodumene-bearing bedrock pegmatites exist at Big Betty.

The fourth ‘high-grade’ spodumene-rich boulder occurrence is located some 1.6km south of occurrence 2 and 1.1km north of occurrence 3, all within the Big Betty prospect.

In total 15 rock samples were collected, including duplicate split samples assays. All samples represent spodumene-bearing pegmatites with varying quantities of visible spodumene. All split samples were submitted as 2 individual sample fractions to check for geochemical consistency within specific pegmatite boulders.

Manhattan Corporation reports sample 85088A returned 3.4% Li2O that currently represents the highest lithium -grade spodumene-bearing boulder reported to date from the Big Betty prospect and the Chebogue Project.

Country manager Paul K. Smith says: “The continuing discovery of high-grade, spodumene-bearing boulders within the Big Betty Prospect suggests large lithium potential within the Chebogue Project.

As Manhattan continues to advance its emerging geological structural model for lithium mineralization it believes that the overall potential for new spodumene-bearing pegmatites can only increase in numbers and size.

This region of Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a hotbed of excitement in regard to critical mineral exploration.”

The company also announces that the first B-Horizon soil sampling program is nearing completion with more than 80% of samples collected and 60% of all samples shipped to the lab for geochemical assays.

A 1,417 line-kilometres high-resolution, airborne drone magnetic survey is scheduled to commence on 15 September over the Spodumene Boulder Discovery area. This will aid targeting of drilling to be completed by Manhattan Corporation.

The Chebogue Lithium Project covers a large, 100% owned land position comprising an area of 1,200 km-square along a more than 100km strike length hosting high-grade spodumene-bearing pegmatites. The Chebogue Lithium Project has infrastructure with access to deep sea shipping facilities connecting the project to the Atlantic Ocean and global markets in North America and Europe.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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