Q2 Metals’ growing confidence to expand drilling in ‘systematic manner’

Q2 Metals (TSX-V:QTWO) reports analytical results from the ongoing 2024 mapping and sampling field program at the Cisco Lithium Property confirm the presence of lithium in each of the 15 outcrop zones.

VP of Exploration Neil McCallum says the ongoing results are giving the Canadian mining company “the confidence to expand its drilling in a systematic manner” to the south of the recently announced holes drilled towards CO3.

Field crews began the program at the CO1 Zone where the vendors of the Cisco Property initially sampled and drilled in 2022/2023 and have since expanded throughout the property.

To date a total of 76 pegmatite samples collected and assayed have resulted in the confirmation of eight new spodumene discoveries for a total of 15 spodumene pegmatite zones on the Cisco Property.

“In the short amount of time that we’ve been working at Cisco, I am very encouraged by the surface and drilling results and I believe the Cisco Property is already showing signs of being an industry leading project,” McCallum says.

Initial field work, including mapping and rock sampling, was undertaken by the company to provide guidance on the extent of the lithium mineralisation at the Cisco Property.

The sampling and mapping of the Cisco Property has resulted in a wide-spread group of mineralized outcrops; CO1 to CO15.

The size of individual outcrops varies, from 1-2 metres wide, up to 20m wide. In most cases, the contacts with the bounding host-rock are not visible, being beneath till/vegetation cover.

Q2 Metals says additional work will be needed to fully understand their true surface expression and drilling is planned to test the subsurface extent of mineralisation.

Previous drillholes CS24-011 to CS24-014 confirmed the continuation of mineralisation between outcrop zones CO1 to CO3, and the company says it is confident in continuing its drill program to the south of CO3.

Surface mineralisation at CO3 is characterised by four samples averaging 1.73% Li2O and 224ppm Ta2O5. South of CO3 lies the outcrop area CO8, characterised by four samples averaging 1.89% Li2O and 93ppm Ta2O5.

Analytical results of the sampling field work have outlined a potential new area of interest located southwest of CO15, with up to 0.15% Li2O and 177ppm Ta2O5 in outcrop, as well as a boulder sample located north of the CO2 reporting 0.73% Li2O.

Further work will be conducted in these areas in the coming weeks to understand their significance.

Many of the sampled outcrops contain anomalous geochemistry (Ta2O5 > 100ppm, Rb > 1,000ppm, Cs > 100ppm) in the absence of significant lithium and will also be a focus for follow up in the coming weeks.

The Cisco Property is located within the greater Nemaska traditional territory of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region of Québec, Canada, proximal to the Billy Diamond Highway and 150km north of the town of Matagami and railway.

The property is comprised of 222 mineral claims and is 11,374 hectares in size.

It is situated along the Frotet Evans Greenstone Belt, comprised of a volcanic package dominated by mafic to felsic metavolcanic rocks, of the southern James Bay Lithium District, the same belt that hosts the Sirmac and Moblan lithium deposits, located 130km and 180km away, respectively.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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