VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2011) - Hathor Exploration Limited (TSX:HAT) is pleased to announce the completion of the 2011 summer drill program at the Roughrider Uranium Deposit in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. The Far East Zone continues to grow, and remains open to the east and south; it will be the focus of exploration drilling in the upcoming winter drill season.
The 2011 summer drill program utilized two drill rigs for approximately nine weeks. A total of 9,600 metres were completed in 20 drill holes, 19 were at Far East. Figure 1 shows spatial relationship of the three mineralized zones at Roughrider; West, East, and Far East. The first seven drill holes completed at Far East were reported in the previous news release dated July 26, 2011. Highlights and key attributes of Far East Zone to date include:
- Elevated radioactivity in 19 of 19 drill holes (Figure 2).
- Off-scale radioactive intervals in 18 of the 19 drill holes.
- Mineralized drill intersections span 85 metres of strike in an easterly direction, connecting mineralization that dips moderately to the north-northeast (Figure 2).
- All drill holes are vertical. Oblique intersections of nearly continuous radioactivity are commonly between 30 to 40 metres, and locally up to 60 metres (Figure 3, Figure 4).
- Uranium mineralization is basement-hosted, up to 200 m below the unconformity; it is not restricted to Wollaston Group lithologies (Figure 5, Figure 6).
- Semi-massive and massive pitchblende mineralization occurs as replacement, vein, fracture and breccia style (Figure 7, Figure 8).
- Locally pervasive clay and hematite alteration surrounds mineralization, and also occurs at the unconformity.
One exploration drill hole (MWNE-11-719) was completed 300 m southeast of the Far East Zone (Figure 1). This drill hole intersected two thin zones of anomalous radioactivity in the basement, and strong alteration and structures in the sandstone column. Follow-up drilling is anticipated.
Table 1 provides a summary of anomalous radioactivity in drill holes MWNE-11-712A to MWNE-11-719; radioactivity summaries for the first eleven holes of the summer program are provided in Table 1 of the previous news release, dated July 26, 2011. Complete down-hole radiometric data are available on the Company's website at www.hathor.ca. Figure 2 is a detailed plan map that provides the location of all drill holes at Far East, and delineation of mineralization to date. Figure 3 is a cross section along Line 130E and Figure 4 is a cross section along Line 140E. Core box-scale overviews of uranium mineralization are shown in Figure 5 and Figure 6. Hand sample-scale examples of uranium mineralization are shown in Figure 7 and Figure 8.
Overall, the Far East zone remains open (untested) to the south and east, and it will be the focus of an aggressive follow-up drill program this winter. It represents a material development in the resource potential of the overall Roughrider uranium system.
Midwest Northeast Property
The Midwest Northeast Property is located within the main uranium-producing eastern corridor of the Athabasca Basin. The Property comprises 3 mineral leases covering 598 ha. Infrastructure is excellent. The Property is connected to Highway 905 by a 6 km winter road. The property is 8.5 km north of Points North, the main service hub, including airport, for northeastern Saskatchewan. The Property is within 25 km of operating uranium mine, mill and tailings facilities established at Rabbit Lake and McClean Lake during the past 35 years of production in the Athabasca.
Subsequent to the successful acquisition of Terra Ventures Inc. (see News Release dated August 5, 2011), Hathor owns 100 % of the Midwest Northeast Property, subject only to royalty.
Alistair McCready, Ph.D., P.Geo., Hathor's V.P. Exploration, and Michael Gunning, Ph.D., P.Geo, Hathor's President & Chief Executive Officer, are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and have reviewed and approved the technical disclosures in this news release.
Dr. Michael H. Gunning, President & CEO
Hathor Exploration Limited
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Table 1: Summary of Anomalous Radioactivity.
||Zone of Anomalous Radioactivity (>500 cps)
|*All intervals are core lengths. The zone of anomalous radioactivity may contain zones of background radioactivity. The reader is cautioned that scintillometer readings are not directly or uniformly related to uranium grades of the rock sample measured, and should be used only as a preliminary indication of the presence of radioactive materials.
|†Core Sizes. MWNE-11-718 was completed using HQ sized drill core; all others were completed using NQ sized drill cores. The reader is cautioned that NQ and HQ drill core scintillometer readings are not directly comparable.
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