District Commences Airborne Electromagnetic and Magnetic Survey at Gruvberget and Svärdsjö Properties
November 9, 2021 – District Metals Corp. (TSX-V: DMX) (FRA: DFPP); ("District" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that an airborne electromagnetic (“EM”) and magnetic survey has commenced on the Company’s recently acquired Gruvberget and Svärdsjö Properties, located in the Bergslagen Mining District in south-central Sweden (Figure 1).
Garrett Ainsworth, CEO of District, commented: “We flew SkyTEM at our flagship Tomtebo Property in July 2020, and it was very effective in identifying conductive and magnetic anomalies that have contributed to significant polymetallic drill intersections during our Phase I and ongoing Phase II drill programs. The SkyTEM electromagnetic system has advanced greatly in the last 10 years with survey penetration reaching depths that were once never thought possible. This is an important exploration tool for us working in the Bergslagen District where polymetallic deposits extend from surface to depths greater than 1600 m such as is the case at Boliden’s Garpenberg Mine and Lundin Mining’s Zinkgruvan Mine.”
The Company retained SkyTEM Surveys ApS based out of Denmark to undertake detailed heliborne SkyTEM312 HP (transient electromagnetic – high power) and magnetic surveys over the Gruvberget and Svärdsjö Properties. The SkyTEM survey at Gruvberget will cover the entire property comprising an area of 5,286 hectare (ha) with approximately 686 line-kilometers at a line spacing of 100 m that strike east to west and north to south (Figure 2). The survey at Svärdsjö will cover the entire 1,037 ha with approximately 112 line-kilometers at a line spacing of 100 m that strike northwest to southeast (Figure 3).
The SkyTEM312 HP Survey is capable of detecting conductive polymetallic sulphide mineralization to depths of 500 m or greater. The Gruvberget and Svärdsjö Properties are underlain by an ideal geological environment for effective EM data collection in that the volcanic and intrusive country rocks are very resistive, in contrast to the conductive sulphide mineralization, which will provide excellent resolution of any EM conductive anomaly identified. Also, the absence of graphitic geological units on the Properties is conducive to distinguishing between sulphide- and graphite-sourced EM conductors, which is otherwise a challenge that typically requires follow-up ground EM surveys to resolve.
In general, it is anticipated that the SkyTEM312 HP survey will identify the copper-gold dominant sulphide mineralization (feeder zones) as a moderate to strong conductor while the silver-zinc-lead dominant sulphide mineralization (distal zones) may not show a conductive response or possibly a weak conductive response due to the zinc sulphide mineralization that is not conductive. However, the silver-zinc-lead mineralization in the district often has associated magnetic sulphides, which is expected to be detected as a moderate to strong magnetic high. The EM and magnetic data acquired from the SkyTEM312 HP survey will be interpreted by Condor Consulting, and EM and magnetic plates will be generated to identify high priority target areas for ground follow up.
The Company also granted a total of 380,000 stock options to a consultant of the Company, in accordance with the provisions of its stock option plan. Each stock option is exercisable at $0.285 per common share (being above the closing price of the Company’s common shares on November 5, 2021, the grant date). The stock options have a term of five years and vest on the grant date.
Figure 1: District Metals Mineral Licenses in the Bergslagen Mining District
Figure 2 – Gruvberget Property SkyTEM Survey Lines
Figure 3 – Svärdsjö Property SkyTEM Survey Lines
1 Allen, R.L., Lundström, I., Ripa, M., and Christofferson, H., 1996, Facies analysis of a 1.9 Ga, continental margin, back-arc, felsic caldera province with diverse Zn-Pb-Ag-(Cu-Au) sulfide and Fe oxide deposits, Bergslagen region, Sweden: Economic Geology, v. 91, p. 979–1008.
3 Ed. Eilu, Pasi, 2012, Geological Survey of Finland, Special Paper 53, Metallogenic areas in Sweden.
4 Geological Survey of Sweden report grb_097, 1997.
5 Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU) Map Viewer: https://apps.sgu.se/kartvisare/kartvisare-malm-mineral.html
All scientific and technical information in this news release has been prepared by, or approved by Garrett Ainsworth, PGeo, President and CEO of the Company. Mr. Ainsworth is a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Mr. Ainsworth has not verified any of the information regarding any of the properties or projects referred to herein other than the Tomtebo Property. Mineralization on any other properties referred to herein is not necessarily indicative of mineralization on the Tomtebo Property.
About District Metals Corp.
District Metals Corp. is led by industry professionals with a track record of success in the mining industry. The Company’s mandate is to seek out, explore, and develop prospective mineral properties through a disciplined science-based approach to create shareholder value and benefit other stakeholders.
The advanced exploration stage Tomtebo Property is located in the Bergslagen Mining District of south-central Sweden is the Company’s main focus. Tomtebo comprises 5,144 ha and is situated between the historic Falun Mine and Boliden’s Garpenberg Mine that are located 25 km to the northwest and southeast, respectively. Two historic polymetallic mines and numerous polymetallic showings are located on the Tomtebo Property along an approximate 17 km trend that exhibits similar geology, structure, alteration and VMS/SedEx style mineralization as other significant mines within the district. Mineralization that is open at depth and along strike at the historic mines on the Tomtebo Property has not been followed up on, and modern systematic exploration has never been conducted on the Property.
For further information on the Tomtebo Property, please see the technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Update Technical Report on the Tomtebo Project, Bergslagen Region of Sweden” dated effective October 15, 2020 and amended and restated on February 26, 2021, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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