Three lithium soil anomalies have been discovered at Intra Energy Corporation’s (IEC) Maggie Hays Hill project in Western Australia’s Lake Johnston Greenstone Belt.

The anomalies, identified through a comprehensive soil sampling program, extend up to 1,200m in length and 500m in width, with lithium values ranging between 60ppm and 147ppm lithium oxide (Li2O). 

The findings are notable as they are associated with outcropping lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) enriched granite intrusions, suggesting a larger scale of anomalism obscured by shallow cover.

IEC’s Managing Director, Ben Dunn, said, “We are very pleased with the results of the first part of the soil program at Maggie Hays, which has delineated a series of strong kilometre-long lithium soil anomalies in areas never previously explored. 

“The lithium soil values within these large-scale anomalies is particularly impressive in areas where fertile granites are exposed at surface. Surface alluvial cover obscures the true scale of the anomalism which remains to be more fully evaluated with drilling.”

The soil sampling program aimed to provide initial geochemical coverage over the entire tenement, targeting lithium, associated pathfinder elements, gold and base metals. A total of 1,286 soil samples were collected, with the initial 532 results revealing the three new, high-priority lithium anomalies.

The discovery is situated 25km north of the Burmeister Spodumene deposit and 25km northwest of the Medcalf Spodumene deposit.

In response to the findings, IEC is planning a first-pass RC drilling program to further investigate the identified targets. The company also anticipates the arrival of additional soil assay results, which will inform further exploration and drilling plans.

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