Alberta Star Updates Its 2008 Drilling Progress At The Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG & Uranium Project, NT
Alberta Star Development Corp., (the “Company”) listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (ASX), on the OTCBB (ASXSF) and on the Frankfurt Exchange (QLD), is pleased to announce that as of August 4, 2008, 8 drill holes for a total of 1808.6 meters have been completed at the Skinny Lake IOCG & uranium and K2 IOCG target areas at its Eldorado & Contact Lake projects, NT. The Company would also like to announce that drilling has commenced at the newly developed K4 uranium target at Eldorado.
SKINNY LAKE TARGET
The Skinny Lake IOCG and uranium target area is located at the southeast corner of the Eldorado & Contact Lake project approximately 16 kilometers southeast of the Eldorado and Echo Bay uranium-silver mines and 4 kilometers southeast of the Contact Lake silver-uranium mine.
The Skinny Lake target area is a northwest trending zone of sulfide mineralization, which extends to an extensive gossan at the southeast end of Echo Bay. The host rocks are a sequence of andesitic tuff and flows showing strong phyllic alteration (sulfidation) at higher levels and magnetite-actinolite apatite hydrothermal alteration at depth. The alteration signature, mineralized zone and metal assemblage of silver, copper, zinc, lead, cobalt at Skinny Lake, is very similar to the former Echo Bay silver mine.
Current drilling follows up on Drill hole SL-07-01 which intersected several zones of poly-metallic mineralization including 22.50 meters (true width not determined) of 2.24% zinc, 0.23% lead, 18.35 g/tonne silver and 0.025% cobalt ( NR of January 18, 2008).
Five holes, SL-08-03, SL-08-04, SL-08-05, SL-08-06, SL-08-07, have been completed at Skinny Lake for a total of 1005.7 meters.
- Drill hole SL-08-03 was drilled at an azimuth of 225 degrees and an inclination of 60 degrees;
- Drill hole SL-08-04 was a vertical hole;
- Drill hole SL-08-05 was drilled at an azimuth of 208 degrees and an inclination of 45 degrees;
- Drill hole SL-08-06 was a vertical hole;
- Drill hole SL-08-07 was drilled at an azimuth of 045 degrees and an inclination of 60 degrees.
Drill holes SL-08-03, -04, -05, and -06 targeted a strong sulfide/gossan zone, testing mineralization along strike and down dip. Drill hole SL-08-07 targeted the down dip extension of outcropping copper mineralization within a strong alkali-magnetite altered zone.
The K2 area is located in the south-central portion of the project area on the south side of Echo Bay on the Contact Lake property. The area is about 9 kilometres southeast of the former Eldorado and Echo Bay uranium-silver mines.
Previous drilling at K2 encountered significant IOCG style polymetallic copper, silver, gold and cobalt mineralization. Mineralization occurs in multiple zones of altered and highly mineralized breccias with disseminated and vein hosted copper, silver, gold, cobalt sulfide mineralization. The mineralized zone is part of a regionally extensive zone of phyllic, potassic, hematite-magnetite, and magnetite-actinolite alteration zones, commonly appearing at surface as phyllic-potassic pyritic gossans. A preliminary drilling program encountered mineralization along a 250 meter strike length to a vertical depth of 400+ meters. The mineralized zone remains open at depth and along strike in both directions. All eight drill holes from the 2006 drill program (see NR-December 14 2006, and NR-January 17, 2007) and 7 of 9 holes from the 2007 drill program (see NR- November 5, 2007 and NR- March 11, 2008) intersected multiple zones of altered and mineralized breccias with disseminated and vein hosted copper, silver and cobalt sulfide mineralization. The mineralization occurs within the same suite of volcano-plutonic rocks that host other polymetallic zones in the Eldorado and Contact Lake mineral belt, including the former Bonanza and El Bonanza Silver mines and the Eldorado and Contact Lake Uranium (plus Ag-Cu-Co-Ni-Bi) mines.
At the K2 IOCG target the following three holes, K2-08-20, K2-08-21, K2- 08-22, were completed for a total of 802.9 meters.
- Drill hole K2-08-20 was drilled at an azimuth of 215 degrees and an inclination of 45 degrees;
- Drill hole K2-08-21 was drilled at an azimuth of 215 degrees and an inclination of 85 degrees;
- Drill hole K2-08-22 was drilled at an azimuth of 225 degrees and an inclination of 45 degrees.
Drill holes K2-08-20 and K2-08-21 followed up on copper, silver, gold, cobalt mineralization found in K2-07-14. Drill hole K2-08-22 targeted the margins of two strong magnetic anomalies. Assay results from all drill holes from Skinny Lake and K2 are pending and will be released when they have been received.
K4 URANIUM TARGET-DRILLING HAS COMMENCED
Drilling is now underway on the newly developed K4 uranium target area situated approximately 2 kilometers east southeast of the Echo Bay and Eldorado uranium mine area, where surface mapping and sampling have indicated potential for high-grade uranium veins similar to those situated and mined at the former Eldorado uranium Mine.
The Contact Lake and Eldorado districts are being targeted by the Company for copper, silver, uranium, and poly-metallic mineralization. The mineralization occurs within the same suite of volcano-plutonic rocks that host other polymetallic zones in the Eldorado and Contact Lake mineral belt, including the former Bonanza and El Bonanza Silver mines and the Eldorado and Contact Lake Uranium (plus-Ag-Cu-Co-Ni-Bi) mines. Veins of the former Eldorado and Echo Bay mines are situated in tuff/metasedimentary rocks, near the margins and apices of porphyry stocks of the Great Bear Magmatic Zone. The cores and intermediate zones of the hydrothermal systems that are responsible for these veins are possible loci for larger, more typical, bulk-mineable IOCG-type deposits. The current August 14, 2008 spot price for uranium provided by the Ux Consulting Company LLC (www.uxc.com) was $64.50 US per pound.
PROJECTS FULLY PERMITTED FOR 2008
The Company is in receipt of all the required permits to undertake its 2008 uranium and polymetallic exploration and drilling activities on a reduced exploration budget due to the high price of fuel and to conserve cash. As previously disclosed the Company has been granted two new amended five-year Sahtu Land & Water Board Class “A” Land Use Permits amendments (Eldorado/Glacier Lake and Contact Lake) for long term diamond drilling at both the Eldorado & Contact Lake Projects. The Eldorado/Glacier Lake Permit (Permit No. SO5C-012) is valid until April 26, 2013 and the Contact Lake permit (Permit No.S05C-002) is valid until August 24, 2012. The Company has received full authorization for its third “5-Year”, 75,000 meters drill permit on its Eldorado South IOCG & uranium project (Permit No. SO7C-008). This permit is valid until July 13, 2013. This permit includes the area of the newly discovered Eldorado South radiometric anomaly. This prospective IOCG & uranium target is being prepared for reconnaissance and detailed sampling, mapping and drilling.
THE ELDORADO & CONTACT LAKE IRON OXIDE COPPER, GOLD, SILVER AND URANIUM PROJECTS
The Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit Areas are located on the east side of Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The permit areas are situated 470 kilometres north of the city of Yellowknife. The total size of the Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit area covers over 117,898.91 acres. The Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG + uranium project areas include past producing high grade silver and uranium mines. These include the Echo Bay Silver Mine which produced 23,779,178 ounces of silver and the Eldorado Uranium Mine which produced 15 million pounds of uranium and 8 million ounces of silver (Normin NTGO: Senes Report 2005). Olympic Dam volcanic-hosted hydrothermal Iron-oxide copper, gold (IOCG) style of deposits are attractive targets for exploration and development due to their polymetallic nature, high unit value and enormous size and grade tonnage potential. The Eldorado Mineral Belt which is situated in the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, NT, has long been recognized by geologists as one of the most prospective iron oxide copper, gold, silver and uranium regions in northern Canada.
ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Alberta Star is a Canadian mineral exploration company that identifies, acquires, and finances advanced stage mineral exploration projects in the Americas. The Company is committed to creating long term shareholder value through the discovery of base and precious metals and uranium.
Investors are welcomed to contact Mr. Allan Feldman, Alberta Star’s In-house Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Specialist, for all corporate updates at (604) 948-9663 and in Quebec, Mario Drollet at MI3 Corporate Communications (514) 904-1333.
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Tim Coupland. President and CEO
Alberta Star Development Corp.
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ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.
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